Pre-university courses

Calculus (Math 052) examination

Prepare yourself to write the exam using the free online materials. When you feel you understand the material, you can register to take the final exam. You will have two months from registration to complete the exam.

Topics include: limits, derivatives and antiderivatives. These concepts will be applied to solve problems involving rates of change, optimization, curve sketching, and areas between curves. The functions used to develop these concepts and applications include: polynomial, rational, trigonometric, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Course outline and objectives (PDF).

EXAM: Your exam must be written with an eligible proctor or at the Centre for Extended Learning.

  • Time allowed: 2.5 hrs.
  • Permitted aids: a non-programmable and non-graphing calculator
  • Format: True/false, multiple choice and short answer

COST: $80 CDN. (plus applicable taxes).

Fees are subject to change without notice. No refunds are provided. No course extensions beyond the stated completion time will be granted.

REGISTER to write the exam - you will need to provide your proctor information, including full mailing address, email and phone number.

Chemistry (CHEM 001) course

NOTE:  This course is under review and is not currently being offered

This course covers the essentials from the secondary school upper-level curricula and prepares students for first-year science programs. The course has two parts, with an examination at the end of each part.

Part 1: matter and measurement, mass relations in chemistry, stoichiometry, oxidation-reduction reactions, reactions in aqueous solutions, properties of gases, atomic and molecular structure, the periodic table, thermochemistry, liquids, solids, and solutions.

Part II: organic chemistry, reaction rates, chemical equilibria, acids and bases, pH, precipitation, electrochemistry, and nuclear chemistry.

This course is designed to be completed in 4 months, but you can take up to 8 months. The learning package includes lecture notes, assignments, assignment solutions, and audio lectures on a CD.

Text: Chemistry Principles and Reactions, 7th edition (includes study guide), Masterson & Hurley, ISBN 9781133433439.

EXAM: The final grade is an average of the two grades. Examinations must be written with an eligible proctor or at the Centre for Extended Learning.

  • Time allowed: 3 hrs.
  • Permitted aids: Calculator with no programmed memory. Periodic Table and other reference data provided
  • Format: one word/short answer
  • To arrange for a proctor, email a completed Pre-University Proctor Form to Please submit it at least 4 weeks before you wish to write your examination so that arrangements can be made.

 No refunds are provided. No course extensions beyond the stated completion time will be granted.

Examinations and proctors

All examinations are written with a proctor, or at the Centre for Extended Learning.

You are responsible for arranging for your proctor and ensuring that she/he is a professional in the community (e.g., teacher, minister, accountant). A proctor may not be a student or relative, or live at your address. Local schools and libraries sometimes assist in locating an appropriate. You are responsible for any fees charged by the proctor, and for couriering the exam back to us. Examinations cannot be re-written.

Examinations can be written at the Centre for Extended Learning, at 195 Columbia St. West, Waterloo, ON, at 9 am or 1 pm, Monday to Friday. This option is available on the online Calculus registration form and on the Proctor Declaration Form for Chemistry.

If you cannot attend an examination you've scheduled at the Centre for Extended Learning, you must email us at least 24 hours in advance, or there will be a $25 fee to reschedule.

Please allow at least 2 weeks from the examination date for marking the exam.