Preparing for TOWES

TOWES is an assessment that measures three important skills needed for work in Canada: reading text, document use, and numeracy.  These skills are called essential skills.

Everyone has essential skills! You use your essential skills every day at school, in training, at work and in your daily life.  Essential skills are different from the technical or occupation specific skills we use at work. They are the core set of skills used in every occupation.

TOWES is different from other assessments. When writing TOWES, you will assume the role of a worker who must solve problems and complete tasks.  You will use a real Canadian document to answer the question. The questions and the documents represent the types of tasks you would encounter on the job. For example, you may be asked to read an email to find the time for a meeting. The best part is that you do not have to have prior knowledge of any specific field or industry, because all of the information you need to answer the questions is in the document. Your job is find and use that information, using your literacy and essential skills, to answer the questions.

There are a number of ways to prepare for your TOWES assessment:

  • Talk to your TOWES Administrator if you have any questions or concerns

Do you need to write TOWES but don't know where to go? Check out our Authorized TOWES Assessment Centres for a location near you.



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