Test d’Équivalence de Niveau de Scolarité

As an adult, you have acquired skills and competencies relative to those taught at a High School level. If you have not yet obtained your High School Diploma (DES), TENS offers you the opportunity to receive an equivalency certificate (AESS – Attestation of Equivalency of Secondary Studies). To receive your attestation, you must successfully complete the mandatory exams below.

Candidate Guide

Register for Tens

TENS takes place twice a month. Reserve your spot in an examination session by contacting CDS.

(514) 422-3000 ext. 31540
6050 boulevard Champlain, Verdun, QC H4H 1A5

Three Mandatory Exams

English Comprehension

English Grammar

French as a second language

Two Optional Examinations

(Choice Out of Four)

Social Sciences

Natural Sciences



Registration Requirements

  • 16 years old, as of June 30th of the current year to complete the examination
  • Cost of examination: $40
  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to examination to complete the registration process

Documents for Submission

Before coming to your examination session, please ensure that you have all the following documents, as they are required to conduct the TENS examination:

  • Your original Birth Certificate showing your parents’ names
  • Medicare card or Driver’s License
  • Citizenship or Permanent Residency Card (if applicable)
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How the TENS Certificate Can Help You

It is important to note that the TENS examination does not replace a DES (Diploma of Secondary Studies). The TENS certificate will help you when applying for jobs that require a DES or an equivalency as well as applying to CEGEP-level programs (please verify with the CEGEP in question).