Allied Health Sciences Programs

Academic Communications Assessment

The Academic Communication Assessment for Allied Health Sciences Programs tests your ability to read at a college level. The test includes two parts:

1. A reading comprehension test, called Degrees of Reading Power (DRP). Details on this section of the assessment:

  • It is a test that determines how well you understand what you’re reading.
  • There are 70 multiple choice questions.
  • As you work through the test, the passages become more challenging.
  • It is an untimed test, that is, you will have as much time as you need to write the test. On average, the test takes approximately two hours to complete.
  • Consider reviewing these examples.
NOTE: The Degrees of Reading Power is a test for first English language speakers, i.e. people who learned to speak English at home as a child, were educated in English and now live and work in English. If you feel the DRP is not the right test for you, see our English Skills Assessment. If you require more information please contact Assessment Services or call 204.632.2458.

2. A charting task. Details on this section of the assessment:

  • It tests your ability to extract information presented in a chart.
  • It includes a test of your ability to skim and scan for detail, and to summarize the meaning of the reading selection.
  • You will have 20 minutes to complete this task.

Logistics of the test:

  • The test is given at RRC’s Notre Dame Campus (2055 Notre Dame Ave.) Building D, Room
  • It costs $46 to write the test.
  • On the day of your test, bring your photo ID and a receipt from Red River College for $46.
  • Pencils and the answer sheet will be supplied the day of the test.
NOTE: When registering, you may be required to create an account if you don’t have one already. After logging in, please go to the “events” tab at the top of the page to get a list of upcoming test dates.

If you are applying for an Allied Health Sciences program, you can register for any DRP testing session.

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