Degrees of Reading Power

Degrees of Reading Power, or the DRP, is a pre-application requirement for the following programs: Allied Health Sciences, Health Care Aide, Library and Information Technology, and Nursing.

The DRP is a reading comprehension test that assesses your ability to read at a college level.

Details on the test:

  • 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.
  • Consider reviewing these examples.
  • It is an untimed test, that is, you will have as much time as you need to write the test. On average, the DRP takes approximately two hours to complete.
NOTE: The Degrees of Reading Power is a test for English first 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 aren’t sure if the DRP is the right test for you, please see our English Skills Assessment. If you require more information please contact Assessment Services or call 204.632.2458.

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Reading/Writing Information Session & Workshop:

Interested applicants are welcome to attend an information session/workshop to learn more about the DRP prior to writing the test. Workshops are generally held mid-month on a Wednesday evening, starting at 6 p.m. and running for approximately 2 hours. The workshop is free to attend.

For more information about workshop dates, or to register for a session, please contact Assessment Services at 204.632.2458 or