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

Our in-person information sessions/workshops currently remain on hold. When we are able to resume these workshops, we will update the information on this website.

In the meantime, interested applicants can review the videos found at the links below for some tips on how to approach and prepare for the DRP.

Please contact Assessment Services at 204.632.2458 or assessment@rrc.ca if you have any questions.

Reading for Context – Part 1

Reading for Context – Part 2