Frequently Asked Questions
How do I make an appointment for testing?
Many RRC programs require you to successfully complete entrance testing as part of their admission requirements. Pre-application testing means you are required to complete an assessment before applying to ensure you meet the program’s required levels.
The programs below require pre-application testing, so please be sure to register for the required test prior to applying. You can register online on our Events Calendar.
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer (AME) – Aircraft Maintenance Engineer Readiness Assessment (AMERA)
Allied Health Sciences (AHS) Programs – Degrees of Reading Power (DRP) & Charting Task
**Please register for any DRP session; the Charting Task will be administered at the same time
Community Services Programs – Community Services Academic Communication Assessment (ACA)
Health Care Aide (HCA) – Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)
Library & Information Technology (LIT) – Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)
Nursing (BN) – Degrees of Reading Power (DRP)
Allied Health Sciences programs are Diagnostic Cardiac Sonography (DCS) – Echocardiography, Diagnostic Medical Sonography (DMS) – Ultrasound, Medical Laboratory Sciences (MLS), Medical Radiologic Technology (MRT), and Paramedicine – Primary Care Paramedic (PCP).
Community Services Academic Communication Assessment test dates, as listed in the online Events Calendar, are specific to the Community Services Programs: Early Childhood Education (ECE), ECE Workplace, Child &Youth Care and Disability & Community Support.
Degrees of Reading Power test dates, as listed in the online Events Calendar, are specific to the following programs: Nursing, Health Care Aide, Library & Information Technology and Allied Health Sciences.
A number of RRC programs will ask you to take a test after you have submitted your application. In this case, your Admissions Officer will send your further information and instructions prior to setting up testing.
Plan to arrive for testing on the date provided at the specified time.
If you have further questions, please contact Assessment Services by email or phone at 204.632.2458.
What if I don't live in Winnipeg?
Applicants who live within 100 kilometers of Winnipeg are expected to take their assessment at Red River College in Winnipeg. If you live more than 100 kilometers from Winnipeg, or if any special circumstances prevent you from making your appointment in Winnipeg, please contact Assessment Services by email or phone at 204.632.2458 for assistance.
How much does the testing cost?
A $46 non-refundable assessment fee must be paid prior to writing your assessment. Fees are payable via cash, cheque, money order, debit, or credit card (VISA or MasterCard). Please write cheques payable to “Red River College”.
In-person payments can be made at Student Services prior to your test session.
Notre Dame Campus
D101, Building D – 2055 Notre Dame Ave.
Exchange District Campus
P104 – 160 Princess St.
We are currently unable to accept assessment fee payments online. For information about mailing in your payment, or paying by phone, please see the Assessment Fee Payment Form.
Bring your receipt to show the examiner on the day of your test.
How do I find the testing room?
Testing occurs at the Notre Dame Campus, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Building D, Room D202 unless your letter indicates otherwise. Take a look at RRC’s campus map.
If You Are Driving
Take entrance #3 off Notre Dame Avenue and report to the commissioner to learn where to park your car. As you drive in, look towards the left to locate Building D, which is a long, white, 3-storey building. Take the side entrance and go to the second floor Room D202.
*Note that parking costs $1.50/hour and the pay stations accept exact coin (loonies, toonies, quarters), Visa and MasterCard.
Please be prepared to pay accordingly. Parking is free on Saturday.
If You Are Taking the Bus
The bus will bring you directly to the front of Red River College. When you exit the bus, go to Building D, which is a long, white, 3-storey building towards the left. Take the side entrance and go to the second floor Room D202.
How do I check in for testing?
Testing occurs in room D202 unless your letter indicated otherwise. Please note the following:
- Arrive early for your testing in order to obtain seating.
- Give yourself time to find the building and the room.
- Bring the receipt you were given when you paid for your test.
- Bring a valid form of photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, Red River Student Card) on the day of your testing.
- Make sure you have your student number.
- You may bring a beverage, but please do not eat while taking the test to prevent distracting others.
- Children cannot be accommodated in the test room. Please make necessary baby-sitting arrangements.
- Dictionaries, study materials, calculators or other study aids are not permitted.
- RRC is a fragrance-free environment.
How long does testing take?
Test sessions vary depending on which assessment you take, although most take a half-day. Therefore, plan to spend a full morning or a full afternoon for testing.
What is the pass mark for testing?
Pass marks are established by the academic department for a particular program, and therefore vary according to the program. If you are taking multiple tests (i.e., math and reading), then it is important to score at the required level on each test. For some programs, the test results are only one factor considered among several factors (i.e., work experience, high school grades, etc.), and thus poor test results may not necessarily eliminate you from such programs.
How do I get my results?
Aircraft Maintenance Engineer, Allied Health Sciences, Health Care Aide, Library and Information Technology, Nursing: your assessment results will be emailed to you by Assessment Services within one week of your test date.
Community Services Programs:your assessment results will be emailed to you by Assessment Services within two weeks of your test date.
International Special Admissions testing: you will be informed of your test results immediately after you take your test. However, the official decision about whether you have been accepted into your program will be communicated to you by your Admissions Officer within 2 weeks of your test date or as soon as possible.
Post-application Testing: For most programs, you will receive an email from your Admissions Officer indicating whether you have been accepted into the program. This email will let you know whether you successfully completed your assessment. Once you receive your email, you have the option of contacting Assessment Services at 204.632.2458 if you are interested in details regarding your specific test results.
Special Admission testing: your assessment results will be emailed to you by Assessment Services within one week of your test date.
Please note that due to the standardized nature of our tests, we cannot go over any specific test questions with you; we can only give you results.
Is there an opportunity to re-write an assessment if I am unsuccessful in my first writing?
The Assessment Services Rewrite Policy is:
- If an applicant is unsuccessful in their first attempt, but they are within a reasonable range of passing the assessment, a second attempt is offered within 30 days. If they are not successful on their second attempt, a second rewrite is possible after four months and the study of appropriate materials is encouraged.
- If the applicant is unsuccessful in their first attempt, and their scores are too low, a rewrite is possible after four months and the study of appropriate materials is encouraged. A second rewrite in this situation is possible after a further four months of study.
A maximum of two rewrites is allowed.
Can I get accommodations (or adaptations) for Admission Testing?
Red River College is committed to providing student with disabilities equal opportunity to demonstrate their skills and ability. Students with diagnosed disabilities can receive accommodations (referred to as “adaptations” in high school) for admissions testing. Prior to booking your admission test, if you wish to request accommodations, you must first book an appointment with Accessibility Services to determine your eligibility. To book an appointment, complete this form. In this appointment you are required to provide adequate documentation verifying your disability. For documentation guidelines see the disability documentation guide. Together with your counsellor, an accommodation plan for your admission test will be made. Information about accommodations for a future program can also be explored.