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 in-person 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.
We are hoping to offer an online testing option beginning this fall. Further information will be posted on this website once details have been finalized.
How much does the testing cost?
A $46.00 non-refundable assessment fee must be paid within a week of writing your entrance test(s). Fees are payable via cheque, e-transfer, money order, debit card, VISA, or MasterCard. Cash is not currently being accepted. Please make cheques and money orders payable to “Red River College”.
For detailed information, please see our Assessment Fee Payment Form.
Please note that we are unable to release test results until payment has been processed.
How do I find the testing room?
Test sessions are held in the Assessment Centre at the Notre Dame Campus, unless your letter indicates otherwise: Room D202, Building D – 2055 Notre Dame Ave. Building D is a long, white, 3-storey building to the left of the bus loop at RRC’s front entrance.
If You Are Driving
As of August 31, 2020, parking will be available in the following lots at NDC: North 2 (2N on map), South, and East. Please see the parking map for parking lot locations.
Visitors are required to purchase casual parking from one of the pay stations or use the PayByPhone app while parking on campus.
Visitor parking (Pay and Display) is in effect from 7:00am-midnight, Monday – Thursday and 7:00am-5:00pm on Fridays.
Prices are $1.50/hour or $7.00/day. Evening Parking (5:00pm-midnight, Monday-Thursday) is a $2.00 flat rate. Parking is complimentary on weekends and holidays.
This information is subject to change. Please see the Parking Services website for the most up-to-date information.
If You Are Taking the Bus
Red River College is served by Winnipeg Transit routes 19, 26, 28, and 77. 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 room D202 on the second floor.
How do I check in for testing?
Please review our In-Person Assessment Procedures prior to coming to campus.
Testing occurs in room D202 unless your letter indicated otherwise. Please note the following:
- Aim to arrive no more than 15 minutes before testing, in order to give yourself time to find the building and the room, while limiting the amount of time you will have to spend waiting outside the room.
- Bring a valid form of photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport, Red River Student Card) on the day of your test.
- You may bring a beverage, but please do not eat while taking the test to prevent distracting others.
- Children and other guests 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?
Please keep the following timeframes in mind when you are booking your assessment, as we are unable to put a rush on marking any individual tests. Ensure that you book your test well in advance of any deadlines you might have been given.
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.
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 or firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.