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October 8, 2015

RRC alumnaThe application process for some programs at RRC includes a step to measure the applicant’s reading comprehension. Some programs have a significant amount of reading built into the curriculum, and so there needs to be some certainty the applicant can handle this once in the program.

For this blogpost, let’s look at the Reading Skills Assessment requirement in the Early Childhood (ECE) and Nursing programs:

In ECE, applicants must write the assessment after applying. The applicant is informed by the Admissions Officer to come to the Notre Dame Campus on a specified date. They will visit the Student Service Centre to pay the assessment fee ($40.00), and then be directed to the Assessment Centre. In the Centre, they will be seated at a desk with a pencil and answer sheet. The assessment is multiple choice. It is structured in the following way:

• There are 70 questions to be answered.
• As you work through the assessment, the passages become harder to read.
• It is an untimed assessment, that is, you will have as much time as you need to write the assessment.

To prepare yourself, consider reviewing these examples:

If the applicant achieves the required score, their application continues to proceed. If the required score is not achieved, the applicant may re-write the assessment in six months. This provides time to possibly address any shortcoming in their reading comprehension skills. Please note assessment scores are valid for 2 years.

In Nursing, potential applicants write the same assessment, but in this case are advised to write this assessment before applying. Unlike ECE, it is up to the potential applicant to schedule their own date to write the assessment. Applicants submitting an application prior to completing the assessment might be unable to successfully complete the assessment within 30 days of applying. They will have their application cancelled, with no refund of the non-refundable/non-transferable application fee.

If you want to learn more about the Reading Skills Assessment, you can attend an information session. To reserve a seat, please call 204-632-2458. If you would like to learn more about the admission requirements for these or any other programs, please contact Academic Advising at, or 204-632-2327.