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Writing the Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB)

October 26, 2015

BIT studentsAfter submitting an application to the Business Information Technology program (BIT), applicants are contacted to write an assessment called the Computer Programmer Aptitude Battery Test (CPAB). This is a well-established and valuable tool that helps both the College and the BIT applicant to assess the applicant’s aptitude for the BIT program.

Let’s take a look at how the CPAB works:

What does it measure?
The CPAB measures an applicant’s problem-solving abilities. Please note it is not a test about computers or IT concepts. Instead, an applicant is presented with five different sub-tests:

*Verbal Meaning (you will be given a vocabulary word and then choose which of 5 other words means the same as the first word)

*Reasoning (a test of ability to reason and express problems in a simple form using conventional mathematical symbols).

*Letter Series (each problem represents a series of letters according to a pattern. You will find the pattern in the series and decide which letter comes next in the sequence).

*Number Ability (you will quickly estimate reasonable answer to computations)

*Diagramming (also known as ’flow charting’- this test looks at your ability to analyze problems and determine solutions in a logical sequence).

Is it possible to study for the CPAB?
Not really, as this is a measurement of aptitude, so it is designed to assess the problem-solving skills you have developed over your lifetime.

What does the test score mean?
The College has been using the CPAB for several decades now. Over that time, it has built up a sample size of thousands of test writers. When you take the CPAB, your final score is measured against all the others, and if it falls into the 59th percentile or better, you are offered admission directly into BIT.

What if my score is too low?
If your test falls below the 59th percentile, you can contact the Assessment Centre to get feedback. Test writers who fell just a little short (a few percentage points) off the standard might consider enrolling in Introduction to BIT, a one-semester alternative entry to BIT. Intro to BIT can help students sharpen their problem-solving skills while getting started on courses in the BIT diploma.

If an applicant’s score fell several points below the standard, this may require some careful thought and consideration. It does not mean the program is out of the question, but it may mean the BIT program is not the right choice for the applicant. Academic Advisors are available to discuss other options if necessary.

If you have any questions about applying to these or any other RRC programs, please contact us at 204-632-2327, or

Red River College Information Session-October 22, 2015

October 5, 2015

Gen Info October 2015

If you are considering post-secondary, you do not want to miss this information session. Learn about full-time programs, the admissions process and the various support services that are available. There is something for everyone at Red River College.

*This is the same presentation that is delivered to high schools and adult learning centres but this is an opportunity for students who have missed these opportunities to attend. Parents and family members are welcome and encouraged to attend! Register at



September 21, 2015

PE CarpentryRed River College is a proud partner and supporter of apprenticeship training in Manitoba. In this blog post, we will focus on three RRC pre-employment trades programs – Carpentry, Electrical, and Plumbing – to explain how starting at RRC can set you on a path to earning a Red Seal, emblematic of having mastered your chosen trade.

What is a pre-employment trades program?
A pre-employment trades program is a short-term certificate program, focused on providing the student with a base of skills that will enable him or her to secure a Level 1 Apprenticeship in their chosen trade. While these programs are not mandatory for entering a trade, industry leaders have indicated they would much prefer to hire someone with a base of skill over someone with no skill at all.

What are the entrance requirements?
For Regular Admission, applicants must have completed, or be completing, a high school diploma that includes English, Math, and Science. Please consult the specific requirements in each program to determine the exact credits required.

What will I learn in a pre-employment trades program?
In all three of the programs highlighted, students will attend RRC full-time for five months. In that time the students will learn applied math, science, and communications, and they will spend significant time in training labs, learning and performing a range of hands-on activities. In Carpentry, for example, students will spend time learning how to operate a variety of hand tools related to construction.

What have I gained at the conclusion of a pre-employment trades program?
Upon completion, students will have earned a certificate from RRC. More importantly, they will have gained a base of industry-relevant skills designed to qualify them for employment as a Level 1 Apprentice in their chosen trade. Depending on how well the student performed, credit transfer into their apprenticeship might be possible. This could potentially speed up their time to completion.

What happens once I become an apprentice?
In these highlighted trades, apprentices will work through four levels toward earning a Red Seal, the top credential in their trade. Apprentices spend 1800 hours on the job in each level, with short stints in school to acquire relevant math, science, and communication knowledge as they progress.

Want to learn more? To find out more about pre-employment trades programs at RRC, contact us at To learn more about apprenticeship opportunities in this province, contact Apprenticeship Manitoba at

Tips When Applying to RRC’s Creative Arts Programs

September 9, 2015

EDC campusRed River College offers several Creative Arts programs, designed to support a wide range of industries in Manitoba. Three of these programs – Creative Communications (CC), Digital Media Design (DMD), and Graphic Design (GD) – are referred to as Special Selection programs. Beyond their academic requirements, applicants must demonstrate their suitability for each program through some combination of:
-portfolio (CC, DMD, GD)
-testing (CC)
-take-home assignment (CC)
-interview (CC, DMD GD)

If you are considering applying to any of these programs, the following tips may prove helpful:

Apply early. While the very latest you can apply to any of these programs is February 28th, you are advised to apply much sooner than that, ideally in the Fall. The advantage of an early application is it enables you to start the Special Selection process sooner. Early applicants to DMD and GD will have months to work on their portfolios, while deadline applicants will only have weeks.

Research the career. Learn as much as you can about the field you want to pursue. Research online, in libraries, and even contact potential employers to find out what the workday is really like. Doing this will prove valuable if you are offered an interview, as it is very likely you will be asked to state why you are interested in this career.

Practice, practice, practice. If you are applying for CC, try to develop a writing habit. Students in the program write every day, so you will need to develop this skill to handle the application process and the program itself. For DMD and GD, applicants should be honing their creativity through drawing, painting, or by creating sculpture or dioramas.

Follow directions carefully. Both DMD and GD require applicants to submit a portfolio assignment. The assignment provides very precise instructions on how to submit the portfolio. Be sure to read these carefully. A properly submitted portfolio does not guarantee admission, but it enables you to put the quality of your work at the forefront.

Be patient. The application process in all of these programs requires a lot of time. A Fall applicant will not receive an Offer of Admission until mid- to late-Spring.

If you any questions about applying to these or any other RRC programs, please contact us at 204-632-2327, or

Tips When Applying To Health Science Programs

August 24, 2015

Health Care students

There are Health Science programs at Red River College with admission requirements you may find complicated upon first glance. In this blog post, we will offer some tips designed to help you navigate the admission process.

Read the admission requirements thoroughly, from top to bottom. Nursing, for example, has six steps in its admission process, but applicants should first focus on Steps 1 – 4 only in order to initiate an application. Steps 5 and 6 are completed at a later stage in the process.

Check which steps must be shown as complete at the time of application. Ultrasound, for example, requires the first seven steps of its admission process to be completed within 30 days of applying. This includes all academic pre-requisites. Most programs require only proof of enrolment at the time of application – Ultrasound is an exception to this rule.

Are your immunizations up to date? Applicants have thirty days from application to show proof of up-to-date immunizations. You are encouraged to consult your physician before applying to see if you have any outstanding immunizations. This is significant because some immunizations must be done in stages, taking up to seven months, a delay that would result in a cancelled application.

Human Anatomy and Physiology is a pre-requisite for most Health Science programs, and it is in high demand among hundreds of students intent on pursuing a career as a health care professional. While it is offered at numerous post-secondary schools, including RRC, it fills up very quickly every year. Be sure to register for this course at the first available opportunity.

If you have questions about these or any RRC programs, contact an Academic Advisor. Advisors can help you better understand what is required of you at the application stage, and beyond.

English Language Training At RRC

July 13, 2015



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RRC’s Language Training Centre enrols approximately 1000 students in English language programs every year. Permanent residents and visa students can access a variety of English as an Additional Language (EAL) programs designed to assist them towards life, education, and career goals.

Centrally located at 123 Main Street (also known as Union Station), the Centre is easily accessible from all corners of Winnipeg. A dedicated staff provides language proficiency assessments, classroom instruction, student support services, and more.

There are many advantages to studying English at the Language Training Centre:
•Comprehensive levels of language programming
•Assessment-based placement so students are in the right level
•One-on-one opportunities with instructors
•State-of-the-art online learning opportunities
•Completion certificate and official language competency report
•International student supports and social activities
•A Workplace Language Exposure component

Online learning is especially valuable, as it allows students to build on their in-class learning any time they want. The online language learning tool is designed for specific occupational or educational goals. It is state-of-the-art software that uses vocabulary-building exercises and skill-building activities, advanced speech recognition technology, interactive dialogues, and videos on the topics of your choice.

If you would like to inquire about being assessed, or have questions about programming at the LTC, please click here to see a list of contacts at the Centre.

If you have questions about post-secondary options at Red River College, speak to an Academic Advisor. Contact us at, or 204-632-2327.

Applying Online To RRC

June 24, 2015

Culinary Arts

Are you about to apply to a Red River College program? Consider the online application process. Here are some convincing reasons to choose the internet instead of paper:

-Faster submission and processing times
-You receive acknowledgement within moments of submitting it
-You can work on your application over several sessions
If your program has a waitlist, the initial date of application determines your waitlist position. This is a distinct advantage over mailed-in applications
-You get an online account. This account can let you:
-Upload admission requirement documents (some programs)
-Check the status of your required admission documents
-View your submitted online application
-Update your personal information
-Request information about College services
-View and register for College events

To initiate an online application, go to the program’s Overview page. In the left-hand menu, you will see a link called “Dates and Fees”. Click on it, and you will then see the next available date(s) on which the program will be running. You will also see if it operates on more than one campus. Next to the date(s), you will see an “Apply Now” link. Clicking there will take you to the Account Set-Up page, and then to the application. Within minutes you will have an active application!

Once submitted, you can rely on quick and timely communication that will keep you updated on the status of your application.

Questions? Contact us at before you apply.

Submitting International Credentials

June 10, 2015

LTC students

Students who were born and educated in other countries make up an ever-growing segment of Red River College’s student population. The College recently revamped its processes for receiving international documents as part of an application to the College. Here is some information to help you better understand this process.

International Credential Assessment for Admission:

If you are applying to a Red River College (RRC) program and have been educated outside of Canada, you will require an International Credential Assessment. This assessment will analyze and compare education that you have completed outside of Canada with the academic requirements of the RRC program for which you have submitted an application. Please ensure you submit your application well in advance of your program’s start date.

For more information, please follow this helpful lnk and don’t hesitate to contact an academic advisor if you have any questions. Call 204-632-2327, or e-mail

Your international credential assessment will be completed as soon as possible; however it may take up to three months to complete. It is important to note the assessment is for Red River College use only.

In Conclusion…

Applicants are strongly encouraged to follow the steps as indicated, in order to ensure a smooth application process.

If you have any questions prior to starting an application, please get in touch with an Academic Advisor. Call 204-632-2327, or e-mail