Assessment Services

Assessment Services provides diagnostic and entrance assessments to help individuals achieve their goals in college and/or career by providing feedback and recommendations on academic preparedness.

Location: Building D, Room 102 (Main Floor)
Hours: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday to Friday or by appointment.
Phone: (204) 632-2458


  • Assessment Services Coordinator: Lauren Phillips (204) 632-2570 or lmphillips@rrc.ca
  • Assessment Facilitator: Evelyn Torwart  (204) 632-2458 or etorwart@rrc.ca
  • Assessment Clerk: Annette Neskar (204) 632-3093 or aneskar@rrc.ca

In accordance with the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), Assessment Services is committed to protecting your privacy and ensuring your personal information remains confidential.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I make an appointment for testing?

For testing to enter into a program with special selection requirements, you first register with Enrolment Services. You should receive a letter from Enrolment Services regarding your test date with Assessment Services. Plan to arrive for testing on the date provided. For the Nursing program, contact Assessment Services for an appointment.

For testing to enter into a program through special admission requirements (i.e. mature student status), you will be sent a letter from Enrolment Services asking you to make an appointment for testing at the Assessment Services. Please call 204-632-2458 to book your appointment. Have your student number available when making your appointment.

If you are trying to determine the level at which you will enter an upgrading program at Red River College, then you will take an Academic Readiness Assessment. This test is given on specific test dates. Testing begins promptly at 9:00 AM in Room D202 at the Notre Dame campus. The test is given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Each test session can accommodate 20 people. Therefore, you do not need to make an appointment, but you should arrive early on a scheduled test date (i.e., you should arrive before 9:00 AM). There is a $40 fee for testing.

For test dates please call:  Adult Learning Centre – 204-632-3787 or Indigenous Programs – 204-632-2499 or Assessment Services – 204-632-2458

It is important for you to arrive on your scheduled test date. Applicants who live within 100 kilometers of Winnipeg are expected to take their assessment at Red River College in the designated setting. If any special circumstances prevent you from making your appointment, then please call Evelyn Torwart at 204-632-2458 for assistance.

How much does the testing cost?

A $40.00 non-refundable assessment fee must be paid prior to writing your entrance test(s) for RRC programs. Fees are payable in cash, cheque, money order, debit card, VISA or MasterCard. Please write cheques payable to "Red River College". Please complete an Assessment Fee Payment Form and submit it along with your payment.

If You Are Mailing In Your Payment:

Please complete the requested information to send with your payment to the Notre Dame Campus Controller’s Office (C212) or the Exchange District Campus Student Services Centre (P104) immediately. The mailing address is:

Red River College – Controller’s Office
C212-2055 Notre Dame Ave
Winnipeg, MB  R3H 0J9
Fax: (204) 632-6267 

The Controller’s Office will forward the validated receipt directly to Assessment Services on your behalf. This validated receipt and the Assessment Fee Payment Form must be received by the Assessment Services prior to writing your test.

If You Are Paying In Person:

Please bring the completed form and your payment to either the Notre Dame Campus Student Service Centre D101 or the Exchange District Campus Student Services Centre (P104) to be validated.

Bring your receipt to give to the examiner on the day of your test.

How do I find the testing room?

Testing occurs in Building D, Room 202 unless your letter indicated otherwise.

Campus Map

If You Are Driving:

Take entrance #3 off Notre Dame 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, 3-story, white building. Take the side entrance and go to the second floor Room 202.

*Note that parking costs $1.50/hour and the ticket dispenser only accepts Loonies;

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, 3-story, white building towards the left. Take the side entrance and go to the second floor Room 202.

How do I check in for testing?

Testing occurs in room D202 unless your letter indicated otherwise. Arrive early for your testing in order to obtain seating. Give yourself time to find the building and the room.

If the College sent you a letter inviting you for the testing session, bring it with you. Make sure you have your student number. Also bring in your assessment fee sheet. 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, or other study aids may not be used.

Please bring a form of photo identification (e.g., driver’s license, passport) on the day of your testing.)

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 prepare for the tests?

We recommend that you study before taking your admission test(s). The following study guides and online resources provide a starting point for your preparation.

Academic Readiness Assessment

Sample questions for reading and math.


If you are taking a math test for a technology program, then please see the following study guide.

If you are taking a test to meet a basic math requirement (i.e., CAAT-C), then please review the following website for sample questions.

A general website to help you review math skills.

For print materials, you may review “The Easy Way Series” (Mathematics, Arithmetic, Geometry, Algebra) by Barron’s Publishing.


The reading test looks at your ability to comprehend the meaning of written passages. If you are taking the Academic Readiness Assessment, then you will take a reading test called CAAT-C: Reading Comprehension. All RRC reading tests cover a variety of subject matter. The passages are not specific to any particular academic program. Improving your reading proficiency is an ongoing, long-term process. Therefore, preparing for a reading test can involve long-term reading of many types of materials at varying levels of difficulty (e.g., textbooks, professional journals, newspapers.)

To assess reading proficiency, you likely will take the Standard Degree of Reading Power (DRP): This is a multiple choice test which measures your ability to read and understand written passages. It contains several reading passages in which some words are missing. You will choose the word that makes the best sense in the blank from several words provided as possible responses. This test is not timed, but usually takes 1-2 hours. (passages example)


If you are required to take a science entrance examination for admission purposes, please call Assessment Services to determine which science test you will be taking. The four possible tests in science are biology, chemistry, general science, and physics. 

General study guides

For general practice questions and test-taking strategies, the following website may be useful.

The public library and bookstores are good sources for study materials. You might review high school and college preparatory textbooks, workbooks, study guides, and self-help/tutor books. You also might take practice tests, such as the ACT/SAT practice test books, in order to become familiar with how tests may be structured. The areas of mathematics and science will be most helpful to review if you are taking tests in these areas.

How do I get my results?

Within 2 weeks of your test date, you will receive a letter from Enrolment Services (or Adult Learning Centre or Aboriginal Programs) indicating whether you have been accepted as a student. Thus, the official decision whether or not you have been accepted will be communicated to you in writing. After you receive this letter, you have the option of contacting Assessment Services at 204-632-2458 if you are interested in details regarding your specific test results.

If you are taking tests to meet special admission requirements, then you will be informed of your test results immediately after you take your tests. However, the official decision about whether you have been accepted into your program will be communicated to you in writing from Enrolment Services within 2 weeks of your test date.

Receiving your Creative Communications Entrance Test results will take at least 8 weeks from the due date of the portfolio.

What are assessments for learning and attention difficulties?

What will the assessment involve?

Assessments involve individualized testing and take up to a full day. Depending on a person’s schedule and needs, testing can occur across several days or may involve one full day. The assessment includes:


Students will have an opportunity to share knowledge and describe difficulties experienced. Background information about work experience, career goals, educational history, psychological concerns, medical concerns, and personal interests will be discussed.

Assessments in the following areas -

  • Ability: You will take a standardized assessment to determine your overall ability, as well as specific abilities in verbal and nonverbal tasks.
  • Academic Achievement: This assessment will determine your performance in areas of reading, mathematics, and writing.
  • Memory: This assessment will involve short-term and long-term verbal memory and visual memory.
  • Attention: You will be asked to complete a self-report of current and past difficulties related to inattention, excessive energy, and/or impulsivity.
  • Processing Speed (executive functioning): This test looks at ability to sequence and scan visual information quickly and accurately.


  • Written Report: Following your assessment, a report describing the test results and recommendations will be written. You will be given a copy of the report. The reports are confidential, and information will not be shared without your permission.
  • Feedback session: You will have a feedback session with the assessment specialist to discuss results and recommendations, as well as make future plans. This feedback session may involve your counsellor, who will be able to assist with setting up any needed accommodations.

For further information about assessments, please contact:

Laureen Janzen, Coordinator
Counselling and Accessibility Services
Phone: 204-632-2121

English Skills Assessment

Many Red River College programs require that you take an English Skills Assessment as part of your application.

There are two types of English Skills Assessments possible. One is called the Degrees of Reading Power or the DRP; the other is called the CanTEST.

Please review the considerations below to choose the best assessment for you.

Who should write the DRP?

  • If you were born in Canada
  • Or came to Canada at age 12 or younger
  • Or consider English as your primary language (the one you know best and are most comfortable with and use every day when listening, speaking, reading and writing)

If this sounds like your language background, please register for the DRP.

Who should write the CanTEST?

  • If you came to Canada at age 13 or older
  • Or graduated in Manitoba with “E” designated high school credits (Please note RRC programs do not accept “E” designations for high school credits listed in the admission requirements.)
  • Or English is not the language you feel most comfortable using

If this sounds like your language background, please consider registering for the CanTEST.
Please note: If you have written an English Skills Assessment in the past, please contact the applicable testing centre below to ensure your score is currently valid and at the required level for program of interest.

  • For DRP, call RRC Assessment Services at 204-632-2458
  • For CanTEST, call the Language Training Centre at 204-945-6151 and then press 2