Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Admission Testing
Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE)
Assessments for Success
External Proctoring

 

Pre-Admission Testing

What is a Pre-Admission Test?

Pre-Admissions test(s) are used for applicants that do not meet or are missing the eligibility requirements for the program they have applied to.  Each test is valid for 1 year. 

A Pre-Admission test will replace an English/Math credit from an applicant’s transcript for eligibility into a program at Mohawk College only. 

Pre-Admission test grades are not transferrable to other colleges. 

How will I know if I require a Pre-Admission Test? 

Domestic applicants will be notified by their admission advisor that they are missing a requirement on their application. This will come in the form of an email. The advisor can then set up a testing referral to write the Pre-Admission test.  

International applicants will be notified on their Letter of Acceptance if additional academic requirements need to be met. Through the check in process the International Student Services staff will review the applicants file and determine if they may be eligible to write the Pre-Admission test(s) for the missing subjects. If they are eligible they will be notified via email and set up a testing referral to write the Pre-Admission test. 

To contact a staff member to confirm whether a pre-admission test is required, please see below: 

Domestic applicants applying through OCAS: coach [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

International applicants: intered [at] mohawkcollege.ca or international.services [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

Applicants to the GAS-EAP program: eap [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

Applicants to a Continuing Education program: cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

How do I book my Pre-Admission test? 

Once a referral has been generated, you may contact the Pre-Admission Testing Centre at 905-575-2448 to schedule an appointment. 

Can I write my Pre-Admission Math and English tests online?

Fall 2020 Pre-Admission tests will be offered online and virtually. Applicants must ensure they meet all the virtual proctoring requirements prior to testing. At this time, in-person tests are not available. 

What are the requirements for virtual proctoring?

Below is a list of the mandatory requirements for virtual proctoring:

  • Access to a desktop or laptop computer (no cell phones, tablets, iPads, or Chromebooks)
  • Stable internet (preferably wired)
  • A quiet space for testing
  • A working built-in or external webcam and microphone

 

You will also have to run a mandatory system requirements check to ensure your computer can run the software required for testing.

  1. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER by following these steps:
    1. Go to www.accuplacer.org
    2. At the bottom right of the screen, please click on ‘Verify System’
  2. Go to the Zoom website, download and install Zoom: https://www.zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.
  3. To check that Zoom was set up correctly, click here: https://www.zoom.us/test. Please use the option to join with video. You will need to test your microphone, speaker and your ability to share your screen.

What if I do not meet the requirements for virtual proctoring? Can the test be written in person at Mohawk College?

If you are unable to meet the virtual proctoring requirements, please contact: 

Domestic applicants applying through OCAS: coach [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

International applicants: intered [at] mohawkcollege.ca or international.services [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

Applicants to the GAS-EAP program: eap [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

Applicants to a Continuing Education program: cecommunity [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

As a result of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, in person testing is currently unavailable. The college campus is currently closed to all students, staff and faculty. 

I require testing accommodations due to a disability.  What is the process? 

Applicants who feel they require testing accommodations due to a disability or had an Individual Education Plan (I.E.P.) in high school are asked to contact the Pre-Admission Testing Centre at 905 575-2448 or by email at preadmissiontesting [at] mohwkcollege.ca and identify themselves as requiring accommodations. Applicants will then be referred to Accessible Learning Services to discuss an accommodations plan. 

Once this accommodations plan has been established, the applicant will contact the Pre-Admission Testing Centre at 905-575-2448 to schedule their test. 

Is there a fee for the Pre-Admission test?

If writing one test, there may be a testing fee of $30+hst.  
If writing two tests, there may be a testing fee of $40+hst.  

The testing fee will be confirmed at the time of booking. 

How do I pay for my Pre-Admission test? 

All Pre-Admission test fees will be processed through a secure online payment platform. You will receive payment instructions in a confirmation email once your appointment has been scheduled.  

Payment MUST be received at least 3 business days prior to your appointment. 

What will I need to achieve on my test to be considered successful?

The passing score for each admission test varies.  Pass scores can be obtained from your advisor who provided you your testing referral.  If you have questions regarding your score and eligibility following your test, please contact the department provided in your post-test email. 

What resources are permitted while writing the Pre-Admission test? 

While writing the Pre-Admission test applicants are permitted a pencil/pen and scrap paper. Testing areas must be clear of any other objects. All scrap paper must be discarded after testing in front of your proctor on camera. 

 Are calculator’s permitted on Pre-Admission math tests? 

Applicants writing a Pre-Admission math test, are not permitted the use of calculators. However, some questions on the test may provide the applicant a virtual calculator.  

Where can I find Pre-Admission sample questions? 

Please confirm with the Pre-Admission Testing Centre which test(s) you are required to write.  Once you have done so, click here to access Pre-Admission sample questions. 

When will I be notified of their Pre-Admission test results? 

All applicants that write a Pre-Admission test, will receive an email within 2-3 business days with information regarding their results. 

After you have received this message, you may contact the area indicated in your post-test email if you have further questions. 

Can I rewrite the Pre-Admission test if I am not successful?

Applicants who are unsuccessful on their Pre-Admission English or Math tests can rewrite these tests after 1 year. 

The Pre-Admission Language tests can be re-written after 6 months. 

How long is the test and how many sections and questions are there?

Grade 12 English (First Language English speakers
Writing Assessment (1 hour) - 300-600 word essay
Reading Assessment (untimed) – 20 multiple choice questions

Grade 12 Language (Second Language English – ESL – speakers)
Writing Assessment (1 hour) - 300-600 word essay
Reading Assessment (untimed) – 20 multiple choice questions
Listening Assessment (untimed) – 20 multiple choice questions

Grade 10/Grade 11 Math
Arithmetic Assessment (untimed) – Answer 20 multiple choice questions.

Grade 12 Technical/Grade 12 Comprehensive Technical Math
Arithmetic Assessment (untimed) –20 multiple choice questions.
Quantitative reasoning, algebra and statistics Assessment (untimed) – 20 multiple choice questions.

Is there the option to reschedule a Pre-Admission test?

If you are unable to make your appointment, please contact us at 905 575- 2448 or email preadmissiontesting [at] mohawkcollege.ca to reschedule your Pre-Admission test.

 

Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE)

What is the Health Occupations Aptitude Exam (HOAE)?  

The Health Occupations Aptitude Exam is a mandatory pre-admission test for the Practical Nursing (715), OTA/PTA (746) and Cardiovascular Technology (728) programs at Mohawk College.  

Why do I have to write this test?  

The HOAE is a mandatory component of the admissions process for the PSW to PN, Practical Nursing, OTA/PTA and Cardiovascular Technology programs.  

Mohawk College will use these results as a component of the selection process. 

What does the HOAE consist of?  

What does the HOAE consist of?  

The HOAE covers the following: vocabulary, arithmetic, comprehension of form relationships, spelling, reading comprehension, natural science (biology, chemistry, health, safety, etc.) and a vocational adjustment index. Each section has specific time limit and set of questions:

  • Academic Aptitude - 40 minutes; 75 questions
  • Spelling - 15 minutes; 45 questions
  • Reading Comprehension - 35 minutes; 35 questions
  • Information in the Natural Sciences - 25 minutes; 60 questions
  • Vocational Adjustment Index - 15 minutes; 90 questions

 

Sample questions (opens new window).

Please note that the sample questions serve to familiarize you with the format and types of questions found on the test. These questions will not appear on the exam.

How do I book my HOAE?

Applicants to the applicable programs will receive an email with details regarding how to book their HOAE appointment online. Applicants are encouraged to check their Mohawk email regularly for any updates.

When can I write the HOAE?

The first round of HOAE testing periods are typically aligned with equal consideration periods (February 1st and June 1st).   Additional HOAE testing dates are established by the Admissions department.  Emails will be sent to applicants once these testing dates are determined. 

Where will I be writing the test?

Due to the current situation, Mohawk College is unable to offer in-person testing at Mohawk College campuses.  For the Summer testing period, the HOAE will be offered through various methods including virtual proctoring and testing at an alternate testing location. For virtual proctoring, applicants must ensure they meet all mandatory virtual proctoring system requirements prior to their appointment.

How do I ensure I meet the virtual proctoring requirements?

The HOAE will be virtually proctored using PearsonVue. Applicants are strongly encouraged to visit the link below for information and FAQ’s on their virtual proctoring policies and procedures. It is also recommended to run a systems requirement check:  

 

How long is the HOAE?

The maximum amount of time allowed for the HOAE is 2 hours and 10 minutes.  
Applicants will need to start their test within the exam window as indicated by PearsonVue.

How do I pay for the HOAE?

After submitting your request to write the HOAE with Mohawk College, applicants will receive communication through the proctor, PearsonVue, with instruction of how to write their test virtually or through a PearsonVue test Centre. During the pre-registration process, applicants will be required to process their non-refundable testing fee of up to $100USD.

What will I require the day of my exam?

  • Arrive to your virtual testing session 30 minutes prior to your scheduled exam time to check in.
  • Present valid identification – One valid form of ID is required to sit for the exam.
  • Candidates will be required to provide a signature and have their photo taken as part of the admission process.
  • No personal belongings are permitted.
  • Calculators are not allowed for the exam.

What if I require accommodations due to a disability?

Applicants who require testing accommodations due to a disability are asked to contact the Pre-Admission Testing Centre at 905-575-2448. 

When do I get my test results?

Your results will be available on the Ontario Colleges portal one to two weeks after writing.

Can I use a calculator or dictionary?

External aids are not permitted, including calculators, dictionaries or scrap paper. Applicants writing virtually will have access to a virtual whiteboard while writing their HOAE. Please see the link below for additional information on this feature:   

https://home.pearsonvue.com/op/online-proctored-whiteboard-overview 

What if I choose not to write the HOAE?

Your application will be incomplete, therefore you will not be considered for admissions into the applicable Mohawk program. 

Can I rewrite if I do poorly?

You may only write the HOAE once per application cycle. Rewrites are not permitted.

I already wrote the HOAE at Mohawk College or another institution. Can those scores be used towards my application?

If you have written at another institution, please ensure your scores appear on your Ontario OCAS application (https://www.ontariocolleges.ca/en).  Applicants are permitted to complete the HOAE only once per application cycle. HOAE scores for Mohawk College are valid for one OCAS application cycle.

I am scheduled to write my test with Mohawk College, but have applied to other colleges which require the HOAE as part of their application process. How will my scores be transferred? 

Within 10 days of test completion, your results will be distributed through the Ontario Colleges (opens new window) system to other colleges where you have applied. It is the student's responsibility to ensure they meet the college specific deadlines for HOAE score submission.

Other colleges no longer require the HOAE for admission. Does Mohawk still require the HOAE?

Yes, the HOAE (version 3), is a mandatory admission requirement for the PSW to PN (758), Practical Nursing (715), OTA/PTA (746) and Cardiovascular Technology (728) programs at Mohawk College.  

Where can I find my OCAS ID?

OCAS ID can be found on your Acknowledgement Letter or on your OCAS application located through the online portal: ontariocolleges.ca 

Can you study for the HOAE?  

PSB (the test provider) recommends the following resources while studying:

  • Dictionary
  • Grade 8 math textbook
  • High school science textbooks
  • GED & SAT study guides

 

For additional information regarding the HOAE (version 3), please visit the Psychological Services Bureau’s website: http://psbtests.com/test-resources/

Can I write the HOAE if I have not applied to Mohawk College?  

Due to the current situation with COVID-19, the Mohawk Testing Centre is unable to accept HOAE testing requests for non-Mohawk College applicants.

 

Assessments for Success

What is the Assessments for Success? 

The Assessments for Success is a post-admission assessment for incoming first-semester students. For the Fall 2020 semester, not all programs that would typically require the assessment are required to write for this intake.  If you are not required to write the assessment and wish to do so, please contact the Testing Centre by emailing assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca

The Communications Assessment will consist of a skills assessments, which will include a writing and a reading comprehension assessment. The Assessments for Success will not affect your offer of admission. 

What is the purpose of the Assessments for Success? 

The purpose of this assessment is to better understand each student’s communications skills. Your responses will be provided to your first semester Communications instructor.  Following the assessment, the Testing Centre will provide students with additional resources available throughout the college.  

When can I write my Assessments for Success? 

The Fall 2020 Assessments for Success booking period will begin mid-June. Students are encouraged to write early and prior to classes beginning. Writing the assessment early, will give students more options to available sessions, and avoid longer wait times when writing the assessment.

How can I book my Assessment for Success?

Fall 2020 Assessments for Success will be offered online through our Virtual Proctoring service. Students must ensure they meet all the virtual proctoring requirements prior to assessing. At this time, in-person assessments are not available. 

Closer to our booking period, confirmed students will receive an email with additional information on how to book their assessment online through their MyMohawk account. Students are asked to regularly check their Mohawk College email for updates. 

How can I ensure I meet all the Virtual Proctoring requirements?

The Assessments for Success will be administered through Mohawk College's LMS platform - My Canvas.  The testing session will begin with a mandatory Zoom session with a Testing Centre staff member.  The technologies Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be used during your test. 

Students must meet all the mandatory requirements, in order to complete their assessment through virtual proctoring: 

  • Access to a computer or laptop (no cell phones, tablets, iPads or Chromebooks)
  • Stable internet or WIFI (preferably wired)
  • Quiet space with no disruptions
  • Webcam and microphone

 

Please ensure you have one of the following operating systems for MyCanvas, Respondus Lockdown and Respondus Monitor:

  • Windows 7 or newer
  • Mac OSX 10.10 or newer
  • ChromeOS
  • Linux
  1. Go to the Zoom website, download and install Zoom: https://www.zoom.us/download#client_4meeting.
  2. To check that Zoom was set up correctly, click here: https://www.zoom.us/test. Please use the option to join with video. You will need to test your microphone and speaker.
  3. For information on Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor, please click here.

What questions can I expect on the Communications Assessment?

The Communications Assessment consists of both writing and reading comprehension. You will be assessed on your ability to effectively write about a randomly assigned topic.  The writing assessment will require a 300-word essay-style response.  Reading Comprehension consists of 10 questions that require the student to read passages followed by questions based on the text.

I already have a post-secondary English credit; do I have to write the Communications assessment?

Students who have prior post-secondary education may wish to apply for a course exemption and can do so through their MyMohawk. Please see the link below for more information regarding exemptions: 

www.mohawkcollege.ca/exemptions 

What will I need for my assessment?

You will be required to present a piece of photo I.D at the time of their assessment. No additional resources are permitted.

How long does the assessment take?

The writing section of the assessment is timed at one (1) hour and the reading section is timed at thirty (30) minutes.

When will I get my results for the Assessments for Success? 

Students can access their reading assessment score immediately following the assessment. The writing section of the assessment will be provided to your first-semester communications course instructor for review. Students will also receive a post-test email with information regarding your first semester Communication Course. If you have not received your results within two weeks following the assessment, please contact us at 905-575-2042 or email us at assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

If I cannot make my assessment date, how can I re-book? 

If a student cannot make their assessment, they can reschedule online through the booking portal accessed through their MyMohawk account. If they have any questions they can call the Assessment Centre at 905-575-2042 or email assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca

I wrote the assessment last year. Do I need to write it again? 

Assessment results are valid for one year. Please contact us to verify if you do need to re-write the assessment. You can email us at assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

What if I require testing accommodations due to a disability? 

Students who require testing accommodations while completing the assessment, are asked to contact the Mohawk Testing Centre at 905-575-2042. Students who identify as requiring accommodations will be referred to our Accessible Learning Services department. 

I currently reside out-of-country, am I still eligible to write the assessment?

Assessments for Success is offered for all first-semester students regardless of whether the student is out-of-country or in-country. If you have any questions, please contact assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

What if I do not have the technical requirements for virtual proctoring?

At this time, in-person testing in not available at Mohawk College campuses. If you have any questions, please contact assessment [at] mohawkcollege.ca 

 

External Proctoring

What is external proctoring?

The Mohawk Testing Centre offers proctoring services for non-Mohawk College students and other post-secondary institutions or certification programs.  

I need to write my CVRP Certification Exam, what is the process?

Please ensure you have completed your registration through CVRP prior to contacting the Mohawk Testing Centre for proctoring. Once applied, please email testingcentre.fennell [at] mohawkcollege.ca for further information and to register for external proctoring.

Is in-person testing currently being offered for the CVRP Exam?

Please note, as a result of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, all in-person testing is unavailable. The college campus is currently closed to all students, staff and faculty. Only virtual proctoring is offered at this time. 

How will my CVRP Exam be virtually proctored?

Your exam will be virtually proctored through Examity. Please ensure you meet the following requirements in order to have your exam virtually proctored:

  • Desktop computer or laptop (not cell phones, tablets, iPads or Chromebooks)
  • Webcam and microphone (built-in or external)
  • Connection to network with sufficient internet speed: at least 2 Mbps download speed and 2 Mbps upload
  • Operating systems: Windows XP or newer, Mac OS X 10.8 (Mountain Lion) – or newer
  • Browser with pop-up blocker disabled: Google Chrome v39 or later (recommended), Mozilla Firefox v34 or later, Microsoft Edge, Apple Safari v6 or later

I have questions regarding my CVRP Certification, who can I contact?

For questions regarding testing details, results, and/or other certification inquiries, please email info [at] cvrp.ca 

For questions regarding your testing appointment, please email testingcentre.fennell [at] mohawkcollege.ca  

I need to write a Real Estate Education Program test, what is the process?

Please note, as a result of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, testing is currently unavailable for the Real Estate Education Program at Mohawk College. The college campus is currently closed to all students, staff and faculty. Please contact realestateinquiry [at] humber.ca for further inquiries.

I am looking to have my test and/or exam externally proctored by Mohawk College, what is the process?

As a result of the rapidly changing situation with COVID-19, effective immediately all non-essential testing is unavailable. The college campus is currently closed to all students, staff and faculty.

If you require your test to be proctored by Mohawk College, please email testingcentre.fennell [at] mohawkcollege.ca once the college has reopened to students. Mohawk College updates, as well as confirmation as to when the college will reopen to students, will be available through the following website: at https://www.mohawkcollege.ca/covid-19-coronavirus