Frequently Asked Questions

Pre-Admission Testing
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.  

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? 

Tests can only be booked once a referral has been generated. Applicants are required to contact the appropriate area. Once a referral has been received, you will be provided with instructions from the Pre-Admission Testing Centre on how to proceed with scheduling your appointment.

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

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. 

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] mohawkcollege.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 via email after your testing referral has been created. Once your payment has been processed, you can contact the Testing Centre at 905-575-2448 to schedule an 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, unless indicated at the time of booking.

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 three (3) Mohawk College intake terms.

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 10 English
Read an article and answer a series of short answer questions. (1 hour)

Grade 12 English (First Language English speakers)
Writing Assessment (1 hour) - 300-600 word essay
Reading Assessment (not timed) – 20 multiple choice questions

Grade 12 Language (Second Language English – ESL – speakers)
Writing Assessment (1 hour) - 300-600 word essay
Reading Assessment (not timed) – 20 multiple choice questions
Listening Assessment (not timed) – 20 multiple choice questions

Grade 10 Math
Multiple Choice test (1 hour) – Approx. 30 questions
Topics include: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, mixed numerals, fractions, whole numbers and decimals

Grade 11 Business Math
Multiple Choice test (1 hour & 20 minutes) – Approx. 30 questions
Topics include: fractions, decimals, percents, order of operations, laws of signs

Grade 12 Technical Math
Multiple Choice test (1 hour & 30 minutes) – Approx. 50 questions
Topics include: fractions, decimals, percents, order of operations, laws of signs, basic algebra, equations, exponents, radicals, and algebraic fractions

Grade 12 Comprehensive Technical Math
Multiple Choice test (2 hours) – Approx. 70 questions
Topics include: fractions, decimals, percents, order of operations, laws of signs, basic algebra, equations, exponents, radicals, and algebraic fractions, mensuration, trigonometry & geometry, linear equations and logarithms

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.

 

Assessments for Success

What is the Assessments for Success? 

The Assessments for Success is a post-admission assessment for incoming first-semester students. The Communications Assessment will consist of a skills assessments, which will include writing prompt. 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 Summer 2021 Assessments for Success booking period will begin approximately late- April.
The Fall 2021 Assessments for Success booking period will begin approximately early-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?

Summer 2021 and Fall 2021 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. 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 technologies Respondus Lockdown Browser and Respondus Monitor will be used during your test. An assessment Zoom Support Link will be available for students, up to 15 minutes after their scheduled start time, for assistance if needed.

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 consist of a writing prompt. You will be assessed on your ability to effectively write about a randomly assigned topic.  The writing assessment will require a 300-600 word essay-style response, timed at 1 hour.

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 assessment is timed at one (1) hour.

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

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
For Summer 2021 students: please contact the Testing Centre directly to reschedule your appointment by calling 905-575-2042.

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 

For Mac computer: My computer keeps telling me to download Respondus?

Locate and run the installer from your Downloads folder

  • Open a new Finder window (Blue/White icon on the Dock, at the bottom of your screen)
  • Navigate to your Downloads folder which can be found under your username on the left navigation bar
  • Double Click on Install Respondus Lockdown Browser.pkg

 

Follow the steps of the installer until it closes

For Mac computer: I have run the Respondus installer, but I still cannot access the test?

To start the test, you will need to launch the Lockdown Browser from your Applications folder

  • Open a new Finder window (Blue/White Icon on the Dock, at the bottom of your screen)
  •  Navigate to Applications folder which can be found on the left navigation bar
  • Double Click the Lockdown Browser.app
  • You will be asked to close any applications that are running on your computer – select close apps

For Mac computer: Respondus cannot access my webcam and microphone?

  • Open system preferences (Apple logo at the top left of the screen. Select System Preferences)
  • Security and Privacy
  • Accessibility
  • Click the padlock in the bottom left corner. You will be prompted to enter your password.
  • In the list of applications, select the check box next to Lockdown Browser. If the Lockdown Browser is not in the list of applications, select the + button below the list of applications.
  • Then select Lockdown Browser from the list in the popup. Click the padlock to lock.
  • Close system preferences and launch Respondus Lockdown Browser from Applications.
  • If the previous steps do not resolve the problem, please restart your computer.

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/ICVE 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/ICVE 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/ICVE 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/ICVE 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