Pre-Admission Testing

Assessments for Success

Communications Assessment

The Communications Assessment is comprised of three parts Writing, Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking, which all are to be done through the online assessment tools.

A) Writing Assessment

This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success.

Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus - The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization - The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support - The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure - The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions - The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

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B) Reading Comprehension Assessment

There are 20 questions of two primary types on the Reading Comprehension Assessment.

The first type consists of a reading passage followed by a question based on the text. Both short and long passages are provided. The reading passages can also be classified according to the kind of information processing required including explicit statements related to the main idea, explicit statements related to a secondary idea, application, and inference.

The second type of question, sentence relationships, presents two sentences followed by a question about the relationship between these two sentences. The question may ask, for example, if the statement in the second sentence supports that in the first, if it contradicts it, or if it repeats the same information.

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Language Assessment

Assessments for Success for ESL Students

Instead of completing the Communication Assessments for Success, ESL students can complete the ESL version of the Assessment.

The ESL Language Assessment is comprised of two parts A) Writing and B) Reading Comprehension, both of which will be done through the online assessment tool, Accuplacer.

A) Writing Assessment

This test measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success.

Your writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively it communicates a whole message to the readers for the stated purpose. Your score will based on your ability to express, organize, and support your opinions and ideas, not the position you take on the essay topic. The following five characteristics of writing will be considered:

  • Focus - The clarity with which you maintain your main idea or point of view
  • Organization - The clarity with which you structure your response and present a logical sequence of ideas
  • Development and Support - The extent to which you elaborate on your ideas and the extent to which you present supporting details
  • Sentence Structure - The effectiveness of your sentence structure
  • Mechanical Conventions - The extent to which your writing is free of errors in usage and mechanics

B) Reading Comprehension Assessment

The English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Reading Skills test, comprised of 20 questions, measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

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Please identify that English is your second language so that the appropriate assessment can be booked for you.

Mathematics Assessment

The Mathematics Assessment is a 1 hour computer-based multiple choice questionnaire designed to identify basic math topics for upgrading. Depending on your program, first year students are required to write either the Business Math Assessment or the Technology Math Assessment.

The 5 assessment topics covered on the Business Math Assessment include fractions, decimals, percents, order of operations, and laws of signs. These topics assess the ability to carry out basic mathematical operations with numbers.

The 10 assessment topics for the Technology Math Assessment include the same first 5 topics above on basic mathematical operations with numbers along with 5 other topics on exponents, basic algebra, equations, algebraic fractions, and radicals to assess basic algebraic skills.

Visit the Assessment Sample Questions page to find information on how to prepare for your assessment. If your assessment results indicate you require mathematics upgrading work for specific topics, you will be directed to independent study mathematics modules.

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