Event Summary

Community Services - Academic Communication Assessment

Tuesday, November 10, 2020
9:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Status: Space Available
Location: Room D202, 2055 Notre Dame Avenue, Winnipeg

The Community Services Academic Communication Assessment (ACA) is a pre-application requirement for RRC's Child and Youth Care, Disability and Community Support, Early Childhood Education (ECE), and ECE Workplace programs.

The ACA tests your ability to read and write at a college level and includes two parts:

1. A reading comprehension test, called Degrees of Reading Power (DRP).

The Degrees of Reading Power, or the DRP, is a test for English first language speakers, i.e. people who learned to speak English at home as a child, were educated in English, and now live and work in English.

  • It is a test that determines how well you understand what you're reading.
  • There are 70 multiple choice questions.
  • As you work through the test, the passages become more challenging.
  • It is an untimed test, that is, you will have as much time as you need to write this part of the assessment. On average, the DRP takes approximately two hours to complete.
2. A textbook reading assessment and a written response called the Program Specific Assessment (PSA).

  • It tests your comprehension of a reading from your RRC program of interest.
  • You will have 90 minutes to complete this part of the assessment.
  • It tests your writing skills through the completion of a 5-paragraph essay writing task. You will be assessed on your ability to:
    • Produce basic, structured academic paragraphs on presented and familiar topics.
    • Effectively introduce, support and conclude an idea within a 5-paragraph structure and within each paragraph.
    • Correctly employ grammar, sentence structure, spelling, capitalization, punctuation, tone, and word choice and usage.

For more information about the assessment, and to access resources that may help you prepare, please visit Community Services Academic Communication Assessment.
Registration period closes Saturday, November 7, 2020