Admissions Testing for Specific Program Prerequisites
If you have applied to Dawson College and have no record of completing the program prerequisites in the Quebec secondary school curriculum or your prerequisite was completed over 5 years ago you may be notified by email for admissions testing in order for the Admissions Committee to assess your preparedness in the required program prerequisite(s). Testing takes place at Dawson College (Montreal, Canada) on weekdays. We will be holding several testing rounds from March to May for Fall admissions, and from November to December for Winter admissions. For the dates of specific rounds, click on Dates of Testing Rounds below. If you are selected for testing, you will receive a notice by email with full details on the test(s) to write, when and where on campus the test(s) will take place. We strongly recommend that you write requested tests, as you may be disqualified if you fail to attend. Click on each test below for details.
Please note that if you reside outside Canada and require a visa to travel to Canada, the notice for admissions testing will NOT qualify you to apply for a study visa to enter Canada.
Depending on where you are traveling from, travel and accommodation expenses may be costly. You will need to carefully consider whether it is worth your while to attend the testing session(s) since unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will be admitted to Dawson College.
Testing dates for Fall 2020 admissions:
First Choice Applications: March 18th to March 27th 2020.
Second Choice Application: April 22, 23 and 24, 2020
IMPORTANT: Applicants cannot choose which day to attend. Attendance is mandatory and the date is determined by the test required. Applicants will be notified by email as to the exact date and time of their exam(s) 3 to 4 days prior to the testing date.
Dates may be subject to change and/or additional dates may be added.
Reminder: If you are selected for testing, you will receive a notice by email with full details on the test(s) to write, along with when and where the test(s) will take place. We strongly recommend that you write requested tests, as you may be disqualified if you fail to attend.
English and French Tests
English: Overall duration of test – 60 minutes (In person at Dawson College)
The English test is a 60 minute test that focuses on comprehension and writing skills.
Applicants are asked to read two short passages and to then write about one of them.
Students are asked to do their best to demonstrate their English language skills.
French: Overall duration of test – 60 minutes (Online)
The French test is completed online. It consists of of 60 multiple choice questions.
Applicants are given a user name and a password to log into the test. Each applicant will have a maximum of 60 minutes to complete the test and must use headphones as there are some audio questions.
Math, Science, Chemistry and Physics Tests
To help prepare for your test, we have provided below a description of the format, the topics that will be covered, and for certain subjects, the name of a reference textbook. Click on each test for details.
Please note, that the textbooks referenced below are available for in-Library use only for 3 hours from the Circulation Desk at the Dawson College Library. You must present a valid photo ID in order to borrow these textbooks.
Manuals referenced within each description may be purchased at the Dawson College Bookstore. (Listed prices may vary.)
For previous final exams in Science, Chemistry, Physics & Mathematics go to the Dawson website and on the toolbar under Programs, scroll down & click the appropriate discipline (e.g. Chemistry) . On the right-hand menu, locate & click on Previous Final Exams. Links are provided within each test type.
Secondary IV (Grade 10) Science: Overall duration of test – 1 hour
The exam is based on the material covered in Environment Science & Technology – Youth Sector 558-404 / Adult Education # PSC 4010-4011-4012 / CEGEP course # 982-003-50.
Topics include: structure of matter, the nuclear atom, the Periodic Table, chemical and physical properties of matter, acids and bases, chemical nomenclature, types of chemical reactions, calculations of concentrations (mass percent, molarity), and introduction to electricity and magnetism; gravity, velocity and Coulomb’s Law.
For previous final exams in Secondary IV (Grade 10) Science, look for the exam for CEGEP course # 982-003-50 in the following link:
Secondary IV (Grade 10) Math – Algebra: Overall duration of test – 1 hour
The exam is based on the material covered in Mathematics – Youth Sector #568-436 / 564-406/426 or 565-406/426, Adult Education # MTH 416 & MTH 4105 to 4111 (incl.) or 4101 to 4111 (incl.), CEGEP course # 201-007-50 or 201-016-50.
Topics include: fundamental operations with algebraic expressions, products, factoring, long division, combining fractions, laws of exponents and radicals. Additionally, you will find questions regarding: linear equations and inequalities in one or two unknowns and quadratic equations, the quadratic formula, triangle trigonometry and word problem applications.
Manual: McArthur, George. Algebra. (Sec. IV -Yellow Cover) $12.00 available at the Dawson Bookstore.
Textbook: Lial, Hornsby, McGinnis. Beginning Algebra, 11th edition Pearson
(Call Number: QA152.3 .L535 2012)
For previous final exams in Secondary IV (Grade 10) Math – Algebra, look for the exam for CEGEP course # 201-007-50 or 201-016-50 in the following link:
Secondary V (Grade 11) Math – Functions and Trigonometry: Overall duration of test – 1.5 hours
The exam is based on the material covered in Mathematics – Youth Sector # 568-536 / 564-506 / 565-506 Adult Education #MTH 5101 & 5102 & 5105 to 5111 (incl.) CEGEP course # 201-009-50 or 201-015-50.
Topics include: functions and their graphs, inverse functions, trigonometric functions, exponential and logarithmic functions, circular functions, trigonometric equations, laws of sines and cosines, trigonometric identities and word problem applications.
Manual: McArthur, George. Functions & Trigonometry. (Secondary V-Blue Cover) $19.50 available at the Dawson Bookstore.
Textbook: Lial, Hornsby, Schneider, Daniels. College Algebra & Trigonometry, 5th edition Pearson
(Call Number: QA154.3 .L535 2013)
For previous final exams in Secondary V (Grade 11) Math – Functions and Trigonometry, look for the exam for CEGEP course # 201-009-50 or 201-015-50 in the following link:
Secondary V (Grade 11) Chemistry: Overall duration of test – 2 hours
The exam is based on the material covered in Chemistry – Youth Sector # 551-584 / 551-504 / Adult Education # CHE 5024 & 5025 or CHE 5041-5042-5043 / CEGEP course # 202-001-50 or 202-006-06.
Topics include: chemical problem solving, formulas and equations, metric units, mass and energy, mole conversions, weight relationships, gas laws, chemical nomenclature, types of chemical reactions, and stoichiometry. Note: A Periodic Table of the Elements will be supplied.
Textbook: Zumdahl, Decoste, Zumdahl . Introductory chemistry, 2nd Custom ed., Nelson Education
(Call Number: QD33.2 .Z853 2017)
For previous final exams in Secondary V (Grade 11) Chemistry, look for the exam for CEGEP course # 202-001-50 or 202-006-06 in the following link:
Secondary V (Grade 11) Physics: Overall duration of test – 2 hours
The exam is based on the material covered in Physics – Youth Sector #534/ 563-504 / Adult Education #PHS 5018,5019 &5034 or PHS 5041-5042-5043, CEGEP course # 203-001-50 or 203-006-06.
Topics include: free fall, the effects of forces, friction, work & energy in classical mechanics, as well as reflection, refraction, lenses, and mirrors in geometrical optics.
Textbook: Wilson, Buffa and Lou. Custom edition of College Physics.6th ed. Prentice Hall Pearson
(Call Number: QC23.2 .W57 2008B)
For previous final exams in Secondary V (Grade 11) Physics, look for the exam for CEGEP course # 203-001-50 or 203-006-06 in the following link:.