Admissions Testing for Specific Program Prerequisites
Fall 2023 Admission Pretesting will occur on campus.
Please read the information on this page carefully. The dates for Fall 2023 pretests are listed below. Applicants will receive an email with the time and room number, 3 to 4 days prior to the test. If you do not attend the pretest as indicated in the email, your will be refused admission.
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 April for Fall admissions, and in November 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 message in your application account 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 admissions:
Round 1: March 15, 16, 17 2023
Round 2: March 22, 23, 24 2023
Round 3: (Second Program Selection) April 26, 27, 28 2023
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 message in your application center account 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 at Dawson College)
The French test consists of of 60 multiple choice questions.
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 / CEGEP course # 105-003 RE.
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 564-426 or 565-426.
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.
Textbook: Sabetghadam, Noushin. Remedial Activities for Secondary IV Mathematics. DC Printing. Approx. $23
For previous final exams in Secondary IV (Grade 10) Math – Algebra, look for the exam for course #201-016-RE 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 # 564-506 / 565-506.
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.
Textbook: McArthur, George. Remedial Activities for Sec. V Math (Functions & Trigonometry). DC Printing. Approx. $24
For previous final exams in Secondary V (Grade 11) Math – Functions and Trigonometry, look for the exam for course #201-015-RE 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 551-504
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. Introductory Chemistry, 2nd Custom ed., Cengage.
For previous final exams in Secondary V (Grade 11) Chemistry, look for the exam for course #202-001-50 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 #553-504.
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 course #203-001-50 in the following link:.