English Exit Test
Next English Exit Test:
Wednesday, December 13, 2017 from 8:30am – 12:30pm
Online registration for this December test will be from October 10 – 31, 2017.
The grades for the August 9, 2017 Exit Test are now available on your Omnivox transcript.
“RE” means pass (réussi) and “EC” means fail (échec).
All students registered for the English Exit Test will receive a confirmation letter a couple of weeks prior to the test in their Omnivox Portal under My Omnivox Services → Documents & Messages . You must read this letter thoroughly, print it prior to the morning of the test to receive admittance into the exam room indicated on the letter.
Dawson employees are not responsible for printing this letter.
If you have not accessed your portal recently or do not remember your password, you will need to contact the Computer Help Desk for assistance.
All students writing the test must arrive at the college by 8:00 am. They must bring a blue or black pen, their confirmation letter, and appropriate ID.
All Dawson students must register themselves online to write the Exit Test once they are eligible. There are no automatic registrations.
The Exit Test is always held on a Wednesday and usually during Dawson’s exam period. It is the only exam held on that day so there will never be an exam conflict.
They must bring their confirmation letter with them to gain entry to the test along with one of the following pieces of identification.
- Dawson ID
- Medicare Card
- Driver’s License
Any student arriving to the test without one of these authorized pieces of identification WILL NOT be admitted to the test under any circumstances.
The test starts at 8:30 am. We ask that you arrive at least half an hour early to find your room, collect your test booklet and listen to the instructions. Any student arriving more than a half an hour late (after 9:00 am) to the test will NOT be admitted under any circumstances.
Students should bring a blue or black pen and a dictionary with no grammar section to the test. Thesaurus are also allowed.
Students educated outside Canada
Students that were educated outside of Canada in a language other than English or French prior to coming to Dawson, may be eligible for an extra hour (5 hours instead of 4). Students wishing to apply for the extra hour, must submit to the Exit Test Coordinator a copy of their diploma and transcript (with translation) from the last educational institution they attended prior to coming to Dawson. Please bring a copy to give to the coordinator. She will not make the copy for you. This must be done before the end of the Exit Test registration period. The MESRST (Ministry of Education) will determine the eligibility of each student. If you attended high school in Quebec, you will not be eligible. If you were educated in English or French in another country, you will not be eligible.
Assistance preparing for the Exit Test
If you would like extra help preparing for the English Exit Test, please check out the services offered by the Academic Skills Center using the links below, or drop by to visit them on the second floor of the library.
Post Tests Options
Results for the May tests are usually available online by the third week of June, the August test results by early-September and the December test results by the third week of January. For additional information about the English Exit Test, please visit the Ministry of Education website. If you have written the Exit Test within the last two years and would like to obtain a copy of your exam, you can make that request directly to the Ministry online.
The procedures for appealing the grade are explained on the back of the grade report. There is $11.20 fee for a grade review that must be paid with a certified cheque or money order. Print and fill out the following attached form and send it with the fee. Demande_document_service_VA
If you are a graduate and have been accepted to university but did not pass the Exit Test, you must contact the university to advise them of the situation. Dawson can only register you for the next upcoming Exit Test. The universities make their own decisions in respect to your not receiving a DEC due to a missing ministerial requirement.
The Ministerial Examination of College English, commonly referred to as the English Exit Test, is a four-hour examination that takes place twice a year, in May and December, with a make-up test in August. All students completing a program of studies are required to pass the examination in order to obtain a D.E.C. (AEC programs are exempt from this examination).
Students who have successfully completed the three Block A English courses (603-101, 603-102, and 603-103) are eligible to write the examination. However, a student may register if he/she has only 603-102 or 603-103 left, and he/she is currently taking it. Students who have been granted Substitutions (SU) or Equivalencies (EQ) for English 603-101, 603-102, and/or 603-103, based on courses previously taken at college or university, are also eligible to write.
Students are encouraged to write this exam as soon as they are eligible to do so.
|603-101, 603-102 and 603-103 completed and passed||Eligible|
|603-101, 603-102 completed and passed, currently taking 603-103||Eligible|
|603-101, 603-103 completed and passed, currently taking 603-102||Eligible|
|603-101, 603-102 completed and passed, currently taking 603-BXE||Not Eligible|
|603-101, 603-103 completed and passed, currently taking 603-BXE||Not Eligible|
You can write the English Exit Test as many times as it takes to pass without fees. You do not have to be registered for courses to register to write the Exit Test. You must be receiving your DEC from Dawson to register for the Exit Test at Dawson. If you are receiving your DEC from another college, you must contact them to be registered to write the test with them.
Exit Test Format
The examination is designed to determine how well students can apply what they have been taught in their English courses. It is based on the Ministerial Objectives and Standards that apply to English courses given in the province. Students have four hours in which to complete the exam. In that time, each student must:
- read three selections of fiction and non-fiction,
- choose one of the three selections to write about,
- organize and draft an essay of at least 750 words in response,
- revise and edit the essay, and
- transcribe the final draft of the essay into the exam booklet.
Note: The only reference materials permitted are English dictionaries , Bilingual dictionaries and a/or a thesaurus. Dictionaries will be checked on the morning of the exam, so please ensure that the dictionary you intend to bring to the exam does NOT include reference sections (usually at the back) on grammar, punctuation, writing style, etc.
No cell phones, coats or bags of any kind are permitted in the exam room and students are encouraged to leave all such items in their lockers before entering the examination area. While it is possible, with permission, to make necessary washroom visits (a monitor will be stationed in the hallway), it is important to note that any student who leaves the examination area for any other reason will NOT be re-admitted. This means that a student cannot leave the exam room to get food, to make a phone call, to put money into a parking meter, etc.
The essays are graded by a team of teachers from English departments and by external examiners from across the province. They are graded, on each of the three criteria explained below, on a scale from A (very good) to F (unacceptable). Students pass the exam if they have grades of C or better on each of the three criteria; the grade D is a failing grade.
Comprehension & Insight
- recognition of a main idea from the selected reading
- identification of techniques and/or devices employed by the author
- evidence of critical or analytical interpretation of the selection
- references that demonstrate understanding of the reading
Organization of Response
- statement of a thesis about the text
- structured development of the essay
- use of detail to support the thesis
- unified paragraph structure
- appropriate use of words
- varied and correct sentence structures
- correct grammar
- conventional spelling, punctuation, and usage
The following documents can be studied to understand how the Test is graded:
The final grade will first appear at the bottom of the student’s transcript in the Omnivox portal. “RE” means pass (réussi) and “EC” means fail (échec).
Students are informed of the detailed results in a grade report which will indicates the grades earned on each of the three criteria, as well as the outcome, Pass or Fail. You may expect to receive this report in mid-July (May test); mid-September (August Test) and mid-February (December test).
Should the student fail, the exam must be rewritten, and passed, before a DEC can be issued. There is no limit to the number of times a failed exam may be rewritten, but students can only write on the authorized test dates. There is no fee charged for writing, or rewriting the English Exit Test.
If you need more information about the English Exit Test, please contact Wendy Willis by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 514-931-8731 ext. 3948.
Future Exit Test Dates
The dates for the English Exit Test are scheduled years in advance. There are no other test dates available. The ministry does not allow any student to write at any other time than these specified dates. The next known test dates are:
- Wednesday, May 16, 2018 (online registration from March 12 – 30, 2018)
- Wednesday, August 8, 2018 (no online registration; email coordinator by the end of June)
- Wednesday, December 19, 2018 (online registration from October 15 – 31, 2018)
- Wednesday, May 15, 2019 (online registration from March 11 – 29, 2019)
- Wednesday, August 14, 2019 (no online registration; email coordinator by the end of June)
- Wednesday, December 18, 2019 (online registration from October 15 – 31, 2019)
- Wednesday, May 13, 2020 (online registration from March 16 – 31, 2020)
- Wednesday, August 12, 2020 (no online registration; email coordinator by the end of June)
- Wednesday, December 16, 2020 (online registration from October 13 – 30, 2020)