English and French Placement Tests

Coordinator English & French Placement Tests
Toni Hakem
Office: 2D.6-4
  Local: 8376

After admission to Dawson College and before beginning their studies, newly admitted students are required to complete an English and/or French Placement Evaluation. This test is used to measure aptitudes in English and/or French so that we may place students in the appropriate English and/or French courses. To register for your classes, you must write your Placement Test(s).

Placement Test Dates for Winter 2020

English Placement Test for Day and Evening Students

The English Placement Test is now an online test and is currently unavailable.

The test will be available as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019 for the Winter 2020 semester.

An ad will be available in your My Dawson account with information on how to access the test.

No emails will be sent out.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you complete and submit your test during the availability period.

French Placement Test for Day and Evening Students

Students who have graduated from a Quebec high school within the last three (3) years do not write a French Placement Test as their Sec V French grades are used to generate a result.

The French Placement Test is an online test and is currently unavailable.

The test will be available as of Wednesday, December 11, 2019 for the Winter 2020 semester.

An email with detailed instructions will be sent to eligible students 1 – 2 business days before the test opens. It is your responsibility to check and read the email with the instructions, and to make sure that you complete the online French Placement Test during the availability period.

If you do not receive the detailed instruction email and the test is available, please check your junk mail first before emailing placementtest@dawsoncollege.qc.ca with your student number, full name, and inquiry, promptly so that you can complete your test before the availability period expires.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

English Placement

The English Placement Test is an online test only. This test is offered three (3) times a year for our newly admitted students; please refer to English Placement Test dates for the next availability period so that you can make sure that you do not miss it.

How do I know if I need to write the English Placement Test?

All new students are required to write this test.

I am a student from an English high school in Québec; do I have to write my English Placement Test?

Yes.

All new students are required to write the English placement test.

I am a student from out-of-province / I am an international student, do I have to write my English Placement Test?

Yes.

In some very rare circumstances, such as you have successfully completed a grade 12 English course from a Canadian high school, you may be exempt from taking the test. Please email placementtest@dawsoncollege.qc.ca to inquire about this. Make sure to include your full name and student number.

Please note: ESL courses are not eligible for this and you must write your English Placement Test.

What happens if I do not write my test?

Students in a DEC program who do not write this test will be unable to register for their courses in the upcoming semester.

Students in a Continuing Education (evening) program will be unable to add an English course to their schedule without having taken this test.

If you are a returning student and are not sure if you need to take this test or not, please check to see if you have a result (under Placement Test in your My Dawson). If you do not have a result, you must take the test.

What is on the test?

The test evaluates students’ writing, grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

What happens if I fail?

This is not a pass/fail test. We are simply looking at placing you into one of our 603-101 Introduction to College English sections.

Students who do not make it into 603-101 can expect to take a Preparation for College English course. This is not one of the required English courses to receive a DEC.

How do I access the test?

Only admitted and confirmed students will have access to the test in their My Dawson account, located under the Placement Test tab. No access code is required for this test.

French Placement

If you have graduated from a Quebec high school within the last three (3) years, you do not take the French Placement Test as a result will be generated for you based on your Sec V French grades.

The French Placement Test is an online test only. This test is offered three (3) times a year for our newly admitted students; please refer to French Placement Test dates for the next availability period so that you can make sure that you do not miss it.

I am a student from out-of-province / I am an international student, do I have to write my French Placement Test?

Yes.

Only students who have graduated from a Quebec high school within the last three (3) years do not take this test. All other students are required to take this test in order to register for their upcoming semester.

What happens if I do not write my test?

Students in a DEC program who do not write this test will be unable to register for their courses in the upcoming semester.

Students in a Continuing Education (evening) program will be unable to add a French course to their schedule without having taken this test.

If you are a returning student and are not sure if you need to take this test or not, please check to see if you have a result (under Placement Test in your My Dawson). If you do not have a result, you must take the test.

I don’t know any French, why do I have to take this test?

All students in a DEC program are required to successfully complete two (2) credit-level French courses.

If you do not know French, you will have to work your way up through our mise-à-niveau French courses. For some students this can mean an extra three or four classes before being eligible for their first credit-level French course.

It is strongly advised that students begin taking these courses as soon as possible in order to not delay their graduation.

I do not speak or write French.

Unfortunately, you are still required to take your French Placement Test. If you do not complete the online French Placement Test during the availability period, you will not be able to finalize your internet registration for the upcoming semester.

What is on the test?

The test evaluates students’ grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

How do I access the test?

Only admitted and confirmed students will have access to the test in their My Dawson account.

Students who are required to take this test, are sent an email with instructions and the required access code 2-3 business days before the test becomes available.

I believe I should be exempt from taking this test.

We are currently not giving out exemptions to this test as students are required to have a result in the system or they will not be able to register for their Block B French.

Results

How can I find my placement test results?

Results can be found under the Placement Test tab in your My Dawson account.

There are no results listed for me on the website.

If your English and/or French placement results are not available at the expected time, please check again in a day or two. If the problem persists, please send an e-mail to the Placement Test Coordinator at placementtest@dawsoncollege.qc.ca. Please make sure to include your full name and student number in your email.

It is your responsibility to contact the Placement Test Coordinator if your results are unavailable at the expected time. Please allow for a 24-48 hour turnaround time for a reply. Placement test results are required in order to register online for the upcoming semester, please notify the coordinator as soon as possible if your results are not showing up in the portal.



Last Modified: September 18, 2019