English and French Placement Tests

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

As part of the DEC Requirements, from the Ministry of Education and Higher Education, all students must successfully complete four (4) English courses and two (2) French courses.

Students who have graduated from a Quebec high school or Quebec adult education centre and have taken their Secondary V Ministerial Exams in English and French in the last three (3) years, do not write placement tests.

English and French Placement Results are automatically generated using your final Sec V English and French grades.

English and French Placement Test Information

Do I Need to Write My English and/or French Placement Test(s)?

Please note:

  • If you have a Dawson College Placement Test result from the last 2 years, you do not need to rewrite your test(s).
  • ESL or FSL courses cannot be used to request a test exemption.
  • Exemptions from the French Placement Test are currently not available.
In most cases, the following applies:
Do I have to write my
placement test(s) if I …
Explanation
Graduated from a Quebec high school or Quebec adult education centre

If you have completed your Ministerial Sec V English and French Sec V courses from high school within the last 3 years, than you do not write your English and French Placement Tests.

If you have completed your Sec V English or French more than 3 years ago, then you must write your English and French Placement Tests.

Went to an English CEGEP and are transferring to Dawson College or you are a Dawson student who is transferring programs

If you have successfully completed 603-101 Intro to College English you do not need to write your English Placement Test.

If you have successfully completed a 100-level French course at an English CEGEP, you do not need to write your French Placement Test.

– OR –

If you have completed Sec V English and French in a Quebec high school or Quebec adult education centre in the past 3 years you do not need to write your placement test(s).

Went to a French CEGEP and are transferring to Dawson College

If you have completed Sec V English and French in a Quebec high school or Quebec adult education centre in the past 3 years you do not need to write your placement test(s).

– OR –

If you have already successfully completed some French and/or English courses, please speak with one of our Academic Advisors to see if you need to take your test(s).

Went to high school outside of Quebec or outside of Canada

You need to write both your English and French Placement Tests.

In some rare circumstances, such as you have completed a grade 12 English course at a Canadian high school, you might be exempt from your English Placement Test. Please send your request to placementtest@dawsoncollege.qc.ca and don’t forget to include your full name and Dawson student number.

Already have a DEC

If you already have a DEC, you do not need to rewrite either test.

Your previously completed English and French courses will be automatically credited.

Already have a University degree

You need to write both your English and French Placement Tests.

If you believe you should be exempt from one or both of these tests, please send your request to placementtest@dawsoncollege.qc.ca and don’t forget to include your full name and Dawson student number.

Please remember that exemptions will be granted based on completion of English and French courses and not solely on the language of instruction at the university.

Placement Test Dates for Winter 2023

English and French Placement Testing is currently closed and will reopen on December 7, 2022.

Admitted and confirmed students can access their Placement Tests through their My Dawson (Omnivox) account.

Please note: No email will be sent to remind students to take their test. It is your responsibility to take it during the availability period.

Don’t forget!

Students who have graduated from a Quebec high school or QC adult education centre and have completed Ministerial Sec V English and Sec V French within the last 3 years, do not write English and French Placement Tests.

English and French Placement Results are automatically generated using your final Sec V English and French grades.

Placement Test Results

Placement results can only be accessed through your My Dawson account.

Once logged in:

  • Go to Placement Test
  • Click on French Placement Test or English Placement Test for your result

No email will be sent.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a result.

Please note: Placement Test results are only valid for two (2) years.

If you do not successfully complete your first credit-level French and/or English course during this time period, you will have to re-write your test(s).

What do my English Placement Results mean?

What do my French Placement Results mean?

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions

English and French Placement Tests

If you have graduated from a Quebec high school (including adult education centres) within the last three (3) years, you do not take placement tests as results will be generated for you based on your Sec V English and Sec V French final high school grades.

Both the English and French Placement Test are online tests. We offer these tests three (3) times per year for our newly admitted students; please refer to Placement Test Dates for the next availability period so that you can make sure that you do not miss it.

If you have graduated from a Quebec high school or adult education centre within the last three (3) years, you do not write your placement tests.

All other newly admitted students are required to both of their tests, unless stated otherwise.

When you go to access your test(s), you will either be given test access or be advised that you have a result.

To assist you with this, please review Do I Need to Write My English and/or French Placement Test(s)?.

Yes.

In some very rare circumstances, such as you have successfully completed a grade 12 English course from a Canadian high school, you might 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:

  • If you have a Dawson College Placement Test result from the last 2 years, you do not need to rewrite your test(s).
  • ESL or FSL courses cannot be used to request a test exemption.
  • Exemptions from the French Placement Test are currently not available.

Students in a DEC program who are required to write their placement tests and do not write their tests, will be unable to complete their course registration for the upcoming semester

Students in a Continuing Education (evening) program will be unable to add an English and/or French course to their schedule.

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.

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

The English Placement Test evaluates students’ writing, grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

The French Placement Test evaluates students’ grammar, vocabulary, and comprehension skills.

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.

Unfortunately, you are still required to take your French Placement Test. The French Placement Test is designed so that you will begin your test at a level appropriate for you.

If you do not complete the online French Placement Test during the availability period, you will not be able to finalize your online course registration for the upcoming semester.

Placement tests are not a pass/fail tests.

Placement tests are diagnostic tools used to measure aptitudes in English and French so that we place you in the appropriate English and French course levels.

We are currently not giving out exemptions for the French Placement 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 (the second mandatory French course).

When you go to write your placement test(s), you will either be given test access or information about your results. If you are given information about your results, you do not need to write that test.

Before emailing the Placement Test Coordinator, please review our Do I Need to Write My English and/or French Placement Test(s) document. It is possible that you are already exempt.

Please note: ESL courses cannot be used to request a test exemption and you must write your English Placement Test.

Results

When available, your results can only be accessed through your My Dawson account.

Once logged in:

  • Go to Placement Test
  • Click on French Placement Test or English Placement Test for your result

No email will be sent.

It is your responsibility to make sure that you have a result.

Placement Test results are only valid for two (2) years.

If you do not successfully complete your first credit-level French and/or English course during this time period, you will have to re-write your test(s).

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 12, 2022