Students must have passed 2 of the 3courses (603‑101, 603‑102, 603‑103) and be in the process of completing the third (603‑102 or 603‑103) when they register for the examination. Students register for the exam at the college they attend.
The examination takes place 3times a year. The next examinations will be held on the following dates:
May 19 and 21, 2021
August 11, 2021
December 15, 2021
May 18, 2022
August 10, 2022
December 14, 2022
Preparation for the examination
You may contact your college for additional resources or assistance.
Abrams, M.H. A Glossary of Literary Terms. 7th ed. New York: Holt, Rinehart and Winston, 1999.
Davis, F., and S. Woodruff. Exit with Success! A Manual for Students Preparing to Write the Ministerial Examination of College English. Sainte-Foy: Les éditions Le Griffon d’argile, 2001.
Cambridge International Dictionary of English. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1995.
Collins Cobuild English Dictionary. London: Harper Collins Publishers Ltd., 1995.
Hodges, John C., et al. Harbrace Handbook for Canadians. 5th ed. Toronto: Harcourt Brace Canada, 1999.
Langan, J., and S. Winstanley. College Writing Skills with Readings. 2nd Canadian ed. Toronto: McGraw Hill, 2000.
Norton, S., B. Green and N. Waldman. The Bare Essentials Plus. 2nd ed. Toronto: Nelson, 2002.
Passing the examination
Students pass the exam if they have grades of C or better in each of the three criteria:
Comprehension and insight
Organization of response
Appeals are permitted. The procedures for appeals are explained on the back of the grade report.
Students who fail must rewrite the exam and pass before a DCS can be issued. There is no limit to the number of times a failed exam may be rewritten.