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Additional qualifications are governed in Ontario by Regulation 176/10 and are administered by the Ontario College of Teachers. The additional qualifications offered by the Schulich School of Education include:

  • Additional Basic Qualifications
  • One-Session Qualifications
  • Three-Session Qualifications (Specialist)

To successfully complete a course, all assignments, including the practicum (if applicable), must be completed successfully. Upon successful completion of courses with a minimum grade of 60%, students will be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for the appropriate additional qualification. To be recommended, candidates must have met all pre-requisite requirements, must have submitted all required documentation and must not be in financial arrears to the University. It is the student’s responsibility to ensure that they submit all required documentation and meet all prerequisite requirements, as well as any requirements that are designated on their Certificate of Qualification. Teachers of Technological Studies should also note that O. Reg. 176/10 limits the courses that can be taken to a specific list of courses.

Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ)

Group 1: Additional Basic Qualifications (Schedule A - OCT)

Courses in Group 1 lead to degree credit and to Ontario College of Teachers additional qualifications.

To be reported to the Ontario College of Teachers for an additional qualification, a mark of 60% or over is required in a course.
These one-session courses are offered to holders of the Ontario Certificate of Qualification who wish to acquire qualifications in an additional division. Each course is 125 hours in length.

Applicants must:

Education in the Intermediate Division

Prerequisite: 12 university credits (two full courses) in subject area. Pre-approval is required prior to registration.

Students must choose from the following subject areas:

Note:

  • English – Courses presented for the teachable must be English literature courses. English remedial courses will not be considered.
  • Music - Instrumental – Courses presented for the teachable must be performance courses in brass, woodwind and percussion.
  • Visual Arts – Courses presented for the teachable must be studio courses. Visual Arts, Parts I, II, and III may be considered toward the prerequisite courses if they are university degree credit courses.
  • Mathematics – Only Mathematics courses with 4U/OAC prerequisites will be considered. At least one full course of the two needs to be at the upper-year level.
  • Health and Physical Education – Physical & Health Education (P/J), Parts I, II and III may be considered toward the prerequisite courses if they are university degree credit courses.

Education in the Senior Division

Prerequisite: 18 university credits (three full courses) in a teachable subject area is required for the first elective and 18 university credits (three full courses) in a teachable subject area for each additional elective. Pre-approval is required prior to registration.

Students must choose from the following subject areas:

Note:

  • Business Studies: Accounting – Two full undergraduate courses from the specific subject area and one additional full undergraduate course from a related business area are required.
  • Computer Studies – At least one of the courses presented for a teachable must be a programming language course.
  • English – Courses presented for the teachable must be English literature courses. English remedial courses will not be considered.
  • Music - Instrumental – Courses presented for the teachable must be performance courses in brass, woodwind and percussion.
  • Visual Arts – Courses presented for the teachable must be studio courses.
  • Mathematics – Only Mathematics courses with 4U/OAC prerequisites will be considered. Only one full course can be at the first year university level. Two courses must be at the upper-year (beyond first year) level.

Applicants must:

  • hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification;
  • hold an acceptable Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science degree from an accredited university in a program that requires four years of university academic study, or the equivalent, to a total of a minimum 20 full university credits (120 credits); and in which the candidate has obtained at least second class or equivalent standing (“B” average – 70%) in at least nine full courses (54 credits) in the subject for which the candidate seeks qualification. University course work used towards certification cannot count towards Honour Specialist requirements (i.e., additional qualification courses or any courses that are part of a pre-service education program);
  • show evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer and at least one year experience in the subject in which the Honour Specialist qualification is sought.

Pre-approval is required prior to registration.

* To meet the pre-requisite requirement, at least nine full courses in Science are required with at least a minimum of one in each of Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The remaining 6 full university courses can be in any combination of Biology, Chemistry and/or Physics.

Important Note re: Eligibility to take AQ's

Members are responsible for learning what prerequisites are necessary to enrol in AQ courses or programs. Additional Qualification providers may require additional requirements for entry. Members must hold a General Certificate of Qualification and Registration for admission to AQ courses or programs.

Transitional certificate holders are not eligible to enrol in College-accredited AQ programs including ABQs.

Teachers holding qualifications in technological education may ONLY take specific three-part specialist courses in the following general education subjects:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Reading
  • Special Education

Pre-Approval:

Candidates who intend to register in an Intermediate or Senior ABQ course, must be pre-approved before registering. Click here for the approval process.

Additional Basic Qualification (ABQ) courses: $750.00

All registration fees include a $15.00 transcript processing fee. An official university transcript will be mailed to successful candidates at the end of each course, once reports have been sent to the Ontario College of Teachers and after final grades for all courses in that session have been finalized.

Payment Options

Full payment must be made at the time of registration by:

  1. Visa or MasterCard
    Visa debit cards cannot be processed remotely - only through WebAdvisor.
  2. On-line Banking
    On the online banking webpage for your financial institution, choose "Bill payments". Add "Nipissing University" as a payee. Your account number is your student number (without the letter in front).
  3. Cheque or Money Order
    Cheques should be made payable to “Nipissing University”.
  4. Cash or Debit Card
    Cash or Debit payments will be accepted only in-person at the Finance Office during regular business hours.

Receipts for Income Tax

Tuition and Education Credit Certificates (T2202A’s) are available online on WebAdvisor by the end of February for full-time and part-time students.

Academic Withdrawal and Tuition Refunds

To withdraw from a course, students must either withdraw online using WebAdvisor OR submit a letter of withdrawal to the attention of the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date (see Important Dates). After the Office of the Registrar has processed this request, the student is then officially withdrawn and may be eligible for a credit of a portion of tuition fees to their account. A mark of “W” (Withdrawn) or “F” (Failed) may appear on a student’s academic record, depending on the date that the withdrawal request has been received. All Course Withdrawals are subject to a non-refundable cancellation fee.

Failure to submit payment for a course, discontinuing attendance in classes, failure to login to an on-line course, failure to submit any assignments, notification to the instructor, or stopping payment on a cheque, do not constitute official withdrawal.

Course withdrawals after the course begins:
$200 non-refundable cancellation fee

The University reserves the right to change fees and refund policies without notice. Payment of academic fees does not imply a student's acceptance to the University or approval of his/her registration. Academic requirements must be satisfied before registration is considered complete.

All students are encouraged to register online using WebAdvisor at: webadvisor.nipissingu.ca

Online Registration:

Paper Registration (Mail or Fax):

For registration in In-Service Education (Extension Education) courses from Groups One to Five, applicants must:

  1. register for the course on-line using Nipissing University Web Advisoror complete the course registration form and the payment form;
  2. provide a photocopy of their Ontario Certificate of Qualification, Interim Certificate or equivalent documentation;
  3. Additional Basic Qualification courses (Intermediate or Senior) - provide an original official transcript confirming the completion of an approved undergraduate  degree from an accredited university and that the course subject prerequisites are met;
  4. Honour Specialist courses - provide an original official transcript confirming  the completion of an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university in a program that requires four years of university academic study or the equivalent of a minimum 20 full university courses (120 credits). Applicants must also submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (a principal's signature is not acceptable) and at least one year of experience in the subject in which the Honour Specialist qualification is sought;
  5. Part II courses - provide proof of completion of Part I. This proof must be either an Ontario Certicate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part II courses must submit evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory officer, or of at least one year of successful teaching experience outside Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);
  6. Part III courses - provide proof of completion of Part II. This proof must be either an Ontario Certicate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part III (Specialist) courses must submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in Ontario in the subject area of the course, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer and, if some of the experience was outside Ontario,  by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);

Please note: It is the student's responsibility to meet certification requirements as stipulated by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Additional Qualification (AQ)

Group 3: One-Session Qualifications (Schedule C - OCT)

Courses in Group 3 lead to a degree credit and to Ontario College of Teachers additional qualifications.

To be recommended to the Ontario College of Teachers for an additional qualification, a mark of 60% or over is required in a course.

Applicants must:

Hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification or an Interim Certificate of Qualification.

Group 4: Three-Session Qualifications - Part I, II, III (Specialist) (Schedule D - OCT)

All courses in Group 4 are degree credit courses.

To be reported to the Ontario College of Teachers for an additional qualification, a mark of 60% or over is required in a course.

First Session, Part 1

Applicants must:

  • hold or be deemed to hold an Ontario Certificate of Qualification.
    In the case of Kindergarten, the candidate's Ontario Certificate of Qualification must have an entry for the area of concentration for the corresponding division.

Second Session, Part II

Applicants must:

  • have successfully completed the first session or the equivalent thereof of the three-part Specialist course in the subject; and
  • submit evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience certified by the appropriate supervisory officer or at least one year of successful teaching experience outside Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official.

Statement of Experience Form
Link to OCT Memorandum regarding successful teaching experience

Third Session, Part III (Specialist)

Applicants must:

  • have successfully completed the second session or the equivalent thereof of the three-part Specialist course in the subject; and
  • submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, and at least one year experience included in the subject as certified by the appropriate supervisory officer.

Link to required Statement of Experience Forms
Link to OCT Memorandum regarding successful teaching experience

Teaching English Language Learners

French as a Second Language

Guidance and Career Education

Health Education and Physical Education (Primary and Junior)

International Languages

Kindergarten

Mathematics, Primary and Junior

Reading

Special Education

Important Note re: Eligibility to take AQ's

Members are responsible for learning what prerequisites are necessary to enrol in AQ courses or programs. Additional Qualification providers may require additional requirements for entry. Members must hold a General Certificate of Qualification and Registration for admission to AQ courses or programs.

Transitional certificate holders are not eligible to enrol in College-accredited AQ programs including ABQs.

Teachers holding qualifications in technological education may ONLY take specific three-part specialist courses in the following general education subjects:

  • English as a Second Language
  • Guidance and Career Education
  • Reading
  • Special Education

Part II, Part III AQ Courses:

All students must submit evidence of the required successful teaching experience as certified by the appropriate supervisory. For a Part III AQ course, evidence of successful teaching experience is required including experience in the subject area seeking qualification. A Statement of Experience Form must be signed and then faxed, mailed, or scanned and emailed to the Registrar's Office. The required teaching experience must be complete prior to the start of the course. This form can be submitted at a later date but prior to the course start date.

Additional Qualification (AQ) courses: $675.00

(with the exception of Native Languages, Part I - $1,350.00)

All registration fees include a $15.00 transcript processing fee. An official university transcript will be mailed to successful candidates at the end of each course, once reports have been sent to the Ontario College of Teachers and after final grades for all courses in that session have been finalized.

Payment Options

Full payment must be made at the time of registration by:

  1. Visa or MasterCard
    Visa debit cards cannot be processed remotely - only through WebAdvisor.
  2. On-line Banking
    On the online banking webpage for your financial institution, choose "Bill payments". Add "Nipissing University" as a payee. Your account number is your student number (without the letter in front).
  3. Cheque or Money Order
    Cheques should be made payable to “Nipissing University”.
  4. Cash or Debit Card
    Cash or Debit payments will be accepted only in-person at the Finance Office during regular business hours.

Receipts for Income Tax

Tuition and Education Credit Certificates (T2202A’s) are available online on WebAdvisor by the end of February for full-time and part-time students.

Academic Withdrawal and Tuition Refunds

To withdraw from a course, students must either withdraw online using WebAdvisor OR submit a letter of withdrawal to the attention of the Office of the Registrar prior to the deadline date. After the Office of the Registrar has processed this request, the student is then officially withdrawn and may be eligible for a credit of a portion of tuition fees to their account. A mark of “W” (Withdrawn) or “F” (Failed) may appear on a student’s academic record, depending on the date that the withdrawal request has been received. All Course Withdrawals are subject to a non-refundable cancellation fee.

Failure to submit payment for a course, discontinuing attendance in classes, failure to login to an on-line course, failure to submit any assignments, notification to the instructor, or stopping payment on a cheque, do not constitute official withdrawal.

Course withdrawals after the course begins:
$200 non-refundable cancellation fee

The University reserves the right to change fees and refund policies without notice. Payment of academic fees does not imply a student's acceptance to the University or approval of his/her registration. Academic requirements must be satisfied before registration is considered complete.

All students are encouraged to register online using WebAdvisor at: webadvisor.nipissingu.ca

Online Registration:

Paper Registration (Mail or Fax):

For registration in In-Service Education (Extension Education) courses from Groups One to Five, applicants must:

  1. register for the course on-line using Nipissing University Web Advisoror complete the course registration form and the payment form;
  2. provide a photocopy of their Ontario Certificate of Qualification, Interim Certificate or equivalent documentation;
  3. Additional Basic Qualification courses (Intermediate or Senior) - provide an original official transcript confirming the completion of an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university and that the course subject prerequisites are met;
  4. Honour Specialist courses - provide an original official transcript confirming the completion of an approved undergraduate degree from an accredited university in a program that requires four years of university academic study or the equivalent of a minimum 20 full university courses (120 credits). Applicants must also submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (a principal's signature is not acceptable) and at least one year of experience in the subject in which the Honour Specialist qualification is sought;
  5. Part II courses - provide proof of completion of Part I. This proof must be either an Ontario Certicate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part II courses must submit evidence of at least one year of successful teaching experience in Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory officer, or of at least one year of successful teaching experience outside Ontario certified by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);
  6. Part III courses - provide proof of completion of Part II. This proof must be either an Ontario Certicate of Qualification (or a photocopy), or a letter from the Ontario College of Teachers verifying their eligibility for the course. No other documentation is acceptable for this purpose. In addition, applicants registering in Part III (Specialist) courses must submit evidence of at least two years of successful teaching experience, including at least one year of experience in Ontario in the subject area of the course, certified by the appropriate supervisory officer and, if some of the experience was outside Ontario, by the appropriate supervisory official (Statement of Experience form);

Please note: It is the student's responsibility to meet certification requirements as stipulated by the Ontario College of Teachers.

Language Proficiency Tests

French Language Proficiency Test

All course candidates for French as a Second Language Part I, course must successfully complete an oral and written French language proficiency test as an entrance requirement. The test assures that candidates possess a minimum competency in oral and written French.

Candidates for the French as a Second Language, Part I AQ course may be exempted from the test by submitting to the Office of the Registrar either:

  • a Certificate of Bilingualism from Nipissing University; Laurentian University; or from the Federal Government; or
  • a transcript showing proof of graduation from a francophone university having studied in the French language;
  • a minimum Level B2 Diploma* (provided upon successful completion of the DELF French proficiency test)

*the DELF B2 level confirms a good knowledge of French and the ability to communicate verbally and in writing covering a wide range of topics within the modern French language.

Description of Test

The French proficiency test for the FSL additional qualification courses consists of four components: listening, reading, writing and speaking.

Listening: The listening component consists of a francophone audio recording(s). You will hear the recording (s) twice and respond to multiple-choice questions based on the content of the audio.

Reading: You will read one passage and answer multiple choice and short answer questions.

Writing: You will be presented with a context and asked to respond with 160-180 words that will be marked following the rubric below.

Respect de la consigne Respecte la situation et le type de production demandée. Respecte la consigne de longueur indiquée. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2
Correction sociolinguistique Peut adapter sa production à lasituation, au destinataire et adopter le niveau d’expression formelle convenant aux circonstances. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2
Capacité à présenter des faits Peut évoquer avec clarté et précision des faits, des événements ou des situations. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Capacité à argumenter une prise de position Peut développer une argumentation en soulignant de manière appropriée points importants et détails pertinents. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Cohérence et cohésion Peut relier clairement les idéesexprimées sous forme d’un texte fluide et cohérent. Respecte les règles d’usage de la mise en page. La ponctuation est relativement exacte mais peut subir l’influence de la langue maternelle. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3 3,5 4
Compétence lexicale /orthographe lexicale
Étendue du vocabulaire Peut utiliser une gamme assez étendue de vocabulaire en dépit de lacunes lexicales ponctuelles entraînant l’usage de périphrases. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2
Maîtrise du vocabulaire Peut utiliser un vocabulaire généralement approprié bien que des confusions et le choix de mots incorrect se produisent 0 0,5 1 1,5 2
Maîtrise de l’orthographe 0 0,5 1
Compétence grammaticale/orthographe grammaticale
Choix des formes À un bon contrôle grammatical. Des erreurs non systématiques peuvent encore se produire sans conduire à des malentendus. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3 3,5 4
Degré d’élaboration des phrases Peut utiliser de manière appropriée des constructions variées. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2

Speaking: You will hear statements one at a time. You may listen to up to three statements. You will provide a personal response of approximately three minutes to two of the statements. The oral portion will be graded according to the rubric below.

Grille d’évaluation pour l’oral

Partie A
Peut confirme​r et nuancer ses idées et ses opinions 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Peut défendre sa position 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Partie B
Peut confirmer et nuancer ses idées et ses opinions 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Peut défend​re sa position 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3
Pour l’ensemble
Lexique (étendue et maîtrise) Possède une bonne variété de vocabulaire pour varier sa formulation et éviter des répétitions ; le vocabulaire est précis mais des lacunes et des confusions subsistent. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3 3,5 4    
Morphosyntaxe A un bon contrôle grammatical, malgré de petites fautes syntaxiques. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3 3,5 4 4,5 5
Maîtrise du système phonologique A acquis une prononciation et une intonation claires et naturelles. 0 0,5 1 1,5 2 2,5 3        

The passing mark is 70% on the oral component and 70% on the written component (combination of all three sections.) Candidates who fail the test are allowed to retake the component(s) that they failed once within the year of their first attempt.

Please note if a candidate fails the written component, all three sections, LISTENING, READING, and WRITING must be retaken. If candidates pass the test but do not enroll in courses immediately, their test results will be valid for one calendar year. Students cannot be retested in the same testing period as the first attempt. Results will be sent to the email address you have provided.

A non-refundable fee of $80 will be charged for both the initial test and the retest. This fee must be paid prior to the test.

Students should register for the test through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the form below. Test registration and payment must be finalized one week prior to the test date chosen.

It is absolutely essential that candidates provide the Registrar's Office with an e-mail address so they can receive information about proctoring, the test's availability period and how to log in.

The on-line FSL proficiency test is presented as a ‘course’ on Blackboard and is made available to test takers for specific weeks during the testing period. Each section of the test is timed separately.

Description of Test

  • LISTENING: candidates will listen to an audio clip(s) and provide a written composition to demonstrate comprehension and writing skills. The composition will be evaluated for content and quality of language.
  • READING: candidates will read the passage and answer the corresponding questions. The reading passages are at the approximate reading level of a francophone newspaper similar to the Toronto Sun.
  • WRITING: candidates will respond to the text with a justified opinion piece.
  • Oral Component:

  • SPEAKING: candidates will respond to a series of questions provided aurally through the computer by recording their answers in a voicemail message while in the presence of their proctor.
  • The passing mark is 70% on the oral component and 70% on the written component (combination of all three sections.) Candidates who fail the test are allowed to retake the component(s) that they failed once within the year of their first attempt.

    Please note if a candidate fails the written component, all three sections, LISTENING, READING, and WRITING must be retaken. If candidates pass the test but do not enroll in courses immediately, their test results will be valid for one calendar year. Students cannot be retested in the same testing period as the first attempt. Results will be sent to the email address you have provided.

Proctors

In order to maintain the integrity of the testing process, online candidates for FSL, Part I, must find a proctor to observe them while they do the test. Proctors may be a Principal, a Vice-Principal, a certified teacher or a university faculty member. Prospective proctors must complete the Proctor Confirmation Form and fax it directly to the Registrar’s Office before the candidate takes the test.

Test Locations

Candidates and their proctors can determine a test location that suits them. Please indicate the selected location on the Proctor Confirmation Form.

Technical Requirements

The test can be taken on a Mac or Windows computer system that has speakers. Headphones may also be used. You will also need telephone access for one portion of the test.

Candidates must know how to create accented characters. It is strongly recommended that candidates test this ahead of time using the same system you will be using for the on-line test. If using a standard desktop system, then the .pdf files posted below can be helpful.

Adding Accented French Characters in Windows [89 KB]

Adding Accented French Characters in Mac OS [53 KB]

Please make sure that you have the current version of Adobe Reader installed.

Using Laptops

However, if the computer is a laptop, it is essential that you know how to activate the laptop’s special characters feature. How this works varies depending on the make and model of the laptop. If you do not know how to do this with the laptop you plan to use, an on-line search should call up this information. Once you have found it, TEST the system’s method of generating the characters. You do not want to discover that the instructions do not produce the desired results after you have started your test.

NOTE: The ONLY resource that candidates may use during the test is a list of keyboard codes that create accents. You may download and print out the list from the links at the bottom of this page.

After Registration

Once you have paid for your test, you will receive an e-mail message that provides direction on how to log in and when the test will become available. It is strongly recommended that you test the log in credentials as soon as possible, using the system you plan to use for the test.

As well, all candidates are enrolled in the “FSL Exam - Demo”. This is actually a course set up in Blackboard which allows you to determine if the system you plan to use can interact successfully with the various portions of the on-line proficiency test. Please explore this demo to ensure that you can hear the audio, interact with a quiz and insert special characters. You may test any portion of the demo as many times as you wish.

For assistance with technical issues, please emailtechsrv@nipissingu.ca or call UTS at (705) 474-3450 ext. 4342.

ON-LINE FSL Proficiency Test (Blackboard)

Candidates must be successful in the online test for entrance in the FSL, Part I AQ course that is offered online.We will not hold any onsite test dates. Students cannot be retested in the same testing period as their first attempt. We encourage candidates to attempt the test before the last testing period, in the event a retest is required.

Candidates must register for the test no later than 5 days prior to attempting the test. No Exceptions.

Testing Dates for our Spring/​Summer 2018 Online Session:

  • February 20 - March 2, 2018
  • March 19 - March 29, 2018
  • April 23 - May 4, 2018

Please note that proficiency testing registration packages will be accepted by the Office of the Registration between the dates of February 1 - April 26, 2018.

Preparing for the Nipissing University French Proficiency Test

Candidates are advised to prepare well for the test. To improve oral fluency consider:

  1. Listening to French radio broadcasts.
  2. Watching television, movies, films or plays in French.
  3. Speaking French with friends or family.
  4. Joining Alliance Française or similar organizations, participating in immersion programs, travelling or studying in a francophone environment.

To improve written fluency consider:

  1. Reviewing all tenses of verbs, spelling, use of specific tenses, the use of avoir and être, verbs conjugated with être, the passé composé and verbs that use specific prepositions.
  2. Reading in French to review vocabulary.
  3. Practicing a cloze test by photocopying a paragraph and whiting out about twenty words. Later, fill in the blanks and compare your answers with the original copy.
  4. Purchasing Schaumm's Outlines French Grammar, Fourth Edition, Mary E. Crocker, 1999, ISBN: 0-07-013887-7
  5. Reviewing grammar books that you already have.
  6. Studying the 200 structures of the French language as outlined by the Ministry of Education in French, Core Programs 1980.

Spanish Language Proficiency Test

All course candidates for International Languages (Spanish), Part I must successfully complete an ONLINE oral and written Spanish language proficiency test as an entrance requirement. The test assures that candidates possess a minimum competency in oral and written Spanish.

There will be no exemptions to the test.

The on-line Spanish Language proficiency test is presented as a "course" on the Blackboard CE learning management system and is made available to test takers on specific weeks during the testing period.

Each section of the test is timed separately.

Description of Test

  • LISTENING: candidates will listen to an interview and provide a written composition to demonstrate comprehension
  • READING: candidates will read short passages and answer multiple choice questions
  • WRITING: candidates will write text based on one or more themes provided
  • SPEAKING: candidates will respond to a series of questions by recording their answers in a voice mail message

The passing mark is 70% on all components. Each year, test dates will be published indicating the dates and times of the test. Candidates who fail the test are allowed to take a retest once in a calendar year. If candidates pass the test but do not enroll in courses immediately, their test results will be valid for one calendar year.

Proctors

In order to maintain the integrity of the testing process, on-line candidates for International Languages (Spanish), Part I must find a proctor to observe them while they do the test. Proctors may be a Principal, a Vice-Principal, a certified teacher or a university faculty member. Prospective proctors must complete the Proctor Confirmation Form and fax it directly to the Registrar’s Office before the candidate takes the test.

Test Locations

Candidates and their proctors can determine a test location that suits them. Please indicate the selected location on the Proctor Confirmation Form.

The test can be taken on a Mac or Windows computer system that has speakers. Headphones may also be used. You will also need telephone access for one portion of the test.

Candidates must know how to create accented characters. It is strongly recommended that candidates test this ahead of time using the same system you will be using for the on-line test. If using a standard desktop system, then the .pdf files posted below can be helpful.

Adding Accented Spanish Characters in Windows

Adding Accented Spanish Characters in Mac OS

Please make sure that you have the current version of Adobe Reader installed.

Using Laptops

If the computer is a laptop, it is essential that you know how to activate the laptop’s special characters feature. How this works varies depending on the make and model of the laptop. If you do not know how to do this with the laptop you plan to use, an on-line search should call up this information. Once you have found it, TEST the system’s method of generating the characters. You do not want to discover that the instructions do not produce the desired results after you have started your test.

NOTE: The ONLY resource that candidates may use during the test is a list of keyboard codes that create accents. You may download and print out the list from the links above.

After Registration

It is absolutely essential that candidates wishing to do the test on-line provide the Registrar's Office with an e-mail address so they can receive information about proctoring, the test's availability period and how to log in.

Once you have paid for your test, you will receive an e-mail message that provides direction on how to log in and when the test will become available. It is strongly recommended that you test the log in credentials as soon as possible, using the system you plan to use for the test.

As well, all candidates for the on-line test are enrolled in a Demo. This is actually a course set up in Blackboard which allows you to determine if the system you plan to use can interact successfully with the various portions of the on-line proficiency test. Please explore this demo to ensure that you can hear the audio, interact with a quiz and insert special characters. You may test any portion of the demo as many times as you wish.

For assistance with technical issues, please email techsrv@nipissingu.ca or call UTS at (705) 474-3450 ext. 4342.

A non-refundable fee of $80 will be charged for both the initial test and the retest. This fee must be paid prior to the test.

Students should register for the test through the Office of the Registrar by submitting the registration package as indicated above. Test registration and payment must be finalized one week prior to the test date chosen.

Candidates must be successful in the online test for entrance in International Languages (Spanish), Part I AQ course that is offered online. We will not hold any on-site test dates. Students cannot be retested in same testing period as their first attempt. We encourage candidates to attempt the test before the last testing period in the event a retest is required.

Candidates must register for the test no later than 5 days prior to attempting the test. No Exceptions.

Testing Dates for our Spring/Summer 2018 Online Session:

  • February 20 - March 2, 2018
  • March 19 - March 29, 2018
  • April 23 - May 4, 2018

Please note that proficiency testing registration packages will be accepted by the Office of the Registration between the dates of February 1 - April 26, 2018.

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