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Assessments - Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get help preparing for the test? I need some one-on-one help.

  • Learning Centres at Vancouver Island University provide personal, one-on-one assistance to help you prepare for the assessment.
    • The Learning Centre at Cowichan campus is located in room 120. Call Student Affairs 250-746-3509 to confirm hours of operation.
    • The Learning Centre at Nanaimo campus is located in Building 205, room 204. Call 1-888-920-2221, local 6425 to confirm hours of operation.
    • The Learning Centre at Powell River campus - call 604-485-2878 to confirm hours of operation.

Where can I write the assessment?

  • Entrance assessments for most programs can be written at the Cowichan campus.

How do I arrange a testing date?

  • Assessments are scheduled frequently and you must call ahead to book a space.

I can't go to Duncan or Nanaimo to write the assessment. What can I do?

What do I bring to the assessment?

  • You must bring government picture ID (driver's license or BC ID), pen and pencil; no dictionaries are allowed. Some assessments allow you to use a calculator - details are posted for the assessment you will be writing.

What should I study before writing the assessment?

  • Links to online Study packages are posted for the assessment you will be writing.. Free tip sheets are also included on the Assessment Resources page.

When do I get my results?

  • The assessment is marked before you leave. If you do not meet the required scores on your program assessment, you may schedule to re-write that section after one month of study. If you do not meet the required score after a rewrite, adult upgrading is recommended. See an Education Counsellor at Student Affairs for more details.
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