Assessment and Exam Services (AES)

Update for Nanaimo Campus Only: Reduced Summer Hours

Assessment and Exam Services will have reduced proctoring services available between May and August.

External Institutions (i.e. BCIT, TRU, etc.)

  • May-June: Tuesdays (12:00pm) and Thursdays (9:00am)
  • July-August: Not available

Accuplacer (in-person)

  • May-June: Tuesdays (12:00pm) and Thursdays (9:00am)
  • July-August: Wednesdays (9:00am) and Fridays (12:00pm)

Accuplacer (off-campus)

  • May-August: Available as usual

Medical Terminology/Keyboarding

  • May-August: once per month

Nanaimo Campus

Book Exams Online (Nanaimo Campus Only)

In-Person and Off-Campus Exam Services

AES offers in-person external exam invigilation services, Accuplacer (Grade 12 English equivalency) testing, and Keyboarding assessments.

For applicants living outside of the Cowichan, Nanaimo and Powell River VIU campus regions, off-campus Accuplacer assessments can also be taken online for a small extra fee to an external remote invigilation service.

Email us at for more information about scheduling your exam or assessment.


Accuplacer* (Grade 12 English Equivalency) tests can be taken in person or off-campus. For more information about the test and for links to study materials, see Accuplacer.

  • For applicants living outside of the VIU campus regions (Cowichan, Nanaimo, tiwšɛmawtxʷ (Powell River): To apply to write the Accuplacer test remotely, please complete the Off-Campus Accuplacer form. Please check that your computer meets the system requirements for a remote Accuplacer Test.
  • To write the test in person at our centre in Nanaimo, please email us at

*Please let us know if your Accuplacer test is for the Health Career Access Program (HCAP) admission requirements when you apply.

UPDATE: As of March 1st, 2024, Accuplacer test fees will be increased to $75 for the initial assessment and $60 for all rewrites.

VIU Trades

Self-assessments will continue for Trades programs for 2024. Please contact for more information.

Accommodated Exams

We are able to support all VIU accommodated exams in person. Please use our online booking system to request your invigilation. For more information, reach out to us at

Cowichan Campus

For more information about scheduling external exam invigilation, Accuplacer, Keyboarding or ABE tests at the Cowichan Campus, contact

tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus (Powell River)

For more information about scheduling external exam invigilation, Accuplacer, Keyboarding or ABE tests at the tiwšɛmawtxʷ Campus, contact

Accommodated Exams at VIU

Are you a current or prospective VIU student with a documented disability? 

Have you registered with VIU Accessibility Services and have a current accommodation letter?

Our team can help support your exam accommodations.

Note: VIU Accuplacer applicants with exam accommodations, please email us directly at before booking your test.

Check out the Universal Access at VIU web page for accessibility maps and building information.

Learn more about accommodated exams at VIU
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We moved!

Assessment and Exam Services have moved to Building 255 (International Education), room 115 (office) and room 110 (exam room).  

VIU Campuses

Nanaimo Campus

Building 255, Room 115
900 - 5th Street
Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5S5

Cowichan Campus

2011 University Way
Duncan BC V9L 0C7
Phone: 250.746.3509
FAX: 250.746.3529

tiwšɛmawtxʷ (Powell River) Campus

100 - 7085 Nootka Street
Powell River BC V8A 3C6
Phone: 604.485.2878
FAX: 604.485.2868

Hay ch qa’ sii’em siye’yu mukw mustimuxw

Assessment and Exam Services would like to acknowledge and thank the Coast Salish people on whose traditional territory Vancouver Island University resides. In Nanaimo, the Snunéymuxw First Nation, in Cowichan, the Cowichan Tribes, and in Powell River, the Tla’amin First Nation. We appreciate and value the opportunities to share experiences, learn and live together. 

Our Mission

VIU’s Assessment Services supports student success and commits to best practice standards for assessments.

We bring this vision into reality by providing a technologically advanced, secure, and welcoming testing environment that supports test taker success and opens pathways to academic and career opportunities.

Assessment Services values high standards of customer service, exam security, collaborative relationships, and revenue generation and data collection that positively impacts student success.

The stakes of all of the exams we administer are significant, including midterm and final subject exams, graduate or professional school admissions tests, professional certification and licensure tests, and job selection tests.

We ensure the standards surrounding exam security and administration are fairly and consistently upheld.

The various foundation skills assessments results we generate and interpret are a reliable method to support placing a student in a program or course to ensure they are likely to meet with success.

NCTA logo

Vancouver Island University Assessment Services was the first testing centre in Canada to be certified by the National College Testing Association (NCTA).

We subscribe to the Professional Standards and Guidelines for Post-Secondary Test Centres.


* Rates are inclusive of GST - VIU’s GST# 107657678RT0001