ACCUPLACER (Grade 12 English Equivalency Test)

The ACCUPLACER test is used to assess Grade 12 English Equivalency. The ACCUPLACER is a computer-based test composed of three parts: reading comprehension, sentence structure (Writing Skills), and essay writing (WritePlacer).

Our exam centre offers both in person and Off Campus Accuplacer tests.

The Off Campus Accuplacer is available for applicants residing outside of VIU's Cowichan, Nanaimo and qathet campus regions. Applicants residing in VIU's campus regions are strongly encouraged to write the assessment in person.

Accuplacer fees are non-refundable.

Note: Our centre does not offer the ACCUPLACER Math assessment.

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We can support Accuplacer applicants with documented disabilities. The first step is to reach out to us directly at before applying so that we can get you set up with VIU's Accessibility Services team.

Why take the ACCUPLACER?

A classroom-based or online course is always our first recommendation for students who do not meet the English 12 requirement for admission to a program or course at Vancouver Island University.

However, we recognize that time is sometimes an issue or that you already have a high-level of skill in English reading, writing and grammar.

If this is the case, you may choose to write a test to challenge grade 12 English equivalency.

Note: This test does not replace the Dogwood diploma (link).

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In-Person Accuplacer

Write the Accuplacer Grade 12 English Equivalency test at our centre at VIU Nanaimo.

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Remote Accuplacer

Write the Accuplacer test from the comfort of your own home at a time that suits your schedule. 

Accuplacer FAQ

We can support Accuplacer applicants with documented disabilities. The first step is to reach out to us directly at before applying so that we can get you set up with VIU's Accessibility Services team.

The reading comprehension (20 multiple choice questions) and writing skills sections (25 multiple choice questions) are untimed; WritePlacer has a 70-minute limit for a 300-600 word essay.

The average time to complete all three sections is 2.5 hours.

You will receive your results within 2 business days of sitting the ACCUPLACER although it may be possible to receive your results on the same day as you complete your assessment.

Results will also be forwarded to VIU's Admissions and Registration team.

A $65 ACCUPLACER testing fee must be paid when you register for a test. The rewrite fee is $50.

For remote Accuplacer tests, there is an additional $25US fee charged by the third party online proctor service, Examity.

Note: Accuplacer fees are non-refundable.

There are many sites that offer practice material and tips for how to do well on the ACCUPLACER.

Below is a sample of some of these helpful materials.

Equivalent grade for Grade 12 English

Reading Comprehension

Writing Skills

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The Reading Comprehension and Writing Skills test scores are reported on a 100-point scale from 200 to 300. 

The WritePlacer score is reported on a scale from 0 - 8 with a description for each score. A score of zero indicates that the response was off topic, in a language other than English, too short to be evaluated, or in some other way not able to be scored.

The ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test: if you answer a question incorrectly, the next question will be easier and vice versa. It is marked by extremely sophisticated software that has been tried and tested extensively, including a study here at VIU. We are confident that the ACCUPLACER test is a valid and reliable indicator of skills at a Grade 12 level. 

The ACCUPLACER is not a diagnostic or ‘teaching’ test. There is no feedback on or access to the test results other than the final scores.

Note: ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years.

An applicant may rewrite one or more of the ACCUPLACER sections after their initial attempt.

It is highly recommended that the applicant spends several weeks reviewing the subject matter before attempting the rewrite.

If the applicant’s scores on the first rewrite still do not meet the required score, a minimum of 20 hours tutoring or up-grading will be required before they can attempt a second rewrite.

If, after 20 hours of tutoring,  the applicant is not successful on the second rewrite, they must wait until at least one year has passed since the last testing session. Formal upgrading courses are recommended during this period.