ACCUPLACER (Grade 12 English Equivalency Test)

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At this time we have capacity to support remote proctoring for external institutions who have approved invigilation via Zoom.

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Note: Booking online currently not available. 

Please complete the Off Campus Accuplacer request form if you would like to do your Accuplacer test online. 

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 does not replace the Dogwood diploma.

What is the ACCUPLACER? 

The ACCUPLACER 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 centre does not offer the ACCUPLACER Math assessment.

How long does it take to write the ACCUPLACER?

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.

When will I get the results?

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.

How much does the ACCUPLACER cost to write?

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

How do I register for the ACCUPLACER?

In-person testing is not currently available. Learn more about testing remotely with the Off-Campus Accuplacer.

How can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER?

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. 

What scores do I need on the ACCUPLACER Next Generation, and how do I interpret the scores?

Equivalent grade for Grade 12 English

Reading Comprehension

Writing Skills

Writeplacer Essay













  • 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.
  • The test 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*.

*Please note that 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.

ACCUPLACER scores are valid for two years.

Can I rewrite the ACCUPLACER?

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

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

If the applicant’s scores on the rewrite still do not meet the required score, a minimum of 20 hours tutoring or up-grading will be required, or the applicant must wait until at least one year has passed since the last testing session.

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