Carpentry/Aboriginal Construction

Thank you for your interest in a VIU Trades Program. Students are required to complete a self-assessment for VIU Trades programs at this time. Please contact the Registration Centre at or 250.753.3245 to discuss your candidacy for your program of interest.

Carpentry is offered at the Nanaimo, Cowichan & tiwšɛmawtxʷ campuses.

Aboriginal Construction is offered at the Nanaimo Campus.

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


A selection of readings with multiple-choice, true/false and short-answer questions

45 min.

Math (calculator is allowed, basic formula table is provided)


30 questions on:

  • converting from and to metric units and imperial units
  • reading a ruler
  • using Pythagorean Theory
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • decimals
  • fractions
  • percent
  • exponents and square roots- basic
  • word problems
  • geometry: area, perimeter/circumference

60 min.

Personal Profile


A writing sample describing why you are a good candidate for this program

30 minutes

Approximate Time: 2 1/2 Hours. A dictionary is not permitted. A calculator is permitted.

Resources to help you prepare for your assessment

Reading and Reasoning Study Guides

Trades Math Study Guides