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 Registration@viu.ca or 250.753.3245 to discuss your candidacy for your program of interest.

Offered at Nanaimo Campus.

View the Electrician program outline.

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


30 questions (true/false, short answer)

45 minutes

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


40 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
  • algebra - solve simple equations with 1 unknown quantity
  • Transposing
  • geometry: area, perimeter/circumference

60 minutes

Combined Reasoning 21/3030 multiple choice questions including mechanical, spatial and abstract reasoning30 minutes
Personal Profile - 30 min. A writing sample describing why you are a good candidate for the electrical program

Approximate Time: 3 Hours - A dictionary is not permitted. A calculator is permitted.

Resources to help you prepare for your assessment

Resources for study can be found through the SkillPlan Learning Hub

Trades Math Study Guides