IELTS - International Language Testing System

COVID-19 update: In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VIU’s exam centre has canceled all in-person exams and assessments. The safety of our students, employees, and broader community continues to be the priority. All in-person exams will remain cancelled until Spring 2021 at the earliest. VIU’s exam centre remains open for remote student support.

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

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Register for IELTS

Vancouver Island University (VIU) Assessment Services are delighted to be partnering with Global Village Victoria to offer IELTS Testing at our Nanaimo campus.

Since 1989, IELTS has been proven and trusted worldwide to provide a secure, global, authentic and customer-focused test which measure true to life ability to communicate in English.

  • IELTS, the International English Language Testing System, is designed to assess the language ability of candidates who need to study or work where English is the language of communication.
  • IELTS is jointly owned by British Council, IDP: IELTS Australia and Cambridge English Language Assessment.
  • Over 9,000 educational institutions, government agencies and professional organizations across 140 countries around the world recognize IELTS scores as a trusted and valid indicator of ability to communicate in English.

In Canada, IELTS is used as a measure of English language proficiency for:

  • immigration
  • skilled worker applications
  • University entrance requirements
  • Masters programs
  • other professional designations.

It is an efficient, fair and accurate assessment of the English language for a multitude of purposes.

With over 2.7 million tests taken last year, IELTS is one of the fastest growing English Language tests in the world, and sets the standard for integrity, research and innovation.

For more information about IELTS and to register for one of the IELTS sittings:  IELTS: How to Apply

Sample test day schedule




8:30 - 9:15am


* Only Registered Participants will be admitted to the test venue on test day


Test begins. Late candidates will not be accepted

9:30am - 12:45pm

Listening, Reading & Writing sections

1:20 - 4pm

Speaking Interviews


The fee for IELTS is $329 per person

Location of IELTS Testing

Testing will take place on the VIU Nanaimo Campus:

Vancouver Island University
Building 250
900 5th Street
Nanaimo, BC, V9R 5S5
Tel: 250-740-6276
VIU Nanaimo Campus Map


  • Pay parking is in effect on the VIU Nanaimo campus.
  • Please park in the general parking lots.
  • Parking in the general lots is $2.50 for 2 hours.
  • You can pay by cash or credit card.
  • VIU Nanaimo Campus Parking website

In the event of severe weather conditions, the VIU campus may be closed.

  • Decisions around closures will be made, if possible, before 6 AM.
  • Please check the VIU website, local radio stations or call the main switchboard at 250 753 3245 for updates.
  • Call Global Village at  to re-schedule exams as soon as possible.

Contact IELTS
Phone: 250-220-3993
Fax: 250-384-2123
Monday to Friday
9am to 4:30pm (16:30)