Office Administration

COVID-19 update (June 2021)

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, VIU’s exam centres canceled all in-person exams and assessments between March 2020 and June 30th 2021.

All External Exams (Summer 2021)

We are able to support external exam invigilation requests via Zoom, provided that the exam institution has permitted this.

For more information about Zoom proctoring for external exams, please email

With the easing of COVID-19 related restrictions, we are working toward a full reopening of our centres over the next several months.  We will update this space as we are able to confirm our reopening plan timeline.

Phase 1 (July/August 2021)

Nanaimo campus: VIU Accommodated Exams for Intersession 

Starting July 1st 2021, we are very happy to let you know that we are initiating a 'soft' re-opening of our centre, offering the option of in-person exam invigilation for VIU students with exam accommodations whose classes are having in-person exams*.

*Note: We have very limited space due to COVID-19 restrictions, so we are not yet able to offer in-person invigilation to students whose VIU exams are offered remotely (i.e. VIU Learn).

All in-person accommodated exam invigilation is by appointment only.

Please make your request at least one week in advance through our online booking system or email us at

Nanaimo Campus: In-Person Testing 

Limited in person Accuplacer resumes August 24. Please email us at with subject line 'In Person Accuplacer' for more information.

    • Session 1: August 24 at 9am (maximum 8)
    • Session 2: September 2 at 1pm (maximum 8)

Limited in person Keyboarding resumes August 25 for both VIU applicants and external candidates. Please email us at with subject line 'In Person Keyboarding' for more information.

    • Session 1: August 25 at 1pm (maximum 8)
    • Session 2: September 1 at 1pm (maximum 8)

Cowichan Campus

  • In-person ABE testing starts August 24.
  • In-person Accuplacer testing starts August 26.

Phase 2 (Fall 2021)

Nanaimo Campus

  • External Exams: Our centre is working toward reopening for in-person exam invigilation for our external clients, starting in September. For now, we are continuing to offer remote invigilation via Zoom for external exam institutions that permit this. Please contact us directly at for more information.
  • VIU Admissions Testing We will be offering limited sittings for in person Accuplacer Grade 12 English Equivalency and Keyboarding assessments for both VIU and external applicants,  as well as continuing to support remote options via online platforms. Please contact us directly at for more information.
  • VIU Trades : Self-assessments will continue for Trades programs for Fall 2021. Please contact for more information.
  • Accommodated Exams: Starting August 23, we will be able to support all VIU accommodated exams in person. Please use our online booking system to request your invigilation.

Cowichan Campus

In person external exam invigilation to start week of September 13.

Offered at the Nanaimo and Cowichan Campuses

View the Office Administration program outline.

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Reading Comprehension


30 questions - multiple choice.

40 minutes



30 questions – multiple choice. Identify correct usage in sentences (pronouns, verbs, transition words), spelling, capitalization and punctuation.

30 minutes



30 question on operations with whole numbers, fractions, decimals percent and word problems.


60 minutes

Approximate Time: 2 1/2 hours - A dictionary is not permitted, a calculator is permitted.

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