Professional Baking and Pastry Arts

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.

Offered at Nanaimo campus

View the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts program outline.

Subject areas covered in the assessment

Area of Study

Minimum Score



Section A Reading Comprehension


Section A: You will be asked to read a short passage and answer 6 questions about the text.

2 hours approx.

Section B Math Skills


Section B:

The math is divided into three (3) parts

Parts 1 and 2 include word problems that relate to recipes (formulae) and food preparation:

  • Converting between similar units of measurement
  • Metric measurement of mass (e.g. grams, kilograms) and volume (litres, millilitres)
  • Imperial measurement of mass (ounces, pounds) and volume (cups, fluid ounces)
  • How to convert from imperial to metric units
  • How to convert recipes to serve fewer or more portions (using ratio and proportion

Part 3 includes general calculations such as conversions, addition, subtraction, multiplication, division (whole numbers, fractions and decimals), percentages and converting temperature from Fahrenheit o to Celsius

Section C Writing Skills/Personal Profile

Section C is used to assess your readiness and commitment to the program.

Section C:

The writing skills section of the assessment poses questions designed to evaluate your writing skills, but also, even more importantly your interest in and commitment to the Professional Baking and Pastry Arts Program. Topics include:

  • Why you are interested in the program
  • Experience of baking
  • Career goals
  • Work ethic/study skills

Section D Interview

Section D:

All candidates will be invited to attend an interview (face-to-face or telephone)

Approximate Time: 2 Hours - A dictionary is not permitted. A calculator is permitted. A conversion chart is provided.

Resources to help you prepare for your assessment