UUP staff can review your educational background and if needed, they can book an assessment at a later date to determine your placement level. Assessments are offered on the Abbotsford, Chilliwack, and Hope campuses. Book an appointment with a UUP assistant to make arrangements.
Bring your high school transcript if you have one. To obtain a copy of your high school transcript, contact your previous high school or order a copy from the BC Ministry of Education.
The Upgrading and University Preparation department uses a computerized placement assessment called Accuplacer™ to measure reading, writing, and math skills. Completing the assessment helps place you in a course level that is comfortable and meets your skill level.
English Reading Comprehension
The English assessment starts with a reading portion of 20 multiple choice questions.
Read each question carefully before you answer it. The reading assessment is not timed.
Each person doing the assessment will complete a different set of questions as Accuplacer™ questions are based on your answers to previous questions. You cannot skip a question and answer it later, and you cannot go back to change an answer.
English Writing Assessment
After the reading portion, you will be asked to write 300-600 words on a topic given to you by the Accuplacer™ program. You will need to plan, write, review, and edit your writing. Read the assignment carefully before you begin to write.
Your score is NOT based on your opinions but on your ability to express, organize, and support your ideas.
There are two math assessments:
You will start your math assessment with the 20-question arithmetic assessment. Your arithmetic score will determine if you are ready to take the 20-question elementary algebra assessment.
NOTE: Calculators are not allowed at the math assessment, so be sure to practise without a calculator.
Check out the resources below to prepare yourself for the assessment.
Accuplacer™ Assessment Preparation