Adult Basic Education (Upgrading)

Complete high school courses and prepare for entry at Vancouver Island University.  We offer face-to-face, online and blended courses.

To plan your courses, view the Adult Basic Education Timetable.

Adult Basic Education Student Success Advisor - Joanna Lord

Adult Basic Education Advising                                                                                 

Appointment hours vary.  Please contact Joanna to make an appointment. 


PH:  250-746-3527

To Register for a Course

  1. Attend an Advising session (either drop-in session or scheduled appointment).
  2. Obtain a "Permission to Register" form.
  3. Complete the Application for Admission to VIU.
  4. Submit all transcripts.

Permission to Register

We want our students to be successful! In order to place students into appropriate course levels, we need to have a look at transcripts from previous schools. Sometimes it's best if potential students write an assessment. If you've been out of school for some time, writing an assessment ensures we enrol you into the appropriate course level.

Writing Assessments

If you are writing an assessment, please take the time to prepare. A quick subject review will help us place you appropriately.

Assessment Packages

You can prepare for your assessment for the subjects below.


Level 1 – Fundamentals

Basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics.

Courses: English 011 - 016Math 011 - 016

Level 3 – Intermediate

Grade 10 equivalency, to prepare for the many vocational programs that require Grade 10, and to prepare for Grade 11 and 12 subjects.

Courses: English 037, Math 030, Math 037, STSK 038

Level 4 – Advanced

Grade 11 equivalency, to prepare for vocational, academic or technical programs that require Grade 11.

Courses: English 047Math 045, Math 046, Math 047, Math 049Physics 047, Chemistry 047.

Level 6 – Provincial Level

The Grade 12 academic level provides you with Grade 12 academic course completion and prerequisites for University and Career/Technical programs.

Courses: English 067, English 068, Math 065, Math 067, Biology 067, Chemistry 067, Physics 067, STSK 068.