The UBC Mathematics Basic Skills
Test (BST) is designed to assess the
calculus readiness of students whose
precalculus 12 grade indicates they are not
ready to take a universitylevel
differential calculus course. Note
that students without a precalculus 12
course cannot take any UBC calculus course
until they have completed a precalculus 12
course with a satisfactory grade. You
should look at the
FirstYear Calculus Choices page on this
site to see the prerequisites for our
calculus courses.
If you meet the prerequisites for
MATH 100/180, 102, 104/184, or MATH 110
already, you do not need to take the BST,
and you may register directly for any of the
MATH courses for which you are
qualified. Please note that these
prerequisites will be enforced, so only
register for a MATH course if you are
already qualified for it.
You only need to take the BST if:
(1) You have a passing grade in precalculus
12 below 65% and you wish to take MATH 110;
or
(2) You are qualified only to take MATH 110
and you would like to attempt to qualify to
take a oneterm calculus course (MATH
100/180, 102, or 104/184).
The syllabus for the test includes the
key high school math skills with algebra,
functions, trigonometry, and geometry that
students need to have mastered to be
successful in MATH 100/180, 102, 104/184, or
MATH 110.
If you wish to register for the BST, please
go to the BST
Signup link on the left of this
webpage. The next sitting of the BST
is on Tuesday, May 12th, 6:30 to 8:00 pm, in
LSK Room 121.
The Basic Skills Test is based on the
Calculus Readiness Test at Simon Fraser
University and the BST has been shown to be
a strong predictor of a student's success in
a UBC calculus course. The test is
scored out of 30. A score of 15 or better is
considered a satisfactory score to move from
MATH 110 to a oneterm calculus course.
If you take the BST in order to
qualify for MATH 110 and do not achieve a
score of at least 11, you will need to take
and pass the noncredit MATH 002 or an
equivalent precalculus course before you
would be allowed to register in MATH
110.
You can find a practice
test here.

