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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. If you have not taken
or passed a precalculus 12 course, you may not write the
BST. 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, 104, or 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 will be taking place in May of 2019. We will hold
subsequent sittings in late August and early September for
those wishing to qualify to take a Math course in September
of 2019. Times will be determined in March for the May
sitting and May for the August and September sittings; check
the BST signup for details at that time. Once registration
opens, register for one sitting; you may only write the test
once. Please note that the use of a calculator is not
permitted when writing this exam. All BST sittings will take
place in Room 310 of the Leonard S. Klinck Building at UBC;
6356 Agricultural Road.
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. If you
have not taken PREC 12, you may not write the BST; you need
to have taken PREC 12 or an equivalent course to be eligible
to write this test.
You can find a practice
test here.

