| The UBC Mathematics Basic Skills Test (BST)
is designed to assess the calculus readiness of
students whose pre-calculus 12 grade indicates they
are not ready to take a university-level
differential calculus course. Note that
students without a pre-calculus 12 course cannot
take any UBC calculus course until they have
completed a pre-calculus 12 course with a
satisfactory grade. You should look at the
First-Year Calculus Choices page on this site to see
the pre-requisites for our calculus courses.
If you meet the pre-requisites 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
pre-requisites will be enforced, so only register
for a MATH course if you are already qualified for
You only need to take the BST if:
(1) You have a passing grade in pre-calculus 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 one-term
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 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 one-term 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 non-credit
MATH 002 or an equivalent pre-calculus course before
you would be allowed to register in MATH 110.
You can find a practice test here.