Basic Skills Test (BST)
|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. If you
have not taken or passed a pre-calculus 12 course, you may not write the BST.
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 it.
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, 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
link on the left of this webpage. The next sitting of the BST will be taking place on
Tuesday, May 15, 2018. We will hold subsequent sittings on August 30, 2018 and
September 6th, 2018 for those wishing to qualify to take a Math course in September of 2018.
Times will be determined in March for the May 15th 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 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. 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