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, 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 will be taking place on August 31, 2017. We
will hold a subsequent sitting on September 7, 2017 for
those wishing to qualify to take a Math course in September
of 2017. Times will be determined in June; check the
BST signup for details at that time. Once registration
opens in June, 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. We will not be holding a BST sitting in
May of 2017. Both the August 31st and September 7th
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.
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