Computer-based Math assessment


Please be advised that Douglas College is temporarily suspending face-to-face student services. The Computer-based Math assessment is currently offered online via Blackboard using the Respondus Lockdown Browser and Monitor using your personal computer and web camera.

Please note that Blackboard no longer supports Internet Explorer but use of Chrome or Firefox.

The Computer-based Math assessment test is available on Douglas College Blackboard for you to take at your convenience until August 19, 2020 at 11:59 p.m.

To Book your test, visit the How to Book an Assessment page.

We strongly advise that if you need this for course pre-requisites, you should write your test before priority registration starts on June 23, 2020 so that you do not risk classes filling before you have written your assessment. The test offer will expire as of 11:59 pm on August 19, 2020, when this semester ends, whether you have completed it or not. You have the choice of when you take it, within the above parameters.

Who should write

The Douglas College Computer-Based Math Assessment is for students who wish to challenge prerequisites for MATH 1120 - Calculus 1, MATH 1125 - Calculus for Social Sciences, MATH 1130 - Discrete Mathematics 1, or MATH 1160 - Introduction to Statistics. This may be necessary if you do not have documented proof of prerequisite courses, but believe you can demonstrate that you have the required knowledge.

Before taking the Douglas College Computer-based Math Assessment, you must have one of the following:

  • proof of either B.C. Foundations of Math 11, B.C. Principles of Math 11, or B.C. Precalculus 11 with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • MATU 0411 (formerly DVST 0411) with a grade of "C" or higher; or
  • a referral from the Mathematics Upgrading Department.

What to bring

Please bring your student number, photo identification, a pen or pencil, and a scientific calculator but not a graphing calculator. The invigilator will provide scratch paper which will be collected when you complete the test.

Test format

The Douglas College Computer-based Math Assessment is a series of four proctored Math Assessments. The assessments range from Intermediate Algebra to Functions and Trigonometry. Details of each test are described below.

All students will begin with Test #1: Mathematics 2 and progress on to Test #2, Test #3, and then Test #4 if applicable. Each test must be done in sequence of order to be valid. At each level, a certain score must be achieved to be eligible to advance to the next test.

Test #1: Mathematics 2 (MA2)

What it tests

The assessments consist of questions drawn from the following topics:

  • evaluating/simplifying algebraic expressions
  • operations with integers
  • simplifying expressions with integer and rational exponents
  • radicals
  • operations with polynomials and rationals
  • factoring polynomials
  • solving quadratics
  • solving rational equations
  • solving literal equations
  • slope-intercept form of the equation of a line
  • solving and graphing linear equations and linear inequalities
  • systems of linear equations
  • functions; domains; max/min value for quadratics
  • word problems

Preparation for Test #1

Texts with Basic and Intermediate Algebra and College Algebra

Format of Test #1

The assessment 20 question multiple-choice test which takes approximately 1 hour and 20 minutes to complete.

Score Needed to Proceed to Test #2:

Score of 14 or higher 

Test #2: Mathematics 3 (MA3)

What it tests

  • operations with integers, rationals, exponents, radicals
  • absolute value equations and inequalities 
  • distance between two points
  • operations with algebraic expressions; algebraic fractions
  • operations with polynomials and rationals
  • factoring polynomials
  • solving quadratics and quadratic inequalities
  • solving rational equations
  • solving radical equations
  • solving and graphing linear equations and linear inequalities
  • systems of linear equations
  • functions, including composition
  • logarithms
  • word problems

Preparation for Test #2

Text with College Algebra or Advanced Algebra

Format of Test #2

This assessment is a 24 question multiple-choice test which takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Score Needed to Proceed to Test #3:

Score of 14 or higher

Test #3: Calculus Readiness 1 (CR1)

What it tests

  • functions; composition, notation
  • fractional equations
  • factoring; operations with algebraic expressions
  • quadratic inequalities; graphs
  • systems of linear equations
  • graphs; quadratics, linear equations
  • logarithmic and exponential functions
  • geometry; distance
  • trig identities
  • trigonometric graphs
  • special angles; trig functions
  • word problems

Preparation for Test #3

Text with Precalculus

Format of Test #3

This assessment is a 26 question multiple-choice test which takes approximately 60 minutes to complete. 

Score Needed to Proceed to Test #4:

Score of 13 or higher

Test #4: Calculus Readiness 2 (CR2)

What it tests

  • fractional equations
  • inequalities
  • absolute value; graphing
  • exponential and logarithms functions
  • graphing; exponentials, logarithms, conics
  • higher degree polynomial equations non-linear systems of equations; graphs
  • right triangles, definition of trig functions
  • special angles; radian measure
  • trig identities, cofunctions
  • trigonometric graphing
  • trig equations
  • non-right triangles; laws of sines and cosines
  • inverse trigonometric functions

Preparation for Test #4

Text with Pre-Calculus

Format of Test #4

This assessment is a 24 question multiple-choice test which takes approximately 60 minutes to complete.

Scores Needed to Challenge Prerequisites

To satisfy prerequisites for the following courses, students must achieve the scores on the tests listed below.

MATH 1160 - Introduction to Statics: Score of 12 or higher on Test #2: Mathematics 3

MATH 1130 - Discrete Mathematics 1: Score of 13 or higher on Test #3: Calculus Readiness 1

MATH 1125 - Calculus for Social Sciences: Score of 15 or higher on Test #3: Calculus Readiness 1

MATH 1120 - Calculus 1: Score of 12 or higher on Test #4: Calculus Readiness 2

Test results

You will usually be given your results immediately after the completion of the assessment.

Assessments completed via Blackboard will normally have results emailed to you and entered onto your student record 72 (business) hours after completion.

Test policy

Students may take an assessment for admission to courses and/or programs a maximum of two times within a two year period, with a minimum of four months between tests. Students who believe extenuating circumstances exist may contact the Registrar to request consideration or exemption to this policy.

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