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Math 11 Exemption test

Who should write/What the test is designed to do

The Math 11 Exemption test is a 3-hour exam equivalent in breadth and rigor to the Final Exam written by students who are completing B.C. Foundations of Math 11 (or Douglas College MATU 0411 for credit). The Exemption test generates both a percent score and a corresponding letter grade using equivalences that are standard across the College. Passing the Exemption test (with a grade of C or better) results in a standing which is equivalent to having passed the B.C. Foundations of Math 11 course itself (or with a grade of C- or better results in a standing which is equivalent to having passed Douglas College MATU 0411); that is, the results from the Exemption test may be used to meet specific prerequisites at Douglas College. Nursing and Psychiatric Nursing applicants must score 38-39 (75-79%) to achieve a grade of B. Dispensing Optician and Hospitality Management applicants must score 28-29 to achieve a grade of C-.

Who should not write/What the test is NOT designed to do 

It is not one of the “program (math) readiness assessments” which specific departments have instituted for their students alone: e.g. Commerce and Business, HIMP, VTEC and PSYC 2300. For information about a “program readiness assessment”, please consult the Assessment Services website at http://www.douglascollege.ca/study-at-douglas/register/canadian-students/assessment-testing/individual-test-information or the particular department involved.

It is not a “course challenge” for obtaining course credit.  For information on “course challenge”, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

What it tests 

The test consists of questions drawn from the following topics:

  • Simplifying expressions:  rational expressions, expressions with roots and/or positive, negative or rational exponents, complex fractions, excluded values in radical and rational expressions
  • Factoring polynomials
  • Solving equations:  linear, quadratic, radical, rational, exponential (with the variable as base or as exponent), literal and systems of equations
  • Direct, inverse and joint variation
  • Functions: function notation, evaluating functions, finding domain and range of polynomial, radical and rational functions
  • Graphing: linear functions,  quadratic functions of the form  y =a(x−p)2 + q, completing the square, determining
  • Trigonometry: right-triangle trigonometry, solving trig equations over the domain: 0≤θ≤360° and θ∈ R, solving oblique triangles using the law of sines and the law of cosines 
  • Statistics: average, standard deviation, normal distribution and probability
  • Problem solving: using proportional reasoning, rates, scale factors, area, volume and patterns

Preparation for the test

Books entitled Intermediate Algebra or College Algebra can help you review for the test. Local public libraries will have these available.

Format of the test

It is a 50 question multiple-choice test with a time limit of 3 hours.

Test results

Results will be provided immediately after the assessment is marked and entered on your student record.

The conversion of percent score to letter grades is as follows:

A+ 95-100% (48 to 50) B+ 80-84% (40 to 42) C+ 65-69% (33 to 34) P 50-54% (25 to 27)
A 90-94%   (45 to 47) B 75-79% (38 to 39) C 60-64% (30 to 32) F 0-49%   (0 to 24)
A- 85-89%   (43 to 44) B- 70-74% (35 to 37) C- 55-59% (28 to 29)    

What to bring to the test

Please bring your Douglas College student number, photo identification (driver's license, passport or Douglas College student card), a pen and pencil, a scientific calculator but not a graphing calculator. The invigilator will provide scratch paper which will be collected when you complete the test.

Testing 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 4 months between tests. Students who believe extenuating circumstances exist may contact the Registrar to request special consideration or exemption to this policy.

Ready to book?

Visit our Testing Schedules and Booking page to find out how to book an assessment, and when your assessment is available.