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Math assessment advice

Mathematics 11 prerequisites for any course or program

Many courses/programs require proof of an academic Math 11 course (e.g. B.C. Principles of Math 11, B.C. Precalculus 11 or B.C. Foundations 11) or equivalent with a certain letter grade.  

If you have taken an equivalent course at another institution, please see the Department Chair or Coordinator to determine whether you have an acceptable substitute. 

If you do not have documentation that shows that you have the required grade 11 mathematics prerequisite, you have the following options:
  1. Upgrade your mathematics at Douglas College through our Mathematics Upgrading Department.  Before you can enrol in mathematics upgrading courses you must complete a Mathematics Upgrading Assessment
  2. Take the Math 11 Exemption Test. Note that this is a 3-hour exam that tests the full breadth of an academic Math 11 course. It is not a course challenge for course credit, but passing the test results in a standing which is equivalent to having passed an academic Math 11 course. Continue reading for less rigorous options.
  3. For admission to some courses/programs it is possible to take a specialized assessment that only tests the mathematics skills required for success in the course/program. See the chart below to determine whether this is an option for you.
Course or Program  Recommended Assessment
Commerce and Business courses Commerce and Business Readiness Assessment 
Health Information Management program Health Information Management program Readiness Assessment
PSYC 2300 PSYC 2300 Readiness Assessment
Veterinary Technology program Veterinary Technology Readiness Assessment

Prerequisites for Mathematics courses 

If you have already taken B.C. Principles of Math 11 or 12, B.C. Precalculus 11 or 12, or B.C. Foundations of Math 11 or 12, and have a grade of C or better (in a few cases C- is acceptable), direct entry into some Mathematics (MATH) courses is possible. See Math Advising for options and prerequisites.
If you wish to register in Math 1105 – Intermediate Algebra or Math 1110 – Precalculus you may need to take the (Precalculus Placement) Math Assessment. Note that you must already have a minimum of B.C. Principles of Math 11, B.C. Precalculus Math 11 or B.C. Foundations of Math 11, with a grade of C or better, before you will be eligible to take this test. If you do not have this minimum, see the section on Mathematics 11 prerequisites above.
If you wish to challenge the prerequisites for MATH 1120, MATH 1125, MATH 1130, or MATH 1160 you may take the Computer-Based Math Assessment. Note that you must already have a minimum of B.C. Principles of Math 11, B.C. Precalculus Math 11 or B.C. Foundations of Math 11, with a grade of C or better, before you will be eligible to take this test. If you do not have this minimum, see the section on Mathematics 11 prerequisites above.