Pretests

We offer pretests in order to ensure that students with insufficient or indeterminate prerequisites are prepared for success in MATH 100/109 and MATH 102. 

For students wishing to register into MATH 120,  or MATH 161 who are facing prerequisite blocks - please contact mathadv@uvic.ca.  Please be sure to include your student number.

You may write pretests for more than one course. Separate registration is required for each pretest you are interested in writing. Advanced registration is required.

All pretests are 1 hour long.  Reminders will be sent to all registered students a day or two before the pretest. At this point in time, we are still unsure how we will be delivering the pretests in Fall 2021.  We anticipate more information by early July.  We will be scheduling at least four pretest dates within the first 15 days of September.

 If Admissions has not been able to assess equivalence of your high school mathematics prerequisites, you can gain admission to one of the classes above by writing and passing a pretest. Except as noted below for MATH 100 and MATH 109 pretests are not available to students whose mathematics prerequisites have been assessed as being less than the required standard.

What if I fail the pretest?

If you do not pass a pretest you'll need to take an appropriate upgrading class. You may not write a pretest more than once. For MATH 100 or 102 you should take MATH 120

 

Transfer credit

If you've transferred to the University of Victoria from a college or university, check whether your high school math prerequisites have been assessed by Admissions and input to the records system. Do this on My page by choosing student services in the left navigation bar, then the grades and records tab , then choose the transfer credit summary tab. Pre-requisite errors are frequently the result of missing information.

For MATH 100 and 109 only, if you've completed BC Principles of Math 12, Precalculus 12, or another course deemed equivalent by Admissions, with a letter grade of less than B, you can gain admission by writing and passing the pretest.  In BC high schools a B corresponds to a numerical score of at least 73%. Other jurisdictions may be different, and Admissions will know.

Credit for MATH 120

Students with a minimum grade of C+ in UVic MATH 120, or a C+ in a course that transfers to UVic as MATH 120, have the prerequisite for MATH 100 and do not need to write the pretest.  Students with a minimum grade of C in UVic MATH 120 or  a C in a course that transfers to UVic as MATH 120 have the prerequisite for MATH 102 and do not need to write the pretest.