Math Self-Assessment for Technology Entry
When you take the Technology Entry program at BCIT, you will be required to take math and science courses in which you will need to apply your mathematical skills. You will be using algebra, trigonometry and geometry that you have already learned in high school.
Although the instructor will briefly review the mathematics fundamentals (see below), it will be assumed that you are familiar with these concepts before you arrive.
We want you to have a rewarding and successful experience at BCIT. This is more likely to happen if you are adequately prepared in basic mathematical skills. In order to test just how much you do remember of the basics, please try the provided math self-assessment test [PDF]. When you are done, use the math self-assessment scoring page [PDF] to check your answers and total your test score.
If you score:
- more than 45 out of 60: You should be just fine;
- from 25 to 45 out of 60: You should give serious consideration to taking a refresher course or get a tutor to review Math 11 concepts.
- less than 25 out of 60: Students scoring this low will struggle in the Technology Entry program. You should definitely take advantage of one of the refresher opportunities listed below.
Mathematics fundamentals that you should know:
- signed numbers: e.g. 7- (-9)
- the order of mathematical operations: e.g. a(7+2(5+b))
- exponents or powers
- solving for x or another unknown in an equation
- solving for two unknowns in two equations
- percentages and ratios
- basic geometry, e.g. sum of angles of a triangle = 180 degrees, rules for similar triangles, areas of circles, rectangles, triangles.
- the three basic trigonometric functions (Sine, Cosine and Tangent)
- functional notation, e.g., y=f(x)
- graphing points and lines on regular (Cartesian) graph paper
- formula for a straight line and a quadratic equation
Mathematics fundamentals that would be desirable:
- the rules of logarithms.
How to refresh or enhance your skills:
- Access to Pre-Calculus Math 11 is available through your local B.C. school board. In addition many community colleges will offer equivalent courses.
- At BCIT there is a one course that can be used to refresh and upgrade to a Grade 11 level, Math 0007. This is a BCIT Math 11 equivalent taken through Part Time Studies at the Burnaby campus of BCIT.