Assessment Services

Math and Statistics Advancement Test (MSAT)

The Mathematics and Statistics Advancement Test (MSAT) is an assessment test intended for students who would like to demonstrate preparedness for most 100-level courses at UFV in Mathematics and Statistics. The 2.5-hour test covers the major topics of BC Grade 11 and 12 math, with the exception of trigonometry.

The MSAT is a two-part closed-book test with multiple choice questions. Part A has 25 questions that test arithmetic, algebra, numeracy, and basic problem-solving skills. Part B has 25 questions covering functions, graphing, exponents, and logarithms. Calculators are not allowed during the test.

Students can earn the prerequisite for the following courses by achieving a certain minimum sore on Part A of the MSAT:

  • STAT 104, MATH 105, MATH 123, MATH 124, MATH 140

Students can earn the prerequisite for the following courses by achieving a certain minimum score on Parts A and B of the MSAT:

  • STAT 106, MATH 125, MATH 141

See course descriptions in the Academic Calendar for specific MSAT scores required to meet the prerequisite for the course you choose to take.

Register for the MSAT

To write the MSAT, register in advance through the Office of the Registrar (OReg) at any UFV campus.

The $25 fee is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable; however, prior to the exam date, you may switch to another exam sitting at no extra cost.

The MSAT may only be written once.

Test dates 

Fall 2019 Semester

Abbotsford Campus MSAT Test Dates Fall 2019
DateTest TimeCRNRoom
Sep 03 9 am – 11:30 am 80294

S3125

Sep 09 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80297 S3125
Oct 01 9 am – 11:30 am 80300 S3125
Oct 07 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80303 S3125
Nov 04 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80306 S3125
Nov 12 9 am – 11:30 am 80309 S3125
Dec 02 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80312 S3125
Dec 10 9 am – 11:30 am 80315 S3125

 

Chilliwack CEP Campus MSAT Test Dates Fall 2019
DateTest TimeCRNRoom
Sep 05 9 am – 11:30 am 80318 A1350
Sep 12 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80321 A1350
Oct 03 9 am – 11:30 am 80324 A1350
Oct 10 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80327 A1350
Nov 07 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80330 A1350
Nov 14 9 am – 11:30 am 80333 A1350
Dec 05 5 pm – 7:30 pm 80336 A1350
Dec 12 9 am – 11:30 am 80339 A1350

 

Winter 2020 Semester

Abbotsford Campus MSAT Test Dates Winter 2020
DateTest TimeCRNRoom
Jan 06 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20306 S3125
Jan 13 9 am – 11:30 am 20309 S3125
Feb 03 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20312 S3125
Feb 10 9 am – 11:30 am 20315 S3125
Mar 02 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20318 S3125
Mar 09 9 am – 11:30 am 20321 S3125
Apr 06 9 am – 11:30 am 20324 S3125
Apr 14 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20327 S3125

 

Chilliwack CEP Campus MSAT Test Dates Winter 2020
DateTest TimeCRNRoom
Jan 09 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20330 A1350
Jan 16 9 am – 11:30 am 20333 A1350
Feb 06 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20336 A1350
Feb 13 9 am – 11:30 am 20339 A1350
Mar 05 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20342 A1350
Mar 12 9 am – 11:30 am 20345 A1350
Apr 09 9 am – 11:30 am 20348 A1350
Apr 16 5 pm – 7:30 pm 20303 A1350

 

Write an out-of-district MSAT

To register for an out-of-district MSAT, contact assessinfo@ufv.ca to be emailed a set of step-by-step instructions.

Important things to consider:

  1. Requests to write an out-of-district MSAT must be received by Assessment Services at least 5 (five) business days before you plan to write the test.
  2. You will need to locate a qualified invigilator - a teacher, counsellor, or similar professional or another institution/testing center. It cannot be a relative, friend, or personal acquaintance.
  3. Prior to registering for the MSAT, you must contact Assessment Services to request to write an out-of-district MSAT.
  4. After receiving confirmation and instructions from Assessment Services, you can register for the MSAT through UFV Office of the Registrar. There is a $50 fee for the exam, plus any other registration fees. Note that you will also be responsible for providing your proctor with a pre-paid courier return envelope. When registering for the Out of District MSAT please quote the Course Registration Number (CRN) found in the table below.
Out of District MSAT
SemesterCRN
Fall 2019 80340
Winter 2020 20352

What to bring

NOTE: Calculators and other electronics (including translators) are NOT allowed during the exam.

Prepare for the Math and Statistics Advancement Test

You can visit the Mathematics and Statistics Centre on the Abbotsford and Chilliwack campus to access textbooks and resources to help you prepare for the placement test.

The MSAT Part A requires some knowledge/skill with

  • numeracy/word problems, some about percentages, fractions, areas,
  • graphs and equations of lines, slope, and intercept,
  • simplifying or evaluating algebraic expressions,
  • solving algebraic equations,
  • solving linear equations, or pairs of linear equations,
  • solving equations involving absolute values,
  • solving linear inequalities,
  • using the quadratic formula,
  • factoring quadratic algebraic expressions,
  • computing averages,
  • working with roots and fractional powers

Part A does not have any questions about functions, nor about logarithms, or trigonometry. In most textbooks on Pre-Calculus at the Mathematics and Statistics Centre, the topics described above most likely come in the review materials—before functions are introduced.

The MSAT Part B requires some knowledge/skill with the topics listed in Part A,as well as:

  • function notation,
  • solving for inverse functions,
  • domain and range of functions,
  • interpreting graphs of functions,
  • areas and volumes of shapes with straight boundaries,
  • polynomial and rational functions,
  • logarithmic and exponential functions,
  • constructing linear and quadratic models

Part B does not have any questions about trigonometry.

In most textbooks on Calculus at the Mathematics and Statistics Centre, the topics described above probably come in the review materials, keeping in mind that trigonometry may also be in the review materials but plays no role in the MSAT. If you want more information and practice with Part B materials, you should sign out a book on Pre-Calculus, and look up specific chapters where you need more practice (such as "Functions and Graphs", or "Polynomial and Rational Functions", or "Exponential and Logarithmic Functions").

Questions?

Email assessinfo@ufv.ca or phone 604-557-4006 (Toll-free 1-888-504-7441, ext. 4006).

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