Basic Skills Assessment Tool (BST)

All students (including transfers) wishing to enroll in MATH 104 for the upcoming semester will need to take and pass the BST prior to registration (with a minimum score of 80%). Students transferring 104 credit and wishing to enroll in MATH 105 for the upcoming semester will also need to take and pass the BST prior to registration (with a minimum score of 80%).

The assessment consists of 25 questions that evaluate knowledge in specific content domains. Students have 50 minutes to complete the exam. No calculators or electronic devices may be used. Students will need to present a photo ID (preferably their student ID) and their M number at the testing site.

BST Review Materials

 (Note: These materials are for the Basic Skills Assessment Tool only.)

 Hard copies of these review materials are available in the Math Department Office (Wickersham 208).

 

Testing and Review Dates

Note: the Basic Skills Assessment Tool (BST) is for Elementary Education majors and Middle-Level Education majors only - all other students should take the Math Placement Assessment (MPT).

The Basic Skills Assessment is offered regularly throughout the Fall and Spring semesters and during the summer.

Register NOW to take the Basic Skills Assessment (BST) this Spring in order to register for MATH 104 in the summer or fall semester.

The BST will be given in Wickersham Hall, Room 219, on March 16, 23, and April 6, at 11AM, 4PM, and 6PM. You must register to take the test through the appropriate link below at least 24 hours prior to the testing time. If it is not possible to take the BST on these days/times, please contact the Math Department Office for alternative arrangements.

You should practice the problems linked on this webpage. If you do not earn an 80%, you may repeat the assessment, but you should review your prior assessment during a review session (listed below) or with an individual professor (contact the Math Department Office).

If you have not passed the BST prior to the April 6th date (or if you simply haven’t taken it yet), you are encouraged to attend one of two group review sessions listed. You are asked to register for the a review session using the appropriate link below. If you took the BST on either March 16 or 23, then you will be given the chance to review your exam and ask specific questions from it. Otherwise, you can ask general questions or simply listen to other students’ questions.

  • Session #1: Monday, March 28, 5:30PM, Wick 112
  • Session #2: Wednesday, March 30, 4PM, Wick 112

(Note that you are permitted to attend both sessions if you wish. They will be run by different faculty members so you might find it beneficial to do so.)

If you do not register ahead of time, then you can attend (if there is room), but you will not have access to your exam. Registration must be completed BY 8AM the day of the review session. Later than this will not guarantee that your prior exam is available to you at the time of the review session.

If you wish to review your prior work but are unable to attend either of the sessions above, please contact the math office to set up an individual appointment (limited availability).

To register to take the BSTCLICK HERE

To register for a review sessionCLICK HERE

Please contact Dr. Janet White (Janet.White@millersville.edu) or Kathy Cody (Kathy.Cody@millersville.edu) with any questions.

Obtaining your BST Score

  • Go to the Millersville University Logins page (https://www.millersville.edu/logins/index.php)
  • Select “MAX”
  • Log in to your account
  • Select “Student Services”
  • Select “Registration”
  • Select “Placement Exam Scores”

If you passed the BST you will see: Placement results – Math Course 104 Please print this sheet for your records and/or submission to the ELED Department.
If you did not pass the BST you will see: Did not pass Math BST: Score = XX (where XX is the score of your test)