The Mathematics & Statistics Diagnostic Test (MDT) is part of the assessment process designed to identify the math or statistics course that is most appropriate in view of a student's background, current abilities, and future needs. The MDT is applicable only to Langara College courses and programs.

Before you arrive, please consider which test you need to write; contact the department if you are uncertain. There are three different tests:

  • Math Test 1 (covering material from grades 9, 10, and 11) if you want to take MATH 1101, 1118, 1150 or 1190, or to qualify for programs requiring Math 11
  • Math Test 2 (covering material from grades 11 and 12) if you want to take MATH 1152, 1153, 1170, 1171, 1173, or 1174
  • Statistics Test (covering arithmetic, lines, and English reading and comprehension) if you want to take STAT 1124 or PSYC 2321. (This test is NOT for Stat 1181, which requires Calculus as a co- or pre-requisite.)

Who needs to take MDT?

Generally, students wishing to take the following courses will write the MDT if they do not have the specified high school prerequisites from a BC high school within the last three years:

  • MATH 1101, 1118, 1150, 1152, 1153, 1162, 1170, 1171, 1173, 1174, or 1190
  • STAT 1124 or PSYC 2321
  • CPSC 1090, 1150 or 1155, 1160, 2190
  • CHEM 1118, 1120 or 1220
  • PHYS 1114, 1115, 1118 or 1125

Students from out-of-province or those who have been away from mathematics for three or more years must write the MDT to assess their level of preparedness.

Students with the following prerequisites taken in BC (“recent” means within the past three years) do not need to write the MDT:

  • a recent A grade in Precalculus 12 and wanting MATH 1171
  • a recent C+ grade in Precalculus 12 and C- grade in BC Provincial Calculus 12 and wanting MATH 1153, 1171, 1173, or 1174
  • a recent B grade in Precalculus 12 and wanting MATH 1153, 1173, 1174, or CPSC 1150
  • a recent C+ grade in Precalculus 12 and wanting MATH 1170
  • a recent C- or C grade in Precalculus 12 and wanting MATH 1152
  • a recent C grade (or better) in Precalculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 and wanting MATH 1150 or 1118 
  • a recent C grade (or better) in Precalculus 11 or Foundations of Math 12 and wanting Math 1190
  • a recent C grade (or better) in Precalculus 11 or Foundations of Math 11 and wanting STAT 1124 or PSYC 2321

In the preceding list, the only Calculus 12 course that will be considered is the BC Provincial Calculus 12. In particular, Locally Developed (LD) Calculus 12 does not apply and neither does AP Calculus (but contact the department if you scored 4 or higher on the AP Calculus exam).

Students who are currently enrolled in, or have recently completed, a Langara Mathematics course are not normally permitted to write the MDT.

These secondary school course descriptions do not include Intro Math 11, Math 11A, Essentials of Math, or Applications of Math courses. Students having such courses must write the MDT.