Calculus Readiness Test

What is the Calculus Readiness Test (CRT)? 

The CRT is designed to assess the background and current ability of incoming students in algebra, functions, geometry and trigonometry. Results will be used to guide students into an appropriate calculus course.

CBU offers two Mathematical Calculus courses in which students can be placed: Math 1105 is suitable for those students who have a lot of experience with Mathematics, whereas Math 1101 introduces students to the ideas of calculus more slowly. By the end of the first year, all students in both streams can be ready for their second year of university mathematics. Please note the following information about the CRT:

  • Registration in MATH1101 or MATH1105 is limited to those with satisfactory results in the CRT.
  • The CRT consists of 31 multiple-choice questions on the subjects of Algebra, Functions, Geometry and Trigonometry.
  • A score of 19 or more qualifies you for MATH1105, between 12 and 18 you can do MATH1101 and between 0 and 11 you can do MATH1107* (*1107 is not allowed for credit in the BSc or BEng)
  • One rewrite is allowed if you narrowly missed a cut-off point in the test:
    • If you scored 17 or 18 and score 19 or more on the rewrite you will be allowed into MATH1105.
    • If you scored 10 or 11 and score 12 or more on the rewrite you will be allowed into MATH1101.

Who should take the CRT?

Calculus (MATH 1101/1203 or 1105/1206) is required for the following programs:

  • Bachelor of Science in Mathematics
  • Bachelor of Science in Chemistry
  • Students intending to transfer to another university for Computer Science
  • Students intending to qualify for the transfer program in Engineering
  • Students intending to qualify for Pharmacy (regardless of program).

Calculus (MATH 1101/1203 or MATH 1105/1206) is not a specific requirement in any of the following programs:

Please Note: Specific programs within the Bachelor of Science and the Bachelor of Engineering Technology not listed above may require credits from a list of mathematics courses amongst which calculus is a choice. Check the Academic Calendar for a listing of the requirements for your program.

If your Bachelor of Science program does not require calculus, and you are sure that you will not register in calculus, then you do not have to take this test. However, students who are uncertain about how mathematics courses might fit into their plans should keep their options open by writing the test. You can write the CRT and then, with results in hand, decide whether or not you wish to take calculus. Should you not write the CRT, calculus will not be an option until you have written the CRT.

Who is Exempt from taking the CRT? 

  • Students who complete an IB course in mathematics with a minimum score of 5.
  • Students who have scored 80% or more in a grade 12 calculus or pre-calculus mathematics course.
  • Successful completion of Math 0101
  • Successful completion of Math 1101
  • If you have successfully completed Math 1107, you will be permitted to register in MATH1101.  If you have successfully completed Math 1107 AND Math 1208, you will be permitted to register in MATH1105.

Registering for the CRT

If you have received final acceptance to CBU, you’ll be able to register for the CRT online just as you would for any other course. Here is a step-by-step guide to register for the CRT:

  • Login to your student account
  • Search for MATH-9000 in the Course Catalogue
  • Add one of the available sections to your schedule.
  • Click on “Plan and Schedule” and hit Register.
  • Note that there are limited spaces available for each section, so register as soon as possible. You must register 24 hours prior to the test.
  • Please contact in order to schedule a rewrite.

Please Note: There is no fee to register for this test.

CRT Schedule and Detailed Information

CRT Dates for 2024:

April 29, 2024 at 6pm
May 1, 2024 at 6pm

September 3, 2024 at 6pm
September 5, 2024 at 6pm

Please be prepared with the following:

  • A writing implement (preferably two)
  • Your 8-digit Cape Breton University ID Number
  • Use of a foreign language dictionary is permitted for students to whom English is a second language. The dictionary is subject to inspection by the proctor.
  • NO calculating devices of any kind

If you have any questions, please contact Peggy Wright by phone at 902-563-1428 or email at

Practice Testing

Sample Problem Booklet: A booklet detailing topics covered on this test, including sample problems, can be downloaded without charge.  This is supplied for Preparing for University Calculus at Atlantic Canadian Universities.

Online testing for practice: You may try a similar test from San Diego or one from Simon Fraser University.