Nursing and Health Studies Program

UW Bothell Math Placement Test

Math Placement as Part of the Admissions Requirements

To be reviewed for admission into the First Year Track Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program*, you must demonstrate proficiency in intermediate algebra via a math assessment. Proficiency in intermediate algebra is required due to the science courses that start the first quarter of the program.

If you demonstrate proficiency in intermediate algebra via the assessment, your application will be forwarded to the Nursing and Health Studies Program office for review. 

If you do not demonstrate proficiency in intermediate algebra via the assessment, your application will remain with the UW Bothell Admissions Office for general advisement and exploration of alternate entries into a BSN program and other majors including the Bachelor of Arts in Health Studies.

Please note: enrolled first-year or second-year UW Bothell students may not apply to the First Year Track Bachelor of Science in Nursing Program.   

The Math Assessment:

The math assessment is available on campus or at one of our approved ACT Compass Remote Testing Sites (typically located at community and technical colleges). The assessment may be taken only once. After you apply to the First Year Track BSN Program, you will receive instructions from the Office of Admissions on how to proceed.

Preparing for the Assessment:

If you are taking the math assessment at one of the approved ACT Compass Remote Testing Centers, you will take the algebra portion of the Compass assessment. It is a computer based assessment. The fee varies depending on the Remote Testing Center you select. Intermediate algebra proficiency is demonstrated by earning a minimum score of 69. If you have taken the Compass assessment previously using the College Algebra portion, a score of  35 is required. In preparation to take the ACT Compass math assessment, you can review practice algebra problems.

If you are taking the math assessment at UW Bothell, you will take the General Test. It is a paper and pencil assessment. The fee is $20.00. To demonstrate intermediate algebra proficiency, you will need to place into college algebra (BMATH 121). In preparation to take the math assessment, you can review general practice problems.

*First Year Track BSN is pending university approval.