Placement Exams

Accurate placement is the key to successful progress through the mathematics curriculum. The main placement methods that ISU uses are:

  • Completion of coursework prerequisites with a grade of C- or better, or
  • Satisfactory scores on the ACT, SAT, COMPASS or ALEKS placement exam.

Students may place into courses higher than MATH 0015 by achieving any one of the following scores on their ACT, SAT, COMPASS ALEKS placement exam. However, scores from any one of these exams may place you into math courses no higher than MATH 1170, Calculus I. If you would like to see if you are eligible to enroll in MATH 1175, Calculus II, you may take the CLEP exam to see if you can pass the Calculus I material.

Courses that satisfy the General Education Objective #3 are indicated with a (*).

As of Fall 2016

Placement Exam Scores - as of AF16 - chart only

For more information on taking the ALEKS or CLEP exam, or to schedule an exam time, visit the Counseling and Testing Center's website. 


  • For placement purposes, prerequisite courses or placement exam scores must have been within the last seven years or will need to be repeated.

  • Effective December 1, 2016, ISU no longer administers the COMPASS placement exam, but we will accept COMPASS scores from exams that were taken within the last seven years but not later than November 30, 2016.





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