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Prerequisite/Placement Scores

Early College Program students who wish to take a college-level English, chemistry, math or physics courses need to have completed a prerequisite in order to register for the course. Placement can be satisfied with either the prerequisite course or an ACT, SAT, Compass, or ALEKS (Math) test score. Passing placement scores need to be submitted to the Early College Program or the Admissions Office prior to registering for the course.

Placement Information

 

ISU Biology Placement

Students place into a course by completing the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of C- or better or by achieving appropriate scores on the math portion of the ACT/SAT test, Compass, or ALEKS placement exam.

Course

Completion of

Math Course

ACT Math Score

SAT Math Score

Compass Score

ALEKS Math Score

Biology 1101

0025

17

460

35 on Algebra (MAPL 2)

30-45

 

ISU Chemistry Placement

Students place into a course by completing the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of C- or better or by achieving appropriate scores on the math portion of the ACT/SAT test, Compass, or ALEKS placement exam.

Course

Completion of

Math Course

ACT Math Score

SAT Math Score

Compass Score

ALEKS Math Score

Chemistry 1101

1108

23

560

61 on Algebra (MAPL 2)

46-60

 

ISU English Placement      

Course

Completion of English Course

ACT English Score

SAT* Lang/Writing Score

Compass Score

English 1101

0090

18-24

26-31

68-94

English 1102

1101

25-30

32-40

95-99

               

*SAT scores effective April 2016. For questions regarding test scores, contact the Department of English and Philosophy at (208) 282-2478.

 

ISU Math Placement              

All mathematics courses except MATH 0015 have prerequisites. Students place into a course by completing the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of C- or better or by achieving appropriate scores on the math portion of the ACT/SAT exam, Compass mathematics, or ALEKS placement exams.              

Students should review the math requirements for any majors they are considering at ISU or elsewhere. Only certain mathematics courses will meet Objective 3 at ISU or general education mathematics at other colleges and universities. When considering enrollment in a math course, we recommend that you speak with your instructor, the Early College Program, or advisors at other universities or colleges you are considering.      

Students should plan their mathematics coursework according to their intended majors. Some majors, for instance, require MATH 1153, and others require MATH 1160. Students planning to take calculus must be especially careful to determine whether MATH 1160, Brief Calculus, or MATH 1170, Calculus I, is appropriate. Taking one after the other counts as a repeat and provides no further credit toward graduation.               

Course

Completion of Math Course

ACT Math Score

SAT* Math Score

Compass Score

ALEKS Math Score

Math 1153

1108

23

560

61 on Algebra (MAPL 2)

46-60

Math 1170

1144 or 1147

29

680

51 on Trigonometry (MAPL 4)

76-100

Math 1175

1170

-

-

-

-

*SAT scores effective April 2016.

Note: for additional math courses offered at ISU please refer to the ISU course catalog for prerequisite information.

       

ISU Physics Placement

Students place into a course by completing the prerequisite course(s) with a grade of C- or better or by achieving appropriate scores on the math portion of the ACT/SAT test, Compass, or ALEKS placement exam.

Course

Completion of

Math Course

ACT Math Score

SAT Math Score

Compass Score

ALEKS Math Score

PHYS 1111

1143

27

640

51 on College Algebra (MAPL 3)

76-100

 

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