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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 ALEKS, ACT or SAT placement exam.

Students may place into courses higher than MATH 0025* by achieving any one of the following scores on their ALEKS, ACT or SAT  placement exam, or MATH 0090 finishing score. 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 highlighted in yellow.


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


  • Effective Fall 2019, COMPASS scores are no longer accepted. If you do not have an ACT or SAT score, you will be required to take the ALEKS placement exam. This exam is offered at the Testing Center in Gravely Hall.

  • Beginning Fall 2019, MATH 0025 will longer be offered as a full semester class, on the Pocatello campus. If you need to complete the MATH 0015 or 0025 material, you can cover this material in our MATH 0090 course. MATH 2205 is still offered on the Idaho Falls campus, until further notice.