Math Course Placement
Note: Be sure to first check with your major advisor(s) to determine your first mathematics course.
One way to determine which course you are qualified to take is by ACT Math, SAT Math, or ALEKS PPL Assessment scores. See the chart below to determine which course you are eligible to take.
(2016 & later)
(prior to 2016)
|COMPASS Math||ALEKS||Eligible to register for|
|0 – 18||or||200 - 500||or|| 200 - 460
||Algebra 0-35||any score||Math 108, 123*|
|19 – 21||or||510 - 540||or|| 470 - 510
College Algebra 0-44
|42+||Math 130 or lower, Statistics 251*|
|22 – 26||or||550 - 620||or|| 520 - 600
College Algebra 45-48
|46+||Math 143, 144 or lower, Statistics 251 *|
|27 – 28||or||630 - 660||or|| 610 - 640
||College Algebra 49-50||61+||Math 160 or lower, Statistics 251*|
|29 – 36||or||670 - 800||or|| 650 - 800
College Algebra 51-99
|76+||Math 176, 170 or lower, Statistics 251*|
*Warning: Do not automatically enroll in the highest math course available based on your exam scores. Many courses (including Math 123, Math 130, Math 160, and Math 176) are terminal courses and do not provide the prerequisite preparation needed for other required courses. Check with your advisor and/or the Mathematics Department to determine which course is best for you.
In order to support and improve the success of our students, the Mathematics Department follows the pre-requisite requirements as described in the course catalog, without exception.
- Overrides are provided only to those students who have satisfied the pre-requisites either by having completed the pre-requisite course or having sufficient exam scores. If a student has documentation showing updated exam scores or unofficial transcripts they should come to the Mathematics Department office (located in Brink Hall, Room 300) or submit transcript or scores by email/fax for an override.
The Mathematics Department must see the updated scores to provide the override.
- Please send override requests to firstname.lastname@example.org with official scores or transcripts included.
- If students would like to challenge their math placement they can take the ALEKS PPL Assessment.
- If a student believes he or she would test into a course higher than Math 170 they will need to contact the Mathematics Department to be evaluated. To place into a course above Math 170, a student will need to have proof of successful completion of pre-requisite courses on an official or unofficial transcript.