Math/Stat 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, ALEKS PPL, or MyMathTest assessment scores. See the chart below to determine which course you are eligible to take.
(2016 & later)
(prior to 2016)
|U of I Polya
|ALEKS||Eligible to register for|
|0 - 21
||200 - 540|| 200 - 510
||any score||Math 108, Math 123, Stat 153
|22 - 26||550 - 620|| 520 - 600
College Algebra 40+
|46+||Math 143 or lower, Math 144, Stat 153
|27 - 28||630 - 660|| 610 - 640
College Algebra 60+
Calculus 0 - 59
|61+||Math 160 or lower, Math 170 with
co-requisite Math 144, Math 176,
Stat 153, Stat 251
|29 - 36||670 - 800|| 650 - 800
|76+||Math 170 or lower, Math 176,
Stat 153, Stat 251
Warning: Do not automatically enroll in the highest math course available based on your exam scores. Many courses (including Math 123, 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 Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science 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 submit it to email@example.com for an override.
The Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science must see the documentation to provide the override.
- If students would like to challenge their math placement they can take the ALEKS PPL or Polya MyMathTest assessment. This must be done before the first day of class.
- If a student believes he or she would test into a course higher than Math 170 they will need to contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistical Science 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.