Early College Program

Prerequisite/Placement Scores

Early College Program students who wish to take a college-level English, chemistry, math, or physics course may 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.

ISU Chemistry

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 or Compass mathematics placement exam.

Course

Completion of

Math Course

ACT Math Score SAT Math Score Compass ALEKS Math Score
Chemistry 1101
1108
23
560
61 on Algebra (MAPL 2)
46-60

ISU English Placement

Course
Compass Score
ACT English Score
SAT* Lang/Writing Score
Completion of English Course
English 1101
68-94
18-24
26-31
0090
English 1102
95-99
25-30
32-40
1101

*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 who will 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 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 exam or Compass mathematics placement exam.

Course

Completion of

Math Course

ACT Math Score SAT Math Score Compass ALEKS Math Score
PHYS 1111
1143
27
640
51 on College Algebra (MAPL 3)
76-100