Early College Program

Prospective Students — Placement Test

Early College students who wish to take a college-level English, math, chemistry or physics course will need to meet the prerequisite for that course. Placement can be satisfied with either the prerequisite course, an ACT/SAT, or COMPASS test score. Passing placement scores need to be submitted to the Early College Program or the Admissions Office. If you need to take the compass test please check with your high school instructor or counselor.

For preparation and sample COMPASS questions click this link: COMPASS Test Sample Questions

Students may also take the COMPASS test on any ISU campus for a $7 fee. Students must bring photo identification with them. The locations to take the test are (please call for testing hours):

Counseling and Testing
Graveley Hall, 2nd Floor
Pocatello, ID 83209
(208) 282-4907

University Place
Counseling, Testing, and Career Services
Bennion Student Union Building, Room 223
1784 Science Center Drive
Idaho Falls, ID 83402
(208) 282-7750

Idaho State University Meridian
1311 E Central Dr.
Meridian, ID 83642
Phone (208) 373-1700

ISU English Placement - Early College Program

English Course
Compass Score
ACT English Score
SAT Writing Score
Completion of English Course
1101
68-94
18-24
450-560
0090

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

ISU Math Placement - Early College Program

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 or Compass mathematics placement exam.

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.

Math Course Completion of Math Course ACT Math Score SAT Math Score Compass
1153 1108
23
540
47 on College Algebra (MAPL 3)
1170 1144 or 1147
29
650
51 on Trigonometry (MAPL 4)

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

ISU Chemistry and Physics Placement - Early College Program

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
Chemistry 1111 1143 or 1147
27
620
51 on College Algebra (MAPL 3)
Physics 1111 1143 or 1147
27
620
51 on College Algebra (MAPL 3)