Placement into English and Mathematics Courses

Composition Sequence Placement


ENGL 1122 Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Part I

Placement: IELTS* 5.0 – 5.5 or TOEFL 35-59
Placement for Intensive English Institute (IEI) students only: Recommendation from the IEI; equivalent of average grade of C-, C, or C+ in the final session of the Institute’s prescribed course of study.


ENGL 1123 Academic Writing for Non-Native Speakers of English, Part II

Placement:   IELTS 6.0 – 6.5, or TOEFL 60-93, or Duolingo English 95 – 110, or completion of ENGL 1122 with C- or better
Placement for IEI students only: Recommendation from the IEI; equivalent of average grade of B-, B, or B+ in the final session of the Institute’s prescribed course of study.


ENGL 1101P Writing and Rhetoric I Plus

Placement:   High School GPA below 2.50 OR completion of  ENGL 1123 with C- or better.
Placement for IEI students only: Recommendation from the IEI; equivalent of average grade of A- or A in the final session of the Institute’s prescribed course of study. International Students will need to consult the the Chair, Department of English and Philosophy, concerning placement into ENGL 1101P


ENGL 1101 Writing and Rhetoric I

Placement:   High School GPA of 2.5 or above, ACT English 18 - 24, SAT Written Language 26-31, or IELTS 8.0 – 9.0, or TOEFL 110 – 120, or Duolingo English 135 – 160 , or completion of ENGL 1123 with C- or better.
Placement for IEI students only: Recommendation from the IEI; equivalent of average grade of A- or A in the final session of the Institute’s prescribed course of study.


ENGL 1102 Writing and Rhetoric II

Placement:   Students with an ACT English score of 25-30, or an SAT Written Language score of 32-36 may register for ENGL 1102.

Advanced Placement Options

  1. Transfer students who have taken a three-credit freshman-level course in expository or argumentative writing which is equivalent to Idaho State University’s ENGL 1101 or ENGL 1101P course may proceed to ENGL 1102.
  2. Please see https://isu.edu/registrar/credit-by-exam/ for credit by exam opportunities.
 

Mathematics

All mathematics courses except MATH 0015MATH 0090MATH 1123P, and MATH 1153P have prerequisites. Students place into a course either by completing the prerequisite courses with a grade of C- or better or by achieving appropriate scores on the ACT exam, SAT exam,  or ALEKS exam. For placement purposes, prerequisite coursework or placement examinations must have been taken within the last seven years.

MATH 0090 is intended for students with some math background where a student needs to fill in mathematical gaps.  It is a self-paced alternative to any subsequence of MATH 0015, MATH 0025, MATH 1108, MATH 1143, and MATH 1144.  Starting with MATH 0015, students sequentially complete modules and then take a mastery exam for each course.  Scoring 90% or above on each exam earns placement equivalent to having passed the corresponding course.  MATH 0090 is intended for students with enough mathematics background to work independently. Credits earned do not count toward graduation credits. The course is intended to be used as an alternate pathway to the traditional math sequence shown below.

The following diagram shows the chain of prerequisites for basic mathematics courses.

Objective 3 Prerequisite Tree

Objective 3 Prerequisite Tree


Courses that fulfill Objective 3 are underlined. The dotted lines indicate that MATH 1147 also fulfills the prerequisite for any course that has MATH 1143 as a prerequisite. 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, Applied Calculus, or MATH 1170, Calculus I, is appropriate. Taking one after the other counts as a repeat and provides no further credit toward graduation. Students place into courses higher than MATH 0015 by achieving any one of the following scores on their ACT, SAT, or ALEKS placement examinations (Objective 3 courses are bolded):

MATH ACT SAT (old) SAT (new) ALEKS
00151 --- --- --- 0-13
1108P, 00252 16-18 390-450 430-490 14-29
11083 17 420 460 30-100
1123P, 1153P1 --- --- --- ---
1123, 11274 19 460 500 30-100
1143P 19-22 460-530 500-550 30-45
1130, 1143, 11535 23 540 560 46-100
1147 23 540 560 50-100
1144, 1160, 2256, 22576 27 620 640 61-100
11707 29 650 680 76-100
 

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