Math Placement Information for New Students to Iowa State University
All incoming students (both new freshmen and transferring students) must complete the ALEKS placement assessment before attending the advising meeting. Your placement into a Mathematics course will be determined by your score on this placement assessment. It is strongly recommended that you take this assessment as soon as possible. This will leave you time to work on weak areas should you decide to retake the assessment to qualify for the course you want to take. At the latest, the assessment should be completed at least two weeks before you attend orientation.
If you have taken ALEKS at another Iowa Regents university or Iowa community college, ISU will accept your score as long as the assessment was taken within one year. ALEKS scores are valid for one year from the date taken or one year prior to the advising appointment.
Find out more about mathematics courses and get answers to questions about Mathematics placement by checking the Mathematics section of the online course catalog.
If you have ISU Mathematics related questions about ALEKS please email firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 515-294-2186. You can expect a response
within 48 hours.
ALEKS Assessment Placement Guide
|Subject||Course||Minimum ALEKS Score|
|Calculus II, III||Math 166, 265||80|
|Calculus I||Math 165||76|
|College Algebra||Math 140||39|
|High school Algebra||Math 010||n/a|