Placement and Credit
Summary of Placement Criteria for 1000-level Math courses:
The first step in placing a student into a 1000-level Math course is to examine the student’s intended major field of study and check in the catalog which math courses that major field requires. In case the student’s major requires only “General Education—Analytical Reasoning” (or “Integrative Learning Core—Analytical Reasoning”) courses, without mentioning any particular math course, then Math 1029 and/or Math 1100 (which have no prerequisites and are intended for students in the liberal arts or the social sciences) may be the best placement.
Placement in Math 1021, 1022, 1023, or 1431 can be based on either the quantitative SAT (QSAT), the math ACT (MACT) score, the score on the LSU math placement exams, or (beginning March 4, 2021) the ALEKS PPL score; see tables below. (Those tables will explain the phrase "placement by department" found in the catalog descriptions of Math 1021, 1022, 1023.) Regardless of scores on the above exams, a student may take Math 1022 or 1431 if he has credit in Math 1021. Credit is not given for both 1021 and 1023, or for both 1022 and 1023.
Only those students with a fresh ALEKS PPL score obtained through LSU can be placed into Math 1530 or 1550 (minimum score 76%) or 1551 (minimum score 81%). Prior coursework and high ACT/SAT scores are not sufficient for taking Math 1530, 1550, or 1551
- There are no prerequisites for Math 1029 or 1100.
- The prerequisites for Math 1201 and 1202 are Math 1021 and Math 1201, respectively.
- The prerequisites for Math 1552, 1553, and 1554 are Math 1540, 1550, or 1551.
No student may receive more than nine semester hours of credit in mathematics courses numbered below 1530, with the exception of students who are pursuing the elementary education degree and following the 12-hour sequence specified in that curriculum. No student who has already received credit for a mathematics course numbered 1530 or above may be registered in a mathematics course numbered below 1530, unless given special permission by the Department of Mathematics.
Summary of Credit Criteria for 1000-level Math courses:
Credit for LSU math courses can be earned by taking the course at LSU or by transfer credit. Credit may also be earned by: (a) scores on LSU math placement/credit exams, (b) scores on MACT, QSAT, or a proctored ALEKS PPL, or (c) scores on AP, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; see tables below. (LSU began proctoring ALEKS PPL on March 3, 2021; a student cannot earn credit in Math 1021 on the basis of an unproctored ALEKS PPL score.)
A student who receives a grade of "C-" or better in Math 1431, 1530, 1540, 1550,
or 1551 will automatically receive retroactive credit for Math 1021.
A student who receives a grade of "C-" or better in Math 1552/1553/1554 will automatically receive retroactive credit in Math 1022.
LSU students who are taking calculus at another institution to transfer back to LSU for credit must meet the calculus prerequisites at that institution, which in most cases is not an ALEKS PPL score. An ALEKS PPL score is not needed for transfer credit in Math 1530 or 1550.
LSU's math placement and credit exams:
Placement exams can improve a student's initial placement; they cannot lower a student's placement. Credit exams can give advanced-standing credits. For example, students who wish to register in Math 1552 must have credit in Math 1550 or 1551. One way to earn this credit is by passing the credit exam in Math 1550.
- Topics for LSU's Placement and Credit exam for College Algebra (Math 1021)
- Topics for LSU's Placement and Credit exam for Trigonometry (Math 1022)
- Topics (and practice problems) for LSU's Credit (not placement) exam for Differential and Integral Calculus (Math 1550)
Placement and credit exams can be taken in the Office of Testing & Evaluation Services (TES; formerly called the Office for Assessment and Evaluation; 578-1145) in 51 Himes Hall (basement). Contact that office for test time and scheduling. Arrive 30 minutes before the test time, and bring a picture ID.
|MACT Score||Old QSAT Score||New QSAT Score||ALEKS PPL Score||Credit||Placement|
|81 or higher||Math 1021¹||Math 1530 (or lower courses), Math 1550, or 1551|
|76-80||Math 1021¹||Math 1530 (or lower courses) or Math 1550|
|25 or higher||570 or higher||590 or higher||61-75||Math 1021¹||Math 1022, 1029, 1100, or 1431|
|23-24||540-560||560-580||51-60||Math 1021, 1023, 1029, or 1100|
|21-22||500-530||530-540||41-50||Math 1021, 1029, or 1100|
|20 or lower||490 or lower||520 or lower||40 or lower||Math 1029, 1100, or Enhanced Section of Math 1021²|
|¹ Credit applied on the basis of ACT, SAT, or ALEKS PPL only when the student does not have prior hours earned or carried in the course. The MACT or QSAT score must be no more than 24 months old on the student’s first day of classes at LSU in order for the student to receive credit in Math 1021 based on the MACT or QSAT score. The ALEKS PPL score must have been proctored, and must be no more than 180 days old on the student’s first day of classes at LSU (or, alternatively, must have been taken during the student’s time as an LSU student) in order for the student to receive credit in Math 1021 based on the ALEKS PPL score.
Credit in MATH 1021 (however earned) is the prerequisite for Math 1022 and Math 1431.
² Enhanced sections of Math 1021 are numbered 101-199. (Before 2022 these sections were called "corequisite sections.")
|AP Calculus AB score (or "AB subscore" on AP Calculus BC)||4+||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|AP Calculus AB (or "AB subscore" on AP Calculus BC)||3||Math 1021 and either Math 1431 or 1530⁴||6||No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables.|
|AP Calculus BC||4+||Math 1021, 1022, 1550,⁴ 1552||15||Math 2057/2058|
|AP Calculus BC||3||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|CLEP College Alg||50+||Math 1021||3||Math 1022, 1431, 1100, or 1029|
|CLEP Calculus||56+||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|IB (International Baccalaureate) Math||5||Math 1021, 1550⁴||8||Math 1552/1553|
|IB (International Baccalaureate) Math||4||Math 1021 and either Math 1431 or 1530⁴||6||No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables.|
|⁴ ALEKS PPL not required for credit in Math 1530 or 1550.|
|Algebra Exam||Trig Exam||Calculus I Exam||Credit||Placement|
|14-20||Math 1550⁴||Math 1552/1553|
|16-25||13-20||Math 1022, 1021⁵||Math 1431. Students wanting to take Math 1530, 1550, or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables.|
|16-25||Math 1021⁵||Math 1022, 1029, 1100, or 1431,|
|13-15||Math 1021, 1023, 1029, or 1100|
|0-12||Math 1029 or 1100, or Enhanced Sections (numbered 101-149) of 1021|
|⁴ ALEKS PPL not required for credit in Math 1530 or 1550.
⁵ Students admitted to LSU with a 19 MACT who need credit in Math 1021 can try to score 16 or higher on the Algebra exam.
Last updated September 26, 2022.