Placement and Credit
Summary of Placement Criteria for 1000-level Math courses:
Placement in Math 1021, 1022, 1023, or 1431 can be based on either the quantitative SAT (QSAT), the math ACT (MACT) score, or the score on the LSU math placement exams; 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.
Effective Fall 2012, only those students with a fresh ALEKS score can be placed into Math 1550 (minimal score 70%) or 1551 (minimal score 75%); for more information, click here.
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 1550 or 1551.
No student may receive more than nine semester hours of credit in mathematics courses numbered below 1550, 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 1550 or above may be registered in a mathematics course numbered below 1550, 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 transfer credit or by: (a) scores on LSU math placement/credit exams, (b) scores on MACT or QSAT, or (c) scores on AP, CLEP, or International Baccalaureate (IB) exams; see tables below.
A student who receives a grade of C or better in Math 1431 or 1550 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.
Specifics on Placement into 1000-level Courses other than 1550 & 1551, and on Credit for all 1000-level Courses:
Placement Into Math 1021, 1022, 1023, 1029, 1100, and 1431, and Credit in Math 1021, by MACT or QSAT Scores | ||||
MACT Score | QSAT Score | Credit | Placement | |
25 or higher | 570 or higher | Math 10211 | Math 1022, 1029, 1100, or 1431 | |
23-24 | 540-569 | Math 1021, 1023, 2 1029, or 1100 | ||
20-22 | 480-539 | Math 1021, 1029, or 1100 | ||
19 | 460-479 | Off-campus intermediate algebra, or Math 1029 or 1100 | ||
1 In order for a student to receive credit in Math 1021 based on the MACT or QSAT score, the score must be no more than 24 months old as of the student's first day of classes at LSU. |
2 Math 1023 fulfills 5 hours of the 6-hour General Education "Analytical Reasoning" requirement; a second Analytical Reasoning course will still be required; see Catalog. |
Placement and Credit by Scores on AP, CLEP, and IB Exams | ||||
Exam | Score | Credit | Hours | Placement |
AP Calculus AB | 4+ | Math 15503 | 5 | Math 1552/1553 |
AP Calculus AB | 3 | Math 1431 | 3 | No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1550 or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables. |
AP Calculus BC | 4+ | Math 1550,3 1552 | 5, 4 | Math 2057/2058 |
AP Calculus BC | 3 | Math 1550³ | 5 | Math 1552/1553 |
CLEP College Alg | 50+ | Math 1021 | 3 | Math 1022, 1431, 1100, or 1029 |
CLEP Calculus | 56+ | Math 15503 | 5 | Math 1552/1553 |
IB (Internat. Baccalaureate) Math | 4 | Math 1021, 1431 | No placement. Students wanting to take Math 1550 or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables. | |
IB (Internat. Baccalaureate) Math | 5 | Math 1021, 15503 | No placement. | |
3 ALEKS not required for credit in Math 1550. |
Placement and Credit by Scores on LSU's Algebra, Trig, and Calculus I Placement/Credit Exams | |||||
Algebra Exam4 | Trig Exam | Calculus I Exam | Credit | Placement | |
14+ | Math 15503 | Math 1552/1553 | |||
16+ | 13+ | Math 1022, 1021 | Math 1431. Students wanting to take Math 1550 or 1551 should click here for the ALEKS tables. | ||
16+ | Math 1021 | Math 1022, 1431, 1100, or 1029 | |||
6-15 | Math 1021, 1100, or 1029 | ||||
Below 6 | Off-campus Intermediate Algebra | ||||
4 Students admitted to LSU with a 19 MACT who need to take Math 1021 can try to score 6 or higher on the Algebra exam. | 3 ALEKS not required for credit in Math 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.
Placement and credit exams can be taken in the Office of Assessment and Evaluation (OAE; formerly called the Center 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.
Lists of topics for each exam, including practice problems for each topic:
LSU's Placement and Credit exam for College Algebra (Math 1021).
LSU's Placement and Credit exam for Trigonometry (Math 1022).
LSU's Credit (not placement) exam for Analytic Geometry and Calculus I (Math 1550).
Last updated April 6, 2016.