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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 1530 or 1550 (minimum score 76%, except for summer 2020 and earlier terms for Math 1550, when it was 70%) or 1551 (minimum score 81%); 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 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 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, 1530, 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 Old QSAT Score New QSAT Score Credit Placement
25 or higher 570 or higher 590 or higher Math 1021¹ Math 1022, 1029, 1100, or 1431
23-24 540-560 560-580   Math 1021, 1023,² 1029, or 1100
21-22 500-530 530-540   Math 1021, 1029, or 1100
20 or lower 490 or lower 520 or lower   Math 1029, 1100, or Corequisite Section of Math 1021³
¹ Credit applied only when 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.
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.
³ Corequisite sections of Math 1021 are numbered 101-199.

 

Placement and Credit by Scores on AP, CLEP, and IB Exams
Exam Score Credit Hours Placement
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 (Internat. 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 not required for credit in Math 1530 or 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
     14-20 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 Corequisite Sections (numbered 101-149) of 1021
4  ALEKS 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.

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 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.

Lists of topics for each exam:
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) (including practice problems).

Last updated February 25, 2020.