BYU-Idaho uses an ALEKS placement assessment to determine readiness for math courses or to meet the mathematics prerequisites for Chemistry 105, Chemistry 106, or Physics 105.

Most introductory math courses have a minimum ACT/SAT prerequisite. Taking the ALEKS placement assessment is an alternative way to meet the prerequisite, shown in the table below.

Course

ACT Score

New SAT (2016 & Later)

SAT Score

ALEKS *

FDMAT 108/MATH 101

18 or higher

470 or higher

430 or higher

38 or higher

MATH 221 A/B/C

23 or higher

570 or higher

540 or higher

53 or higher

MATH 110X

23 or higher

570 or higher

540 or higher

53 or higher

MATH 109/111

23 or higher

570 or higher

540 or higher

55 or higher

FDMAT 112

27 or higher

640 or higher

620 or higher

85 or higher

MATH 119

26 or higher

620 or higher

600 or higher

70 or higher

CHEM 105/106

N/A

N/A

N/A

70 or higher (or Math 110X or higher)

PH 105

N/A

N/A

N/A

85 or higher (or Math 110X or higher)

* You can take the ALEKS placement assessment several times to improve your score. After you take the exam, ALEKS creates a personalized study plan to help you improve. More details are below.

The ALEKS Placement Assessment

The ALEKS Placement assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus. The exam takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. If you are unhappy with your initial score, the software includes a learning Module which helps you review and practice things you missed, so you can improve your placement. All scores over 38 are automatically reported to the university within 24 business hours. Before starting the exam for the first time, please watch this video overview of the ALEKS program (about 2 minutes). Then read through the frequently asked questions below.

I'm ready to start. How do I begin using ALEKS?

Remember you must be a BYU-Idaho student to use this ALEKS placement. Scores will not be sent to other universities. To begin your assessment, go to the ALEKS website.