Selecting the Appropriate English and Math Courses:
Students must have one of the following to place into English and Math courses:
- ACT® score
- SAT® score
- Completed pre-requisite course with a grade of C- or better
- Write Class score
- ACCUPLACER® score
If you don’t have an ACT® or SAT® exam score to use for placement into Math, Boise State offers the ACCUPLACER® exam. Exams can be completed at Testing Services, Simplot/Micron Advising and Success Hub, Room 213E Call 208.426.2762 for testing hours. Each exam costs $20 and you will be required to show photo ID in order to take an exam. Exams for Math take approximately 45 minutes to an hour to complete.
In order to successfully complete the English Composition requirements, you must successfully complete ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 with a grade of C- or higher. Students with appropriate ACT®/SAT®/AP scores may be eligible to receive credit for one or both.
|ENGL 101 Waived||Satisfactory score to place into ENGL 102 from
“The Write Class” assessment tool.
|ENGL 101 Credit||AP Language and Composition score of 3 or higher|
|ENGL 101 and 102 Credit||Satisfactory score from “The Write Class” assessment tool ; AP Language and Composition score of 5; ACT English score of 31 or higher; SAT Critical Reading score 700-800|
Course Descriptions for English
ENGL 101P INTRODUCTION TO COLLEGE WRITING AND WRITING STUDIO (3-0-4) Click here for information about this improved introductory English course.
ENGL 101 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3-0-3) Introduction to critical reading and to writing processes, including invention, revision, and editing. Emphasis on writing thoughtful explorations of readings, observation, ideas, and experiences; developing the author’s voice and inventiveness; editing for style and conventions of standard usage.
ENGL 102 ENGLISH COMPOSITION (3-0-3) An inquiry-based course that continues work with critical reading and writing processes and provides experience with methods and genres of researched writing. Students will initiate research projects, gather information from a range of sources, and demonstrate they can write about that information purposefully, using appropriate documentation.
ACT®/SAT®/ACCUPLACER® test scores are for placement only. All students seeking a degree must complete 3-5 credits in mathematics; the placement tests do not waive this requirement.
Scores on the mathematics portion of the ACT® or SAT® may be used for placement, but if in doubt you should take the ACCUPLACER® exam. The table below gives placement cutoffs for both standard and percentile scores. You may take the indicated course if either your standard score or your percentile is high enough. You may be exempt from the placement exam if you have taken an appropriate prerequisite course.
The developmental mathematics courses MATH 15, Arithmetic Review and MATH 25, Elementary Algebra, do not require a placement exam, but it is recommended.
Prior to selecting a math course, check the course prerequisites and the degree requirements for your major.
|ACT Score||SAT Score||Accuplacer Score||Class Indicated|
|0-17||0-429||0-243 (QAS)||MATH 15 or MATH 25|
|18||430||244 (QAS)||MATH 108, MATH 123|
|23||540||256 (QAS)||CS 111, MATH 143, MATH 147, MATH 157, MATH 254|
|27||260||254 (AAF)||MATH 144, MATH 160, MATH 187|
|29+||650+||268 (AAF)||CS 117 MATH 170|
Do you have skills and experience speaking French, German, or Spanish?
If yes, you are able to take a placement test to get into a higher level course and maybe even get credit for the lower classes you test out of. Click here for more information.