Math Placement Assessment

APU uses the ALEKS PPL system to determine the best initial math placement for most students.  Students who need to use ALEKS are encouraged to take an initial diagnostic assessment at home and then to work in their personalized Prep and Learning Module to review. They will then be able to retake the assessment up to three times by scheduling a proctored retake appointment with the Learning Enrichment Center.

Math Course Prerequisites

Prerequisites for common math courses are listed in the table below.

Course(s) Prerequisite(s)
MATH 90: Elementary AlgebraALEKS 15-29
MATH 95: Intermediate AlgebraALEKS 30-44 or MATH 90
MATH 99: Self-Paced Mathematics LabALEKS 0-44
MATH 115: Analytical Inquiry
MATH 120: Contemporary Mathematics
ALEKS 40-59 or MATH 95
MATH 110: College Algebra
MATH 130: Introduction to Statistics
UNRS 299: Statistics for Nursing
ALEKS 45-100 or MATH 95
MATH 150: Precalculus
MATH 151: Applied Calculus I
ALEKS 60-100 or MATH 110
MATH 161: Calculus IALEKS 75-100 or MATH 150

Math Test Score Equivalents

The table below shows how various test scores translate into APU math placement and/or course credit.

Scores Results
  • SAT Math (640 or higher on NEW version)
  • SAT Math (620 or higher on OLD version)
  • ACT Math (27 or higher)
  • High School Calculus (at least one semester with a grade of B or higher)
  • High School Precalculus (at least one semester with a grade of A- or higher)
Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher
  • CLEP College Algebra, Precalculus, or Calculus (50)
  • IB Mathematics (5, 6, or 7)
  • AP Calculus AB or BC (3, 4, or 5)

Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher; credit granted
  • AP Statistics (3, 4, or 5)
Credit granted for MATH 130 Introduction to Statistics
  • ALEKS (65-100)
Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of a B- or higher
  • ALEKS (60-64)
Treated as if you have passed MATH 110 College Algebra at the level of C or higher (fails to meet the grade minimum of B- required as a prerequisite for CHEM 151 or to apply to any of the majors in the School of Business and Management other than the B.A. in Business Management)