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English and Math Placement for New Students

Placement Information For New Students

English Placement

  • All incoming students take The Write Class at
  • The Write Class asks about ACT, SAT, AP and other scores.
  • Some multilingual students may be encouraged to take the ESOL exam in the Testing Center. Please contact the First-Year Writing Program to see whether you would benefit from taking the ESOL.

College First-Year Writing Requirement

ENGL 101Receive a waiver for ENGL 101 after obtaining a satisfactory score to place into ENGL 102 from The Write Class assessment tool.
ENGL 101Receive credit for ENGL 101 with a AP Language and Composition score of a 3 or 4, or with completion of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme.
ENGL 101 and 102Receive credit for ENGL 101 and 102 with a AP Language and Composition score of 5, or a ACT English score of 31 or higher, or a SAT Critical Reading score of 700-800/SAT Reading score of 37 or higher, or Completion of International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme AND English 1A Language and Literature HL exam score of 5 or higher.
Note: All students must complete The Write Class, regardless of eligibility for receiving credit based on measures listed above. To receive credit for ENGL 101 and ENGL 102 based on ACT or SAT scores, students must complete the Receiving Credit for English Composition Based on Test Scores form and submit it to the Registrar’s Office.

English Course Descriptions

Math Placement

You can place into math courses using:

  • ACT, SAT, or ACCUPLACER scores
  • Completed the prerequisite course with a grade of C- or better

  • If you don’t have an ACT® or SAT® exam score to use for placement into Math, Boise State offers the ACCUPLACER® exam.
    • Exams are completed at Testing Services in the Simplot/Micron Advising and Success Hub, room 213E.
  • Placement tests do not give you credit for a Math course or waive Math requirements.
    • You can use either your original ACT/SAT scores or get a new Accuplacer score once at Boise State.
    • Please consult your advisor and view the Math Path to ensure you are taking the correct class for your major.

ACT ScoreSAT ScoreAccuplacer ScoreClass Indicated
0 - 17< 4300 - 243 (QAS)MATH 015 or 025
18430 - 530244 (QAS)MATH 108, 123 or 153
23540 - 610256 (QAS)MATH 143, 149, 157, and 254
27620 - 640254 (AAF)MATH 144, 160, and 187
29+650+268 (AAF)CS 117 and MATH 170

  • To retake a course in which you received a D, F, or W, you must re-qualify via either a placement exam for the current semester or completing a pre-requisite course (with a C- or better).
    • Neither old placement exams nor ACT/SAT scores may be used to re-qualify for repeat courses.

World Languages Placement

Do you have skills and experience speaking French, German, or Spanish?


Contact the Advising and Academic Support Center
Call: (208) 426-4049
Location: SMASH building, first floor

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