Understand Your Score

ALEKS scores cannot be interpreted in the same way as exam grades. Scores of 46 or higher reflect adequate preparation for college-level math.

Course Placement Scores

You should select one of the courses below only if the course is appropriate for your degree program. If your degree does not require one of the courses listed below, you can meet your General Education requirement with other courses. Your academic adviser will help you select appropriate courses when you are building your schedule. For first-year students, this conversation will occur at New Student Orientation.

Cut Score Range Courses Placement
Scores ≤ 45% (1-45) allows a student to register for Math 0001 (out of state students) or Math 0045 (in state students)
Scores ≥ 46% (46-52) allows a student to register for Math 1065, 1066 or 2127
Scores ≥ 53% (53-60) allows a student to register for Math 2228 or 2283
Scores ≥ 61% (61-75) allows a student to register for Math 1083, 2119, 2121
Scores ≥ 76% (76-100) allows a student to register for Math 2171 or 2151

You will not be permitted to take a math course that is above your readiness level (even if you are only one point away). If you want to place into a higher-level course, you may use ALEKS learning modules to improve your skills and retake the assessment.

What courses might you take?

Math 1050, 1065, 1066, or 2127

African & Afr. American Studies
Applied Sociology (prefers 1065)
Art Education
Art Histories
Asian Studies
Classical Studies
Criminal Justice
Dance Education
English BA
English Education
Ethnic Studies
Family and Comm. Services
French BA
Geography BA
German BA
Great Books
Hispanic Studies
History BA
International Studies
Music Education
Music Performance
Music Theory/Composition
Philosophy BA (rec. PHIL 1500)
Political Science BA
Recreation & Park Management
Religious Studies
Russian Studies
Security Studies
Sociology BA (prefers 1065)
Theatre Arts
University Studies

Math 1065*

Applied Atmospheric Science
Athletic Training
Clinical Laboratory Science
Computer Science
Construction Management
Environmental Health
Exercise Physiology
Fashion Merchandising
Forensic Science
Geographic Info, Science & Tech.
Health Fitness Specialist
Health Services Management
Industrial Distribution & Logistics
Industrial Engineer Technology
Industrial Technology
Information & Computer Technology
Interior Design
Middle Grades Education
Nutrition Science
Physical Education
Public Health (All Concentrations)
Rehabilitation Services
Science Education
Social Work
Speech and Hearing Sciences
Sports Studies
Urban/Regional Plan (or PHIL 1500 or Math 1050)

Math 1066

Hospitality Management (will sub 1065)
Management Information Systems
Marketing & Supply Chain Mgmt.

MATH 1065 or 1066 or 2127

Birth-Kindergarten Teacher Education
Elementary Education
Family and Consumer Sciences Education
French Education
German Education
Hispanic Studies Education
History Education
Music Therapy (1065 or 2127)
Recreational Therapy
Special Education (2127 preferred)
Theatre Arts Education

Math 1083*

Mathematics Education


Engineering MATH 2171

*May accept, substitute, or prefer another math course. Please check with your academic advisor.

ECU Math Courses, Descriptions, and Community College Equivalencies:

1050 Exploration in Mathematics. No Prerequisite. For students whose major does not require a specific MATH course. Selected topics include at least four of the following: Algebraic concepts, geometry, set theory and logic, number theory, discrete mathematics, statistics, consumer mathematics/finance, and history of mathematics 143
1065 College Algebra. Prerequisite: 70+ on Accuplacer, 540+ math SAT, 20+ on math ACT or C- or above in MATH 0001 or MATH 0045. Topics include linear equations, quadratic equations, systems of linear equations, inequalities, circles, variation, functions, graphs, exponential and logarithmic functions, and applications. 171
1066 Applied Mathematics for Decision Making. Prerequisite: 70+ on Accuplacer, 540+ math SAT, 20+ on math ACT or C- or above in MATH 0001 or MATH 0045. Skills in formulating models for and interpreting solutions to business word problems. Topics include linear and nonlinear equations, systems of linear equations, applications of matrix algebra, and applied basic differential calculus. No proofs included. 263
1083 Introduction to Functions. Prerequisite: MATH 1065  with a minimum grade of C- (1.7). Accelerated introduction to language of functions. Emphasis on trigonometry as a preparation for calculus sequence MATH 2171 - MATH 2173. 172
2127 Basic Concepts of Mathematics. Prerequisite: 70+ on Accuplacer, 540+ math SAT, 20+ on math ACT or C- or above in MATH 0001 or MATH 0045. System of real numbers and subsystems and their properties from an algebraic viewpoint. Statistics and number theory. May not count toward MATH or CSCI major or minor. N/A