ASU Mathematics Placement Policy

Students entering Adams State University with an ACT mathematics score of less than 19 (470 SAT mathematics score) are required by the State of Colorado to take the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Test prior to their first day of classes. Students who do not score at the appropriate level on this examination must successfully complete (grade of C or better) leveling courses through Math 099, Intermediate Algebra, within their first 30 hours at ASU.

Placement based upon ACT or SAT Scores

ACT Math SAT Math Course(s)
18 and lower 460 and lower ACCUPLACER Exam
19 and above 470 and above MATH 104 or MATH 150
22 and above 530 and above MATH 104, MATH 106, or MATH 150
26 and above 600 and above MATH 104, MATH 106, MATH 120, or MATH 150


Entering students with an ACT mathematics score of 19 or higher who are not sure of their mathematics abilities are urged to see the Department Chair for guidance. Likewise, students with more than one option (based upon their ACCUPLACER, ACT, or SAT placement) should consider consulting with the Department Chair to decide which mathematics course is right for them.

Placement based on the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra examination is described in the table below.

ACCUPLACER "Old" ASU Placement Exam Course(s)
39 or below 10 or below MATH 095
40-54 11-19 MATH 097
55-84 20-22 MATH 099
85-108 23 or above MATH 104 or MATH 150
109 or above 23 or above MATH 106

Students are advised upon admission to Adams State if they are required to take the ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra Test by the start of their first semester on campus.

The exam is administered by the Grizzly Testing and Learning Center. No appointment is necessary.