Department of Mathematics

Math Placement

All degree programs at HSU require at least one General Education (GE) level mathematics course. As an incoming HSU student, you will have a “math placement category.” Your math placement category determines in which math classes you may (and may not) enroll. Your math placement category is determined by at least one of the following:

  • your score the CSU Entry Level Mathematics (ELM) test (determines if you are GE ready)
  • SAT or ACT scores (passing at a certain level waives the ELM)
  • the EAP portion of your 11 grade California STAR tests (“exempt” status waives the ELM)
  • high school coursework (used to place GE ready students)

If you do not demonstrate readiness for GE level math courses at the university level with SAT or ACT scores or the EAP, you must take the ELM for mathematics placement. Your performance on the ELM will classify you into one of three math placement categories:

  1. Eligible for General Education level math courses.
  2. Require 1 semester of a developmental math course.
  3. Require 2 semesters of a developmental math courses.

Developmental math courses (also called remedial math courses) do not count toward degree progress, but they do require text books and count toward university and financial aid unit caps. You can save a substantial amount of time and money by eliminating the need to take developmental math courses.

Developmental and Introductory Mathematics Course Flowchart


Calculus Placement (ALEKS PPL)

Are you ready for calculus?

Freshman and transfer students who have studied pre-calculus coursework and who have not attempted HSU MATH 115 have the option to demonstrate readiness for calculus by passing the ALEKS PPL. Passing the ALEKS PPL will make you eligible to enroll in calculus (MATH 105 or MATH 109). Your ALEKS PPL score can also be used to determine eligibility for MATH 114 (Trigonometry) and STAT 109 (Biostatistics).

To be eligible for the ALEKS PPL, math remediation must be completed successfully or not required.

You may take the ALEKS PPL only once.

You must preregister to take the ALEKS PPL.
To preregister, go to this website and fill out the form: