Advising and Testing Information

ALEKS Math Placement Testing Information

Houston Baptist University requires an ALEKS mathematics placement assessment to determine readiness for various lower-level math courses. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from basic math through precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes.

HBU gives students the option of taking the ALEKS at home on the first attempt. First determine if you need to take the ALEKS Placement Assessment using our ALEKS flowchart. Then register for the ALEKS exam through the HBU Testing Center.

Majors requiring ALEKS

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology-Wellness Management Track
  • Science (any track)
  • Math
  • Engineering (any track)
  • Undecided

All Other Majors

Other majors may enroll in MATH 1305 Math for Critical Thinking if they meet the minimum requirements for SAT Math (530 points or higher) or ACT Math (22 points or higher). Students who do not meet these requirements must either take the ALEKS Placement Assessment or take the course MATH 1302.


English Placement Requirements

We strive to ensure that our students are slated to take the proper English requirements before they register for courses. Requirements are based on ACT or SAT scores submitted at the time of admission. Updated scores must be submitted to the Office of Admissions prior to registration. The following prerequisites may be required (subject to change).

  • ENGL 1303 Basic Grammar & Composition. If your SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing score is below 570 or your ACT Reading score is below 22, this course will be required and count as an elective credit.
  • ENGL 1313 Composition & Literature I. This is the standard placement for first year students.
  • ENGL 1323 Composition & Literature II. If you already have college credit for ENGL 1313 through an AP exam or dual credit class, you will be placed in this course. We must have your test scores or transcripts on file.

Advance Placement/IB/CLEP

Please review the Credit By Examination and Scores Requirements for Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

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Texas Success Initiative (TSI)

The Texas Success Initiative is not required at Houston Baptist University.

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