ASU Competency Requirements

Competencies may be met with high school work, college work, and/or test scores. Competencies must be met regardless of your major or the number of transferable hours you have earned. Students must earn a minimum of a 2.0 GPA in each competency area.

Admission may be granted with one deficiency in no more than two competency areas. Deficiencies in both math and laboratory science are not acceptable.

You might not need to meet Competency Requirements. Refer to Exceptions.

English Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • Four years of high school English (composition/literature based).
  • Minimum test score of 21 on ACT English or 530 on SAT Critical Reading.
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college English composition course.

English Composition Placement:

All freshman and college students who have not earned a "C" or better in a transferable freshman English composition course or who have not received a score of 4 or 5 on the Advanced Placement Examination in English offered by the College Entrance Examination Board (See Related Sites) must submit ACT or SAT scores before registration to be placed in an appropriate English course.

Mathematics Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • Four years of high school courses: one year each of Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an advanced math class for which Algebra II is a prerequisite.
  • Minimum test score of 24 on ACT Math or 540 on SAT Math.
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college math course for which at least intermediate algebra is a prerequisite.

Laboratory Science Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • Three years of high school laboratory science, one year each from three of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics (an integrated science or an advanced science may be substituted for one required course).
  • Two years of high school laboratory science (Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, or Physics) plus minimum SAT II subject test score on one of the following: Chemistry-600, Biology-590, Physics-620, or ACT Science-20 (subject test score may not be from the same subject as either high school credit earned and may be used to satisfy only one laboratory science unit).
  • Three transferable four-semester-hour college laboratory science courses including one semester each from three of the following: Biology, Chemistry, Earth Science, Physics. An integrated laboratory science or advanced level science may be substituted for one required course.

Social Science Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following from Section A and one from Section B:

Section A

  • One year of high school American History.
  • Minimum SAT II subject test score of 560 on American History/Social Studies.
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college American History course.

Section B

  • One year of high school social science (e.g. European History, World History, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Government, Psychology, or Anthropology).
  • Minimum SAT II subject test score of 580 on World History.
  • One transferable three-semester-hour college social science course.
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Foreign Language Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • Two years of the same high school foreign language.
  • Attainment of minimum score on a national standardized foreign language test or placement into a third semester college foreign language class based on university placement exam results.
  • Two transferable 3- or 4-semester-hour, college-level courses in the same foreign language.

Fine Arts Competency Requirement

Meet one of the following:

  • One year of high school fine arts or a combination of two semesters of high school fine arts.
  • One transferable three-credit college fine arts course.

Exceptions

You do not need to meet competencies if:

  • If you have completed an associate's or higher level degree from a regionally accredited post-secondary institution with a minimum 2.0 GPA (A=4.0) if you are an Arizona resident. If you are a nonresident, you must have a minimum 2.5 GPA (A=4.0).
  • or if you have completed the Arizona General Education Curriculum (AGEC) with a minimum 2.0 GPA (A=4.0) if you are an Arizona resident and 2.5 GPA (A=4.0) if you are a nonresident.

See also the ASU General Catalog.