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All entering freshman students are expected to complete placement testing online before attending Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration. Placement testing is offered in mathematics, foreign language and general chemistry. Students are placed for writing and academic skills coursework based on ACT or SAT scores submitted during the admissions process. Any student who does not have an ACT or SAT score will take the COMPASS placement test on campus.

During Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration, students meet with an academic advisor, review placement assessment results and register for the appropriate courses. Students transferring to Kent State University will work with an advisor to determine the placement assessments they should complete before registering for coursework.

  • Writing: All programs require successful completion of the basic college writing sequence, which consists of ENG 11011 and 21011 College Writing I and II (or Honors equivalent). Placement into the appropriate starting course in the sequence is determined by proficiency as established by ACT English or SAT verbal scores.
  • Foreign Languages: The term “native language” refers to the language of students who have been born, raised and educated in another culture and who can be expected to use that language not only easily but accurately as well. “First language” refers to the language of students who may have been born and spent their early years abroad or who have been raised in a particular ethnic community in this country; while they may speak the language with some ease, a lack of consistent formal training limits the accuracy of their usage. A student with a native language other than English may not register for or receive credit in coursework on the elementary or intermediate level in that language or a closely related one as determined by the chair of the appropriate department. Such students may, however, receive credit for coursework successfully completed above the Intermediate II level. Students with a first (not native) language other than English may be permitted to enroll in, and receive credit for, coursework on the elementary and/or intermediate level. Permission will be granted on a case-by-case basis by the chair/director of the appropriate department/school after evaluation of the student’s skills in that language. All students should begin foreign language study at the appropriate level of proficiency, which may be established in one of several ways: proficiency examination, placement test, College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or Kent State’s Credit-By-Examination. In cases of languages for which no examiner or examination is available, proficiency can be established (no credit awarded) through appropriate documentation of school coursework in the native land and language. Credit hours exempted by any of these means still are required for graduation but may be applied toward coursework in the student’s major or minor or as electives. New first-year students will complete a foreign language placement questionnaire online in FlashLine. Current and new transfer students should contact the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studiesfor assistance with placement in all foreign language coursework.
  • Mathematics: All new first-year students will take the ALEKS placement online prior to Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration. Students will receive information via mail regarding the availability of testing. Upon completion of the ALEKS placement, students are encouraged to complete a Learning Module that is offered free of charge. The Learning Module will assist students in increasing their knowledge and possibly result in placement in a higher level course. During Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration, students will meet with an academic advisor to discuss the results of the ALEKS and register for the appropriate course.