To ensure proper placement in certain classes, students may need to complete a placement assessment. Your Next Steps checklist will indicate what assessments you will need to take. Online assessments will be available starting April 1st.

To be best prepared for DKS, all placement assessments MUST BE COMPLETED NO LATER THAN 48 HOURS BEFORE your Destination Kent State visit.

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PLACEMENT TESTING GENERAL INFORMATION

HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT SPECIFIC PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS TO COMPLETE?

Go to your Next Steps Checklist at New@KSU to learn which placement assessments you need to complete.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE OF MY KENT CAMPUS VISIT DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

You will need to complete the placement assessments BEFORE ARRIVING ON CAMPUSto attend Destination Kent State or any campus specific orientation program.

WHAT SUBJECT AREAS REQUIRE PLACEMENT?

 

Kent State University currently requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in English (Writing), Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Chemistry. Students can demonstrate their knowledge and skills through scores on ACT, SAT, and/or specialized placement assessments. The chart below outlines the specific placement method required for each subject. Students without ACT or SAT scores will be asked to complete an alternative assessment.

Subject Area Placement Method
English (Writing) * ACT English or SAT Writing scores
Foreign Language Placement Assessment through WebCape
Mathematics Placement Assessment through ALEKS Math
Chemistry Placement Assessment through ALEKS Chemistry

* Students who believe ACT or SAT scores do not accurately reflect their writing ability can submit an essay. The highest ACT or SAT score will be used for placement.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

Placement assessments are designed to help your academic advisor determine which courses will provide the best opportunity for your success. Placement assessment scores will not be used to determine admission to Kent State University or any academic program.

WHERE DO I FIND THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

Foreign Language, Mathematics, and Chemistry require online placement assessments. All online placement assessments can be found online by logging on your FlashLine account (flashline.kent.edu). ACT, SAT, and/or COMPASS scores are used for English (Writing). If you do not believe the ACT, SAT, or COMPASS scores is an accurate reflection of your writing ability, you can submit a challenge writing sample online through the Department of English.

WHERE CAN I TAKE THE ASSESSMENTS IF I DO NOT HAVE A COMPUTER OR INTERNET ACCESS AT HOME?

You may complete your placement assessments from any computer with internet access, such as a public library. If you are in high school, you might also consider talking to your school guidance counselor to arrange a time to complete assessments at school. You may also take the placement assessments in the Exploratory Advising Center on the Kent Campus. Please call 330-672-3676 to schedule an appointment to take your placement assessments with the Exploratory Advising Center.

WHAT SHOULD I DO IF I REQUIRE A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO COMPLETE MY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

If you have a documented disability and are in need of special accommodations to complete placement assessments, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 330-672-3391 for assistance.

IS THERE A COST TO COMPLETE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

Kent State University covers the cost of placement assessment for all new students, the cost to complete the Learning Modules, and one reassessment in Mathematics. Unlimited reassessments in Foreign Language are also covered by the University.

HOW LONG DO THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS TAKE?

Completion time for placement assessments vary depending on the subject, your knowledge and how many assessments you must complete. Completion time for each assessment ranges from 30 to 90 minutes. Placement assessments are offered online to allow you to be well rested and alert during your assessments. The chart below provides approximate completion times for each assessment and for the online Writing essay challenge.

Subject Approximate Completion Time
Mathematics 60-90 minutes (students may take short breaks during this assessments)
Foreign Language 30 minutes
*English (Writing) Essay Challenge 6 days (students are allotted 3 days to read the prompt and related materials and an additional 3 days to write the essay)

* You will be placed according to you ACT or SAT scores. If you do not believe the ACT or SAT score accurately reflects you writing ability you may choose to submit a challenge to the Department of English.

CAN I STUDY FOR THE ASSESSMENT? ARE THERE ANY STUDY GUIDES FOR THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

There is no need to study. The placement assessments evaluate your current knowledge and skills. The Mathematics Placement Assessment through ALEKS does, however, offer a free trial with practice questions at www.aleks.com.

ARE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS MULTIPLE CHOICE?

Foreign Language placement assessment is the only online assessment that is multiple choice. The COMPASS assessment is also multiple choice, however, it is only required of students who do not have ACT or SAT scores.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT?

To view your assessment results, log-on to FlashLine, and in the Placement section/channel, click on the heading titled "View Placement Assessment Results". You will be able to see scores within 24 hours of completing assessments. For more detailed information about the results of the Mathematics placement assessments (ALEKS), click on the link titled, "Mathematics Placement Results". If you who choose to submit a challenge writing sample, you will be notified of the results according to the Department of English challenge schedule.

HOW DOES THE UNIVERSITY USE THE RESULTS?

The results of placement assessments are used to help you and your advisor select the appropriate courses for your first semester as a Kent State student. Placement assessment results are not a part of your permanent record and are not used to evaluate course performance or degree completion.

CAN I FAIL THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

No. Placement assessments are not reported as a pass or fail grade, rather the assessments are used as a demonstration of a student's current knowledge and skill for specific subject areas such as English (Writing), Mathematics, Foreign Language, and Chemistry.

MAY I RETAKE ONE OR ALL OF THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS IF I AM NOT SATISFIED WITH MY SCORE OR COURSE PLACEMENT?

Placement assessments are offered online through FlashLine.This method enables you to select the location, day, and time that would result in an accurate reflection of your knowledge and skill. Reassessment opportunities are available for the Foreign Language and Mathematics placement assessments. The highest score available in Mathematics at the time of registration will be used to select the appropriate course. For Foreign language the most recent score will be used.

Prior to reassessment in Mathematics, you are required to complete the free online Learning Modules. The reassessment must take place in a proctored environment either in the Math Emporium on the Kent Campus or through Proctor U. Foreign Language reassessments are possible as often as you choose to repeat the assessment.

Subject Retake available Additional Information
English (Writing) No  
Foreign Language Yes  
Mathematics Yes Retake available after the completion of Learning Module
Chemistry No  

WHAT IF I DO NOT TAKE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS PRIOR TO DESTINATION KENT STATE OR THE MEETING WITH MY ADVISOR?

Online placement assessments will not be offered during Destination Kent State or during your meeting with an academic advisor. Failure to complete online placement assessments prior to your campus visit will result in a delay in registering for those courses that require the completion of online assessments. Students without ACT or SAT scores will have an opportunity to take COMPASS on campus prior to their meeting with an academic advisor.

TESTING OUT OF PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS

ARE TRANSFER STUDENTS REQUIRED TO COMPLETE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

If you have completed equivalent college coursework within the last 24 months you maybe exempt. To determine if the completed English (Writing), Foreign Language, and/or Mathematics course is college-level, please review course equivalencies on the Transferology website.

WHAT IF I HAVE NOT RECEIVED AP (ADVANCED PLACEMENT) SCORES BEFORE IT IS TIME TO COMPLETE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

You must earn a 3, 4, or 5 on the appropriate AP exam to receive college credit. If you have not received scores within 2 weeks of your Destination Kent State visit or meeting with your academic advisor you must complete the placement assessments. For more information about AP exams and scores, visit the Transfer Center.

WHAT IF I DID NOT TAKE THE ACT OR SAT OR DID NOT TAKE IT WITHIN THE LAST 2 YEARS?

If you do not have ACT or SAT scores or did not take these tests within 2 years to the date of the first day of classes of the applicable term, you need to complete COMPASS on-campus. COMPASS assessments are offered in English (Writing).

I TOOK THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT AS A POST-SECONDARY STUDENT (OR AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY/CAMPUS). CAN I BE EXEMPT FROM TAKING THE ASSESSMENTS?

Placement assessments from other colleges or universities are not accepted. If you completed a placement assessment and/or completed a course in that subject area on any Kent State campus within the last year you are exempt from retaking that assessment.

IS IT POSSIBLE TO "TEST OUT" OF TAKING A COLLEGE CLASS BY USING MY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT SCORES?

Placement assessments are used as a guide for you and your advisor to select appropriate courses for your first semester. Regardless of course placements, you need to earn the appropriate number of college credits for graduation. Students with prior college-level knowledge can decide to test to receive college credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or CreditbyExam (CBE).

CAN MY CLEP (College Level Examination Program) REPLACE MY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT?

CLEP exams can be taken for a number of subjects and used to meet college course requirements. After completing the Foreign Language Placement Assessment through WebCape you may receive a recommendation to consider taking a CLEP exam if your score falls into a specific range. If interested in taking the CLEP exam, please contact the Career Services Center at 330-672-2360 for more information about CLEP and eligibility. Transfer students who have previously completed CLEP exams at another college or university are exempt from taking the associated placement assessment.

MATHEMATICS PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS (ALEKS)

The ALEKS placement test can be taken online from home through Flashline. If you wish to take it remotely, you are expected to take the ALEKS placement assessment without assistance from another person or resource. Results from ALEKS will lead to placement in a mathematical course. If you complete the assessment with assistance, there is a strong chance you will perform poorly in your mathematics course and have to pay tuition fees to re-take it. Students who wish to take ALEKS placement on-campus are welcome to do so during a Placement Testing time block.

For more information and sample Mathematics Placement Assessment (ALEKS) questions, visit the Department of Mathematical Sciences website.

CAN I USE A CALCULATOR FOR THE MATHEMATICS ASSESSMENT?

You are only allowed to use the online calculator provided through the Mathematics Placement Assessment (ALEKS). The calculator will be available on the problems requiring its use.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I AM UNABLE TO LOG INTO MY MATH ASSESSMENT?

If you are unable to access your ALEKS Mathematics placement assessment because it has been more than 48 hours since you first logged in to the assessment, please contact the HelpDesk at 330-672-HELP.

WHO SHOULD I CONTACT IF I AM HAVING TROUBLE DOWNLOADING THE ALEKS PLUG-IN?

Please contact ALEKS support at 714-619-7090.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS (WebCape)

WHAT IF I TOOK ONE LANGUAGE IN HIGH SCHOOL BUT WANT TO TAKE A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE IN COLLEGE?

You will be directed through a placement flowchart to determine if it is appropriate in this situation and others for them to complete a placement assessment. The flowchart is available in FlashLine.

THE FOREIGN LANGUAGE ASSESSMENT IS NOT REQUIRED FOR MY MAJOR, BUT I WANT TO TAKE A LANGUAGE COURSE AT KENT STATE.

Complete the online placement assessment for Foreign Language for the language you would like to take.

KENT STATE OFFERS SPANISH, FRENCH, RUSSIAN AND GERMAN AS PART OF THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT OPTIONS. I WANT TO TAKE A DIFFERENT LANGUAGE TO SATISFY MY REQUIREMENT. WHAT SHOULD I DO IN ORDER TO TAKE THE ASSESSMENT FOR THE LANGUAGE I WANT TO STUDY AT KENT STATE?

Placement assessment procedures for courses other than Spanish, French, Russian and German can be found on the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Studies website.

ARE THERE PRACTICE TESTS OR SAMPLE QUESTIONS I CAN REVIEW PRIOR TO THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

No.

For more information about Kent State Foreign Language courses and placement assessment, visit the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studieswebsite.

ENGLISH PLACEMENT

You will be placed according to your ACT or SAT scores. If you do not believe the ACT or SAT score accurately reflects you writing ability you may choose to submit a challenge to the Department of English.

For more information about Kent State English courses and English writing challenge, visit Department of English website.

CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT

If you plan to enroll in General Chemistry I (CHEM 10060), you are required to complete the ALEKS Chemistry Placement Assessment. If you do not obtain complete mastery of all ALEKS topics (either through the passing of the initial placement assessment or through subsequent remediation using the ALEKS modules) you will be de-registered from General Chemistry I (CHEM 10060) and General Chemistry Laboratory I (CHEM 10062 General Chemistry I is a pre/co-requisite for General Chemistry Laboratory I).For more information about Kent State chemistry courses and placement, visit the Department of Chemistry website.

MY DESTINATION KENT STATE APPOINTMENT DATE IS BEFORE JULY 1. CAN I STILL ATTEND EVEN THOUGH I WILL NOT HAVE COMPLETED MY CHEMISTRY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

Yes! If your Destination Kent State appointment is before July 1, you do not need to complete your Chemistry assessment before you attend. Your advisor will talk to you about the Chemistry Assessment.

WHO DO I CALL IF I HAVE ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS ABOUT PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

General questions about placement assessments should be directed to the department. Contact information for each department can be found below.

Technical assistance with any online placement assessments is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by contacting the Helpdesk at330-672-HELP (4357) or through this website: KSU Technical Support

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English
Foreign Language
Mathematics
Chemistry