800 E. Summit St.,
261 Schwartz Center,
Kent, OH, 44242
Monday-Friday, 8A.M. - 5P.M.
University Advising and Testing offers an optimal environment for paper and computer-based testing and placement. We adhere to the professional standards set forth by the National College Testing Association (NCTA) and commit to providing high-quality student service within a secure and comfortable setting.
800 E. Summit St.,
261 Schwartz Center,
Kent, OH, 44242
Monday-Friday, 8A.M. - 5P.M.
American College Testing
The is available to students seeking admission to Kent State University and measures knowledge in English, Math, Reading, and Science Reasoning.
Only students who have submitted an application for or College Credit Plus may take the ACT Residual. Test scores can ONLY be reported to a Kent State office such as Admissions, Regional Campus Admissions, or College Credit Plus. Students wishing to take the National ACT may at multiple U.S. and international locations.
Students should plan on 3 ½ to 4 hours total testing time. The test includes:
English – 45 minutes
Mathematics – 60 minutes
Reading – 35 minutes
Science – 35 minutes
Test scores are based on the number of questions answered correctly during the time allowed for each test. If a student does not know the answer the student will not be penalized for guessing. It is to the student’s advantage to answer each question even if guessed.
The test fee is $60.00 payable by credit/debit card (Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) upon registration. The test fee is non-refundable and non-transferable.
Students may visit the ACT Test Day Check List to learn more about what forms of ID are permissible.
A minimum wait of 60 days is required before retesting through ACT Residual testing. If the 60-day wait period is violated, the retest scores will be canceled automatically.
ACT approves accommodations for test takers with disabilities in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).
Eligibility to request accommodations:
Requests for testing accommodations, including appropriate documentation, should be submitted to the Student Accessibility Services office as soon as possible and received by Testing Services no later than two weeks prior to the testing date. We will make every effort to meet the needs of our test-takers. Our ability to meet those needs will be based on staffing resources available and the availability of the testing space on that day.
Please contact the office to discuss testing needs and testing accommodations.
Assessment LEarning in Knowledge Spaces
Kent State University uses ALEKS, an artificial-intelligence based assessment tool, to assess a student's strengths and weaknesses in Mathematics and Chemistry. Students will take the initial ALEKS placement assessment online at a time and place convenient for them. The use of ALEKS requires installation of the ALEKS plug-in or use of the streaming plug-in. The plug-in should install automatically the first time ALEKS math placement is accessed.
ALEKS Mathematics Placement
Most new students attending Kent State University are required to complete the ALEKS Placement Assessment online before arriving at Destination Kent State (DKS). It must be completed no later than 72 hours prior to attending DKS. As well, students have a 48 hour window to take the placement online or ALEKS will force the student to start over. The assessment generally takes 60 to 90 minutes to complete 25-30 questions. Since it is not timed, students can take a break as long as the placement is completed within the 48 hour window. If students log out before completing it, ALEKS will resume where left off. Student's ALEKS account expires one year from the date the student initially accesses the placement. Watch this video to see how ALEKS works or learn more about Test Prep Strategies for ALEKS Students.
ALEKS Mathematics Reassessment
Students may improve their mathematics placement score by taking an ALEKS Reassessment. Prior to reassessment, students are required to work in the ALEKS Learning Modules. The learning modules allow students to practice math skills at their own pace while advancing through different topics within an assessment pie chart. Students are encouraged to accomplish 80 of the pie chart topics in order to potentially improve their placement score when taking the proctored reassessment. Students may work within the learning modules up to six months from the time they first access them provided the learning modules and reassessment is done within the one-year expiration date.
ALEKS reassessment must be taken in a remote, proctored environment through ALEKS utilizing Respondus Lockdown-Monitor. Read "Before Starting," "How It Works" and "Respondus Lockdown Additional Instructions" for information about remote proctoring.
There is no fee for the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment and six-week learning module or reassessment when proctored at a KSU campus or through Respondus Lockdown-Monitor.
All students who are enrolled in General Chemistry I are required to complete the ALEKS Chemistry Placement Assessment online at a time and place convenient for them. Students are asked to answer a series of questions that take between 50 to 90 minutes to complete. Before beginning the actual assessment, students are directed to complete a short online tutorial so that they know how to enter answers into ALEKS. Students who do not complete all 90 out of 90 topics, either mastered or learned, will be de-registered from General Chemistry I and General Chemistry I Laboratory.
The chemistry assessment is open during the spring, summer and fall semesters for a given amount of time. At any point during the assessment students can log out of the system and all answers are stored until logging back in to continue the assessment where previously stopped.
There is no fee for the ALEKS Mathematics Placement Assessment, and six week learning module or reassessment when proctored at a KSU campus. However,there is a $25 administrative fee that must be paid to ProctorU for students who wish to utilize ProctorU services.
College Level Examination Program
The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to earn college credit by testing for knowledge acquired through independent study, prior course work, on-the-job training, professional development, cultural pursuits, or internships.
CLEP exams cover material taught in courses most students take as requirements in the first two years of college. Most CLEP exams are 90 minutes in length, except for the College Composition exam, which is 120 minutes and requires essays, and are multiple choice. CLEP offers 33 examinations in five subject areas. Exams may be repeated after a three-month waiting period following the initial test date. The College Board will nullify results of tests taken more frequently.
Current military service veterans may be eligible to take free CLEP exams through DANTES (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support) (https://clep.collegeboard.org/earn-college-credit/military-benefits). Students who qualify for a DANTES funded exam should email firstname.lastname@example.org before registering to be proctored for an exam in order to receive a fee waiver.
To learn more about CLEP credit transfer, visit https://www.kent.edu/credittransfer/credit-transfer-faqs.
Steps for Purchasing the CLEP Exam and Registration
Step One: Select and purchase a CLEP exam through CollegeBoard at the My Account Portal. Following the purchase of a CLEP exam, a payment receipt and a ticket ID are provided. The ticket ID is valid for testing up to six months from the date of the CLEP exam purchase. Once receiving the ticket ID, a test date can be scheduled. Please see the CLEP Exam Registration Tutorial for questions about purchasing the exam.
Step Two: Register to take the exam. Follow instructions when registering. An email confirmation will be sent within 5-10 minutes of registration.
There is a $35 administrative fee that is non-refundable and non-transferable. Registration is not complete until payment is received.
Taking the CLEP Exam
Proof of Identification
Test takers must present their CLEP ticket ID and a government issued ID (with photo and a signature) in order to be admitted for testing. The name on the CLEP ticket ID must match the name on the government issued ID.
Score Reports and Credit
Scores are provided onscreen immediately after taking the exam (except for the College Composition exam which takes 2-3 weeks). Test administrators can also print an unofficial score report when requested by the students. As well, scores are available online one business day following the exam.
Scores are calculated by CLEP through a “raw score” and converted into a “scaled score” through a statistical process called equating. To learn more about how CLEP exams are scored, visit CLEP Computing Scores. To see how scores convert to course equivalency at Kent State University, read the Kent State University CLEP Credit Guide.
Students actively taking current college level course work can request to be proctored for an exam at Kent State University on select days designated for proctoring. To schedule a proctored exam, please request by contacting email@example.com.
In order to approve proctoring, students must have their instructor/organization contact us. The following information will be required:
Students can register for the following exam options through the Online Test Registration System.
There is no proctoring available for tests beyond 2.5 hours unless advance approval is received. For special permission, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who believe their current College Writing (ENG 01001 or 11011) placement is incorrect, may choose to have their writing reassessed.
Scores and Raters
After completing the reassessment, students will immediately receive one of the following scores/actions:
Kent campus students:
Regional campus students:
If taking the Accuplacer/Writeplacer, and the student receives a score “Pending”, it means that the student scored at a threshold that necessitates an Accuplacer rater to score the report by hand. A score should appear no later than the following morning. In cases such as this, the student will receive an email the following business day from the Testing Center (copying the English Department) notifying them of their score.
* For scores evaluated by Kent State raters, the student will receive an email from the Testing Center (copying the English Department) within three business days of completing the WritePlacer essay. The score report will be attached notifying the student of the recommended placement and next steps in the rating process.
Steps For Rated Essays
The Administrative Assistant will contact the student about the student’s final placement. If the student’s course changes based on the placement score, the student should schedule an appointment with an academic advisor to discuss the results.
There is no fee to take the writing reassessment.
Undergraduate students may be required to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in Mathematics, Foreign Language, Chemistry, English (Writing), and Reading prior to initial course registration. The need for placement assessments is determined by a student’s major or college requirements.