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Placement Assessment General Information

To ensure appropriate course placement in Mathematics, Foreign Language, English, Chemistry, and Reading courses, undergraduate students may need to complete a placement assessment. Students should log in to FlashLine and view their My Lists tab (top right corner) to view their checklist requirements including required placement assessments. Online placement assessments for Fall semester will be available starting March 1st and assessments for Spring semester will be available starting September 1st.

To be best prepared for your new or transfer student orientation, all placement assessments should be completed no later than 72 hours before your campus visit.

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Placement Testing General Information

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 nor are the results a part of your permanent record.

WHAT SUBJECT AREAS REQUIRE PLACEMENT?

Kent State University currently requires students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills in English (Writing), Mathematics, Foreign Language, Chemistry, and Reading (Regional Campus students). 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
Chemistry Placement Assessment through ALEKS
Reading Accuplacer Reading Comprehension

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

HOW WILL I KNOW WHAT SPECIFIC PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS TO COMPLETE?

Students should log in to FlashLine and view their My Lists tab (top right corner) to view their required placement assessments on the Next Steps checklist.

WHERE DO I FIND THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

Students should log in to FlashLine and view their My Lists tab (top right corner) to view their required placement assessments on the Next Steps checklist. Placement assessments can also be found by logging in to FlashLine, and through the left-side navigation menu, selecting Student Resources, then selecting ALEKS & Placement Assessments.

HOW FAR IN ADVANCE OF MY CAMPUS VISIT DO I NEED TO COMPLETE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS? WHAT IF I DO NOT COMPLETE THE ASSESSMENTS PRIOR TO MY CAMPUS VISIT OR MEETING WITH MY ADVISOR?

You will need to complete the placement assessments BEFORE ARRIVING ON CAMPUS for any campus-specific orientation program. 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 these assessments. Students without ACT or SAT scores will have an opportunity to take the Accuplacer Writeplacer and Reading Comprehension assessment on campus prior to their meeting with an academic advisor. Kent Campus students are required to complete their placement assessments no later than 72 hours prior to arrival for Destination Kent State (DKS) or Transfer Kent State (TKS) orientations. Online placement assessments will not be offered during Destination Kent State (DKS), Transfer Kent State (TKS) or during your meeting with an academic advisor.

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 typically ranges from 30 to 90 minutes.

Subject Approximate Completion Time
Mathematics 60-90 minutes (must be completed within 48 hours once started)
Foreign Language 30 minutes
English (Writing) - Accuplacer Writeplacer 30 - 60 minutes
Reading - Accuplacer Reading Comprehension 30 - 60 minutes
Chemistry Students will receive more information about the ALEKS Chemistry assessment upon registration in CHEM 10060

IS THERE A COST TO COMPLETE THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT?

Kent State University covers the cost of placement assessments for all students who are required to by their college or course instructor to take them.

HOW DO I PREPARE FOR THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENTS?

There is no need to study. The placement assessments evaluate your current knowledge and skills. ALEKS (Mathematics) does, however, offer a free trial with practice questions at www.aleks.com. Accuplacer also offers student practice resources through their website at Accuplacer Study Resources.

WHEN WILL I FIND OUT THE RESULTS OF THE ASSESSMENT?

To view your assessment results, log-on to FlashLine, select Student Resources, select ALEKS & Placement Assessments, and then choose View Placement Assessment Results. You will be able to see most scores within 24 hours of completing assessments. For more detailed information about the results of the ALEKS Mathematics assessment, select View Mathematics Placement Results (ALEKS). If you do choose to submit a Writing Challenge, you will be notified of the results via email according to the Department of English challenge schedule.

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

Reassessment opportunities are available for the Foreign Language WebCape assessment and ALEKS Mathematics assessment.

Prior to reassessment in Mathematics, you are REQUIRED to access the free online Prep for Learning modules. Students who spend at least 18 hours or achieve an 80% mastery of topics are at a higher likelihood of placing higher than those who do not complete the modules. The reassessment must take place in a proctored environment on a Kent State campus or through an online proctoring service called Proctor U. Students who elect to take their ALEKS reassessment through Proctor U are responsible for any costs or hardware requirements associated with using Proctor U services.

Subject Retake available Additional Information
English (Writing) No  
Foreign Language Yes  
Mathematics Yes Retake available after the completion of Learning Module
Chemistry No  
Reading Yes Students may retake the Accuplacer Reading Comprehension

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.

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

You may complete your initial 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. For information about scheduled testing opportunities on the Kent Campus, please contact Academic Engagement and Degree Completion at 330-672-0166 or engagement@kent.edu. Regional Campus students should contact their campus advising office for more information about testing and assessment opportunities

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 may be exempt. To determine if the completed Chemistry, English (Writing), Foreign Language, and/or Mathematics course will transfer as a direct equivalent course, please review course equivalencies on the Kent State Transfer Credit Guide .

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

If you have not received scores within 2 weeks of your campus visit or meeting with your academic advisor you must complete the placement assessments. For more information about the awarding of credit for AP scores, please contact the Credit Transfer office at 330-672-8950.

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 starting term, you need to complete the Accuplacer Writeplacer and Reading Comprehension assessment on a Kent State campus.

I TOOK THE PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT AS A COLLEGE CREDIT PLUS STUDENT (OR AT ANOTHER UNIVERSITY). CAN I BE EXEMPT FROM TAKING THE ASSESSMENTS?

Placement assessments from other colleges or universities are not accepted. Accuplacer Writeplacer and/or Reading Comprehension scores will be accepted from another institution if the score is from within 2 years to the date of the first day of classes of the applicable starting term. 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. This does NOT apply to the ALEKS Chemistry assessment. Students who repeat CHEM 10060 must also complete the ALEKS Chemistry assessment again.

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. Students with prior college-level knowledge can decide to test to earn college credit through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Exam (CBE), or Retroactive Credit.

CAN MY CLEP EXAM SCORE REPLACE MY PLACEMENT ASSESSMENT REQUIREMENT?

CLEP exams can be taken for a number of subjects and used to meet college course requirements. After completing a placement assessment, you may receive a recommendation to consider taking a CLEP exam if your score falls into a specific range. Students can contact Academic Engagement and Degree Completion at 330-672-0166 or engagement@kent.edu for more information about CLEP exams and credit eligibility. Students should always consult with their academic advisor or college advising office to determine if they meet the eligibility requirements to earn credit through CLEP.

Mathematics Placement Assessment (ALEKS)

The ALEKS placement assessment can be taken online at a time and location of your choice through Flashline. You are expected to take the ALEKS placement assessment without assistance. 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 and fees to re-take it.

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

CAN I USE A PERSONAL 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 ALEKS MATH ASSESSMENT OR IF I AM HAVING TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES?

Please contact Academic Engagement and Degree Completion at 330-672-0166 or engagement@kent.edu. Please be sure to leave a detailed voice message with your name and Kent State student ID number (810xxxxxx).

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 the Foreign Language Questionnaire to determine if it is appropriate in this situation to complete a placement assessment. To access the questionnaire, please log in to FlashLine, select Student Resources, Select ALEKS & Placement Assessments, select Foreign Langauge, and then select Complete Worksheet to Determine Testing Needs.

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

Complete the Foreign Language Questionnaire and the online placement assessment for the language you would like to take. Your academic advisor or college/campus advising office can assist you with understanding your course placement.

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 languages other than Spanish, French, Russian and German can be found on the Department of Modern and Classical Languages Studies website.

For more information about Foreign Language courses, please visit the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies website.

English (Writing)

You will be placed according to your ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores. If you do not believe the ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer score accurately reflects you writing ability, you may choose to submit an Online Writing Challenge to the Department of English.

For more information about Kent State English courses and the Online Writing Challenge, please visit the Department of English website.

Chemistry Placement (ALEKS)

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 90 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). The assessment opens seven weeks prior to the start of the next term. Students have up to six weeks to master all 90 ALEKS topics before the due date. 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 the ALEKS Chemistry Assessment opens, you do not need to complete your Chemistry assessment before you attend. Your advisor will talk to you about the Chemistry Assessment.

Additional Questions and Technical Support

Please contact Academic Engagement and Degree Completion at 330-672-0166 or engagement@kent.edu for general placement assessment questions or for technical support.

Technical assistance with online placement assessments is also available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, by contacting the Helpdesk at 330-672-HELP (4357) or through this website: KSU Technical Support

Placement Technical Support Pages by Department
English - Online Writing Challenge Technical Support
Mathematics - ALEKS Technical Support
Foreign Language - KSU Technical Support
Chemistry - KSU Technical Support