Placement Testing General Information | Kent State University

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