Placement Exams

PLACEMENT TESTING GUIDELINES

 

Here at YSU, every student’s application is evaluated for college readiness/remediation free status as outlined by the State of Ohio’s College Readiness Guidelines found on their website and shown below as adapted to YSU’s accepted placement measures.

College Readiness Indicators - Assessment Thresholds to Guarantee "Remediation Free" status at YSU

Topic

ACT

SAT

Accuplacer

ALEKS

English Score

18

480

Evidenced Based Reading/Writing

N/A

N/A

Reading Score

21

480

Evidenced Based Reading/Writing

250

Next Gen Reading

N/A

Math Score*

22

530

 

46

*Students in a major requiring a STEM intensive pathway may be subject to college level pre-requisite or supportive coursework (e.g., co-requisite, supplemental instruction) to fulfill major requirements.
 
The Ohio Department of Higher Education guidelines also specifies that “assessment exam scores will be valid for two years from the completion of that assessment, after which institutions may require students to repeat an assessment to determine the currency of their college readiness.”  Therefore, students who have not taken the ACT or SAT test or whose ACT and SAT tests were taken more than two years ago ARE REQUIRED TO COMPLETE  PLACEMENT TESTING BEFORE ATTENDING ORIENTATION AND ENROLLING IN COURSES AT YSU. 

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  • The Composition/English Placement Test
    English Placement Test Requirements

    ACT English score

    SAT Evidenced Based Reading/Writing score

    Placement Test Required

    No ACT Test Score or ACT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester

    No SAT Test Score or SAT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester

    YES

    0-17

    0-470

    YES

    18 and higher

    480 and higher

    NO

    The Composition/English Placement Test

    • The Composition Placement Test is a one-time written essay in which students have 40 minutes to write a response to a prompt provided at the start of the exam. The written response will be evaluated according to the clarity of the main idea, logical and adequate support of the main idea, grammar, spelling and punctuation.
    • The English Placement Score is a "multiple measure," meaning, when available, YSU uses TWO scores for placement. The two scores used are the Composition Placement Test AND the ACT English Subscore or the SAT Evidenced-based Reading/Writing Score. We encourage those lacking ACT/SAT test scores or whose ACT/SAT test scores are more than two years old to take the ACT or SAT test for use in placement decisions.  This test is given once with no opportunity for retesting.
    • Students may select "Schedule Placement Testing" to make an appointment to take placement tests at YSU. The Composition, Reading and/or Math Placement tests can be taken on the same testing date.
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  • The Math Placement Test
    Math Placement Test Requirements

    ACT Math score

    SAT Math score

    Placement Test Required

    No ACT Test Score or ACT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester

    No SAT Test Score or SAT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester

    YES

    0-21

    0-520

    YES

    22-26 530-620

    YES for students with declared or anticipated majors that require higher level math coursework.  These include:

    All Business Majors (Accounting, Advertising/Public Relations, Business Economics Administration, Economics, Finance, Human Resources, International Business, Management, Marketing)

    All STEM Majors (BaccMed Program, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Civil and Construction Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Information Systems, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Studies, , Geology, Industrial and Systems Engineering Information Technology, Manufacturing Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Physics/Astronomy)

    The following HHS Majors: Exercise Science, Forensic Science

    The following Education Majors: Integrated Science and/or Math Education, Middle School Math/Science Education

    The following CLASS Majors: Economics, Psychology - Pre-Physical Therapy Track only

    NO for students with declared or anticipated majors not listed above.

    27 and higher

    630 and higher

    NO

    *Effective Fall 2019, a new student who is accepted with a Math ACT/SAT subscore below 27(ACT)/630(SAT) must complete the ALEKS Math Assessment unless they have approved credit through the AP or CLEP Examinations.  All  transfer  students  must  complete  the  ALEKS  Math  Assessment  for  placement  unless  they  have approved credit through their previous institution that is equivalent to a YSU prerequisite course.

    The Math Placement Test

    • The YSU Math Department uses a placement assessment called ALEKS PPL. The ALEKS Placement Assessment covers material from Basic Math through Pre-calculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the first assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement with the opportunity to retest.  For more information on the ALEKS Math Placement Test, please see "ALEKS Math Placement Assessment.
    • If, after receiving your score on the Math Placement Test, you would like to try testing again, you may retake the Aleks placement test. However, before rescheduling your exam, you are required to work for a minimum of TEN hours in the Prep and Learning Modules within Aleks. You must also wait a minimum of 48 hours between each test attempt.
    • Students may select "Schedule Placement Testing" to make an appointment to take the placement tests. Multiple placement tests (Math, Composition and Reading) can be taken on the same testing date.
  • The Reading Placement Test
    Reading Placement Test Requirements

    ACT Reading score

    SAT Evidenced Based Reading/Writing score

    Placement Test Required

    No ACT Test Score or ACT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester.

    No SAT Test Score or SAT scores taken more than 2 years from start of Semester

    YES

    0-20

     0-470

    YES

    21 and higher

    480 and higher

    NO

    The Reading Placement Test

    • YSU uses the ACCUPLACER® Reading Test to determine a student’s placement into Reading and Study Skills coursework.  The ACCUPLACER® Reading Comprehension test is a multiple choice exam that assesses the test-taker’s ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included. Four broad knowledge and skills categories are assessed:
    • Information and Ideas
      Rhetoric
      Synthesis
      Vocabulary

    • The ACCUPLACER® Reading Comprehension Test is untimed but, on average, set aside at least 30-45 minutes for this exam. This test is given once with no opportunity for retesting.
    • STudents may select "Schedule PLacement Testing" to make an appointment to take placement tests. The English, REading and/orMath Placement exam can be taken on the same testing date.
  • The Foreign Language Placement Tests
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