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

Readiness Area

ACT

SAT

Accuplacer

ALEKS

English Subscore

18

480

Evidenced Based Reading/Writing

 

N/A

Reading Subscore

21

480

Evidenced Based Reading/Writing

250

Next Gen Reading

N/A

Math Subscore*

22

530

 

46

*While students who are deemed remediation free (at the baseline college ready score) are to be placed into a credit-bearing mathematics course; 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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With the above state guidelines in mind, students may review the tables below to help determine if they are required to complete placement testing for YSU. 

English Placement Test Requirements

ACT English Subscore

SAT Evidenced Based Reading/Writing Subscore

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

 

Reading Placement Test Requirements

ACT Reading Subscore

SAT Evidenced Based Reading/Writing Subscore

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

 

 

Math Placement Test Requirements

ACT Math Subscore

SAT Math Subscore

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

0-27

0-620

YES

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 Exams: 

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 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 or the ACT Residual Exam at YSU.  The English, Reading and/or Math placement exams can be taken on the same testing date.

 

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/or Math placement exams can be taken on the same testing date.

 

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." 

Important note: 

If after receiving your score on the Math placement test you would like to try 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 Module studying for the retest.  Students must wait a minimum of 48 hours before retaking the Math placement test. 

Students may select Schedule Placement Testing to make an appointment to take placement tests. Multiple placement exams can be taken on the same testing date.

 

Foreign Language Test

Students planning to major in the following programs are required complete foreign language coursework as a requirement of the degree program:

Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Applied Music (Instrumental & Voice) (CCAC); Art History (CCAC); Economics; English; French; Geography Gerontology; History;  Italian; Journalism; Mathematics; Music Theory (CCAC); Music History (CCAC); Philosophy; Political Science; Pre-Law; Professional Writing and Editing; Psychology; Religious Studies; Statistics; Social Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Communication Studies (CCAC); Telecommunication Studies (CCAC); and Theater (CCAC); BA degrees in the College of STEM, such as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Astronomy, Geology, and some Individualized Curriculum Programs (ICP).

Students planning to major in a program requiring foreign language study (see list above) or those students intending to take a foreign language course may choose to take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) only if they want to register for an INTERMEDIATE or higher foreign language course.  Students who have taken a foreign language in high school may enroll in any elementary language course without taking the FLPT.

The Foreign Language Placement Test is given in the commonly taught languages:  French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Placing at the elementary level in one language automatically qualifies you for the elementary course in any language, not just the language tested.


CLEP option

The CLEP Language exams are designed to measure knowledge and skills typically learned in the first and second year of college study. The exam contains approximately 121 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The CLEP exams require that students demonstrate their ability to understand spoken and written language.

Students may register for a CLEP exam.  After registering for a CLEP exam, go to the Testing Center page to schedule your CLEP appointment.  Taking the CLEP exams will allow you to earn college credit toward your language requirements.  **Please note there are fees involved when taking the CLEP exam. Additional information can be found on the Credit By Exam page.