University Readiness Standards and Placement Assessment

In 2012, the Ohio Department of Higher Education established uniform statewide standards and college testing thresholds for remediation-free status for undergraduate students. Students meeting these standards and thresholds are deemed remediation-free and are eligible to enroll in college-level courses in the respective subjects. These standards and thresholds do not replace Kent State’s placement assessment policies.

Tests Mathematics English Reading
ACT 22 18 22
SAT 530 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
Accuplacer Classic 55 College-Level Mathematics 88 Sentence Skills or 5 Writeplacer 80
Accuplacer Next Generation 263 Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics or 263 Advanced Algebra and Functions 263 Writing or 5 Writeplacer 250 Reading
GED 165+ 166+ 166+
MapleSoft T.A. Algebra 50% of items correct n/a n/a
ALEKS 46 n/a n/a
PlaceU 18 n/a n/a

Kent State University Placement Assessment

Kent State University uses ACT, SAT, GED and/or placement assessment(s) to determine appropriate course placement in mathematics, English, foreign language, general chemistry and critical and core reading strategies. Any required placement assessments must be completed before a student registers for classes. This is to ensure student readiness and correct course placement. Students who are required to complete the ALEKS chemistry assessment will do so after registering for CHEM 10060. Any student required to attend a campus-specific orientation program (e.g., Destination Kent State: Advising and Registration) will be required to complete all appropriate assessments prior to the orientation program.

Students who earn college credit before enrolling at Kent State may be exempt from taking some or all placement assessments. Students must submit their college transcripts (including College Credit Plus and dual enrollment credit), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and military transcript(s) for review and consideration of transfer credits in order to be except from taking some or all placement assessments.

Most assessments are accessible online. Students will be provided with information about assessments that are required and how to access the assessment either by e-mail, Next Steps Checklist or some other form of communication.

Time Limits: ACT, SAT, ALEKS mathematics and Accuplacer scores are accepted for two years from the date of the assessment and can be used for placement in mathematics, English and critical and core reading strategies. ALEKS chemistry scores are accepted only for the semester in which students are registered for CHEM 10060 and CHEM 10062. Placement assessment scores provided through WebCape can be used for one year from the date of assessment.

Mathematics Placement

All undergraduate degree programs require the successful completion of the Kent Core Mathematics and Critical Reasoning requirement. Some programs may require specific mathematics course(s). Placement into mathematics courses is determined by a student’s score on the ALEKS placement assessment and/or the ACT or SAT score. Not all students need to take the ALEKS placement assessment, and students should check their Next-Steps Checklist in FlashLine for that determination. However, all students scoring below 22 on ACT mathematics or below 530 on SAT mathematics need to take ALEKS. Upon completing the initial assessment online, students have free access to work in the ALEKS Learning Module. They may then retake ALEKS in a proctored environment in an attempt to improve their placement score.

Students who achieve the scores below will be deemed remediation free in mathematics at Kent State University.

Assessment Score
ACT Mathematics 22+
SAT Mathematics 530+
ALEKS 35+
GED Mathematical Reasoning College Ready 165+

English Placement

All undergraduate degree programs require successful completion of the Kent Core Composition requirement. Placement into the appropriate starting course in the sequence is determined by ACT English or SAT evidence-based reading and writing. In the event students do not have ACT or SAT scores and are attending a Kent State University regional campus, they will take Accuplacer reading comprehension and Writeplacer. This assessment is available on site only. Students who have taken Accuplacer sentence skills, Writeplacer or reading comprehensive at another institution within two years of their initial start date may opt to transfer those scores to Kent State University.

Students enrolled at a Kent State University regional campus who do not meet the university readiness standards will be required to enroll in and earn a minimum C grade in ENG 01001 and a minimum C- grade ENG 11002 before they can enroll in ENG 21011. Students who wish to challenge their writing placement do so using Accuplacer Writeplacer.

Kent Campus Students

Assessment Score Placement
ACT English 0-25 ENG 11011
26+ ENG 21011
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 200-590 ENG 11011
600+ ENG 21011
Accuplacer and Writeplacer (challenge to ACT/SAT placement) 7+ ENG 21011
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts College Reading 165+ ENG 11011

Regional Campus Students

Assessment Score Placement
ACT English 0-17 ENG 01001 and ENG 11002
18-25 ENG 11011
26+ ENG 21011
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 200-470 ENG 01001 and ENG 11002
480-590 ENG 11011
600+ ENG 21011
Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Writeplacer 0-79 and 0-4 ENG 01001 and ENG 11002
80+ and 4 ENG 11011
5-6 ENG 11011
7+ ENG 21011
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts College Reading 165+ ENG 11011

Foreign Language Placement

All students intending to take a foreign language course at Kent State University must complete the Foreign Language Placement Questionnaire online in FlashLine, or via a link provided on the student’s Next Steps Checklist. Completion of the questionnaire will determine if the student will need to complete a foreign language placement assessment. All students should begin foreign language study in the appropriate course, which may be determined in one of the following ways:

  1. University-approved proficiency or placement examination; or
  2. Documentation of previously earned college credits in a foreign language through coursework, Credit by Exam (CBE), Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or College Level Examination Program (CLEP).

Foreign Language Requirements: Generally, foreign language requirements are met by passing the highest level course in the language requirement or a course beyond the highest level in the requirement. Students should review the University Catalog and consult with their academic advisor(s) to determine specific language requirements for their college and program. Some students may begin their university foreign language experience beyond the Elementary I level without receiving credit for the previous course(s) and, thus, may complete the requirement with fewer credit hours and fewer courses than specified in their language requirement. In this case, the credit hours not used for the language requirement may be still required for graduation, but may be applied toward coursework in the student’s major or minor or as electives.

Foreign Language Proficiency Waiver: Students able to demonstrate foreign language proficiency comparable to the highest course in their foreign language requirement may be able to have their language requirement waived. Students should review the University Catalog and consult with their academic advisor(s) and the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies to verify eligibility.

  1. International students who were educated through high or secondary school in a language other than English. Foreign language waivers will be granted to international students who have (a) TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PTE Academic score recorded in their Kent State University academic record; (b) completed English-as-second-language courses at Kent State; or (c) provided documentation that they attended a secondary or high school in a country in which courses were taught in a language other than English (e.g., high school transcripts or diploma in the original language along with a certified English translation).
  2. American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages (ACTFL) exams. A proficiency waiver will be granted through Elementary II of a foreign language to students who provide an official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) certificate confirming oral proficiency of at least an intermediate low level. A proficiency waiver will be granted through Intermediate II of a foreign language to students who provide an official ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) certificate confirming oral and writing proficiency of at least an intermediate low level. The tests are administered by Language Testing International. Students are responsible for the costs of the exam(s) and for providing the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies with a copy of the certificate(s).
  3. Common European Framework of Reference for Language (CEFR) Ratings. A proficiency waiver will be granted through Elementary II of a foreign language to students who provide an official (European) CEFR certificate confirming oral proficiency of at least the B1.1 level. A proficiency waiver will be granted through Intermediate II of a foreign language to students who provide an official CEFR certificate confirming oral and writing proficiency of at least the B1.2 level. Students are responsible for providing the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies with a copy of the certificate(s).
  4. Defense Language Proficiency Test (DLPT). A proficiency waiver will be granted through Elementary II of a foreign language to students who were tested during military service and provide an official DLPT certificate confirming oral proficiency of at least ILR 1.  A proficiency waiver will be granted through Intermediate II of a foreign language to students who provide an official DLPT certificate confirming oral proficiency of at least ILR 1+.
  5. Alternative proficiency measures. Students may have proficiency in a language for which no standardized test exists. In this case, students should contact the Department of Modern and Classical Language Studies to arrange for assessment by an approved native speaker of that foreign language (e.g., teacher, professor or certified translator), with the assessment method approved in advance by a department administrator.

General Chemistry Placement

All students registered for CHEM 10060 must complete the ALEKS chemistry assessment prior to the start of the semester. Directions will be provided through the student’s Next Steps Checklist and via e-mail. Students will be given access to this assessment for the six weeks prior to the start of classes each term (fall, spring, summer). Any student not learning and/or mastering 90 of the 90 topics of the basic chemistry knowledge being assessed will be de-registered from the class and the related laboratory course, CHEM 10062.

Core and Critical Reading Strategies Placement

Kent State University regional campuses offer two courses to help students develop reading strategies to successfully complete college-level coursework — RC 00003 and RC 00006. A student placed into RC 00003 must take RC 00006 the following term. Both courses require a minimum C grade. Students who have taken the Accuplacer reading comprehension at another institution within two years of their initial start date may opt to transfer that score to Kent State University.

Assessment Score Placement
ACT Reading 0-13 RC 00003
14-19 RC 00006
20+ No Course
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 300-380 RC 00003
390-470 RC 00006
480+ No Course
Accuplacer Classic Reading Comprehension 0-50 RC 00003
51-79 RC 00006
80-120 No Course
Accuplacer Next Generation Reading Comprehension 200-221 RC 00003
222-254 RC 00006
255-300 No Course
GED Reasoning Through Language Arts College Ready 165+ No Course