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Placement

Student must be admitted in order to take Kent State University placement tests.

**Before making an appointment to meet with an academic advisor for registration purposes, all new students must schedule to take the placement assessments (transfer and re-enrolled students will be reviewed upon acceptance).

The ALEKS placement test can be taken online from home through Flashline.  Students who wish to take it remotely are expected to take the ALEKS placement assessment without assistance from another person or resource.  Results from ALEKS will lead to placement in a mathematical course.  If students complete the assessment under assistance, there is a strong chance that they will perform poorly in their mathematics course and have to pay tuition fees to re-take it.  Students who wish to take ALEKS placement on-campus are welcome to do so during a Placement Testing time block.

New students who have current ACT scores will be placed in reading and writing courses according to ACT Reading and English subscores.

All new students to Kent State University are required to take the ALEKS placement test for mathematics.  New students who do not have current ACT scores must take COMPASS reading and writing.  COMPASS is a comprehensive, self-paced computer testing program that helps place students into appropriate courses and maximizes the information colleges need to ensure student success.

ALEKS and COMPASS test results are used by academic advisors to determine proper course placement.

  • ALEKS and COMPASS are administered at no charge.
  • Photo ID required for testing.
  • The ALEKS placement may take up to 90 minutes to complete.
  • COMPASS reading and writing may take up to 60 minutes to complete.  If you are taking COMPASS and would like to take ALEKS on campus, you should allow yourself 2.5 hours.  If you need additional time, the COMPASS test can be taken in parts.  It is best to complete ALEKS in a single setting.
  • You can get more information on ALEKS here.
  • You can get more information on COMPASS here.
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