Admission

Placement Test

Placement Assessment Helps You Succeed

Placement assessment is designed to help determine which classes you should take as you start your studies at Cincinnati State. Using the assessment results, College advisors will help you select the English and math classes that are best suited for you. The assessment also helps evaluate your computer literacy and your keyboarding skills.

You must complete placement assessment before you can be officially admitted to Cincinnati State and register for classes.

Ways to Complete the Placement Assessment

Exemptions from Placement Assessment

Applicants who have taken the ACT® or SAT® test or taken the COMPASS® assessment within the past two years may be exempted from taking the ACCUPLACER College Placement Test.

Students with transfer credit in college-level English composition and algebra, from a regionally accredited college or university, may not need to complete the entire placement test.

  • ACT Test Scores
    • Scores can be no more than two years older than the date of the application to Cincinnati State.
    • Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Office of Admission via www.ACTstudent.org. (ACT School Code: 5570)
    • Applicants who score 17 or lower on ACT English and also score 20 or lower on ACT Reading must complete the Reading and Writing portion of the ACCUPLACER test.
    • Applicants with ACT Math scores lower than 22 must complete the Math portion of the ACCUPLACER test.
       
  • SAT Test Scores
    • Scores can be no more than two years older than the date of the application to Cincinnati State.
    • Submit a copy of your SAT scores to the Office of Admission via collegeboard.org. (SAT School Code: 1984)
    • Applicants who score 429 or lower on SAT English and also score 449 or lower on SAT Reading must complete the Reading and Writing portion of the ACCUPLACER test.
    • Applicants with SAT Math scores lower than 520 must complete the Math portion of the ACCUPLACER test.
       
  • COMPASS Test Scores
    • Scores can be no more than two years older than the date of the application to Cincinnati State.
    • Submit a copy of COMPASS scores via mail, fax, email, or scores may be hand carried in.
       
  • Waiver of Placement Test based on Transfer Courses
    • If you have successfully completed college-level courses in math and/or English at a regionally accredited institution, you may submit a test waiver request to be considered for the waiver. (Some programs may have specific requirements that are not met via waiver.)
    • Make sure that an official copy of your transcript of the courses you completed is submitted (by mail only) to the Cincinnati State Office of Admission.
    • If you need more time to obtain your transcript, you may submit a request for extended time to transfer courses from other colleges or universities. (You must submit a separate form for each institution where you took classes.) However, your transcript must be received at Cincinnati State in order to waive the Placement Assessment.

Prepare for the Placement Assessment

Preparing for the assessment is important, to ensure that your assessment results are appropriate and qualify you to enroll in appropriate courses. Placing at the correct level helps minimize the time and money required to complete your college education.

Online Resources for ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment

The online resources below can help you prepare for the assessment. 

A free study app and sample questions are available to help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER:

Details for ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment

  • Your Cincinnati State application is required prior to taking the Placement Assessment.
  • There is no charge for first-time assessment.
  • A Photo ID is required and all state IDs must be current.
     
  • Allow approximately 2 hours and 40 minutes to complete the assessment. The WritePlacer (and WritePlacer ESL) portion of the assessment is a timed 60-minute essay. The reading, math, and keyboarding portions are not timed.
    • An online calculator will appear for appropriate math questions. Personal calculators and Windows system calculators are not allowed.
    • Pencil and paper will be provided.
        
  • Group testing must be pre-arranged; please call (513) 569-1569 for details.

Disability Services for Placement Testing

If you are a student who has disabilities or believe you have disabilities, we encourage you to contact the Office of Disability Services at (513) 569-1775 prior to testing.

Educational Opportunities Center

Visit the Educational Opportunity Center (EOC), in Room 133, Main Building (Clifton Campus) and take advantage of test preparation opportunities free of charge. Call (513) 569-1830 to make an appointment.

English as a Second Language Assessment

If English is not your first language, we encourage you to take the ESL test, which includes a listening portion in addition to reading, writing, and math.

Remote Testing

If you live outside the Greater Cincinnati area, please contact the Testing Center at (513) 569-1569 to arrange for remote testing.

Or, fill out the Remote Test Request form. You will be asked to provide the following information:

  • First and Last name
  • Date of Birth
  • Phone number
  • Address (Street, City, State and Zip code)
  • Zip code of desired test location
  • City and State closest to desired test location
Guide to Admission Process Including Remote Testing

Clifton Campus – Location and Check-in Hours for Placement Assessment

Placement assessment on the Clifton Campus is conducted in the Testing Center, Room 176 in the Main Building. Parking in the Central Parkway Garage is $5 (cash or credit card accepted). If you have questions, call (513) 861-7700.

Arrive during the check-in hours below to take the placement assessment. The end times below are the latest you can arrive and be permitted to start the assessment.

Testing is not offered on College holidays.

Monday and Tuesday Wednesday, Thursday
and Friday
First Saturday
of each Month
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 8:00 to 10:00 a.m.

Middletown Campus – Location and Check-in Hours for Assessment

Placement assessment is available on the Middletown campus, located at 1 North Main Street, Middletown OH 45042. Parking is free. If you have questions, call (513) 217-3700.

Arrive during the check-in hours below to take the placement assessment. The end times below are the latest you can arrive and be permitted to start the assessment.

Testing is not offered on College holidays.

Tuesday Wednesday Thursday First Saturday of each Month
9:00 a.m. to noon 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. 9:00 to 10:00 a.m.

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