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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.  It places you into reading, writing, and math classes that are best suited for your performance levels.  Students will also be evaluated on computer literacy and keyboarding skills. Assessments must be completed before admission and registration.


  • ACT
            - Scores can be no more than two years from the date of testing.
                - Submit a copy of your ACT scores to the Office of Admission via
    • 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.
      • Cincinnati State does not accept SAT scores.


        Prepare for the Placement Assessment

        Preparation is important to ensure that you enroll in appropriate courses. This will help minimize the cost of your education in terms of time and money.  

        Online Resources

        Ohio Means Jobs website – skill-building and practice tests


        Ø  select “Online Training” at the bottom of the page


        Ø  in the Search box, type COMPASS then click on Go

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

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

        Testing Details

        • Photo ID required
        • No appointment necessary
        • No charge for first-time test takers
        • Application required prior to testing
        • Allow approximately 2 ½ hours for testing (untimed)
        • Calculator, pencil and paper are provided
        • Testing is not offered on College holidays
        • Group testing must be pre-arranged; please call (513) 861-7700 for details

        Remote Testing

        Contact the Testing Center at (513) 569-1569 to arrange remote testing if you live outside the Greater Cincinnati area.

        Clifton Campus Testing

        Placement assessment is conducted in the Testing Center, room 176 in the Main Building.  Parking is $5 in the Central Parkway Garage (cash or credit card accepted).  Questions can be directed to (513) 861-7700. 

        Monday and Tuesday
        Wednesday- Friday First Saturday of the month

        8 am – 6 pm

        8 am - 5 pm

        8 am -  12:00 noon
        Last seating at 6:00 pm
        Last seating at 2:30 pm Last seating at 10:00 am

        Middletown Campus Testing 

        Placement assessment is available on our Middletown campus, located at 1 North Main Street
        Middletown OH 45042. Parking is free. Questions can be directed to (513) 217-3700.

        Tuesday Wednesday Thursday

        The first Saturday
        of the month

        9:00 am - 1:00 pm
        11:00 am - 5:00 pm  
        1:00 pm - 8:00 pm 9 am - 12 pm
        Last seating at 1:00 pm Last seating at 3:00 pm Last seating at 6 pm Last seating at 10:00 am
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        Location & Hours

        Office of Admission
        Main Building
        Room 181
        (513) 861-7700 phone

        8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
        8 am – 5 pm F

        In addition, the Answer Center provides Office of Admission services from 8 am-4:30 pm Monday-Friday.

        Location & Hours

        Office of Financial Aid
        Main Building
        Room 155
        (513) 569-1530 phone
        (513) 569-1469 fax

        8 am – 6:30 pm M–Th
        8 am – 5 pm F

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