PLACEMENT TESTING - FRESHMEN

Placement testing for Math, Writing, and Reading helps determine the appropriate first course for you to take in the University of Akron’s course sequence. Your ACT/SAT scores and choice of major determine your placement testing requirements.

You will receive your specific placement testing requirement via email no more than three business days after receiving your Advising & Registration Confirmation Email containing your orientation date. This email will be sent to all email addresses on file, including your UA email address. Your placement exam(s) must be completed prior to your Advising & Registration program. Failure to complete any exam(s) prior to your Advising & Registration program could result in a delay in your course registration.

Please see the information below regarding each specific test. If you have questions regarding your placement testing requirement, please email nsotesting@uakron.edu with your name, student ID number (7 digits, no letters), and specific question.

How do I complete placement testing?

You can complete placement testing by following the instructions for each test here.

Why do I need to complete placement testing?

You are required to take the Math placement exam prior to your Advising & Registration program if one of the following applies:

  • Your math score is 18 or below (ACT)/450 or below (SAT)/490 or below (SAT-Redesigned), regardless of major
  • You are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Geology, Physics, Math, or Business (except Finance) and your math score is 23 or below (ACT)/550 or below (SAT)/570 or below (SAT-Redesigned)
  • You are majoring in another STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math/Medical) field and your math score is 20 or below (ACT)/490 or below (SAT)/420 or below (SAT-Redesigned)
  • You are majoring in Engineering and your math score is 27 or below (ACT)/620 or below (SAT)/640 or below (SAT-redesigned)
  • You are majoring in Finance or Economics you are required to take the exam regardless of your ACT/SAT score to confirm your math placement

You are required to take the Writing placement exam (Writeplacer) prior to your Advising & Registration program if one of the following applies:

  • Your ACT English score is 17 or below
  • Your SAT verbal score is 420 or below
  • Your SAT (redesigned) evidence based reading and writing score is 430 or below

You are required to take the Reading placement exam prior to your Advising & Registration program if one of the following applies:

  • Your ACT reading score is 17 or below
  • Your SAT verbal score is 420 or below
  • Your SAT (redesigned) critical reading score is 23 or below

You are required to take the computer literacy placement exam prior to your Advising & Registration program if you are majoring in Computer Information Systems, Business Management Technology, or Hospitality.

Do you need testing accomodations?

If you have a disability and require accommodations to complete the placement tests, you must contact the Office of Accessibility no later than one month prior to when you intend to complete the exam(s).  Please note: Appropriate documentation of your disability must be provided prior to receiving accommodations.  Documentation Guidelines can be found here.

Statement of Compliance:

Pursuant to the Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, The University of Akron does not discriminate against any student, because of a disability and does not exclude any qualified student with a disability from participation in or from receiving the benefits of the services, program, or activities of the University.

Please be aware that process for requesting academic accommodations is separate.  For more information on that process you can visit this website.

For additional information contact:

Jessica DeFago, MA

Associate Director

Office of Accessibility

The University of Akron

(330) 972-7928 (v)

jld4@uakron.edu (email)

Melissa Simmons, M.Ed.

Disability Specialist and Service Coordinator

Office of Accessibility

The University of Akron

(330) 972-7928 (v)

msimmons@uakron.edu (email)


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