Placement Testing - Freshmen

Placement testing in math, English, 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.

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 a STEM (Science, Technology, Education, or Math/Medical) field and your math score is 20 or blow (ACT)/490 or below (SAT)/420 or below (SAT-Redesigned)
  • You are majoring in Biology, Chemistry, or Math and your math score is 23 or below (ACT)/550 or below (SAT)/570 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 Business you are required to take the exam regardless of your ACT/SAT score to confirm your math placement

Instructions for completing your Math placement test can be found here.

You are required to take the English Composition 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

Instructions for completing your English placement test can be found here.

You are required to take the College Reading & Study Skills 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

Instructions for completing your Reading placement test can be found here.

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.

Instructions for completing your Computer Literacy placement test can be found here.


New Student Orientation

The University of Akron

Office of New Student Orientation

Simmons Hall 209

Akron, OH 44325-4716

Phone: 330-972-2622

Fax: 330-972-5278

Email: orientation@uakron.edu


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