Placement testing for freshmen

Placement testing for math, writing, and reading helps determine the appropriate first course for you. We look at your ACT/SAT scores and your choice of major to set your placement testing requirements.

You will receive your specific placement-testing requirement by 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 before your Advising & Registration program. Failure to complete any exam(s) before 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 about your placement testing requirement, please email nsotesting@uakron.edu with your name, student ID number (seven digits, no letters) and question.

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?

Complete placement testing by following the instructions for each test.

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 accommodation?

If you have a disability and require accommodation to complete the placement tests, you must request placement testing accommodation from the Office of Accessibility. Request an accommodation.

New Student Orientation

The University of Akron

Office of New Student Orientation

Simmons Hall 201

Akron, OH 44325-4716

Phone: 330-972-2622
Fax: 330-972-5278
Email: orientation@uakron.edu


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