The Phillip A. Heath Center for Teaching and Learning
The purpose of placement testing is to measure a student's current skill level in mathematics, writing, and foreign language so that admissions staff can better assist him or her in the selection of appropriate courses.
Math Placement Test
All entering students are required to take this test with the exception of those who have received transfer credit for a college-level math course taken at another institution.
English Placement Test
All entering students are required to take this test with the following exceptions: those who have received transfer credit for a college-level composition course taken at another institution; those who received a score of 19 or higher on the English portion of the ACT or a 381 or higher verbal score on the SAT. (Note: such scores must have been achieved within the last 3 years).
Foreign Language Test
All students who have had 1 or more years of a foreign language in junior and/or senior high school must take the language placement test in the language used for unconditional admission, whether or not they plan to continue language study at OSU. (Note: Students who have been out of high school for more than 5 years need not take this exam unless they wish to begin at a course level higher than 101).
The German, Spanish, and French tests are administered via computer and last approximately 30 minutes. Tests in other languages can be arranged by contacting the appropriate department. Credit is received for any course out of which a student has tested. For example, should a student place into Spanish 103, he or she would receive EM credit for courses 101 and 102.
College Transfer Credit
If you have taken college courses and had the transcript(s) of those courses sent from your previous college to the Ohio State Admissions Office, you will be sent a Transfer Credit Report listing your transfer credit. Contact your academic advisor as soon as possible for assistance interpreting the report and determining which placement tests, if any, you will need to take.
The Phillip A. Heath Center for Teaching and Learning 310 Galvin Hall (419) 995-8076