The Ohio State University at Newark


Placement Testing and Orientation

Placement Testing and Orientation

Placement Testing

Placement testing in English, foreign languages, and mathematics helps determine the appropriate first course for you to take in Ohio State's course sequence in these academic areas. It is important that you spend time preparing for these tests in advance.

  • Math Placement Test is used as a placement tool to ensure you start in a math/science course in which you will be most successful. Refer to this link for study materials:
    https://math.osu.edu/orientation/math-placement/study-materials
  • English Placement Testing is used to determine course placement for English and writing courses at Ohio State University. The placement test is delivered as a Carmen Course available to students to complete remotely. Information to access this course will be sent to students via BuckeyMail following your orientation registration.
  • Foreign Language Placement Testing Students requesting/required to take a foreign language placement test (French, German, Spanish, and Spanish Heritage Learner testing among others) should go to https://cllc.osu.edu/undergraduate/testing to find detailed instructions and information.

Your ACT or SAT scores, Advanced Placement credit, and any college-level course work you have completed while in high school will determine your placement testing requirements.

While you may bring a copy of your ACT or SAT scores, AP test results, and transcripts of college-level course work with you to orientation, you must arrange to have the official scores and official transcripts sent to the University to be included in your student record account. To receive credit for College Credit Plus (CCP), Ohio State must have the official transcript from the University providing the course.

Send official scores and high school and University transcripts directly to:
The Ohio State University
Undergraduate Admissions
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646

Accommodations

Students with disabilities should contact Student Life - Disability Services at 740.366.9385 to make alternate arrangements for taking any placement test. This includes students with disabilities who may need:

  • extended time
  • a scribe
  • a reader
  • or other support services.

If you have had accommodations in the past and have not met with Student Life - Disability Services to determine the accommodations that will be provided to you at Ohio State Newark, then you need to meet with the Student Life - Disabilities Services prior to completing your placement test.

It is very important that the review for accommodations and then placement testing occurs in the appropriate order. Accommodations are not retroactive, so if a placement test is taken prior to the review by Student Life - Disabilities Services to determine accommodations, it cannot be retaken.

Start by completing the online Disability Services application here: https://sierra.accessiblelearning.com/OSU/ApplicationStudent.aspx

English Placement Testing

Some course credit in English composition is required in all undergraduate programs at Ohio State. Your ACT or SAT scores initially determine if you will take the English placement test.

You are required to take the placement exam if one of the following applies:
  1. Your ACT English score is 18 or below
  2. Your SAT evidence-based reading and writing score is 480 or below
  3. You have an English admission condition

The English Placement Test will be a Carmen Course that students will need to complete once they receive the appropriate instructions following their online registration. Instructions for accessing the course will be sent to your Ohio State email.

Foreign Language Placement Testing

Foreign language testing information can be accessed by visiting the Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures website.

Math Placement Testing

Because most undergraduate programs at Ohio State require some work in mathematics, all entering students are required to take the Math Placement Test.

There are two versions of the Math Placement test: Test B and Test D. (Your orientation confirmation letter indicates which version the student should take.)

  • Test B - ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 580 or lower)
  • Test D - ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 590 or higher)
Scoring high enough on Test B will allow you to take Test D (precalculus) which may result in a higher placement level.


Before the exam begins:

  • Check your high school math courses and grades before taking the exam, so that you can provide accurate information.
  • You will be asked to list the math courses you completed in high school and the grade you received for each.
  • Once you start the test, you will need to finish. Set aside time and a quiet place without distractions.

NOTE: The Math Placement Exam is used only as a placement tool. No course credit will be given, nor will the exam fulfill any math requirements for your chosen major. The exam has a maximum time limit of 75 minutes. Please provide yourself with an environment that will give you uninterrupted time and an atmosphere conducive for working math problems.

*You should complete this testing requirement a minimum of one week prior to your scheduled orientation date.

Steps to complete the Math Placement Exam: (required prior to Orientation date)

Step 1: Obtain Your Ohio State Username
Go to my.osu.edu for more information. If you experience problems related to your username, contact the Office of Information Technology Support Center by email at 8help@osu.edu, by phone at 614-688-HELP, or by TDD at 614-688-8743.

Step 2: Prepare for the Math Placement Exam
We encourage each student to prepare for the exam in advance. Remember this test is used as a placement tool to ensure you start in a math course in which you will be most successful. Refer to the link below for study materials:

https://math.osu.edu/orientation/math-placement/study-materials

Step 3: Take the Math Placement Exam
  1. Go to https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math and login using your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and password (see Step 1, above).
  2. Thoroughly read the Math Placement Exam instructions, specifically noting the following:
    You may use scratch paper, pencil, and a scientific or graphing calculator (you should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboard).
  3. Do not answer a question if you don’t know the answer. It is okay to leave the question blank.
    • The exam is timed for 75 minutes and the time remaining will be updated after you answer each question.
    • The exam is entirely multiple-choice with only one correct answer. Partial credit is not given.

    You are not required to take the Math Placement Exam if:

    • You have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (e.g., Math 1151).
    • You received General or Deferred/Unknown mathematics credit that has been evaluated by a mathematics counselor exempting you from the exam (refer to Understanding Your Transfer Credit Report for details).
    • You received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement Calculus exam while in high school. You will need to have an official copy of your AP test scores sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions to receive credit.

    College Credit in Mathematics
    If you have taken college math courses and had the transcript(s) of those courses sent from your previous college to Undergraduate Admissions,
    you will be sent a Transfer Credit Report listing your transfer credit.

    Official scores and official transcripts should be sent to the following address:
    The Ohio State University
    Undergraduate Admissions
    P.O. Box 182646
    Columbus, OH 43218-2646


First-year Student Orientation

Please Note:

Summer 2022 - Orientation season will be a virtual experience using the Ohio State University’s learning management system, Carmen. Details will be shared with admitted students via their BuckeyeMail and Applicant Center.

Autumn 2022 – Orientation will be an on-campus event for the Newark campus of the Ohio State University. Details will be shared with admitted students via their BuckeyeMail and Applicant Center.

Register for Summer 2022 Orientation*

*Please note the SU22 Orientation season will be a virtual experience using the Ohio State University’s learning management system, Carmen.

To register for a First-Year student orientation, watch your Ohio State email. New students will receive an email with instructions to select a virtual orientation date. The orientation date will be the student’s Academic Advising Appointment. The orientation content has been moved to a virtual course format using Carmen and will need to be completed prior to the “orientation” date. We recommend students taking 3-5 days to complete the course in sections.

Students will receive an email confirmation 7-8 days prior to their scheduled orientation date to their Ohio State email account with the following:

  1. Instructions to access the Carmen Orientation Course
  2. their Academic Advising appointment day and time confirmation
  3. Intended major
  4. Phone number

On your assigned orientation date, students should be ready for your Academic Advising appointment by having completed:

  1. the Carmen Orientation Course
  2. the Financial Responsibility Statement in your Buckeye Link “To Do List”
  3. any required placement testing
  4. and be logged into a computer, laptop, iPad, etc…
  5. COVID compliance requirements. (Students who are non-compliant cannot schedule in-person classes.)

Parents and Guests

The Ohio State Newark First-Year student orientation is a virtual program. Students will be completing the content portion of the orientation process via a Carmen Orientation Course. The scheduled orientation date will be the student's Academic Advising appointment. Even though the system will request a number for guest attendees, there is no need to attend anything. The parent/student support may view the Carmen Orientation Course and be present during the Academic Advising appointment if the student approves.

Important Information about RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student records. Student records are confidential. The only information about a student that may be released without student permission is: name; address; telephone number; major; participant in officially recognized sports and activities; weight and heights of athletic team members; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; most recent educational agency or institution attended. Students not wishing this information release should contact an academic advisor. Information concerning grades may be released to a parent of a dependent student if a signed release is on file.

Register for Autumn 2022 Orientation*

*Please note the AU22 Orientation will be held on-campus.

To register for a First-Year student orientation, watch your Ohio State student email. New students will receive an email with instructions to select an on-campus orientation date.

Once registration has been confirmed students will receive an additional communication to their BuckeyeMail with the following:

  1. Instructions to access the Carmen Orientation Course
  2. Instructions to complete any required Placement Testing
  3. Orientation program “day of” details

On your assigned orientation date, students should be ready by having completed:

  1. the entire Carmen Orientation Course.
  2. the Financial Responsibility Statement in your Buckeye Link “To Do List.”
  3. any required placement testing.
  4. DUO Mobile on a cell phone that the student will use regularly.
  5. COVID compliance requirements. (Students who are non-compliant cannot schedule in-person classes.)

Parents and Guests:

The Ohio State Newark First-Year student orientation program for AU22 enrollment will be an on-campus program. Students will be completing the Carmen Orientation Course prior to the scheduled program.

Students will schedule a morning or afternoon orientation program date which will include the student's Academic Advising appointment. The on-campus orientation program will include:

  • Welcome from Newark Campus Academic leaders
  • Campus Resource Fair
  • Campus Tour
  • Parent/Support Q & A panel
  • Student scheduling session for AU22 classes

Important Information about RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements designed to protect the privacy of student records. Student records are confidential. The only information about a student that may be released without student permission is: name; address; telephone number; major; participant in officially recognized sports and activities; weight and heights of athletic team members; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; most recent educational agency or institution attended. Students not wishing this information release should contact an academic advisor. Information concerning grades may be released to a parent of a dependent student if a signed release is on file.

Scheduling Classes at Orientation

Scheduling for classes will take place on the students scheduled orientation date. The Orientation Coordinator will send an email 7-8 days prior to the requested date with a confirmation date and time, and instructions to access the Carmen Orientation Course.

The Carmen Orientation Course will have detailed instructions and videos on how best to prepare for scheduling classes. Please be sure that you complete the entire Carmen Orientation Course prior to the appointment.

NOTE: Students must complete a Financial Responsibility Statement before you can schedule classes. This is not related to Financial Aid. It is the student’s agreement to pay tuition by the deadline. For instructions, student can go to https://www.buckeyelink.osu.edu/ and review the “To Do List” box.

Transfer Student Orientation

Register for Virtual Transfer Student Orientation

Virtual Transfer Student Orientation

  1. We recommend that you attend a virtual orientation session as soon as possible.
    • Log into your Applicant Center with your OSU Username (LastName.#) and password.
    • Click on the Orientation Information link to access the registration pages.
    • Select an Orientation Date and either a morning or afternoon timeframe. The earlier you can attend, the more flexibility you will have when scheduling classes for your first semester.
    • When you have successfully registered for Orientation, you will see an online confirmation. You should also receive a confirmation email within 24 hours of your registration as well as a confirmation letter at your home address.
  2. If you need to change your Orientation date for any reason, you must call our office at 740-366-9333.


Transfer Student Orientation Overview

*Please note the Summer 2022 and Autumn 2022 Orientation season will be a virtual experience using the Ohio State University’s learning management system, Carmen, any required placement testing and a Zoom or phone Academic Advising appointment.

The scheduled “orientation” date will be the student’s Academic Advising Appointment at which time students will schedule their upcoming semester classes. The orientation content is provided on the virtual Carmen Orientation course. The Carmen Orientation course will need to be completed prior to the “orientation” date. We recommend students taking 3-5 days to complete the course in smaller sections.

Students will receive an email confirmation 7-8 days prior to their scheduled orientation date to their Ohio State email account with

  1. instructions to access the Carmen Orientation Course
  2. confirming their Academic Advising appointment day and time
  3. intended major
  4. phone number

On their assigned orientation date, students should be ready for your Academic Advising appointment by having completed:

  1. the entire Carmen Orientation Course
  2. the Financial Responsibility Statement in your Buckeye Link “To Do List”
  3. any required placement testing
  4. COVID compliance requirements (Students who are non-compliant cannot schedule in-person classes.
    Please also be in front of a computer, laptop or ipad during your appointment.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Orientation, please contact the Office of Advising at 740-366-9333.



Planning an On Campus Visit

Lodging

If you decide to stay overnight, lodging is at your own expense. The list of area lodging is provided as a service and does not indicate a recommendation.

Courtyard by Marriott - 740.344.1800 - 500 Highland Blvd, Newark OH 43055 (off Church Street)

Hampton Inn - 740.788.8991 - 1008 Hebron Road (SR 79), Heath, OH 43056

Super 8 Motel - 740.788.9144 -1177 Hebron Road (SR 79), Heath, OH 43056

Holiday Inn Express & Suites - 740.522.0770 - 773 Hebron Road (SR 79), Heath, OH 43056

Cherry Valley Hotel & Ohio Event Center - 740.788.1200 - 2299 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055

Granville Inn - 740.587.3333 -314 E Broadway, Granville OH 43023

Campus Map

Contact Us

If you have questions about completing Placement Tests or attending Orientation, please contact us.

Monday – Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed noon to 1 p.m. for lunch)

You may call The Ohio State University at Newark advising office at 740.366.9333.
Or email orientation@newark.osu.edu.