The Ohio State University at Newark


Placement Testing and Orientation

Placement Testing and Orientation

To Register to Attend Orientation, watch your OSU email.
New students will receive an email notification and instructions to select an orientation date.

When your Orientation date is confirmed, a letter about the details and requirements for your Placement Testing and Orientation will be sent to your home address. Requests for needed information, reminders and any changes regarding your Orientation will only be sent to your OSU email account. So, make sure your OSU email account is activated ASAP and that you check it frequently.

It is important that new students address certain items prior to attending orientation. Please review the following for those items that apply to you.

OSU EmailOnce admitted to OSU, new students must activate their OSU email and check their email often!
To activate: admissions.osu.edu/activate
To check email: email.osu.edu
Accommodations and Disability Services
Students who need accommodations for Placement Testing should contact Disability Services immediately to provide documentation prior to their testing date. Please allow ample time (up to three weeks) for review of these documents so that proper accommodations can be planned.. For contact information for Disability Services, visit
http://newark.osu.edu/students/support-services/disability-services/
Financial Aid Information
Representatives from the Financial Aid Office will normally be available to talk with students during check-in at Orientation.
Fees & DepositsTuition rates, how to manage your account and other related information.
Financial Responsibility StatementStudents must complete a Financial Responsibility Statement (this is not related to Financial Aid) before they can schedule classes. For instructions:Financial Responsibility Statement Instructions
Health InsuranceStudent health insurance is automatically charged to your account unless you opt out of it. Refer to the resource guide given to you during orientation for detailed information on how to waive student health insurance or go here: shi.osu.edu/

In preparation for Placement Testing and Orientation, please review the following:

Placement Testing – General Information (read first!)

Placement tests determine your first course in math, English and foreign language. Not all students are required to take all tests. Review your confirmation letter for specific testing requirements, times and locations.

Since almost all new students must complete Math Placement, this test is completed online.”

Placement testing for English and foreign language is held in Founders Hall and typically takes place on Tuesdays before each Orientation date. Please see your confirmation letter for the tests you are required to complete.

Placement Testing – Accommodations

Students with disabilities who may want to use accommodations such as extended time, a reader, a sign language interpreter or captionist, or other support services should first identify to the Office for Disability Services by calling the Case Manager at 740-366-9441. Documentation and intake is required to determine eligibility before the authorization of accommodations can occur. Please allow sufficient time for receipt and review of documentation and scheduling of the intake.

After the review of documentation and intake are completed, the student will work through the Testing Center to make alternate test arrangements by calling 740-364-9676.

Placement Testing – English

English Placement Scores are required for enrollment in multiple first year courses. Therefore, it is very important that English Placement is determined prior to attending Orientation.

You are NOT required to take the English Placement Test if:

  • Students are not required to take the English placement test if their ACT or SAT scores have already placed them into a First Year Composition course. An ACT English score of 19 or higher or SAT verbal score of 460 or higher will automatically place a student into a First Year Composition course. However, these scores must be provided to OSU prior to Orientation.
  • Standardized test scores on a high school transcript are not considered official. ACT/SAT score reports should be sent directly to the Undergraduate Admissions Office in Columbus (P.O. Box 182646, Columbus, OH 43218-2646).
  • You have taken college English courses, submitted the official transcript of those courses to Undergraduate Admissions, and received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State English composition course (e.g., English 1110.01).
  • You received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the English Language & Composition or the English Literature & Composition Advanced Placement (AP) exams 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.

If you will not have your AP test scores by three days prior to your orientation session, you will need to take the English Placement Test.

If you have not had your scores sent to Undergraduate Admissions, please bring your copy with you to orientation and contact the AP Program at 1-888-CALL4AP to have an official copy sent.

For students who must complete the English placement test:

Taking the test:

  • Arrive 15 minutes prior to the test time to check-in before the test begins.
  • Bring a photo ID, student ID number, and a pen.
  • Students will be given a topic and allowed one hour to write an essay.
When: 9:00 AM on your assigned test date
Where: Founders Hall Auditorium

Placement Testing – Foreign Language

Foreign language testing is recommended, though not required, for students in high school. In addition to knowing the first language course that is needed, students may also earn testing credit that is applicable to graduation.

Taking the test (French, German, Spanish, and Latin):

  • Testing for French, German and Spanish are offered each testing day.
  • Bring a photo ID and student ID number.
  • Tests are on the computer and do not have a time limit. (The average testing time is 45 minutes.)
  • For Latin, please make prior arrangements with the Advising Office by calling 740-366-9333.
  • When: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM on your assigned test date
  • Where: Founders Hall 180

Taking the test (other than French, German, Spanish, and Latin):

  • Testing for other languages can be arranged with your Academic Advisor after the semester begins.

Placement Testing – Math

Students must complete math placement testing online prior to their Orientation date.

It is best to complete this test as early as possible and students can complete it as soon as they request their Orientation date. Completing the test no less than one week prior to your Orientation date allows time for your results to post and be reviewed to confirm you have a viable score prior to your Orientation.

NOTE: The Math Skills Assessment is used as a placement tool. No course credit will be given nor will the assessment fill any math requirements for your chosen major. Since your score on the math assessment determines your beginning placement level in math and science courses.

You are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • Your credit for college course work in mathematics is not transferring to Ohio State.
  • You have received math credit designated as Special (S000), Technical (T000), or Undefined Technical (Und Tech.).
  • You have received General (G000) or Deferred/Unknown (D000) math credit, unless you have the credit evaluated by a mathematics counselor prior to your orientation session. For evaluation of General or Deferred/Unknown math credit, follow the instructions for doing so on your Transfer Credit Report.
  • You have submitted college transcripts, but have not yet received a Transfer Credit Report by five days prior to your orientation session.

There are two versions of the 75 minute Mathematics Skills Assessment: Test B and Test D (your confirmation letter indicates which version is required for you.)

Test B: ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 560 or lower),

Test D: ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 570 or higher),

*Scoring high enough on the B Assessment will allow you to take the D Assessment (pre-calculus) during orientation, which may result in a higher placement level.

If you have an unreported ACT or SAT math score that would qualify you for Test D, contact the Office of Testing at (614) 292-2241.

Students with disabilities should contact the Newark Office of Disabilities at 740-366-9441. Please see the "Testing Accommodations" link on the main page.

You are not required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • You have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (e.g., Math 1151).
    • 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.
  • You received General or Deferred/Unknown mathematics credit that has been evaluated by a mathematics counselor exempting you from the assessment (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 (AP) 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.
    • If you will not have your AP Calculus test scores by three days prior to your orientation session, you will need to take the mathematics skills assessment by the five day testing deadline.
    • If you take the math assessment and receive your AP scores before your orientation session, bring a copy of the scores with you to orientation, as those results will be used in determining your appropriate math placement.
    • If you receive a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus exam, those results will be used in determining your appropriate math placement.
    • If you have not had your scores sent to Undergraduate Admissions, please bring your copy with you to orientation and contact the AP Program at 1-888-CALL4AP to have an official copy sent.
  • You are a nontraditional student who is 23 years of age or older. If you are a nontraditional student and choose not to take the math assessment, you will be placed in Math 1050, an introductory math course. You may take the assessment if you wish to begin at a higher level.

Placement Testing – Completing Math Test Online (required prior to Orientation date)

Students are encouraged to review the appropriate topics prior to taking the test. Sample problems for both exams, topics covered, and additional information can be found by clicking here:

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

Please provide yourself with an environment that will give you uninterrupted time and an atmosphere conducive for working math problems.

There are two versions of the 75 minute Mathematics Skills Assessment: Test B and Test D (your confirmation letter indicates which version is required for you.)

Test B: ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 560 or lower),

Test D: ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 570 or higher),

*Scoring high enough on the B Assessment will allow you to take the D Assessment (pre-calculus) during orientation, which may result in a higher placement level.

NOTE: If, upon completing the test, you receive an undetermined “U” score, you must complete a second assessment on campus.

STEPS TO COMPLETING MATH PLACEMENT

Step 1: Activate your OSU Internet Username

Your OSU Internet Username must be activated at least 24 hours before you plan to use it. Activation is necessary to: reserve an orientation date, complete the Mathematics Skills Assessment, check financial aid status, use your Ohio State e-mail account, etc.

Go to http://admissions.osu.edu/activate/and follow the instructions. If you experience problems related to activating your username, contact the Office of Information Technology (OIT) Support Center by e-mail at 8help@osu.edu, by phone at (614) 688-HELP, or by TDD at (614) 688-8743.

It is important that you remember to write down your OSU Internet Username (lastname.#) and password and bring it with you to orientation. Your username and password is issued to you only, so it is important that you safeguard the password and not share it with anyone.

Before the assessment begins, you will be asked to specify the math courses you completed in high school and the grade you received for each. You should check your high school math courses and grades before taking the assessment, so that you are able to provide accurate information.

Step 2: Establish a web connection to https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math.

  1. Netscape version 4.06 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher is required.
  2. You may use either an IBM-compatible PC or Mac.
  3. Many students experience difficulty using AOL. We recommend that you switch to a different browser and do not use AOL for the assessment.

Log in to the test using their assigned OSU Internet username (lastname.#) and password.

Step 3: Thoroughly read the instructions. Note the following:

  1. Students may use scratch paper, a pencil and a scientific graphing calculator. Calculators with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboards, such as the TI-89 or TI-92, are not permitted.
  2. The test has a time limit of 75 minutes. The time remaining will be updated after each question. Please note that time continues to run even if students close the browser window, log off their computer or experience computer problems. 3. The test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question. Partial credit is not given.

Upon completing the test, press "submit". Make certain to note the placement level code (L, M, N, R, S, T, or U) awarded at the end of the exam.

NOTE: if you experience computer or web browser problems during the test, return to the site and you should be able to begin where you left off. If you are unable to resume the test, or if time elapsed while you were attempting to restart the test, or if you encounter any other problems with the test, please call the Testing Office in Columbus at 614-292-2241 during regular business hours.

Freshman Orientation and Scheduling

Please see you confirmation letter for your assigned date.

Note: Please plan to be on campus from 9:00 AM – 4:30 PM, because you will need to attend the entire Orientation program.

On your assigned date, report to the Lobby of the Reese Center at 9:00 AM to check-in.

Agenda
9:00-9:30 AM Check-in (Reese Center Lobby)
9:10-9:40 AM New Student Information Tables
9:45-10:45 AM Opening Session
10:45 AM-12:15 PM Student and Parent/Family Sessions
12:15 PM Lunch and Resource Fair
1:15-4:30 PM Academic Advising and Course Scheduling
3:15 PM Optional Campus Tour

Be Prepared

To be sure you are prepared and have completed all needed items prior to your Orientation date, you should review and complete all applicable items on the Orientation Preparation Checklist.


Scheduling at Freshman Orientation – Be Prepared!

Scheduling for classes happens after lunch on your orientation day. In a group setting, you will be provided with a scheduling guide for your major, and advisors will help you to choose appropriate courses for your first semester. Academic advisors will explain testing results and provide helpful hints for building a schedule.

To learn more about the advising program, click here: Academic Advising

Placement Testing (before Orientation)
Complete all needed Placement Tests prior to your Orientation. Results of required placement tests are needed for students to register for classes as needed.

NOTE: You must complete a Financial Responsibility Statement before you can schedule classes. This is not related to Financial Aid. It's your agreement to pay tuition by the deadline. For instructions, click here: Financial Responsibility Statement.

Registering for Classes on Orientation Day

During your scheduling session at orientation, you will be registering for classes from your Buckeyelink page. You should review the instructions on how to do so prior to attending orientation. What is demonstrated in the video is nearly identical to what you'll do yourself in the registration computer lab on your Orientation day.”

Watch the video


Freshman Parents & Guests

During orientation there is a featured session facilitated by Student Life. This session is designed to engage parents and guests of incoming students in a dialogue on the academic and social opportunities provided at the Newark campus. Topics range from academic success to updates on campus services.

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.

Transfer Orientation and Scheduling

Upon Admission
As soon as you have been admitted to the university, activate your OSU email and pay your $100 acceptance fee.

Your transfer credit will not post to your OSU record until you have paid your acceptance fee.

Placement Testing (before Orientation)
Complete all needed Placement Tests prior to your Orientation. Results of required placement tests are needed for students to register for classes as needed.

Transcripts
Be sure you have requested that all final transcripts from all previous institutions have been sent to OSU. Electronic transcripts are preferred. For more information refer to http://registrar.osu.edu/transfer_credit/index.asp

Be Prepared

To be sure you are prepared and have completed all needed items prior to your Orientation date, you should review and complete all applicable items on the Orientation Preparation Checklist.

NOTE: You must complete a Financial Responsibility Statement before you can schedule classes. This is not related to Financial Aid. It's your agreement to pay tuition by the deadline. For instructions, click here: Financial Responsibility Statement.

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 Lodge - 740/788-1200 - 2299 Cherry Valley Road, Newark, OH 43055

Granville Inn - 740/587-3333 -314 E Broadway, Granville OH 43023

Contact Us

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

Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM 

You may call The Ohio State University at Newark Admissions and Advising Office at 1-800-963-9275, ext. 69333.

Or Email orientation@newark.osu.edu

Campus Map

Placement Testing is held in Founders Hall.

Orientation is held in the Reese Center.

A campus map can be found here