Placement Testing and Orientation
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. Find sample problems for the Math Placement exam and topics covered at math.osu.edu/undergrad/new-students/math-placement/study-materials.
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 following address:
The Ohio State University
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
Students with disabilities should contact Student Life - Disability Services at 740-364-9578 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.
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:
- Your ACT English score is 18 or below
- Your SAT evidence-based reading and writing score is 480 or below
- You have an English admission condition
The English Placement Test is available during scheduled dates throughout the orientation seasons (April - August & December) prior to the start of each semester. Students will register for a testing date during the registration process for their orientation program. Placement tests are also available at the Ohio State Newark Testing Center located in Hopewell Hall. Appointments can be scheduled in advance by calling 740.366.9333.
Foreign Language Placement Testing
Placement testing is available in Spanish, French, German and Latin at the Newark campus for students who plan to continue studying a foreign language following high school. Placement tests are available during scheduled dates prior to orientation programs for Spanish, French and German languages only and by appointment at the Ohio State Newark Testing Center. Appointments can be scheduled in advance by calling 740.366.9333.Tips for placement testing on the Newark campus:
- Bring a photo ID
- Spanish, French & German are a computer-based testing format and do not have a time limit, however; the average test time is 45 minutes
- Latin exams are a paper-based testing format
- Arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled testing time to check in
Testing for other languages can be arranged by contacting Center for Languages, Literatures and Cultures at 614-292-4361.
- Testing for other languages can be arranged with your Academic Advisor after the semester begins.
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)
Before the exam begins, you will be asked to list the math courses you completed in high school and the grade you received for each. Check your high school math courses and grades before taking the exam, so that you can provide accurate information.
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 email@example.com, by phone at 614-688-HELP, or by TDD at 614-688-8743. It is important that you remember to write down your username (lastname.#) and password and bring it with you to orientation.
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:
- Go to https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math and login using your Ohio State Username (lastname.#) and password (see Step 1, above).
- 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).
- 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 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.
If you did not complete exam prior to orientation:
Arrive at 7:30 a.m. the day of your orientation session to complete the placement exam on campus.
If you received an undetermined ("U") score:
1. Schedule an on-campus testing time through the Academic Advising office by calling 740.366.9333
2. Arrive at 7:30 a.m. the day of your orientation session to complete the placement exam on campus
You are not required to take the Math Placement Exam if:
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
P.O. Box 182646
Columbus, OH 43218-2646
Freshman Orientation and Scheduling
To register for attend Orientation, watch your Ohio State 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 Ohio State email account, so make sure your Ohio State email account is active and that you check it frequently.
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.
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
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.”
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
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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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Placement Testing is held in Founders Hall.
Orientation is held in the Reese Center.