Placement testing location: Galvin Hall 310
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 450 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 1101). 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 1103, he or she would receive EM credit for courses 1101 and 1102.