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Placement Testing Requirements

Find out which placement tests you need to take by comparing the charts and information below. 

Math Placement Test Requirements

You may not need to take the math placement test if you meet the criteria defined below. Use the chart below to determine if you need to take the math placement test according to your ACT/SAT scores:

ACT Math Score SAT Math Score Math Placement Needed?
25 or higher 650 or higher No
24 or lower Under 650 Yes - Take Math Placement
No math score on ACT or SAT Yes - Take Math Placement


English Placement Test Requirements

You may not need to take the English placement test if you meet the criteria defined below. Use the chart below to determine if you need to take the English placement test, according to your ACT/SAT scores:

ACT Combined English & Writing, or English Score SAT Evidence Based Reading & Writing, or Writing Score English Placement Needed?
18 or higher 430 or higher No - Enroll in ENGL 1001
17 or lower Under 430 Yes - Take English Placement
No writing score on ACT or SAT Yes - Take English Placement

NOTE: Students with transfer credit for English Composition or a score of 3 or higher on the AP English Language or Literature exam DO NOT take the English placement, regardless of the ACT and/or SAT scores.

These scores must be on file with UC inorder to qualify for exemption. It will not be applied automatically.

How to send your scores:

You can request official ACT scores to be sent using the instructions below. Please remember that you must score an 18 or higher on the Combined English & Writing or English section of the ACT or a 430 or higher on the English or Evidence Based Reading & Writing, or Writing section of the SAT to qualify for placement test exemption. It typically takes up to 4 weeks for scores to be sent from ACT/SAT, received by the University of Cincinnati and processed to your academic record. Note: UC will need these scores on file before you are exempted from placement testing and are eligible to attend orientation or register for courses.

Instructions for sending ACT Scores

  1. Login to your ACT account at www.actstudent.org
  2. Select the option to “send scores now”
  3. Follow the instructions on the screen
  4. Send to UC using the university code 3340
  5. Pay the $12 request fee

Instructions for sending SAT Scores

  1. Follow instructions on SAT “send my scores” page: http://sat.collegeboard.org/scores/send-sat-scores
  2. Send to UC using the university code 1833
  3. Pay the additional fee


Foreign Language Placement Test Requirements

If you are looking to study a foreign language and have prior knowledge of that language from either high school classes or other means, you will want to take a placement test to see what level you are at with that language. 

Computerized placement tests are available for French, German and Spanish. Students should register for testing at www.ucblueash.edu/testoncampus during the Fall & Spring semester contact the Foreign Language Lab at (513) 745-5649 to scheudule a test.

The placement test results include the course for which the student should register.