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NKU Testing Services is responsible for administering the English, mathematics, and reading Placement Tests to admitted students who do not meet The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education (CPE) minimum test score requirements for college readiness.
If a student does not meet these score standards, he or she must take Placement Test(s), which will determine whether the student will need to take a developmental class. If you have any questions regarding your qualification to take a placement test, feel free to contact Testing Services at (859) 572-6373.
NOTE: Students MUST take Placement Test(s) before their summer Registration date and/or before registering for classes.
NOTE: Students who elect to take Placement Test(s) MUST do so before they register for classes. After enrolling in classes, a student is no longer eligible to take Placement Test(s).
NEW: Students may now choose to do ALEKS placement testing for math only. ALEKS PPL is an online placement tool that also includes learning modules to improve placement. After completing an unproctored baseline assessment, you can select the appropriate learning module to help improve your score. Then, the placement exam is completed again in a proctored online environment. The proctored exam can be completed from any computer with a webcam. Those who spend 7-8 hours working in the module tend to improve their placement by one course. To begin your assessment, visit https://inside.nku.edu/testing/ALEKS.html and follow the prompts. You will need your NKU user ID and password to access ALEKS. Only proctored attempts may be used for placement.
The scores below determine need/eligibility for Placement Test(s).
Some majors require a higher Math score for specific courses. Those with lower scores will need to take developmental courses.
|ACT||Less than 18||Less than 19||Less than 20|
|SAT||Less than 430 (Writing)||Less than 460||Less than 470|
|SAT 2||Writing & Language 24 or lower or Evidence -Based Reading and Writing 470 or lower||Math 24.5 or lower or Mathematics 490 or lower||Reading 24 or lower or Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 460 or lower|
|Accuplacer||Less than 92||
Less than 50 (College level Math)
Less than 84 (Elementary Algebra)
|Less than 96|
|COMPASS||Less than 74||Less than 36||Less than 85|
|TOEFL-ITP||Less than 550 (Composite)||NA||Less than 48|
|TOEFL-IBT||Less than 79 (Composite)||NA||Less than 14|
|IELTS||Less than 6.5 (Composite)||NA||Less than 5.5|
Placement tests are offered daily at various times. There is a $17 fee per subject, for a Placement test. Please click on the "Register Now" button below to see the available options. Placement Tests will be held in University Center, Room 101. If a student has more than one test to take, they are encouraged to choose an appointment time in the morning. Students must sign up for Placement Test(s) before their Registration date or before they register for classes.
At the time of the registration, the examinee is required to pay Northern Kentucky University a registration fee of $17 per subject. This fee is non-refundable. If you wish to reschedule, you may do so without a charge 7 days prior to your scheduled test date. If you reschedule after the 7-day grace period, you must register and pay the fee again
Testing Services has instituted a fee waiver process. Students who are experiencing extreme finanial hardship may request a waiver for their Placement test(s) fee by submitting the following:
Students will not be eligible to complete their Placment test(s) until the fee is paid or waived, so please return the requested documentation as soon as possible.
Your request will be reviewed and a response will be sent to you indicating whether or not the request was approved within 3 business days of receiving all required documents.
Students may retest in areas in which their scores have not met the benchmarks. There is a $17 fee per subject, that the student must pay if NKU already has a placement test on file. After clicking "Register Now," please choose "Placement Test Re-Test" to schedule.
At the time of the registration, the examinee is required to pay Northern Kentucky University a registration fee of $17 per subject. This fee is non-refundable. If you wish to reschedule, you may do so without a charge 7 days prior to your scheduled test date. If you reschedule after the 7-day grace period, you must register and pay the fee again.
Important guidelines for re-tests are as follows:
Students who live an hour, or more, away from NKU may wish to take their Placement Test(s) at a test center near them. To do so, please click on the registration link and choose "Remote Placement Test." The fee is $5 per subject needed.
Before registering, please locate a center you wish to test at. You'll be asked to provide location name and contact information during registration. If needed, please use the below link to locate pre-approved testing centers.
Once your registration has been received, we will contact the test center of your choosing to administer your test. You will recieve a follow up email confirming your information has been received at your local test center.
If you wish to reschedule, you may do so without a charge 7 days prior to your scheduled test date. Please call Testing Services at (859) 572-6373 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to reschedule.
If you wish to reschedule after the 7-day grace period, you must register and pay the fee again.
Please click on a link to view sample questions for the Placement tests.
The Placement test format is as follows:
The use of a calculator is permitted only on the Mathematics Test. Please use a battery powered four function calculator. Calculator models which make noise, use paper tapes, have electronic writing pads, have a typewriter key pad, or those which can transmit information wirelessly are not permitted.
Use the link below to access a detailed chart on what a student's Placement Test score means:
Use the link below to access the Literacy Placement Chart:
Use the link below to access the Mathematics & Statistics Placement Chart: