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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 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 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).
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|
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:
The Placement test format is as follows:
Please click on a link to view sample questions for the Placement tests.
If a student needs to reschedule a Placement test, they can register for a new date and time by clicking on "Register Now" and finding a new date that works best for them. There is no fee for rescheduling.
For re-tests only: 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.
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:
If you live an hour, or more, away from NKU, you may want to consider testing at a location more convenient to you. Please use the below link to locate pre-approved testing centers.
Once you have located a center that works for you, please schedule an appointment time with their office. Once you have completed that, please then contact our office at either 859-572-6373 or firstname.lastname@example.org and we'll work with the center of your choosing to administer your placement test.