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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 must now complete the ALEKS Assessment for math placement testing. 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.
If your highest score is 17 or less, then you need an English placement test.
|If your highest score is 18 or less, then you need an ALEKS Math placement test.||If your highest score is 19 or less, then you need a Reading placement test.|
|SAT (as of March 2016)||
If your highest Evidence‐Based
24.5 or less on the Writing and
|If your highest Mathematics score is 490 or less, then you need an ALEKS Math placement test.||
If your highest Evidence‐Based
24.5 or less on the Reading Test, then you need a Reading placement test.
Placement tests are offered daily at various times. There is a $17 fee per subject, for a Placement test. Please click on the "Register for English and/or Reading" button below to see the available options for English and/or Reading placement tests. 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.
NEW: Students must now complete the ALEKS Assessment for math placement testing. To begin your assessment, click the 'Register for ALEKS' button below and follow the prompts. You will need your NKU user ID and password to access ALEKS.
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 may provide evening testing hours upon request. Please email email@example.com to inquire.
Testing Services has instituted a fee waiver process. Students who are experiencing extreme financial hardship may request a waiver for their Placement test(s) fee by submitting the following:
Students will not be eligible to complete their Placement 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.
NOTE: The fee waiver can only be applied to English and/or reading placement tests at this time.
Students may retest in either English and/or reading if 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 receive 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: