PLACEMENT TESTS

 

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.


 Eligibility 

Those who are required to take the placement test are:

  • Admitted first time freshman, that have not met the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) minimum test score requirements for college readiness.
  • Admitted transfer students who do not provide test scores and/or do not have equivalent college-level transfer credit 
  • Admitted International Students (only math is required)

NOTE: Students MUST take Placement Test(s) before their summer Registration date and/or before registering for classes.

 

Those who are not required, but may take Placement Test(s) are:

  • Admitted first time freshman, that have meet the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) minimum test score requirements for college readiness.
  • Adult students (age 21 years and older) who have taken the Accuplacer Admission test to gain admission to NKU
  • International students (English and reading are optional)

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.

 


Test Score Standards

The scores below determine need/eligibility for Placement Test(s).

Some majors require a higher Math score for specific courses. 

TEST TYPE
ENGLISH
MATH
READING
ACT

 

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
Reading and Writing score is 470 or less 

or

24.5 or less on the Writing and
Language Test, then you need an English placement test.

 

If your highest Mathematics score is 490 or less, then you need an ALEKS Math placement test.

If your highest Evidence‐Based
Reading and Writing score is 470 or less 

or

24.5 or less on the Reading Test, then you need a Reading placement test.