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Placement Testing

Due to coronavirus concerns, we are moving placement testing online.

  • Math placement testing (ALEKS) will be administered online through CougarWeb. Take the math placement test online by accessing CougarWeb with your Columbus State username and password. Select “ALEKS” under the “Placement Testing” link, and complete the math placement test. Math Placement Info
  • Reading and writing placement will be determined in other ways temporarily since these tests can’t be taken online. To find the right course for you, we’ll use your ACT/SAT/GED scores, Advance Placement English, COMPASS test scores, Accuplacer scores, or your performance in college courses you’ve already taken. These test scores give you more course options. If you don’t have these test scores, don’t worry. Our first term advisors will show you how to register for our Fundamentals of College Writing (ENGL 0199) / College Composition Workshop (ENGL1101), where you’ll learn in a small-group, teacher-directed environment that will set you up for success through the rest of your college journey. An advisor will contact you after you complete our online New Student Workshop. Sign up today with your Columbus State username and password.
  • Science placement testing is currently suspended until further notice.

For general coronavirus updates, see Coronavirus Updates & FAQs

We want you to get the highest score possible on your placement test. The better your score, the fewer classes you need to take and the sooner you can graduate. A better placement test score can save you time and money - and help you get to your next phase.

Placement tests in Reading, Writing and Math are required for students who do not have college-ready ACT/SAT scores or official transcripts with qualifying college credit. The Science Placement Test is required only for students who will take college-level Biology, Chemistry or Physics.

Let's start by determining which placement test(s) you need to take. What Placement Tests Do I Need?

For step-by-step instructions on placement testing see the Placement Testing Guide.

College Testing Services Hours of Operation.

For more information on each placement test, click the subject below: