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Do I Need a Placement Test?

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

Placement tests are given to determine your proficiency in the areas of reading, writing, math and science so that you are placed into the correct classes for your first semester at Columbus State. If you have already taken a standardized test (ACT or SAT), or earned college credit in these subjects, you may not need to take the placement test.

Check the chart below to see if you have one of the College Recognized Equivalent test scores or college credit in each subject.

You DO NOT need a placement test in the subject if you have official documentation of ONE of the items in the College Recognized Equivalent box.

IMPORTANT: ACT or SAT must have been taken in the past two years.

No placement test required for students with:
ACT English score of 18 or higher

OR

SAT:

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 480 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR

Official transcript with qualifying college credit for English or Composition

No placement test required for students with:
ACT Reading Score of 22 or higher

OR

SAT:

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing score of 480 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR

Official transcript with qualifying college credit English college credits

No placement test required for students with:
ACT Math score of 20 or higher

OR

SAT Math score of:

510 or higher if taken March 2016 or later

OR

Qualifying math college credits:

  • Score of 3 or above on test for AP Calculus AB or Calculus BC or Statistics
  • CLEP score of 69 or higher in Calculus with Elementary Functions or College Mathematics
  • Official transcript with qualifying college credit

The Science Placement Test is only required for students registering for Biology 1111 or higher, Chemistry 1111 or higher, or Physics 1200 or higher.

Student taking these courses DO NOT need the Science Placement Test if they have:

ACT Science score of 22

OR

SAT Composite score of 980 (if taken March 2016 or later)

OR

Official transcript with qualifying science college credit

 


Obtaining Official Documentation

ACT scores

Must be sent directly from the American College Testing database. Visit act.org, click on “Register, view scores and more” and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code: 3261).

NOTE: Scores from ACT tests completed more than two years ago will not be accepted.

SAT Scores

Must be sent directly from the College Board. Visit sat.org and click on “Send scores to colleges” and follow the prompts to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code: 1148). 

NOTE: Scores from SAT tests completed more than two years ago will not be accepted.

AP Scores 

Must be sent directly from the College Board. Visit collegeboard.org, click on “AP” in the top navigation bar and follow the prompts to have your scores sent to Columbus State.

AP Credit Options

CLEP Scores  

The following may be sent for consideration of previously earned math college credit: Calculus with Elementary Functions; College Mathematics. Visit clep.collegeboard.org and search for “CLEP transcript” to download the form required to request that your scores be sent to Columbus State (College Code 1148).

CLEP Credit Options

College Credit

Contact your previous college(s) to have an official, unopened transcript sent to:

Columbus State Community College
ATTN: Office of the Registrar
P.O. Box 1609
550 E. Spring St.
Columbus, OH 43216