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Placement Testing

If you are a new student entering Clark State for the first time, you may be required to take the ACCUPLACER placement test. The ACCUPLACER placement test will assess your skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics based on your major at Clark State. The initial ACCUPLACER placement test is free. A $15 fee will be charged for a retest. Most often, placement test scores will remain valid for three years.

If you have ACT, SAT scores within the past three years, or transcripts form high school (3 years) or another college, you may be excused from parts of the placement test. Please contact a Success Coach to learn more about your options. Click on the “calendly” link below the Success Coach’s name who corresponds with your location/major. 

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Students may be exempt from placement testing if they:

  • Provide evidence of satisfactory ACT and/or SAT scores in English, reading and math that were earned in the last three years.
  • Graduated high school and can provide transcripts with satisfactory Algebra II within the last two years and English 12 letter grades within the last three years.
  • Provide evidence of an earned a degree or have college course credit from another accredited higher education institution.
  • Enroll in workforce development courses.
  • Are mature citizens taking courses on an audit basis.

If you met any of the above requirements to be exempt from placement testing, please email a copy of your scores and/or transcripts to successcenter@clarkstate.edu for further evaluation.

You are required to take the reading placement test if:

  • Your ACT Writing score is below 21.
  • Your SAT evidence-based reading and writing score is below 450/25.
  • You have no evidence of prior satisfactory scores, grades, college credits.

You are required to take the writing placement test if:

  • Your ACT English score is below 18.
  • Your SAT evidence-based reading and writing score is below 450/25.
  • You have no evidence of prior satisfactory scores, grades, college credits.

You are required to take the quantitative reasoning placement test if:

  • Your ACT math score is below 20.
  • Your SAT math score is below 510/27.
  • You have no evidence of prior satisfactory scores, grades, college credits.

You are required to take the advanced algebra placement test if:

  • You plan to enroll in MTH 1280 – College Algebra or higher-level math.
  • You are not required to take the reading or the writing placement test if, per your advisor, you received credit for ENG 1111.
  • You are not required to take the quantitative reasoning and/or advanced algebra placement test if, per your advisor, you’ve received credit for MTH 1070 or MTH 1280.

Placement testing requirements may vary per a given major. Should you happen to register for the incorrect tests, our staff will correct the test selection based on the major you selected on the registration form. Please Note: All Reading and Writing scores/placements are valid for 3 years. Math scores/placements are valid for 2 years.

Schedule Your Placement Testing

All students are encouraged to prepare for the test prior to their scheduled testing date. Valuable resources can be found on our website. The testing review videos were created by Clark State faculty to help students prepare for placement testing. Accuplacer also offers a free study application for student to practice questions and improve their skills.

Call or select your testing location below to schedule your placement test:

  • Springfield
    570 East Leffel Lane | Springfield, 45505
    937.328.6049
  • Beavercreek
    3775 Pentagon Boulevard  |  Beavercreek, OH 45431
    937.429.8921
  • Bellefontaine
    2280 State Route 540  |  Bellefontaine, Ohio 43311 
    937.328.6484
  • Xenia
    334 Progress Drive, Suite 200  |  Xenia, Ohio 45385
    937.431.7171
  • Online

The test will take approximately three hours.
Testing days and times may be adjusted.

  • Bring a valid photo ID when you take the placement test.
  • If you have a documented disability (either a physical or learning disability) and need accommodations for taking the placement test, make prior arrangements with the Office of Accessibility.

Questions? We're here to help!

Placement Testing - Springfield

937.328.6049 successcenter@clarkstate.edu

Placement Testing - Beavercreek

937.429.8921 greenecenter@clarkstate.edu

Placement Testing - Bellefontaine

937.599.7602 bellefontaine@clarkstate.edu