Youngstown State University  Placement Exams
Placement Testing Policy
To determine student readiness for college level coursework, a Composition Placement Test (CPT), an ACCUPLACER® Reading Test (CRT), and a ALEKS® Math Test are required of all students unless there is an automatic placement or exemption due to ACT/SAT scores. Students receiving AP credit or who have transfer coursework may not need placement testing. The guidelines used by YSU to determine testing requirements are as follows:
ACT/SAT Math, Composition and Reading Placement Guidelines:
English Placement Guidelines
ACT English test subscore 
SAT Evidenced Based Reading & Writing subscore 
YSU placement 
Comment 
013 
0400 
English 1539 (developmental*) 
*Developmental Placements  Credits do not count toward degree programs. Students may take the course indicated, or they may opt to take the Composition Placement Test (CPT). Taking the CPT may permit them to bypass the developmental course. CPT scores will be used in combination with ACT/SAT scores to determine placement. 
1417 
410470 
English 1540 (developmental*) 

1827 
480690

English 1550 
No Test Required. Placement into English 1550, Writing 1. Writing 1 is the first course in a required two course Composition sequence, English 1550 → English 1551 
28 
700 and higher 
English 1551 
No Test Required. Placement into English 1551, Writing 2. Successful completion of Writing 2 satisfies the composition sequence. 
Reading Placement Guidelines
ACT Reading Test subscore 
SAT Critical Reading Test subscore 
YSU placement 
Comment 
013 
0400 
RSS 1510B (developmental*) 
*Developmental Placement  Credits do not count toward degree programs. Students may take the course indicated, or they may opt to take the ACCUPLACER Reading Test. Taking ACCUPLACER may permit them to bypass the developmental course. 
1420 
400440

RSS 1510A (developmental*) 

21 higher 
480 and higher 
Placement out of RSS coursework. 
No Test Required. Reading course requirement will be waived. 
Math Placement Guidelines
Math Level 
ACT/SAT Math Test subscore 
Math Course 
Placement Notes 
Math Level 10 
ACT Math 017 SAT Math is 0470 
Math 1501 Elementary Algebra (developmental*) OR Math 1505 Intermediate Algebra w/Applications (developmental*) 
Developmental Placements – These credits do not count toward degree programs. Students may take the course indicated, or they may opt to take the ALEKS Math Test. Taking ALEKS may permit them to bypass the developmental course placements. Math, Science or Business majors will register for Math 1505. CLASS, CCAC, and most HHS and BCOE majors will take Math 1501. An academic advisor will guide you in this selection. 
Math Level 20 
ACT Math is 1821 SAT Math is 480520 
Math 1507 Intermediate Algebra (developmental*)
OR 
Math, Science or Business majors only. Developmental Placement. Math 1507 does not count toward Math, Science or Business degree programs. Students in these majors may take the Math 1507 intermediate algebra course indicated but are encouraged to take the ALEKS Math assessment. Taking ALEKS may permit them to bypass additional math coursework.

Math 2623 Survey of Math (GER); Math 2625 Statistical Literacy and Critical Reasoning (GER); Math 2651/2652 Mathematics for Early Childhood Teachers (GER) 
CLASS, CCAC, and most HHS and BCOE majors. This is a placement into the General Education Requirement (GER) math courses indicated by your major. No test is necessary. Consult with an academic advisor for more information. 

Math Level 35

ACT Math is 2224 SAT Math is 530580

Math 1564/2665 – Foundations for Middle School Mathematics (GER) 
BCOE middle childhood math and special education majors only: General Education Requirement (GER) Math courses indicated by your major. 
Math 1510 College Algebra (GER) Math 1511 Trigonometry (GER)

STEM, STEM Education majors, and HHS Forensic Science and Exercise Science majors may take the college algebra or trigonometry courses indicated but are encouraged to take the ALEKS Math Assessment. Taking ALEKS may permit them to bypass additional math coursework 

Math Level 45 
ACT Math is 2526 SAT Math is 590620 
Math 1513 PreCalculus (GER) Math 1552 Business Math (GER) 
STEM, STEM Education majors, Business and HHS Forensic Science majors may take the precalculus course indicated but are encouraged to take the ALEKS Math Assessment. Taking ALEKS may permit them to bypass additional math coursework 
Math Level 70 
ACT Math is 2729 SAT Math is 630730 
Math 1570 Applied Calculus (GER) Math 1571 Calculus 1 (GER) 
All majors: No Math test required. Consult with an academic advisor for more information 
Math Level 90 
ACT Math is 3036 SAT Math is 740800 
Math 1585H Honors Calculus 1 (GER) 
Students interested in taking 1585H (Honors Calculus) should have completed high school calculus 
Composition Placement Test and COMPASS Reading Test
A student who has not been placed through ACT/SAT scores, or is not required to take the ACT/SAT test, may be required take the ACCUPLACER Reading Test (CRT) and/or Composition Placement Test (CPT). No student is permitted to register for a second semester of classes without having taken a placement test, except those students placed into English classes for nonnative speakers and those with approved transfer credit. Students placing into RSS 1510 or English 1539 or English 1540 must complete the specified coursework within their first 36 semester hours. Otherwise, the student will be limited to enrolling for those classes alone until they are successfully completed.
Conditionally admitted students placing into RSS 1510B must take that course in their first semester. Conditionally admitted students placing into RSS 1510A, English 1539, or English 1540 must take these courses within their first 20 semester hours.
Please Note: If you are directed to enroll in English 1539 or English 1540 and/or RSS 1510A or 1510B, you must do so. You may not withdraw from these courses unless you are making a complete withdrawal from the University.
None of the abovenamed mandatory courses may be taken more than twice without the approval of your dean. Should you not successfully complete any of these courses within two attempts or you withdraw from them twice, you will be disenrolled from the University.
Please note credit hours from ENGL 1539, ENGL 1540, RSS 1510A and RSS 1510B will not count toward a degree.
COMPASS Math Test
A student who has not been placed through ACT/SAT scores or is not required to take the ACT/SAT test must take the ALEKS Math Assessment unless they have approved AP Math credit or sufficient transfer coursework. Students will be placed into appropriate mathematics courses based on their ACT/SAT scores or the ALEKS Math Test. For more information regarding math coursework, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics page. For a sample math placement test, check out the practice test questions on the ACT website.
Please note credit hours from MATH 1500, 1501, 1502, 1503 and 1504 will not count toward a degree.
Foreign Language Test
Students planning to major in the following programs are required complete foreign language coursework as a requirement of the degree program:
Africana Studies; American Studies; Anthropology; Applied Music (Instrumental & Voice) (CCAC); Art History (CCAC); Economics; English; French; Geography Gerontology; History; Italian; Journalism; Mathematics; Music Theory (CCAC); Music History (CCAC); Philosophy; Political Science; PreLaw; Professional Writing and Editing; Psychology; Religious Studies; Statistics; Social Studies; Sociology; Spanish; Communication Studies (CCAC); Telecommunication Studies (CCAC); and Theater (CCAC); BA degrees in the College of STEM, such as Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Physics/Astronomy, Geology, and some Individualized Curriculum Programs (ICP).
Students planning to major in a program requiring foreign language study (see list above) or those students intending to take a foreign language course may choose to take the Foreign Language Placement Test (FLPT) only if they want to register for an INTERMEDIATE or higher foreign language course. Students who have taken a foreign language in high school may enroll in any elementary language course without taking the FLPT.
The Foreign Language Placement Test is given in the commonly taught languages: French, German, Italian, Latin, and Spanish. Placing at the elementary level in one language automatically qualifies you for the elementary course in any language, not just the language tested.
CLEP
The CLEP Language exams are designed to measure knowledge and skills typically learned in the first and second year of college study. The exam contains approximately 121 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. The CLEP exams require that students demonstrate their ability to understand spoken and written language.
Students may register for a CLEP exam at https://clep.collegeboard.org/exams. After registering for a CLEP exam, go to the Testing Center page to schedule your CLEP appointment. Unlike the FLPT, taking the CLEP language exams will allow you to earn college credit toward your language requirements. **Please note there are fees involved when taking the CLEP exam. Additional information can be found on the Credit By Exam page.