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Placement Testing

The Placement Program for degree seeking students

The Department of English and Humanities and the Department of Mathematics use ACT subscores to place incoming students into first-year English and Mathematics courses.

If the student has not taken the ACT, and is over the age of 21, he/she will be required to take the COMPASS battery of placement tests. Placement measures in Mathematics, Reading and Writing Skills are components of the COMPASS.

English Placement

The following chart illustrates the courses that students will be placed into based upon both their English and Reading ACT sub scores. The Department of English and Humanities and the Department of Mathematics use ACT subscores to place incoming students into first-year English and Mathematics courses.  For practice test information for the ACT go to the following link:  Practice tests

English ACT sub score English Placement Reading ACT sub score English Placement
24 or higher ENGL 1102    
18-23 ENGL 1101    
11-17 ENGL 096 11-15 READ 0096 & ENGL 0096
10 or lower ENGL 095 10 or lower READ 0095 & ENGL 0095

Students who believe they are stronger writers than their ACT or COMPASS score indicates may petition (PDF) the Department of English and Humanities for an opportunity to take a writing placement examination. Students are encouraged to confer with a representative from the writing faculty before enrolling in a lower-level course or petitioning to challenge their placement.

Students who believe they are not prepared for the course they are placed into may opt to take a lower-level course. For example, a student who has a 21 ACT English sub score may choose to take ENGL 0096 instead of ENGL 1101.

Math Placement

The following chart illustrates the courses that students will be placed into based upon both their Mathematics ACT sub score:

Level ACT Math sub score Courses
0 14 ACT Math or below MATH 0099
1 15-17 ACT Math MATH 0101
2 18-21 ACT Math MATH 1020, 1100, 1500, 1700
3 22-23 ACT Math MATH 1200
4 24-25 ACT Math MATH 1250
5 26 or higher MATH 1900, 2110


Students who believe they are not prepared for the course they are placed into may opt to take a lower-level course. For example, a student who has a 17 ACT Math sub score may choose to take MATH 0099 instead of MATH 1010. Students who believe they are stronger Math students than their ACT score indicates may challenge their placement by taking the ALEKS Math exam.  Contact the Student Success Center to arrange exam. 

Students who have taken the SAT should contact Academic Assessment Coordinator for placement information.

Remote Testing

Remote testing is available for students living anywhere more than 50 miles from Shawnee State University. There is a remote testing fee of at least $20.00 with the participating university. 

Please click here to search the closest available testing site: http://www.act.org/compass/advant/remote.html, then contact the Academic Assessment Coordinator at (740) 351-3592 to schedule. 

Placement Test Schedule

The date, time, and location of the sessions are listed below. An appointment is required for the sessions listed. Please allow 15 minutes prior to a testing session to locate the building and room designated. The test lasts approximately 2 hours for all sections.

These sessions are for students that have not taken the ACT or want to meet with Student Assessment Coordinator to file the paperwork to challenge placement. You must bring a photo ID to your testing session and know your complete social security number.

All sessions below require registration to attend.

Register for Placement Testing

Date Time Location
TBA TBA Success Center

COMPASS Testing

Walk-in COMPASS placement testing is also available to all matriculating Shawnee State students. Students age 21 and under will not take the Compass exams for placement but will be placed according to their ACT scores.

Walk-in COMPASS placement testing is available 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Thursday, and 8:30 am-2:00 pm on Fridays during the fall and spring academic terms. During breaks and the summer term, walk-in testing is available 9:00 am-2:00 pm. The testing lab is only open when the university is open.

Examinees are assigned testing stations on a first come/first serve basis. Prospective examinees must know their social security number and present photo identification at the time of testing.

For any further information regarding the placement program at Shawnee State University contact the Student Success Center at (740) 351-3594 or e-mail us.

Sample Test Information
For Sample Test Information for the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics placement tests go to http://www.act.org/compass/.

Miller Analogies Test Dates

All sessions will be held in the Student Success Center, Room 145, Massie Hall.

All examinees must schedule at least 48 hours in advance. Testing fees are to be submitted at the time of testing. What is a Miller Analogies test? Click to learn more.

Call (740) 351-3594 to schedule an appointment.

Student Success Center

Contact Information

Shawnee State University
Student Success Center
Massie Hall, 1st Floor
940 Second Street
Portsmouth, OH 45662

(740) 351-3594
1-800-959-2778

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