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Autumn 2014 Orientation & Placement Testing








Welcome New Buckeyes!

Ohio State Mansfield's Orientation will be your first real taste of life as a Buckeye. Orientation will help you begin to feel at home on the Mansfield campus and help you become familiar with the wide range of academic opportunities available at Ohio State Mansfield.




It is very important that you activate your Ohio State username.  All students receive an Ohio State Username for accessing Ohio State services, such as Buckeye Link, Buckeye Mail, Carmen, Ohio State Wireless, and university computers.  

Manage your Ohio State Username (lastname.# format) and password at  You will need to change your password every 90 days.

Buckeye Mail is the official e-mail service for Ohio State students.  Check your e-mail by logging in to Buckeye Mail.  Using Microsoft Office 365, enter your and your Ohio State password.  Your Ohio State e-mail will be used by the University for all official correspondence about grades, course schedule, financial aid, housing, and more!  Check your e-mail at least once a week prior to starting classes (daily during the semester).

Questions regarding username activation or e-mail should be directed to the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357


IMPORTANT: When activating your Ohio State e-mail account, we recommend that you DO NOT forward your Ohio State e-mail to another account (AOL, yahoo, gmail, hotmail, etc.)





DATES (All Thursdays):  June 5, 12, 19, 26; July 17, 24, 31

Placement tests in English, Mathematics, and Foreign Language help to determine the appropriate first course for you to take in Ohio State’s course sequence in these academic areas. All are important placement tools. You will not be able to schedule writing or math-related courses without placement test scores. All placement testing MUST be completed prior to your orientation/scheduling program.



ACT/SAT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) Credit, or any college-level coursework you have completed will determine your placement testing requirements.  These must be posted in the OSU system. 


ACT/SAT scores printed on high school transcripts, photocopied test results, or unoffficial transcripts are not acceptable.  ACT/SAT scores and AP credit must be sent electronically from the Testing Company to The Ohio State University.


Official transcripts from the college and/or univeristy you attended must be mailed directly to:  The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, 1350 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Dr, Columbus, OH, 43210-1200.  Transcript(s) must be received no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation!  This will allow transfer credit review and the posting of transfer credit to the University system.


Students with disabilities should contact Michelle McLane, Coordinator of Student Development & Access Services, by phone at 419-755-4304 (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) to make alternate arrangements for taking the Math Skills Assessment, English placement test, and Foreign Language placement test. This includes students with disabilities who may need extended time, as well as students who need a scribe, a reader, an interpreter, or other support services. Documentation must be provided to determine eligibility before authorization can be given for accommodations.




The English placement test can only be taken at the on-campus testing session.  The English Placement test consists of reading two prompts, then writing an essay.


Some course credit in English composition is required for all undergraduate programs at Ohio State. No course credit will be given, nor will any English requirements for your chosen major be fulfilled from the English placement test. You are not required to take the English placement test if you have an AP score of 3 or higher in English Composition or college credit for English 1110 (the first year composition course required for all undergraduate students).




You are required to take the English Test if any of the following apply:
1. You have not taken the ACT or SAT.
2. Your ACT English score (EN) is 18 or below.
3. Your SAT verbal score (VB) is 450 or below.
4. Your ACT or SAT score is more than 3 years old.
5. You do not have four units of high school English.


Transfer Students

Refer to your Transfer Credit Report (represents OSU’s evaluation of your transfer courses) and the following additional information to determine whether you are required to take the English placement test.


You are required to take the English Test if any of the following apply:

1. You have less than four hours of English composition credit or were admitted with an admission condition in English.
2. You have a recent (less than three years old) ACT English score (EN) of 18 or lower or an SAT verbal score (VB) of 450 or lower.








The Foreign Language placement test can only be taken at the on-campus testing session.


All students who have had 2 or more years of the same foreign language in high school must take the language placement test in the language used for unconditional admission to Ohio State, whether or not they plan to continue language study.  You are not required to take a language test if:  You have college credit for a foreign language; You  graduated from high school more than five years ago; or You have never formally studied a language or had less than two years of the same language in high school. 


Please note:


    • If you are testing in French, German, or Spanish, you will take an on-campus placement test at Ohio State Mansfield.
    • If you are testing in a language other than those mentioned above, you must make arrangments for testing.  Please call 419-755-4203 for testing information.








Mathematics Skills Assessment Overview

The math assessment is an important placement tool that determines your beginning placement level in math and science courses.  No course credit is given for the test, nor does the test fulfill any math requirements.  There are two versions of the 75-minute assessment.  Test B (arithmetic, algebra, and geometry) and Test D (pre-calculus).  If you elect to take on the online skills assessment, when you log in the computer will automatically select the correct test for you based upon your highest qualifying ACT/SAT score:


•  ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 560 or lower):  Test B

•  ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 570 or higher):  Test D


If taking the online assessment and the system indicates that you are not required to complete testing and you do not meet one of the exemptions below, please call 419-755-4203 immediately.


If you take Test B and score high enough, the computer system will automatically invite you to take Test D.  PLEASE CALL 419-755-4203 TO REGISTER TO TAKE TEST D AT THE ON-CAMPUS TESTING SESSION.  If you have an unreported ACT or SAT math score that would qualify you for Test D, please call 419-755-4203 PRIOR to completing the online Math Skills Assessment.


Do you need to take the test?

You are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment unless one of the following is true:

•   You received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (with the exception of Math 1040).

•   You received general or deferred/unknown math credit that has been evaluated by a mathematics counselor exempting you from the assessment (refer to Transfer Credit Center for details)

•   You received your AP Calculus test scores prior to your orientation session, and you received a score of 3, 4, or 5 on the AB or BC exam.  (You must have an official copy of your AP test scores sent to Ohio State.  For details on how to send your scores, contact College Boards' AP Services at 888-225-5427.

•   You received your IB scores and received a score of 4 or higher on the higher level math exam.  (You must have an official copy of your IB test scores sent to Ohio State.  For details on how to send your scores, contact the IB Program.)


It is strongly recommended that you take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if one of the following applies:

•   You took the AP calculus exam and are unable to present a score of 3, 4, or 5 on either of the AB or BC calculus exams at the time of your orientation program.

•   You took the higher level IB math exam and are unable to present a score of 4 or higher at the time of your orientation program.


Attention Transfer Students!  You are NOT required to take the Math Skills Assessment if you have transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course (with the exception of Math 1040).  If you do not have math transfer credit, you will take Test B.



•   Study.  Review.  Practice.  To perform your best, review the sample problems, exam topics, and additional information which can be found on the OSU Department of Mathematics website.

•   Have high school course and grade information handy.  During the assessment, both on-campus and online, you will be asked for your high school math courses and semester grades.


Your Math Placement Code

When you have completed the online test, you will be given a math course code that indicates your placement level and a link for more information about math placement.  The advising staff at orientation will use your course code to help you register for the appropriate math and/or science course.


In some cases, the online assessment will not be able to give you a math placement level.  If this happens, you will be given a placement level U (undetermined) instead of a math course code.  IF YOUR PLACEMENT LEVEL IS UNDETERMINED, YOU MUST CALL 419-755-4203 AND REGISTER TO TAKE AN ALTERNATE ASSESSMENT AT THE ON-CAMPUS TESTING SESSION.


Take the Math Skills Assessment

The Math Skills Assessment can be taken at an on-campus testing session OR online, following the Online Mathematics Skills Assessment Instructions  below.  If you elect to take the online Math Skills Assessment, the test can be taken at any time but NO LATER THAN TEN (10) DAYS BEFORE your scheduled orientation/scheduling program.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  You may use a calculator during the test but you may not use other resources or get assistance.  If you get help in any way during the test, the results will be skewed, and you may be placed in a math or science class that is inappropriate for you.  In addition to being stressful, starting in a course for which you are unprepared can have serious negative results:  you could receive a low grade or fail the course, which impacts your academic standing and possibly your financial aid, scholarships, and admission into your desired academic program.  So get off to a great start:  take the assement as instructed!


Online Mathematics Skills Assessment Instructions


You can only take the online test once!  Plan to test in a distraction-free environment in which you will be uninterrupted for 75 minutes.


Browser Rquirements:  Netscape version 4.06 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher.  Many students experience difficulty taking the testing while using AOL and some free Internet services.  It is recommended using the browsers mentioned.)


  1. Go to
  2. Log in to the test using your Ohio State Username and OSU password.
  3. Thoroughly read the instructions.  Please note (1) You may use scratch paper, pencil, and a scientific or graphing calculator.  (You should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY key board, such as the TI-89 or TI-92); (2) The test has a time limit of 75 minutes.  The time remaining will be updated after you answer each question.  Please note that time continues to run even if you log off of your computer or if you have computer problems, and (3) the test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question.  Partial credit is not given. 
  4. Upon completing the test, click Submit.
  5. Note your placement code:  L, M, N, R, S, T, or U (see Your math placement code above).


IMPORTANT NOTE:  If you experience problems during the test, return to the Mathematics Skills Assessment, log in, and return to the last question you answered.  Your answers should be saved and you should be able to continue where you left off (if the test reverts to question #1, scroll forward).  If this doesn't work or your time has run out, or if you experience any other difficulties during the test, contact the Office of Testing as soon as possible at 614-292-2241 (weekdays, 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.) or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.






DATES (All Tuesdays):  June 10, 17, 24; July 1, 22, 29;

                                            August 5, 12


IMPORTANT NOTE:  Your first semester Statement of Account will show a $50 orientation fee, which covers administrative costs.


Ohio State’s orientation program is designed to get new Buckeye’s off to a strong start!  Orientation/Scheduling is an all-day program (9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.).  Lunch is included in the program.  The program is REQUIRED for freshmen and transfer students with less than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college-level courses.  Parents or other adult family members are encouraged to attend with you (limit 2). Transfer students with more than 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college-level courses schedule classes at an individual scheduling appointment with their assigned academic advisor. Placement testing, if needed, must be completed prior to your appointment.



During orientation you’ll have the following opportunities:

  • Receive information about the many campus resources available to Ohio State students.
  • Learn what is expected of you as an Ohio State student both in and out of the classroom.
  • Attend a group academic planning and advising session.
  • Schedule classes for your first semester (PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD. Both are required to sign on a computer and to schedule your classes.)
  • Become more familiar with campus
  • Complete university business, such as getting your BuckID card and consulting with Student Financial Aid
  • Connect with other students who are starting at Ohio State


Students with disabilities who have questions concerning access or accommodations for a disability at Orientation may request services through the online registration form or contact Michelle McLane, Coordinator of Student Development & Access Services, by phone at 419-755-4304. A two-week notice prior to your visit will generally allow us to provide seamless access.



(Placement Testing and Orientation/Scheduling)


Freshmen and transfer students with LESS THAN 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college-level courses MUST REGISTER ONLINE.  You can register below only upon receipt of your Orientation Instructions letter, which is mailed beginning the last week of April to all new students having paid their acceptance fee.  Your OSU Username MUST be activated!  Placement testing and Orientation/Scheduling program dates will be selected during the online registration.  Times and locations will be provided, as well.  An online registration confirmation will follow upon submission of your registration, then followed by an e-mail confirmation to your OSU e-mail address.


Transfer student with MORE THAN 30 semester or 45 quarter hours of college-level courses MUST REGISTER BY PHONE.  Please call 419-755-4203.


IMPORTANT NOTE:  A transfer student is defined as a student who enrolled in and took classes at a college/university after high school.  A new freshman is defined as a student who has never attended a college/university after high school.



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