Before Orientation: Take Your Placement Tests


Math placement is required of all new students prior to attending orientation. 

Students with an ACT math score of 22 or higher, or SAT math score of 520 or higher are automatically placed into a college level math class.

However, if you are planning on majoring in the following fields, you will need to take the Math Placement Exam.  Testing into the calculus series of math will save you time toward graduation:

  • Civil, Chemical, Computer, Electrical, Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Information Science
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Geology
  • Mathematics
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences
  • Physics
  • Pre-Pharmacy

Students with an ACT math score of less than 22 or SAT match score of less than 520 are required to take the Math Placement test.  Sign in to CampusNet, visit your Applicant Tab, and click on “Placement” for further instructions. We recommend for you to take the practice test first.

Math placement will help your Academic Advisor determine the most appropriate math course for you to take your first two semesters.

If you do not have access to a computer or high speed internet, please contact the Placement Testing Office to take the test at Cleveland State prior to Orientation. Please call the Placement Testing office at 216.687.2566 for available hours.

If you have taken math as a Post-Secondary Enrollment Options Program (PSEOP) student from a university other than Cleveland State, please have a copy of your college transcript sent to Cleveland State University.

If you experience any technical problems while you are taking the test, please call the Placement Testing Office at 216.687.2566 or email mathplacement@csuohio.edu.


All students are placed into an English course based upon ACT/SAT verbal scores. To determine the level of English you will take, log on to CampusNet. Placement testing information is available under the Applicant tab. Because students are placed based on ACT/ SAT scores, students will not take the English placement test on the day of Orientation.

If you did not take the ACT/ SAT test or if you would like to place into a higher level of English, we recommend that you take the English placement test prior to attending Orientation. The English placement test is a two-hour writing sample offered in the Placement Testing Office. We strongly encourage you to read a sample essay offered on the Placement Testing website prior to taking the exam.

Placement Testing Office
Rhodes West, 289