The Ohio State University at Mansfield


Academy Orientation & Placement Testing

Register to Attend Orientation (and select math placement testing date)

Autumn Semester Admits



Parent-Student Orientation Program:
Tuesday, July 24 or Tuesday, July 31
5:45 p.m. Optional campus tour
6:30 p.m. Orientation
151 Riedl Hall (Conard Performance Hall)

English Placement Testing Deadline

Complete English placement testing immediately and no later than July 10. You will not be permitted to attend orientation or schedule classes until results have been received.
See instructions below.

Academy To Do List

  1. Activate your Ohio State username: my.osu.edu
  2. Complete required placement test(s)
  3. Complete the financial responsibility statement
  4. Register to attend required orientation program
  5. Waive student health insurance

Important Websites

my.osu.edu
carmen.osu.edu
buckeyelink.osu.edu

English Placement Testing

Do I need to take the English placement test?

If you were admitted to the Academy with no conditions or admitted with the restriction of no math or science courses, you must complete English placement testing.

If you already have credit for English 1110.01 as a college credit plus student, you may not have to complete English placement testing. An official copy of the transcript from the college where you completed the English course work must be sent directly from the awarding instutiont to Ohio State before orientation.

Why do I have to take the English placement test?

For students who are able to take courses that might have a writing component or first year composition, this assessment provides information about your current writing level. Writing skills are a fundamental requirement for most of your future course work.

Many courses that are available to you at Ohio State Mansfield expect a certain writing proficiency level.

No course credit will be given from the English placement test.

What does the English placement test consist of?

The English Placement test consists of reading excerpts from two articles, reading the prompt, then writing an essay.

You are primarily assessed on your development of a theme and development of paragraphs and sentence structure.

How long is the English placement test?

If time expires while you are still completing the assessment, the system will automatically submit what you have saved. If you choose to craft your response in a word processor, make sure you paste and review your response in the text box before time expires. You will have 100 minutes to submit a response.

Carmen automatically submits a quiz after the time limit.

When should I take the English placement test?

The earlier the better. However, you must complete the test by the deadline at the top of this page.

Students in need of disability services may elect to take the test in person. Contact the Office of Disability Services to make testing arrangements at 419-755-4304 or mcgregor.40@osu.edu.

What should I use when crafting my response?

You may write notes or outlines on blank paper or type them in a blank Word document.

If you find it difficult to read and mark up the excerpts within Carmen, you can copy and paste them into a word processor, where you can highlight important passages or type notes to yourself.

If you find it difficult to write your response within Carmen, you may want to type it in a word processor and copy and paste it into Carmen when you are finished. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to check the formatting after you move your essay back into Carmen.

You should not consult with nor have anyone else proof read your response.

How did I do on the English placement test?

Your essay will be evaluated by two or more members of the Ohio State Mansfield writing faculty. These faculty members will determine in which English course you should enroll. During spring semester, you can take the first year composition class if there is room.

Testing Criteria

Your essay will be evaluated by two or more members of the Ohio State Mansfield writing faculty. They will be looking for:

  • Comprehension of the articles as demonstrated in your summary.
  • A claim that is stated clearly. Your claim should reflect your own thoughtful examination of the evidence you provide.
  • Evidence to support your claim. Use specific examples and details from the two readings and from your own experience.
  • Organization of your essay into coherent paragraphs that lead your reader logically through your ideas.
  • Language skill in writing clear, readable English. This includes punctuation, word choice, and style. As much as possible, your essay should be written in standard, edited English. Make necessary editing changes on your draft when you proofread.

Helpful Hints

The following hints may be helpful:

  • You can use the gray triangle in the bottom right corner of the text boxes to enlarge them while writing.
  • If you find it difficult to read and mark up the Carr and Pinker readings within Carmen, you can copy and paste them into a word processor, where you can highlight important passages or type notes to yourself.
  • If you find it difficult to write your response within Carmen, you may want to type it in a word processor and copy and paste it into Carmen when you are finished. Just be sure to leave yourself enough time to check the formatting after you move your essay back into Carmen.

Note: If you use Firefox or another Mozilla product, try using keyboard shortcuts for the Cut, Copy, and Paste commands:

  • Copy: Ctrl+C or Ctrl+Insert (command+C on Mac)
  • Paste: Ctrl+V or Shift+Insert (command+V on Mac)
  • Cut: Ctrl+X or Shift+Delete (command+X on Mac)




  • Most students take about 30 minutes to read and make notes for themselves and then write for about an hour.
  • You may write notes or outlines on blank paper or type them in a blank Word document. Take your time in figuring out what you want to say and the order in which you want to say it. Save some time at the end to re-read what you've written and to make any necessary additions or corrections.
  • Longer essays are not necessarily better essays, but successful placement essays generally include lots of details and evidence.

"Orientation Preparation - Mansfield" is not listed in Carmen under My Courses

If the test is not listed, please email mans-orientation@osu.edu or call 419-755-4203

How do I complete the English placement test?

Step 1: Log into carmen.osu.edu using your Ohio State username and password
Step 2: Select "Orientation Preparation - Mansfield" from My Courses
Step 3: See Modules for FAQ's
Step 4: Navigate to Quizzes - Select English Placement Testing Quiz
Step 5: Complete the test as instructed

We highly recommend you complete the assessment on a desktop/laptop. Please do not use your phone.

Call 419-755-4203 if you do not see "Orientation Preparation - Mansfield" under My Courses or if you have any questions.

Mathematics Placement Testing

Do I need to take the Math Placement Test?

If you were admitted to the Academy with no conditions and want to take a math or science course OR you were admitted with the restriction of only math or science courses you must complete the math placement test.

However, you may not need the math assessment if you can present evidence of one of the following:

  • You received credit for a College Credit Plus math course that is equal to a specific Ohio State math course, that is not remedial. We must receive an official copy of your transcript before scheduling classes.
  • 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 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.

Why do I have to take the Math Placement Test?

Placement tests help determine the appropriate first course for you to take in Ohio State’s course sequence and can satisfy math prerequisites for courses. You will not be able to schedule math-related courses without math placement test scores. No course credit is given for the test, nor does the test fulfill any math requirements.

How long is the Math Placement Test?

The test has a time limit of 75 minutes.

What topics will be covered on the Math Placement Test?

Test B (arithmetic, algebra, and geometry)
ACT math score of 24 or lower (SAT math score of 580 or lower | Accuplacer math score of 263 or higher)

Test D (pre-calculus)
ACT math score of 25 or higher (SAT math score of 590 or higher | Test B score of 35+)

Can I prepare for the Math Placement Test?

You are encouraged to review the appropriate topics prior to taking the test.
Study. Review. Practice.
To perform your best, review the sample problems, exam topics, and additional information which can be found on the Department of Mathematics website.
The test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question. Partial credit is not given.

What can I use when taking the Math Placement Test?

You may use scratch paper, a pencil and a scientific graphing calculator. Calculators with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY keyboards, such as the TI-89 or TI-92, are not permitted.

I have an unreported ACT or SAT math score that would qualify for Test D

Submit a copy of your ACT/SAT score report via email. Questions, call 419-755-4203.

How do I take the Math Placement Test?

Autumn Admits - Select a math testing date when registering for orientation.

Thursday, June 14
Math: 100 Ovalwood Hall
  • Check-in: 8:15-8:30 am
  • Testing: 8:30 – 10:00 am or when finished
Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall
  • Check in: 9:15 am for non-math folks
  • Testing: 9:15 am and math folks will come down when done.
Tuesday, June 26
Math: 100 Ovalwood Hall
  • Check-in: 3:15-3:30 pm
  • Testing: 3:30-5 pm or when finished

Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall

  • Check in: 4:15 pm for non-math folks
  • Testing: 4:15 and math folks will come down when done.

Tuesday, July 10
Math: 100 Ovalwood Hall
  • Check-in: 7:45-8:00 am
  • Testing: 8:00 – 9:30 am or when finished

Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall

  • Check in: 8:45 for non-math folks
  • Testing: 8:45 am and math folks will come down when done.

Foreign Language Placement Testing

Do I need to take the Foreign Language Placement Test?

Foreign language testing is recommended for students who have completed two or more consecutive years of the same language in high school and will not continue to take that language in the high school. You can only take the foreign language test once.

Why should I take the Foreign Language Placement Test?

Some majors at Ohio State have a foreign language requirement. Even if not required, course credit may be earned that is applicable to graduation.

How do I take the Foreign Language Placement Test?

  • The foreign language placement test can only be taken on-campus.
  • Only French, German, or Spanish testing is available at Ohio State Mansfield.
  • Students who wish to take advantage of this placement testing should indicate such when registering for orientation.

What does a Foreign Language Placement Test include?

The test includes vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension in a multiple-choice format.

How long is the Foreign Language Placement Test

French, German, or Spanish

Statistics of past testers show the average test-taking time is approximately 30 minutes.

When do I take the Foreign Language Placement Test?

Students who wish to take advantage of foreign language placement testing should indicate such when registering for orientation.

Thursday, June 14
Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall
  • Check in: 9:15 am for non-math folks
  • Testing: 9:15 am and math folks will come down when done.
Tuesday, June 26
Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall


  • Check in: 4:15 pm for non-math folks
  • Testing: 4:15 and math folks will come down when done.

Tuesday, July 10
Foreign language: 131 Ovalwood Hall


  • Check in: 8:45 for non-math folks
  • Testing: 8:45 am and math folks will come down when done.

Getting to campus

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Contact information

If you have questions about completing your Placement Tests or attending Orientation, please contact us.

Monday – Friday 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Phone: 419-755-4203
Email: mans-orientation@osu.edu

Please identify yourself as an Academy student