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Next Steps for Accepted Students

Congratulations! Once you've been accepted to Kent State University at Tuscarawas, there are a few things you must do before you can set up your first semester's schedule. Your acceptance letter and the information sheet included with it detail these important next steps.

  • First, you must complete the required placement testing which includes ALEKS online math placement assessment (all new students) and may also include COMPASS reading and writing assessments (students who are over 21 years old). Students must be admitted in order to take Kent State University placement tests.
  • Newly accepted transfer students should contact us at 330-339-3391 to find out exactly which, if any, assessments are required. Transfer students who have completed required assessments will meet with an academic advisor to review transfer credit and schedule classes.
  • Then, you must attend a SOAR (Student Orientation, Advising and Registration) session during which you'll become oriented to the campus, learn about financial aid, discover your placement test results and schedule your first-semester classes. You cannot attend SOAR without first completing the required placement assessments.


All new Kent State University students are required to take the ALEKS placement test for mathematics. ALEKS is a powerful artificial intelligence-based (AI) assessment software product that zeroes in on the student's mathematical strengths and weaknesses, reports its findings, and then, if necessary, provides a learning module to improve the student's knowledge and skill.

The ALEKS placement test can be taken online from home through FlashLine. Students who wish to take the ALEKS placement test at the campus should report to the Network Services Help Desk located on the second floor of Founders Hall during the following hours:

Tuesdays, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Fridays, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
(Appointments are not necessary)

New students who have current ACT scores will be placed in reading and writing courses according to ACT reading and English subscores.

New students who do not have current ACT scores must take COMPASS reading and writing. COMPASS is a comprehensive, self-paced computer testing program that helps place students into appropriate courses and maximizes the information colleges need to ensure student success.

ALEKS and COMPASS test results are used by academic advisors to determine proper course placement.

  • Photo ID required for testing.
  • The ALEKS placement may take up to 90 minutes to complete and should be completed in a single sitting.
  • COMPASS reading and writing may take up 60 minutes to complete.
  • ALEKS may be completed online from home or on campus during designated hours.
  • COMPASS is offered on selected days and requires a scheduled appointment.
  • For more information on ALEKS, log into FlashLIne > Student Tools & Courses > Placement Assessment.
  • For sample COMPASS questions, visit
  • You will receive placement testing results at SOAR.
  • Only students who have completed the required assessment testing will be scheduled to attend SOAR and enroll in classes.
  • There is no charge for placement assessments.

If you've been accepted and have questions regarding your next step, please call our main office receptionist at 330-339-3391.