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Frequently Asked Questions about SOAR


Why do I have to take the ALEKS math placement assessment?

Math placement is an important step for new Kent State students since all students need to complete a college level math course to fulfill graduation requirements. The purpose of the placement process is to assess your current level of proficiency in math and place you into an appropriate math course based on your competency and chosen major. An academic advisor will review your placement with you during SOAR.

Can I wait to take the math placement until after I finish my senior year?

We highly recommend that you DO NOT wait. Registration for fall classes begins in March while registration for spring classes begins in October and the earlier you attend SOAR, the better selection of courses you’ll have.

I started taking the ALEKS math placement but didn’t finish. How do I get back into ALEKS?

Your session probably timed out. A Kent State staff member will need to reset your session and will need your name, Kent State ID Number and Kent State Email. Call the help desk at 330-672-0969 to have your session reset.

I don’t have a computer at home - or - I don’t want to take ALEKS at home. Can I take it at Kent State Tuscarawas?

You can come to the Computer Cyber Cafe on the second floor of Founders Hall to take the ALEKS math placement. We have set up specific days for students to take ALEKS on-campus if they choose.  Testing is available on Tuesdays between the hours of 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. and on Fridays between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

What about those other placement options. Do I have to take them?

Your reading and English placements are determined by your ACT test scores or COMPASS Assessment scores for adult students, and will be discussed with you during SOAR. Math is the only placement assessment required before attending SOAR. You are welcome to take the foreign language placement now if you are planning to major in a foreign language, or if you think you might take a foreign language class during your first semester. Students whose majors require CHEM 10060 will need to take the ALEKS Chemistry placement assessment in July.  Detailed chemistry placement information will be given at SOAR.

How will I know where I placed?

Your academic advisor will explain all of your course placements to you at SOAR.