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Placement Tests

Prior to registration and beginning classes at BGSU, new students may be required to complete a Placement Test in the following subject areas: Writing, Math, Foreign Language and/or Music Theory.  Your academic major or minor, ACT/SAT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) credit, and any prior high school and college-level courses you have taken will determine which Placement Tests you need to complete.

These placement procedures are important to your enrollment and help to ensure you are registered for classes appropriate for your skill level, account for any prior courses you may have taken, and relevant to your major/minor.

Please read the information below carefully, and visit the additional pages linked below for more information about whether or not you need to complete the test, as well as when and how to do so.

Writing Placement

The Writing Placement Test is required of all incoming students*. Students must complete the Placement Test by May 1 or at least two weeks in advance of attending SOAR to ensure placement into an appropriate level of writing composition (General Studies Writing) course. You complete this Test online through MyBGSU.  

*Please note: Students who score a 3 or higher on AP English Language and Composition Test or the English Literature and Composition Test are not required to complete the Writing Placement Test. If you plan to take an AP test this year, you still need to complete the Writing Placement Test before May 1 because the AP scores will not be submitted in time for you to be enrolled in your Linked Courses.

To complete the Writing Placement Test:

  • Log on to http://my.bgsu.edu.  If you do not have a home computer with an Internet connection, access is available at most schools and public libraries.
  • Enter your BGSU username and password; click the login button to enter the web portal.
  • Click on the "Student" tab at the top of the page.
  • Under "Academics" on the left-hand side, click the "Writing Placement Test" link and follow the instructions.

Once you have successfully submitted your essay, you will receive an email sent to your BGSU email account notifying you that BGSU received your test.  You will learn the results of your essay when you meet with your advisor at SOAR.

  • Once at the placement test site, you will be directed to print out and read three documents: general information about the composition program at BGSU, directions for taking the Placement Test, and a short essay of general interest to college students.
  • You will be given a choice of three possible writing prompts related to the essay you were asked to read. Read each prompt carefully and then choose ONE you wish to write on.
  • While you are expected to spend no more than two hours writing an essay of no more than 800 words in response to the prompt you selected, you will actually have a 24-hour window within which to submit your essay. The 24-hour period will begin when you first access the site and will end 24 hours later; you may access the site an unlimited number of times within that 24-hour period, and you may submit your essay at any point within that 24-hour period. However, you may submit only one essay.
  • You are encouraged to write your essay using your own word processing software (such as Word or WordPerfect), and must cut and paste your essay into the writing placement text box to submit your essay.
  • When your 24-hour window for submitting your essay has ended, your access to the site will end, so be sure to complete and submit your essay within that 24-hour period.
  • If you have computer-related questions, please contact tsc@bgsu.edu or the Technology Support Center at (419)372-0999. Technical/computer related questions might include the following situations:  
    • You are not able to enter or locate the test site
    • Your password is not functioning
    • Your computer system crashes during the test
    • Test pages are not loading correctly, or parts of the directions are not visible
    • You do not receive a confirmation email to your BGSU email account within two days after submitting a test

Is assistance with the Tests permitted? 
Do not obtain any form of assistance while taking the Placement Test. This includes consulting with a teacher, parent, or friend regarding content of the Test or for proofreading or editing your written essay. It is imperative that you honor this important part of the testing guidelines. It is to your disadvantage to receive a score higher than your actual abilities. A score that is too high would place you in a course beyond your capabilities with a limited probability of success.

Why am I required to take Placement Tests online, by May 1st, or no later than two weeks before my scheduled SOAR date?

  • Relaxed setting. When you are relaxed in the testing environment, such as your own home or another familiar location, your performance may be enhanced.
  • Convenience. You can take the online placement tests at any time of day.
  • Skills. You can take the test while skills from high school are still fresh in your mind.
  • Decreased fatigue. Often after a long drive to campus, fatigue may affect test performance.
  • Increased opportunities. With tests completed before you arrive, you can focus on learning more about BGSU as well as meeting other new students, faculty and staff.

For additional information on completing this essay, visit the GSW website.

Mathematics Placement

Incoming first year students who have an ACT/SAT math score and a high school GPA on record with BGSU will be given an automated Math Placement Score.  Your Placement Score is calculated by factoring your ACT/SAT mathematics score with your high school GPA.  Students will be notified through BGSU email of Math Placement Scores prior to registration.

If you do not have an ACT/SAT math score or high school GPA on file with BGSU, or if you would like to attempt to improve your score, you may schedule an appointment to take a 35-question Placement Test at the BGSU Learning Commons, located on the first floor of the Jerome Library. To schedule an appointment, call 419-372-2823

For more information and frequently asked questions about Math Placement, visit the Department of Mathematics and Statistics website.

Music Theory Placement

This Placement Test is only required for students with a major or minor in any music program at BGSU.  This Test is given to determine placement regarding the appropriate theory class related to students’ level of knowledge.

For more information and suggested resources to assist with preparation, visit the College of Musical Arts Theory Placement Test website.

Foreign Language Placement

As foreign language course requirements vary among academic programs at BGSU, all new and transfer students should discuss Foreign Language Placement requirements with an Academic Advisor.  This will ensure appropriate placement in any required language course, based on students’ level of knowledge and past course-work.

The Foreign Language Placement Test is completed online.  For instructions on completing this Placement Test, as well as information about course requirements, visit the Department of Romance and Classical Studies website.