English Placement Test
Overview, Registration, & Availability
The English Placement Test is a measure by which undergraduate students' language capabilities are scored. Among these important language capabilities are proper usage, appropriate style, and the ability to formulate a coherent, well-supported argument using language appropriate to academic and public discourse. It is the ultimate goal of the English Composition program to ensure all undergraduate students are placed in the appropriate course in which each student will be successful in developing these crucial composition and language capabilities.
Undergraduate students admitted to the university will be placed into the appropriate English composition course based on ACT/SAT Writing scores OR the English Placement Test according to the criteria below:
English Placement Test Criteria**
|Highest ACT English, Writing, Combined English/Writing OR English Language Arts score||SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score||Old SAT Critical Reading score OR Writing score||English Placement Test Required?|
|28 or higher||360 or higher||630 or higher||No: Enroll in ENGL 1012|
|18-27||230-350||430-620||No: Enroll in ENGL 1001|
|17 or lower||220 or lower||420 or lower||Yes: Complete the English Placement Test|
|None of the ACT scores listed above||No SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing score||No old SAT Critical Reading score OR Writing score||Yes: Complete the English Placement Test|
*Students with transfer credit for English Composition or a score of 3 or higher on the AP English Language or Literature exam DO NOT take placement, regardless of ACT/SAT Writing Score.
**Attention International Students: If you are an international student without an IELTS or TOEFL score, do not take the ENPT. Instead, please take the ESL English Placement test (ESL ENPT) administered by the Center for English as a Second Language (CESL). Contact Joy Xiao, Director, at email@example.com, 513-556-3590 or visit https://cech.uc.edu/centers/cesl/placement.html for registration information.
The English Placement Test is facilitated via Blackboard and is not completed at a traditional on-site testing center or classroom facility. Complete the following steps to register for the English Placement Test:
Step (1): Log into Blackboard.
►Your username and password for Blackboard are your Central
Login credentials (the same as you use for email).
► If you are having trouble logging into Blackboard, contact
University of Cincinnati Information technology at (513)
556-4357 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
► If you are experiencing an issue with Blackboard, contact
Blackboard support at (513) 556-1602 or via email at
Step (2): Click the Courses tab at the top of the page, then enter "Main
Campus English Placement" in the Course Search box.
Step (3): Scroll down to the bottom of the page until you see the course
Step (4): Click on the arrow next to the course number
"uc11_viesonja_001" and select "Enroll."
Step (5): Click "Submit" on the enrollment confirmation screen.
Step (6): Click "OK" on the enrollment confirmation screen.
Step (7): Return to the course located on your "My Courses" tab in
Blackboard during one of the sessions listed below to
complete the test.
Test Availability: Spring 2018 (SS18)
|Test Begins||Test Ends|
|Sunday, August 5||12:00 PM||Saturday, August 11||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, August 12||12:00 PM||Saturday, August 18||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, August 19||12:00 PM||Saturday, August 25||12:00 PM|
|Sunday, August 26||12:00 PM||Saturday, September 1||12:00 PM|
†All tests are available on Blackboard from Fridays at noon through Mondays at noon for each testing session.