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Developmental Proficiency Placement Tests

                                               What is Placement Testing?

All students entering EKU must demonstrate basic skills proficiency in English writing, reading, and mathematics. Basic skills are measured by a student's performance on the ACT, SAT, and EKU placement testing. In the case of transfer students, the University also considers coursework completed at previous institutions.

Students with ACT scores below 18 in English, below 19 in mathematics, or below 20 in reading are required to take placement testing to ensure appropriate course placement.

Students identified through testing as needing additional help in any basic skill area are required to enroll in developmental education or college readiness courses during their first semester of enrollment.


  • Vets MUST placement test BEFORE coming to campus for Orientation.
    (It is recommended that you test in February, March, or April, if possible.)

  • Veterans taking Placement Testing for Admissions have only one opportunity to take the exam and demonstrate proficiency.

  • You MUST bring a picture ID with you on the day of testing. Academic Testing staff will check your EKU student record to confirm your status as a vet.
  • Exams will be administered in the Whitlock Building, Room 352.
  • Standard scientific calculators are permitted but not supplied for the Math Prerequisite Skills Tests.


  • Veterans are not required to pay the $10 placement testing fee.
  • Free Placement Testing for Admissions is not open to veterans' dependents.

Do you still need to sign up for Orientation? Orientation and First Year Programs information is available at the following link:

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