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If you have two or more deficiencies, you are encouraged to retake an ACT or SAT so an additional review of your file may be completed. Students with two or more deficiencies may be asked to submit an essay, letters of recommendation and an activities portfolio before an admission decision can be rendered. You will be contacted by the Office of Admissions if these materials are required for your application.
The Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education requires students to meet readiness standards to enter Kentucky public colleges and universities. If your standardized test scores fall below the CPE college readiness standards you will be required to take a College Placement Test to determine proper placement in English, math, and/or reading prior to course registration.
CPE Placement Standards
ACT: English 18, Math 19, Reading 20
SAT (Prior to 3/2016): Writing 430, Math 460, Reading 470
SAT (After 3/2016): Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480, Math 500
If your scores fall below the above mentioned, you must take a College Placement
Test(s) in each of the areas in which you are deficient. You will NOT be able to register for classes until your College Placement Test(s) have been taken. The College Placement Test is only available to admitted students. You may choose to take the opportunity to re-take the ACT test to raise your subject scores.
For more information about Placement Tests, visit NKU Testing.