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Autumn 2014 Orientation/SOAR and Placement Testing

Welcome new Buckeyes!

Ohio State ATI's Orientation/SOAR will help you to find your fit on campus and introduce you to the wide range of student services and academic opportunities available at the ATI campus.



It is very important that you activate your OSU username.  All students receive an OSU Username for accessing university services, including Buckeye Link, Buckeye Mail, Carmen, OSU wireless and University computers.

You manage your OSU username (last name .#) at my.osu.edu  The University requires that your password be changed every 90 days.

Buckeye Mail is the official email service to OSU students. Check your email by logging in to Buckeye Mail. The University will use Buckeye Mail for all official communications about grades, course schedules, financial aid, housing, orientation, and scholarships. Check your email at least once a week before the semester begins and more frequently during the semester.

Should you have any questions, contact the IT Service Desk at 614-688-4357.


Autumn 2014 DATES

June 18, 19, 20

July 17, 18


Important Note: There is a $100 orientation fee, which covers administrative costs.

Ohio State ATI orientation program, SOAR (Student Orientation, Assessment and Registration), is designed to provide students with a foundation for success. Orientation/SOAR is a one-day program (8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.). Lunch is included in the program. The program is required for ALL students (freshmen, inter-college change, and transfer students) entering ATI for Autumn 2014 semester. Parents or other family members (limit 2) are encouraged to attend with you.

During Orientation/SOAR you will:

  • Take placement test(s), if required.
  • Receive information about campus resources.
  • Learn what is expected of you inside and outside of the classroom.
  • Attend a group academic planning and advising session.
  • Schedule classes for your first semester (PLEASE REMEMBER YOUR USERNAME AND PASSWORD).
  • Become more familiar with campus.
  • Complete university business, such as getting your BuckID card and consulting with Student Financial Aid.
  • Connect with other students who are starting at ATI.


You can register only upon receipt of your Orientation/SOAR notification, which is sent the last week of March to all new students having paid their acceptance fee and on a daily basis thereafter.  Remember, your OSU Username must be activated to use the online registration form.

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations may contact Silvia Henriss, Coordinator for Disability Services, at (330) 287-1253 or henriss.1@osu.edu, for further information.

Program Excel
Every year, a limited number of promising students are chosen to participate in  Program Excel. Program Excel is funded by a Title IV, U.S. Department of Education, Trio, Student Support Services Grant. If you’ve been selected, you will get an invitation for Excel-In.  Watch for this invitation and reserve your seat right away.


ACT/SAT scores, Advanced Placement (AP) Credit, or any college-level coursework you have completed will determine your placement testing requirements.  These must be posted in the OSU system.

  • ACT/SAT scores printed on high school transcripts, photocopied test results, or unofficial transcripts are not acceptable. ACT/SAT scores must be sent from the Testing Company to The Ohio State University.
  • Students who want to earn Advanced Placement credit must sent their official score reports to The Ohio State University (recipient code #1592). If scores are not received prior to SOAR, you will be required to take appropriate OSU placement tests. If you take OSU placement tests and later Advanced Placement scores are received and they are high enough to give you course credit, they will take precedence over placement test scores.
  • Official transcripts from the college an/or university you attended must be mailed directly to: The Ohio State University, Undergraduate Admissions, 1350 Lincoln Tower, 1800 Cannon Drive, Columbus, OH 43210-1200.  Transcript(s) must be received no later than two weeks before your scheduled orientation date; otherwise there may not be sufficient time for transfer credit review and the posting of transfer credit to the University system.


ACT or SAT scores are not required for admission to Ohio State ATI but are required for ATI course placement.  Students who are under the age of 21 years, who are not transfer students and have been out of high school for less than two years, are required to submit ACT or SAT scores prior to attending a SOAR Program.

Students who do not submit ACT or SAT scores prior to July 18th will be invited to a two-day Orientation/SOAR Program. The on-campus or "residual" ACT test will be given on August 7 and be followed by the SOAR Program on Friday, August 8.

To register for an upcoming national ACT or SAT test, visit either of the following websites:



PLACEMENT TESTING: English and Mathematics

At Orientation/SOAR, students complete computer based testing for Placement in English and Mathematics courses.


The English Placement Test is designed to evaluate student writing and place students in the appropriate classes that will help them succeed in college-level work. English placement tests can only be taken on-campus (at Orientation/SOAR). This timed essay exam requires students to read and then analyze a passage for key ideas in developing their own position on the subject; it integrates the critical reading and expository writing skills that are essential for college-level work. Essays will be evaluated on matters such as clarity of thought, fluency, careful organization, development of ideas, and the use of clear and precise language. ACT English sub scores are used to place students into English courses or recommend placement testing. Students earning an ACT English sub score of 15 or lower are placed into English 1109, Writing and Reading. Students who have and ACT English Subscale score of 16, 17 or 18 will take the English Placement Test. Students who have received applicable transfer credit or have earned an ACT English sub score of 19 or higher, or an SAT verbal sub score of 460 or higher to be placed in First-Year English Composition.

Students with disabilities requesting accommodations may contact Silvia Henriss, Coordinator for Disability Services, at (330) 287-1253 or henriss.1@osu.edu, for further information.


Most undergraduate programs at Ohio State require some work in mathematics. All entering freshmen are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment (math placement test). You should complete this testing requirement no later than three days prior to orientation and can do so online (see instructions below). If you do not take the assessment prior to orientation, you must arrive at 7:30 a.m. to take the exam.

You are not required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • You have received transfer credit for a specific Ohio State math course equal to Math 1050 or higher.
  • You received a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AB or BC Advanced Placement (AP) Calculus exam while in high school. You will need to have an official copy of your AP test scores sent directly to Undergraduate Admissions to receive credit.

You are required to take the Mathematics Skills Assessment if:

  • Your credit for college course work in mathematics is not transferring to Ohio State.
  • You have submitted college transcripts, but have not had them equated prior to your orientation session.

The Mathematics Skills Assessment (Math Placement Test) provides an opportunity to demonstrate your current mathematics skills. There are two versions of the Math Placement Test:  Test B and Test D. If you have an ACT math sub score of 24 or lower or an SAT math sub score of 560 or lower, you will be required to take Math Placement Test B. If you have an ACT math sub score of 25 or higher or an SAT math sub score of 570 or higher, you will be required to take Math Placement Test D.

The Mathematics Skills Assessment (Math Placement Test) can be taken online. Follow the Online Mathematics Skills Assessment Instructions below.  If you elect to take the online Math Skills Assessment, the test can be taken at any time but NO LATER THAN THREE (3) DAYS BEFORE your scheduled Orientation/SOAR program.

Browser Requirements: Netscape versions 4.06 or higher or Internet Explorer 4.0 or higher.

Go to https://buckeyelink3.osu.edu/secure/math

  • Log in to the test using your Ohio State Username and OSU password.
  • Thoroughly read the instructions. Please note (1) You may use scratch paper, pencil and a scientific or graphing calculator. (you should not use a calculator with computer symbolic algebra or QWERTY key boards, such as the TI-89 or TI92; (2) The test has a time limit of 75 minutes. The time remaining will be updated after you answer each question. Please note that time continues to run even if you log off of your computer or if you have computer problems; and (3) The test is multiple choice with only one correct answer per question. Partial credit is not given.
  • Upon completing the test, click Submit.
  • Note your placement code. L, M, N, R, S T, or U (see Your math placement code above).

Students are encouraged to review sample problems for both math exams at:


Students with disabilities requesting accommodations may contact Silvia Henriss, Coordinator for Disability Services, at (330) 287-1253 or henriss.1@osu.edu, for further information.