UC Blue Ash College

Placement Frequently Asked Questions

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Below are answers to frequently asked questions about Placement Testing at UC Blue Ash.

What placement tests do I need to take?

All students are required to complete a Writing GSP and a math placement test, unless qualifying ACT/SAT scores or Transfer Credit has been provided to the university. The placement tool and tests offered at UC Blue Ash are Writing, Math, Reading and Foreign Language Placement.

I see the English the Math Placement Course on my Canvas "Courses" Tab. What should I do?

The Writing Guided Self-Placement Tool and the Math Placement Test can be accessed from a couple of locations. As long as you complete the required tool and/ or tests, it does not matter if you access it from your Canvas account or the UC Blue Ash Placement Testing website.

I see both the English and Math Placement Test on my Canvas account, but I only need to take one of those tests. Why is the other test among my Canvas courses?

Both the English (now called the Guided Self-Placement Tool) and Math Placement Test are pre-loaded into each student's Canvas after confirmation to UCBA, regardless of which placement tests, if any, a student needs to complete.

Do I need to take the Reading placement test?

The Reading Placement test needs to be completed by College Program for Academic Success (CPAS) students only, unless qualifying ACT/SAT scores have been submitted to the univeristy. Please contact placementtesting@ucblueash.edu or call 513-558-9425 if you are a CPAS student and do not have ACT/SAT scores on file.

How many times can I take the Math and Reading tests?

The Math placement test can be taken several times with a three-week time period between testing. The Reading placement test is only for CPAS students who do not have qualifying ACT/SAT sores. Please visit our appeals and retakes page for additional information.

What is the Guided Self-Placement (GSP) Tool for Writing?

Guided Self-Placement (GSP) will help students decide which college writing course will be the right place for them to begin the English composition sequence at the University of Cincinnati Blue Ash College. The Guided Self-Placement for Writing tool asks a series of questions related to students' experiences with writing, provides information about the writing courses in the English Composition sequence, and then asks students to select which writing course they will register for at orientation. 

How do I know if I submitted my GSP for Writing and/or Math Placement Test successfully?

Upon successfully completing the Guided Self-Placement Tool, you will see a “Thanks!” screen with a checkmark. At the end of your Math placement test, you will receive a score. Please write down this score down, as it will disappear once you exit out of the results screen. Your score has automatically been uploaded to our database, and your score information will be provided to your academic advisor to assist you with course registration. 

When/How will I know my course placement?

Please use the buttons below to determine your Math and Reading Course Placement. The GSP Tool for Writing directs you to select the course that is appropriate for you.

My computer just died/my Internet connection is down/my keyboard is malfunctioning. I can't finish the GSP or placement tests. Now what do I do?

If any unforeseen circumstances prevent you from completing the GSP or Math placement test, call 513-558-9425 or email placementtesting@ucblueash.edu. You may have to take test during another session. Please provide your UC username and UCID.

Does the GSP for Writing Tool or the Math Placement Test register courses for me?

The GSP Tool and the placement tests do not register you for classes. They only indicate your course selections so that you will be able register for the courses you choose through orientation or OneStop.

What if I completed placement testing at another college?

If you completed the GSP tool or placement tests at any UC college (Uptown or Clermont) within the last 24 months, your score will still be in the system. If you took a placement test at another institution, you still need to complete the GSP Tool and the UC Math Placement Test unless you are exempt. For additional questions, please email placementtesting@ucblueash.edu.

How do I submit my ACT or SAT test scores?


Contact Information

Placement Testing
Muntz Hall | Room 151
Phone: 513-558-9425