Note that the Assessment Center is open 8-4 weekdays.   (That includes the lunch hour) 

Please do not come in at 4:00 without prior arrangements anticipating that you will be allowed to take several assessments or a two hour exit exam.

You may make appointments or discuss your special needs by contacting Anna Marie Pratt at 574-1281.

What is assessment?

Assessment is measurement of something.  In this case, it measures your basic skills in a way similar to the ACT test.  The assessments, however, are not timed and are all computer generated.  Scores are given immediately.   If you do not show a high enough aptitude, you will be placed in a remedial class.

Throughout your college career you will be assessed many times.  The tests and quizzes that you complete in your courses are assessments of the knowledge you have acquired while in the course.  End of course/faculty evaluations are good assessments of the courses.

Various surveys will be given.  One is the National Survey of Student Satisfaction that currently asks freshmen and seniors to provide feedback regarding USAO.  Another is the freshman survey and of course a senior survey. 

 Why do we have "remedial" classes?

Remediation is a foundations course.  If you did not place into a college level course, this course will provide you the skills to enter a college course and have a better chance of success.  There is no stigma to having had to take a college remedial class.  In fact those students who do so, earn higher grades than many students who enter without the class. 


The following fees apply:

Proctor Test $15.00

Assessment Test Administration Fee $5.00 (Repeat of tests after first two)

Older Student Assessment Administration Fee $20.00

Study Guide $2.00

Study Guide Set of Three $5.00

CLEP Administration Fee $15.00

Placement Tests

Students with ACT scores below 19 in English, Math or Science are required to take an assessment test to determine if remedial coursework is needed in that subject.  At USAO, the Computer-Adaptive Placement Assessment (COMPASS) program is used for English and Math placement.  The Science placement exam was developed by USAO faculty. 

All of these tests are computer based and have no time limit.   Therefore, it is wise to come for assessments early in the day and allow not less than an hour per test.  

If a student does not make a satisfactory score to place in a college level course, these tests may be taken again after a two-week waiting period.  This is to allow the student time to review and study prior to taking the test again.   A score that does not pass but is very close in any subject matter is an indication that the student will probably do well on the second test.   A written essay may also be used for placement, however, the results will be hand graded. 

It is recommended that the test be taken no more than twice a semester.  Students who do not do well on the assessment exams may not have the basics, or building blocks to enter a college level course in that subject matter. 

Students need to acquire a request form from the Registrar's Office that lists the types of placement tests to be taken.  A picture ID is to be shown prior to taking the assessment. 

There are study guides available on line for students who wish to study prior to taking the placement exam or prior to re-taking the placement exam.  Contact the ARC at 574-1361 or Anna Marie Pratt at 574-1281 for information to access these guides.  In addition these websites are of assistance:  and


This is the current General Admission Policies regarding ACT scores and remediation.

(Taken from the USAO General Catalog)

Curricular Deficiencies and Remediation

ACT-Based Deficiencies

A student who scores less than 19 on any of the ACT sub-scores is judged deficient in that subject area.  No student who is deficient in a subject area may enroll in any college-level courses in that area until the deficiency is removed. 

Students must remediate all deficiencies within the first 24 credit hours attempted.  If deficiencies remain after the completion of 24 hours, enrollment will be restricted to remedial courses. 

Each remedial course (identified by a first-digit of “0” in the course number) carried the same tuition as college-level courses, plus a $20 per hour fee, but does not carry college credit. 

Remediation in English is achieved in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of ENGL 0123, (Basic Composition Skills)   OR
  2. Earning a passing grade on a USAO assessment test, either COMPASS OR

a successful Diagnostic English Essay as graded by the English Department. 

Remediation in Science is achieved in one of the following ways:

  1. Completion of NSCI 0123, (General Science)  OR
  2. Earning a passing grade on a USAO assessment test.

 Remediation in Mathematics is achieved in one of the following ways:

For students majoring in Biology, Business, Chemistry, Computer Science, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Deaf Education, Economics, Mathematics, Natural Science, Physics, Psychology, Sociology, or any other field requiring MATH 1513 (College Algebra) or higher must do one of the following:

1.      Score 19 or higher on the ACT math subscore,  OR

2.      Pass a USAO Level 2 Assessment (algebra), OR

3.      Complete MATH 0123 (Basic Algebra Skills) with a grade of “RP”. 

For all other students ( IDS 1223 Math in the Modern World)

4.      Score 19 or higher on the ACT math subscore, OR

5.      Pass a USAO  Level 2 Assessment (Algebra), OR

6.     Pass a USAO Level 1 Assessement (pre-algebra),   OR

7.      Complete MATH 0103 (Basic Math Skills).  The final ALEKS assessment taken in Math 0103 will replace the Level 1 assessment.

History Deficiency.  Remediation in history is necessary when the student failed to complete one year of high school U.S. History and one additional year of another high school history course.  A student who is deficient in history must take a 3-hour college history course in addition to the required IDS courses in American Civilization.  Required IDS courses may not be used to remove a history deficiency. 

Junior CAAP Exam

The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education require all institutions to assess students in the areas of reading, writing, mathematics, critical thinking, and science reasoning after the completion of 45 semester hours and prior to the completion of 70 hours.  The Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP) is the instrument used to meet this requirement at USAO.  The CAAP is mandatory and testing sessions are scheduled once each trimester.  Student scoring above the national mean receive a certificate of achievement from ACT.

CAAP tests are scheduled each spring and fall trimester in the ballroom, 2nd floor of the Student Center.  Students who do not take the CAAP when scheduled will be placed on hold and cannot register for classes until the test has been completed. 

No enrollment waivers are granted.

Allow a full hour for the CAAP assessment test when you are told that you are scheduled.   You may walk in with out an appointment, however, this will not assure that personnel will be available to conduct the test and you may have to schedule a time.  

Exit Exam

Senior exit exams are designed to measure how well students meet institutionally stated program goals and objectives and are required by all students prior to graduation.  Many exit exams are offered within the department of the major field of study, however, the assessment office administers exit exams to the Business, Physical Education, Psychology, Math, and Biology majors.  Completion of an exit exam must be done early in the last trimester of your senior year.  

Upon completion of the exit exam/portfolio, the student/advisor needs to inform Ms. Pratt at 405 574-1281 who then assures that the senior exit exam has been entered in the appropriate place on the internal LAN so that the student may graduate. 

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