The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville requires placement assessments to determine student readiness for composition and mathematics courses.  The placement assessments are designed to determine what a student knows and what a student needs to work on.  The placement assessment results will be used to determine the most appropriate courses for each student as they move forward with college coursework.  After taking a placement assessment, students will meet with their advisor to review their results and enroll in the best classes based on their scores.

English Writing

  • Students who score 480 or above on the verbal component of the SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test) are placed into ENG 0101.
  • Students who score 479 or below on the verbal component of the SAT are placed into ENG 0100.
  • Students who score between a 450 and a 479 may contest their placement into ENG 0100 by taking the English writing placement exam.
  • This placement exam may only be taken one time.


The University of Pittsburgh at Titusville requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for mathematics courses. ALEKS PPL is a web-based program that uses artificial intelligence to map a student’s strengths and weaknesses.

Prior to the placement testing done durning STAR Day, log into the online ALEKS registration and complete your first online assessment (allow 1-2 hours) at home as a practice test.  This practice test will allow you to become familiar with the format and serve as a refresher. After the assessment, you will receive a score and a series of online learning modules that you can complete to improve your score before taking the next assessment, which will be proctored on our campus.

Scheduling of Placement Assessments

  • Nearly all students take the placement exams on a Student Testing Advising and Registration Day (STAR DAY).
  • Students can contact Admissions to schedule an individual appointment for taking the placement exams at other times.

Nursing Students

Students applying to the nursing program must complete the mathematics and English writing placement exams before their application can be considered by the Nursing Admissions Committee.

Transfer Credit

Students who have transfer credits will be placed according to the evaluation of their transfer college and university transcripts.