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Placement Testing

UAS offers placement testing at all three campuses

Placement Testing Overview

New UAS students will need to complete both Math placement and Writing placement.

You may not need to take a placement test if you have...

  • taken the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Exam with a score of 3 or higher. For details see the UAS Catalog, Advanced Placement Credit
  • ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer scores, see the Writing Placement for details.
  • taken the CLEP English Composition with Essay and scored 500 points or higher; or taken a Math CLEP and scored 50 points or higher. For details see the UAS Catalog, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • or if you have passed an English/writing or math class at another university (with a grade C or better).  For details see the UAS Transfer Credit Policy.

All test scores and transcripts must be approved by the Registrar's Office. All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes.

Math Placement

Admitted UAS students can visit the University of Alaska ALEKS page to get started. You will need to login with your UA account (Use ELMO to retrieve/reset your username and password). The ALEKS test is not proctored.

For dual enrollment/non-degree seeking students follow this guide to get started.

Test results

You will receive computer-scored results immediately after you finish the test. For help in interpreting your score please refer to the placement scores table. If you are concerned about the results, please talk to a staff member after the exam.

Math Placement Test scores range from 0 to 100. UAOnline will use your highest score to determine placement. Note that the ranges below represent minimum scores needed to register for a course. Students should work with their advisor to determine the best course to take.

ALEKS score table
ALEKS Placement ScoreUAS MATH/STAT Course Placement*
78-100MATH 251**
70-100MATH 211/212
65-77MATH 152**
55-77MATH 151
55-100STAT 200 (formerly STAT 273)
30-100MATH 113, STAT 107
30-54MATH 105
17-29MATH 055
0-16MATH 054
  • * All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes
  • ** MATH 151 and MATH 152 are both prerequisites for MATH 251. If you score a 65–77 on the ALEKS placement test and wish to take MATH 251 in the future, successful completion of MATH 151 is required.

Writing Placement

Directed Self Placement

For writing placement you will use a process called Directed Self-Placement, where you will answer a series of questions to help you determine which writing course is the best fit for you. Use the link below to get started.

Writing Directed Self Placement

Accuplacer

Some academic programs may require an Accuplacer writing placement test for admission. There is no time limit. On average, students take about 2.5 hours to complete the test.

Study

See Accuplacer for free sample questions, answer keys, and a study app.

Test fee

The Accuplacer writing placement test costs $10 and students can pay online through individual campus test payment sites.

Taking the test

The Accuplacer writing placement test can be taken in the Learning Center, or online via our Zoom proctoring service. Call or email to make an appointment.

Test results

You will receive computer-scored results immediately after you finish the test. For help in interpreting your score please refer to the placement scores table. If you are concerned about the results, please talk to a staff member after the exam.

Writing Placement Test scores range from 400-600. UAOnline will use your highest score to determine placement. Note that the ranges below represent minimum scores needed to register for a course. Students should work with their advisor to determine the best course to take.

Accuplacer Writing Placement Test Table
Combined Reading & WritingClass Placement
400 - 499WRTG 090
500 - 529WRTG 110
530 or aboveWRTG 111

* All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes

Writing Placement with ACT or SAT scores

Another option for an incoming student to place into writing classes is to submit qualifying ACT and SAT scores. Test scores will be evaluated upon admission to UAS. Student test results must reflect the following:

ACT/SAT Placement Table
CourseACT English + Reading Total Combined ScoreSAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
WRTG S211, S21260–72710–800
WRTG S11136–59480–700
WRTG S11030–35430–470
WRTG S09026–29390–420

Placement for current National GED Test: Reasoning Through Language Arts

Students may place into WRTG classes by submitting GED scores. Test scores will be evaluated upon admission to UAS.

GED Placement Score test
CourseGED: Reasoning Through Language Arts
WRTG S110145-164
WRTG S111165 or higher
1 credit of 100 level English credit175 or higher

Students may also place into WRTG S090 by taking TABE 11 & 12.

Computer Skills Placement Exam

The CS Placement Exam is not required. However, if you are planning on taking computer classes (CIS, CS, etc.), you will need to either take CIS 105 (Computer Literacy) or place out of CIS 105 with the CS Placement Exam.

Test content

Please refer to the computer skills placement preparation document.

Taking the test

The CS Placement test is proctored, and can be taken any time during our regular open hours. Currently you may take the CS Placement test using our Online Proctoring via Zoom service.

Test fee

The CS Placement Exam costs $10 and can be paid online through our test payment site.

Test results

Tests are scored immediately.

Test Payment

Each UAS campus maintains its own test payment site: