To promote a successful start in college courses, new students may need to take placement exams before registering for math, science, writing and other courses that have prerequisites.
Some courses require placement exams or prerequisites before registering.
To register for a math or science course that requires a certain math placement, you must first submit proof of passing grade in a prior college math course, score of 4 or higher in AP Calculus AB and/or BC, to email@example.com OR take the free, proctored ALEKS placement exam.Take a ALEKS Math Placement
To register for Writing Across Contexts (WRTG F111X) or to place into courses with a WRTG F111X prerequisite, you must
- submit either ACT or SAT standardized test scores (within two years of testing)
- or score of 3 or higher in AP English Literature or AP English Language
- or provide proof of a 3.0 high school GPA or higher (currently or within one year of graduating from high school)
Submit materials to firstname.lastname@example.org.Take an Writing Placement
Placements measure your current skill level to help make sure you register for the right course — where you can be successful and progress. Try to be as accurate as possible when taking placements, if you don't know an answer it's okay! It's better to get an accurate placement than to place into a course that will hurt your chances of success.
WHAT DO I DO NOW?
Instructions for taking the ALEKS math placement:
- Log in to ALEKS. This can be done from any computer with an internet connection. The online exam will require a virtual proctor and you will be led through the steps.
- Contact a local Exam or Testing Center to have your ALEKS exam proctored.
Instructions for Writing placement:
Students can take ACCUPLACER if they have access to a proctoring site. UAF eCampus Exam Services is available for students in the Fairbanks area. Please note that many proctoring locations are still not available due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Contact UAF eCampus at email@example.com for assistance with ACCUPLACER proctoring outside the Fairbanks area.
Schedule a time to come in to UAF eCampus Exam Services or your local proctor and bring a copy of your photo ID when you arrive at the site. It is recommended to set aside three hours to make sure you have plenty of time to finish the exam. The placement will score automatically when you finish so make sure to get a copy of your scores before leaving.
English Department Writing Sample
Go to the English department writing sample/placement. On the writing sample form, include your UA ID (if known) and your UAF advisor’s name. Alaska Advantage students should list their advisor as Amy Bristor. If you do not have a Google email account, you can get one by requesting a UA username and ID.
The UAF English department will email you (and the advisor listed on the form) with your placement results. This may take anywhere from a couple of days to a couple of weeks at peak testing times at the beginning of each semester, so please test early.
Frequently asked questions about placement exams at UAF.
Most new college students will need to take the ALEKS math placement, but you should work closely with your advisor to determine which placements you may need. Students with transfer, Advanced Placement and/or International Baccalaureate credit may not need to take a placement for math and/or writing. High school students taking classes should work with the dual enrollment coordinator (firstname.lastname@example.org).
No, ALEKS math placement and ACCUPLACER are unique to each school.
Yes, but they may not accept the scores since each school develops their own scoring system for placement. There is no official system for submitting scores. If you need help looking up your test scores, please contact us at email@example.com.
Make sure you’re logging in to the UAF instance of ALEKS at alaska.edu/aleks and select UAF as your campus. You must start the study modules within six weeks of completing the test or you will need to take the test again to access the modules.
Yes, there are practice questions available at https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/prepare-for-accuplacer/practice.
There are many pathways depending on your goals, and you may find you are eligible for multiple classes. Please contact your advisor to figure out the best class for you based on your placement! Alaska Advantage students should contact the Alaska Advantage Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The system may take up to 24 hours to receive and process your score. Your score is good for 12 months, after which point ALEKS must be taken again. You may also be trying to register for a course you did not place into, or have a registration hold on your account. Please contact your advisor for assistance. Alaska Advantage students should contact the Alaska Advantage Coordinator at email@example.com.
You must spend at least three hours using the study prep modules between the first and second attempt and five hours between subsequent attempts.
Make sure you’re logging in at alaska.edu/aleks (do not search online for ALEKS and log in there). You must have a UA username and password to log in to ALEKS. If you logged in as a guest, you were at the wrong ALEKS location. Please see Math placement steps above for how to retrieve your UA username and password.
Go to alaska.edu/aleks. Do not search online for ALEKS and click a general link.
You will need to start a new ALEKS exam by logging in at alaska.edu/aleks. ALEKS exams must be completed within 72 hours or you will need to restart the exam. ALEKS scores also expire after 12 months.
Access to the study modules expire six weeks from your date of testing.
Exam proctoring provides the most accurate scores based on knowledge and skill level, and therefore the most accurate course placement.