Math and English Placement Exams at UAF

Some courses require placement exams and/or prerequisites before registering.

Placement Information

To promote a successful start in college courses, new students are required to take placement exams before registering for math, science, English and other courses that have prerequisites.

Math Placement

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 to uaf-ecampus-placement@alaska.edu OR take the free, online ALEKS placement exam at alaska.edu/aleks.

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English 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)
  • provide proof of passing grade in a prior college composition class
  • provide proof of a 3.0 high school GPA or higher (currently or within one year of graduating from high school)

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Submit materials to uaf-ecampus-placement@alaska.edu.

WHAT DO I DO NOW?

Instructions for taking the ALEKS placement exam for math:

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1. Get username and password

High school dual enrollment students: Obtain a UA ID and username by registering for your course(s) at https://ecampus.uaf.edu/advantage/. UAF eCampus will then send you an email with your ID and username.

First-time UAF students: If you have already applied for admission to UAF, you can look up your UAF ID, username and password at elmo.alaska.edu.

Non-degree seeking students (not yet planning to apply for admission): You can get a UA ID and username by registering for your course(s) at https://ecampus.uaf.edu/register. UAF eCampus will then send you an email with your ID and username.

Go to elmo.alaska.edu and select Option 2 to set or reset your UA password, if needed.

2. Take ALEKS

Log in to ALEKS at alaska.edu/aleks. This can be done from any computer with an internet connection and no proctor is required. We recommend setting aside three hours for this exam. You can retest up to four times but you must spend at least three hours in the study prep modules between the first and second attempt and five hours between subsequent attempts.

3. Contact your advisor

UAF will automatically receive your ALEKS score but you must proactively reach out to your advisor to discuss placement.

Alaska Advantage students should contact the Alaska Advantage Coordinator at uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu.

If you’re not sure who your advisor is, contact us at uaf-ecampus-advising@alaska.edu.

Instructions for English placement:

1. Determine your best option

Submit to your advisor: ACT/SAT scores from within the last two years, proof of a current 3.0 or higher high school GPA (or within one year of graduating) OR a transcript showing you’ve already passed a college English course.

If none of these apply, determine if you will use the UAF English department placement tool (which requires a writing sample) or take the ACCUPLACER exam. The UAF English writing sample does not require a proctor and can be done anytime, anywhere. ACCUPLACER requires a proctor and must be scheduled ahead of time (contact uaf-ecampus-placement@alaska.edu for assistance).

ACCUPLACER Placement Test

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2. Locate a Proctor

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 uaf-ecampus-placement@alaska.edu for assistance with ACCUPLACER proctoring.

3. Schedule and take your exam

Schedule a time to come in to UAF eCampus Exam Services or your local proctor. It is recommended to set aside three hours to make sure you have plenty of time to complete the exam. The test will score automatically when you finish so make sure to get a copy of your scores before leaving the testing site.

4. Contact your advisor

Your advisor is not alerted when you have taken the exam. The system should record your scores automatically, but make sure to get a copy when you finish the exam to provide to your advisor in case they need it. Your advisor will then help determine your best placement. Email uaf-ecampus-advising@alaska.edu if you’re not sure who your advisor is.

English Department Writing Sample

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2. Log in

For the UAF English department writing sample/placement tool, you must sign in to a Google email account and then open this website: https://sites.google.com/alaska.edu/wrtg-placement/home. If you do not have a Google email account, you can get one by requesting a UA username and ID. On the writing sample form, make sure to include your UA ID (if known) and your UAF advisor. (Alaska Advantage students should list uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu).

3. Wait for scoring

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.

4. Contact your advisor

Contact your advisor to discuss course selection once you have received your placement email from the English department. Alaska Advantage students should contact the Alaska Advantage Coordinator at uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu. Email uaf-ecampus-advising@alaska.edu if you’re not sure who your advisor is.

Did you know placement tests are measuring which course you should be “placed” in? This is to help you be successful. Cheating will only hurt your chances of success.

FAQs

Frequently asked questions about placement exams at UAF.

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Can I use an ALEKS or ACCUPLACER test taken at another school?

No. Each ALEKS and ACCUPLACER test is customized to the school.

Do I need to take a placement test?

Maybe! Most new college students will at least take the ALEKS math placement test but you should work closely with your advisor to determine which tests you may need to take. Dual enrollment and Alaska Advantage students should work with the dual enrollment coordinator (uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu).

Can I send my ALEKS or ACCUPLACER scores to another 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 uaf-ecampus-placement@alaska.edu.

I can’t find the ALEKS study modules.

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.

Are there ACCUPLACER prep materials?

What Math/English class should I take?

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 uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu.

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I took the ALEKS test but I still can't register. What is the problem?

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 uaf-ecampus-advantage@alaska.edu.

Why can’t I retest in ALEKS?

You must spend at least three hours using the study prep modules between the first and second attempt and five hours between subsequent attempts.

Why can’t I log into ALEKS?

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.

Where can I find the ALEKS test?

Go to alaska.edu/aleks. Do not search online for ALEKS and click a general link.

I get a message that my ALEKS access expired. What do I do?

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.

Placement information

Find more information about placement, including the math and English score tables, in the UAF catalog.

Important dates and deadlines

Online courses generally follow UAF’s academic calendar but some start dates and deadlines differ.

UAF eCampus FAQs

Have questions about taking online classes at UAF? Find the answer in our FAQs.