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AMCS Math and Writing Placement

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To apply to the Alaska Middle College School (AMCS), students are required to take two UAA placement tests, the ALEKS test for math and the Writing Sample or the Accuplacer test for writing. If you are following the AMCS application process, placement testing is your second step. Placement tests help determine the best math and writing placement for your college courses, and help ensure they are the right level for you.

To take your placement tests, you will need a UAA student ID number. To get your UAA student ID, AMCS applicants should review the information on the Complete Applications and Set Passwords page on the AMCS website. If you have not completed all of the steps outlined on the AMCS website then please do so before moving on to placement testing. DO NOT try to take these placement tests until you have completed this application and received a UAA student ID.

Below is information on registering and studying for these placement tests.
The instructions below are specific to Alaska Middle College School students:

  • Math Placement

    The Math Placement Assessment is through ALEKS. It is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers materials from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take about 90 minutes to complete. You will sign up for your ALEKS placement test in the AMCS application. The test is proctored in-person at King Tech High School in the AMCS den during specific times. Visit the Complete Placement Tests page on the AMCS website and select the link that says "Register here to take the ALEKS test." 

    For a screen reader friendly version of the ALEKS exam, contact Disability Support Services.

  • Writing Placement

    The Writing Placement Assessment is through a Writing Sample or the Accuplacer. Writing samples are proctored virtually and are free to take. Visit the Complete Placement Tests page on the AMCS website and choose the link that says "Sign up here for your Writing Sample Date." 

    Only register for the Accuplacer if you cannot complete a writing sample. The Accuplacer is UAA's computerized placement test to assess your reading comprehension and writing skills. Register for the Accuplacer. To register for the test without cost, use the following: for Location choose - Alaska Middle College; for group choose - Placement Test; and for Exam choose - Placement Exam. You will need to choose a time and date that works for you and complete the form to register. You are required to wear a face mask and present a government issue picture ID before entering the test area.

    To find study resources for the Accuplacer, visit the Accuplacer Reading Study Guide and the Accuplacer Writing Study Guide, or download the Accuplacer Study App.