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Accuplacer is a UAA's computerized placement test to assess your skills in English and Mathematics. Students are only permitted to register for English courses at the level indicated by the students Accuplacer, ACT or SAT Scores. Students are permitted to register for Mathematics courses at the level indicated by the student's Accuplacer scores. Cut off scores for placement into English and Mathematics can be found in the UAA Schedule of Classes.
How can I sign up for the test?
Your experience taking a placement test includes an orientation to Accuplacer and exposure to sample test questions. This orientation is designed to give you a better understanding of the type of questions that will be asked in reading, writing and mathematics. Hopefully, this information will improve your ability to do well on your placement test and enable you to register for the English and mathematics courses appropriate to your skill level. Orientations are now offered online for your convenience. Click here to view the Accuplacer Orientation!
The Accuplacer is administered 4 times daily in the Advising and Testing Center: 8:30 am, 11:00 am, 1:00 pm and 3:00 pm. Click here to register for your test and pay online.
I need to take the Accuplacer Remotely How do I sign up?
Distance or Remote Accuplacer tests are available to testers who live outside the Anchorage area and are unable to physically test at the UAA Testing Center. We require all testing to be done in a proctored setting. For more information on Distance or Remote Accuplacer click here.
Who must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?
Students admitted to UAA who need to complete college level English must complete the Accuplacer placement test or submit ACT/SAT scores * at a level high enough for placement into English A111. Students who need to complete college level Mathematics must complete the Accuplacer placement at a level high enough for placement into, Math A151 or Math A105. Your registration into English and mathematics is restricted until appropriate placement scores are on record.
*Required cut scores for registration.
English A111 requires ACT English 22, SAT Critical Reading 530
How Do I Prepare?
The ACCUPLACER Placement test is very important. For information and practice please review the ACCUPLACER SAMPLE Test. A resource for refresher information is www.khanacademy.org. Your search engine is also another good resource for Accuplacer reviews.
How long are my scores valid for placement?
Accuplacer, ACT, and SAT scores which place students into English A111 do not expire. Accuplacer scores which place students into Preparatory English (PRPE classes) do not expire, however it is recommended to retest after two years. Accuplacer scores which place students into Mathematics courses are valid for one year.
How Do I Get My Results?
Results are given at the conclusion of the test. Students are also provided information to contact an academic advisor for assistance with program planning, course selection and registration. It is not possible to "fail" Accuplacer. Matching current skill level with the correct beginning courses in English and Mathematics will increase likelihood of success as students begin their program of study.
What do my scores mean?
View the Accuplacer Score Placement Chart
Can I Retest?
Yes, after a minimum wait of 2 days, students are allowed to retest. Student may test a total of twice per semester. Students must pay $18.00 each time they take the Accuplacer. Students testing under Ability to Benefit are required by federal guidelines to wait a minimum of two weeks between tests.
What does it cost?
The Accuplacer placment test cost $18.00.