UAA Campus is Open

We are pleased to report the UAA Anchorage campus will open on Wednesday, Dec. 5, following last Friday's earthquake. The Chugiak-Eagle River Campus will remain closed, but classes will resume in alternative locations. Students should check UAOnline for their new meeting location. As you return to campus, we encourage you to check the web page for important safety tips and resources about how to submit work requests to facilities for repairs. Please continue to check our Facebook and Twitter accounts for updates.

Placement Exams

UAA believes it is important to start college on the right track, and writing and math are important to student success. Placement exams help students and advisors make informed decisions about which writing and math courses are best to take in your first year. Students should complete their placement exams soon after they are admitted to UAA and before they meet with an advisor. 

Accuplacer for Writing

Accuplacer is UAA’s computerized placement test to assess skills in reading comprehension and writing.

Schedule & Location

This exam must be scheduled and may be taken at the University Center.


$21.00 payable by credit or debit card at the time of scheduling placement date and time.


Students with ACT or SAT scores that meet the minimum score requirements for WRTG A111 do not need to take the Accuplacer. See if your ACT or SAT scores qualify. Students who qualify for nontraditional credit (examples include AP exams, CLEP exams, IB) may not need to take the Accuplacer. Visit the UAA Academic Catalog to learn more.


The results of your Accuplacer help your advisor know which writing class is best for your first semester. Visit the UAA Academic Catalog to learn more.

More Information

Please see the UAA Academic Catalog or visit the Accuplacer FAQ page for more information. 

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ALEKS for Mathematics & Statistics

ALEKS is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for review and to learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes. Students have the opportunity to re-test up to five times. All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if achieved placement in their desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare a student for upcoming courses and ultimately lead to better grades.

Schedule & Location

This exam can be taken on any computer, does not need to be scheduled, and offers pre and post exam study opportunities. All you need is your UA login credentials. Visit ELMO to retrieve your UA login information.




Students who qualify for nontraditional credit (examples include AP exams, CLEP exams, IB) may not need to take the ALEKS. Visit the UAA Academic Catalog to learn more.


The results of your ALEKS help advisor know which math class is best for your first semester. You may take the ALEKS up to five times in one semester. Learn more about Math course options and placement.

More Information

Please see the UAA Academic Catalog or access the ALEKS exam for study and support materials. The ALEKS site is also accessible through the public section of UAOnline

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Students are encouraged to complete their placement exams by certain dates for their incoming semester. Recommended deadlines are as follows:

  • Fall semester entry: by May 1
  • Spring semester entry: by Nov 1
  • Summer semester entry: by Feb 1

Visit the Course Placement page of the UAA Academic Catalog for information about course placement.

Course placement, including previous versions of Accuplacer and SAT:

Course Accuplacer Next Generation Accuplacer Classic SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing SAT Classic ACT
  • Writing: 235
  • Reading: 235
  • Or a combined score of > 470
  • Reading Comprehension: 50
  • Sentence Skills: 60
  • Or a combined score of > 110
  • Writing: 250
  • Reading: 250
  • Or a combined score of > 500
  • Reading Comprehension: 65
  • Sentence Skills: 75
  • Or a combined score of > 140

Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 450

N/A English: 18
  • Writing: 265
  • Reading: 265
  • Or a combined score of > 530
  • Reading Comprehension: 80
  • Sentence Skills: 90
  • Or a combined score of > 170

Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 560

English (Critical Reading): 530 English: 22
WRTG A211, A212, A213, A214 N/A N/A

Evidence Based Reading/Writing: 610

English (Critical Reading): 620 English: 30
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