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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 and Mathematics courses at the level indicated by the student's Accuplacer, ACT or SAT scores.  Cut off scores for placement into English and Mathematics  are based on ACT or SAT scores  and 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.

Who must take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

Students admitted to UAA who need to complete college level English and mathematics must complete the Accuplacer placement test or submit ACT/SAT scores * at a level high enough for placement into English A111, Math A107 or Math 105. 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
Math A107 requires ACT Math 22, SAT Math 520
Math A105 requires ACT Math 18, SAT Math 480

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 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, ACT, and SAT 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 $15.00 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. 

                        REMOTE ACCUPLACER

Remote Accuplacer tests are available to testers who live outside the Anchorage, Chugiak, Eagle River, Girdwood, Indian, Palmer, Wasilla areas and are unable to physically test at the Advising & Testing Center.   We require ALL testing be done in a proctored setting.
No tester is allowed to take the test without the supervision of an approved proctor. This ensures the integrity of the students' test scores and the security of the ACCUPLACER tests.
There are two options for taking your Accuplacer test via remote.

Option 1. 

  1. Find a qualified proctor by contacting a local educational institution or military facility to determine if qualified test center personnel are willing to administer the ACCUPLACER tests to you in their facility. A qualified proctor must be:
      • Familiar with accepted practices for administering standardized test
      • Has no vested interest in the tester's scores
      • Is not related to the tester
      • Is employed by an educational institution
  2. Have the proctor complete the  Proctor Security Agreement
  3. After receiving the proctor security agreement and student registration, UAA testing staff  will provide the proctor with a password and instructions for administering the ACCUPLACER tests.
  4. Remote ACCUPLACER tests are not available for same day registration and processing.
  5. Students complete the Remote Accuplacer registration and payment process here

Option 2

  1. Register to take your exam with an online proctor.   The online proctor cost is $25.00 and may  be paid after we provide you with the voucher information listed below.  This option also requires that you have a webcam, speakers and a microphone on your computer. 

  2.  You must be in a quiet uninterrupted location free from any resources that may help you on the exam. 

  3. When registering you may select the remote accuplacer online  option and pay your fees.  

  4. You will be sent a testing voucher and instructions within 2 business days. 

  5. The voucher you receive is valid for 90 days from the date it is sent to you. If you do not take your exam within 90 days, you will be required to register and pay your fees again.