Preparing for the Accuplacer
What is included in the placement tests?
- The Accuplacer test is used to determine placement in writing and includes a reading comprehension and grammar test.
- New students will also be required to take the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI) for use in advising about learning strategies that will increase success in college.
- Students use the ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (PPL) system to determine their math placement.
Does every student have to take a placement test?
No and some students may only need a writing or a math placement test. For example, students who place into college-level writing on the SAT or ACT do not need to take the Accuplacer. Transfer students who have completed college-level math do not need the ALEKS and transfer students who have completed college-level writing do not need to take the Accuplacer. Seek advising from Student Services if you are unsure if you need either the Accuplacer or the ALEKS.
What should I do BEFORE I take the Accuplacer placement test?
- Brush up on your reading comprehension and grammar skills.
- Use the free Accuplacer Study App to review sample test questions.
- Look at the review questions available on an Accuplacer Practice Test website for more examples of test questions.
- Visit the Learning Center for assistance, if needed.
- Create a student account with the University of Alaska if you do not already have one.
- Make an appointment at the Test Center to take the Accuplacer.
- Pay $18 testing fee to the Business Office.
What should I do AFTER I take the placement tests?
- Contact your academic advisor or Student Services for an appointment to go over your test results.
- Consult the Placement Test Advising Sheet handout to find out which math and writing courses you are qualified to take.
- Review Degree Works for your program requirements.
- Look at the class schedule in UAOnline to determine your schedule.