Math Placement (ALEKS)


Place, Practice, Improve, Enroll

We want you to succeed in your first DEVM or MATH course at UAF. Here are a few useful principles:

  • Students are most likely to succeed in a course when they are well prepared. 
  • Course placement will be most accurate if time is spent practicing in the ALEKS Learning Module. In addition, students practicing in the Learning Module are better prepared and have the chance to improve class placement.
  • Take advantage of the opportunity to re-test. UAOnline will apply the highest test score achieved. There is nothing to lose by retaking the placement test.
  • Don't put off enrolling in math a course. Math skills deteriorate over time. Sooner is better. Also, placement scores are only valid for one calendar year.

Mathematics provides the foundation for many of the science, business, and professional courses you will take during your college years. Most students are required to take at least one math course to earn a degree. The UAF Math Placement Assessment is through ALEKS. It 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 you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes. You have the opportunity to re-test up to four times.  

Once you begin the placement test you will have 72 hours to complete the test or you will have to start over.

All students are strongly encouraged to spend several hours using the ALEKS Prep and Learning Module. Even if you have achieved placement in your desired course, time spent in ALEKS will better prepare you for your upcoming course and ultimately lead to better grades.


Your results are reported to you immediately after the exam so you know what classes will be available to you during registration.

Your score will be available to your advisor in approximately one business day.


Scoring table

Math Placement Test scores range from 0 to 100.  UAOnline will use your highest score to determine placement. Note that the ranges below represent minimum scores needed to register for a course.  Students should work with their advisor to determine the best course to take.

Math, Statistics and Developmental Math Placement Scores
MATH F251X 78-100
MATH F211, MATH F230X 70-100
MATH F152X, MATH F156X 65-77
STAT F200X 55-100
MATH F122X, MATH F151X 55-77
DEVM F105, DEVM F105N, MATH F113X (DEVM F071, DEVM F105G, DEVM F105H, DEVM F105J) 30-54
DEVM F055 (DEVM F055D, DEVM F055E, DEVM F055F, DEVM F061, DEVM F062, HLTH F116, TTCH F131) 17-29
DEVM F068 5-29
DEVM F054 (DEVM F056, ABUS F155) 0-16

1Placement for all General Education Natural Sciences courses except those listed differently in the catalog (ie. PHYS F211X).
2Placement for BIOL F115X, BIOL F116X, CHEM F105X, CHEM F106X, GEOG F111X.

Who needs to take the test

Anyone who is planning on taking a course that requires mathematics placement during or after the Fall 2014 semester and does not have current MATH credit from a course at the appropriate level. 

Restrictions if you do not take the test

You will not be able to register for a UAF course requiring math placement without either a UAF Math Placement Test score, current transfer credit for a prerequisite course, or AP Calculus credit. These include all mathematics or developmental math courses, and courses in a wide range of disciplines across the university. For more information on this topic, view exceptions.

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