Math and writing placement tables
UAF requires mandatory placement for math and writing for all students (with a few exceptions).
These distinguished placements assess a student's current abilities in math, reading, and writing and correlate these abilities to the corresponding math, reading, and writing levels in UAF’s developmental and general education course curriculum.
- UAF MATH placement table (PDF) - effective fall 2021
- UAF WRITING placement table (PDF) - effective spring 2023
We've learned that students have a greater probability of successfully completing general education courses that count toward certificate/associate or bachelor's degrees when scoring above the required test cut off score.
Almost all natural science courses require at minimum a WRTG 111X and MATH placement score.
To register for Writing Across Contexts (WRTG F111X) or to place into courses with a WRTG F111X placement prerequisite, you must either:
- Submit either ACT or SAT standardized test scores (within two years of testing).
- Submit a score of 3 or higher in the AP English literature or AP English language exam.
- OR take the EdReady writing placement.
Submit ACT/SAT/AP scores to email@example.com.
All students must take the ALEKS placement prior to registering for any Natural Science or Math course at UAF unless you meet one of the following criteria:
- You have scored a 4 or higher on the AP calculus AB and/or BC exam and submitted score.
- or you have proof of passing grade in a prior college math course and submitted transcript.
Submit AP scores or transcripts to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You don't need to provide UAF with your ALEKS placement score. Your score will be directly entered into our UAF system.
ALEKS is a web-based assessment system that not only provides an initial assessment for math placement, but also an opportunity to practice and retest to improve your placement before you enroll.
Likely yes, ALEKS placement is required before you will be allowed to register in any math (MATH) course at UAF, unless:
- You have scored a 4 or higher on the AP calculus AB and/or BC exam and submitted score
- or you have proof of passing grade in a prior college math course and submitted transcript
Submit AP scores or transcripts to email@example.com
- a computer including keyboard
- internet access
You will need to set aside at least two hours to complete 20-30 questions. The ALEKS test is adaptive, so no time is wasted answering questions you don’t understand.
You don't need to own a computer to complete the ALEKS placement. It is not currently proctored. You can come to the Academic Advising Center or utilize the testing center at UAF Exam Services if you are located in the Fairbanks area. Outside of Fairbanks, you can use your local library and most high schools and community colleges offer access to public computers.
ALEKS technical support are the best option, however, they are not open 24/7, but have good availability 6 days of the week:
- Sunday: 4 p.m.-1 a.m. EST
- Monday-Thursday: 7 a.m.-1 a.m. EST
- Friday: 7 a.m.-9 a.m. EST
For general questions/help (such as logging in or study resources) please contact UAF eCampus Advising at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 907-455-2067.
Yes, you may retake the ALEKS up to five times within a year time period. You will have to spend time in the practice module before a new attempt unlocks. Your highest score is the one that counts.
The EdReady writing placement is a web-based assessment tool used to determine skills in reading and writing and used to help determine placement for writing (WRTG) and reading (DEVS) courses at UAF.