Most new students and some returning students will need to take an Accuplacer Placement test before they register for classes. The computerized assessment determines proper course placement to help ensure student academic success. The test measures competency in the basic skill areas of reading, writing (grammar), and numerical skills. These tests are not graded; the score is used solely to assist the student in selecting appropriate courses.

Why Take an Accuplacer Test?

What you will need

Photo identification

You may use your drivers license, state issued ID card, passport, or Wolf Card.

You will need to provide a University of Alaska student ID number to take the test.

New students can create a student account by going to UAOnline and applying for admission or filling out a Request Information (Prospective Student) form.

Students who have taken classes in the University of Alaska system can look up their student ID number at or check with Student Services for assistance.

There is a $18 fee that must be paid prior to your placement testing

Student must pay the fee in the business office and show proof of payment in the test center.

Students with pencils and paper

Preparing for Placement Testing

The placement assessment is UNTIMED. Plan for two hours; some students require more time, some less. For sample practice tests and study guide information, visit the Learning Center or the Test Center or go online to:

Accuplacer Self-Assessment Modules 

Accuplacer Sample Questions for Students (PDF)