Course Placement

Appropriate course placement is an essential component of academic success. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor prior to registration to discuss placement scores and course prerequisites for appropriate course selection. Refer to this catalog for specific course prerequisites and placement score requirements.

Communication Course Placement

The following communication (COMM) courses require appropriate placement scores for course registration. A student who has earned an appropriate ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer score is eligible to enroll in the courses listed in the table below. Students using Accuplacer Next Generation scores must meet the minimum Accuplacer Next Generation scores in both Reading and Writing or be placed by additional departmentally-approved measures. 

  Accuplacer Next Generation ACT English SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
COMM A111 Writing: 265
Reading: 265
22 560
COMM A235 Writing: 265
Reading: 265
22 560
COMM A237 Writing: 265
Reading: 265
22 560
COMM A241 Writing: 265
Reading: 265
22 560

Mathematics Course Placement

A student who has completed the course prerequisites is eligible to enroll in MATH or STAT courses. MATH or STAT prerequisite courses are valid for 24 months from the date completed. 

A student who has not completed the course prerequisites must earn an appropriate score on a UAA-approved placement test. MATH placement test scores are valid for one year from the date taken.

Detailed information about Mathematics and Statistics placement testing, as well as access to the test, are available on the UA ALEKS website

The following table shows the scores needed to place into specific courses. 

Math Course ALEKS Score
MATH A054 or MATH A060 0-16
MATH A055 17-29
MATH A105 30-54
MATH A104 or MATH A115 30-100
MATH A121 or MATH A151 or MATH A155 55-77
STAT A200 55-100
MATH A152 65-77
STAT A253 65-100
MATH A221 or MATH A251 78-100

Writing Course Placement

The WRTG prefix replaces the prefixes ENGL and PRPE for courses in the writing sequence.  Writing (WRTG) and Preparatory English (PRPE) courses require appropriate placement scores for course registration. A student who has earned an appropriate ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer score is eligible to enroll in the courses listed in the table below. 

Students with ACT or SAT scores that place them in 200-level WRTG courses may receive credit by placement for WRTG A111 upon completion of WRTG A211, WRTG A212, WRTG A213 or WRTG A214 with a grade of C or better. To receive this credit, students must submit the appropriate form to the Office of the Registrar.  

Students placing into WRTG A080 or WRTG A090  should consult a First Year Advisor to discuss course options and consider additional placement measures.  Call 907.786.6856 to request a writing placement appointment on the Anchorage campus or contact the testing center at your community campus. 

Detailed information about testing services for writing placement, as well as student guides and sample questions, are available at the following testing centers and on their websites, linked below. 

UAA Anchorage Testing Center: (907) 786-4525 or uaa_testingcenter@alaska.edu

Kenai Peninsula College Learning Centers: Kenai River Campus Learning Center (907) 262-0330; Kachemak Bay Campus Learning Resource Center (907) 235-1658; or call toll-free 1-877-262-0330 and ask to be connected to one of the Centers.

Kodiak College Test Center: (907) 486-1232 uaa_koctesting@alaska.edu

Matanuska-Susitna College Elizabeth J. Fallon Learning Resource Center: (907) 745-9772 or matsutesting@alaska.edu

Prince William Sound College: (907) 834-1600 or pwsc.testing@alaska.edu

The following table shows the scores needed to place into specific courses. Students using Accuplacer Next Generation scores must meet the minimum Accuplacer Next Generation scores in both Reading and Writing or be placed by additional departmentally-approved measures.

  Accuplacer Next Generation ACT English SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
WRTG A090 Writing: 235
Reading: 235
N/A N/A
WRTG A110 Writing: 250
Reading: 250
18 450
WRTG A111 Writing: 265
Reading: 265
22 560
WRTG A211 WRTG A212 WRTG A213 WRTG A214 N/A 30 610