learning resource center

Testing Services

Mat-Su College offers a variety of testing services in the Learning Resource Center.
Click any of these headings for details about the exam.

ACCUPLACER Placement for Writing Skills

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ALEKS Placement for Math Skills

ALEKS (Assessment and Learning in Knowledge Spaces) helps determine students’ level of skill in math and the most appropriate courses for their enrollment.

Test candidates may take the ALEKS test at home: The math test may be accessed at UAOnline (https://uaonline.alaska.edu).  Select ALEKS Math Placement Test.

Test candidates should especially note the TAKE THE TEST tab which lists what must be in place before beginning the test.

 Fees: No fees for UAA prospective students

Retests: The initial test sets up a unique learning path for each individual. Anyone wishing to retest will be directed to personalized learning modules which target areas needing improvement. After the set of modules are completed, the placement test becomes available again. The ALEKS test may be retaken four times. Scores expire after one year.

Practice Tests and Study Helps: Although ALEKS has its own practice modules, some students may find it helpful to visit the following sites before testing:

Scores: Each score is associated with a specific course and indicates which course a student may register for. To view the scores that correspond with each of the math courses, click on this link. 

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CLEP

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) provides students of any age with the opportunity to demonstrate college-level achievement through a program of exams in undergraduate college courses. Students should talk with academic advisors to make sure the university accepts the desired exam score and the exam is appropriate for students’ degree programs.

Download this list of CLEP exams accepted at UAA/MSC. Visit clep.collegeboard.org for more information.

All examinees must create an account at clep.collegeboard.org in order to pay the $85 test fee and register for exams. The registration will generate a ticket ID which will be required to access the computer exam on the test day. An additional proctoring fee of $33 is charged by MSC and is payable in the Campus Cache (JKB 109).

Some tests have additional paper essays that must be ordered 2 weeks in advance. The order fee is $10. Contact a proctor at the LRC (907-745-9713) to order the test.

On the test day, the proctor will ask to see a government-issued photo ID (such as a driver’s license or passport) and the fee receipt. For more information, call 745-9713 or email matsutesting@alaska.edu.

Those taking language tests should bring personal headsets or arrange to check them out from the Okeson Library.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.

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DSST

DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Tests) is a nationally recognized testing program that provides students the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college classroom. College credits are available in 38 subjects. The exams are computer-based. A fee of $80 is payable by credit card to DSST at the time of testing. An additional proctoring fee of $33 will be charged by Mat-Su College and is payable in the Campus Cache.

Many students save time and money by taking DSST exams to gain college credit for what they already know, whether it was learned by independent study, advanced high school courses, professional development, or occupation skills. Taking DSST exams can provide students the opportunity to satisfy prerequisite courses and move into advanced courses.Students should talk with academic advisors to make sure the university accepts the desired exam score and the exam is appropriate for students’ degree programs.

For a list of DSST courses and minimum test scores accepted at UAA and MSC, click here. In order to have scores sent to a particular institution, testers must know the institutional code before testing. To find this information, go to http://getcollegecredit.com/institutions/search/

Learn about practice tests or tests for military members by visiting the DSST website: http://www.getcollegecredit.com. For more information from MSC Learning Resource Center, call 745-9713 or email testing.center@matsu.alaska.edu.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.

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GED

MSC Learning Resource Center is authorized to deliver the GED online exams which became available January 2014. To register for exams, test candidates create their accounts at http://www.ged.com. This website redirects to the Pearson VUE website for scheduling, paying for exams, and selecting a test site. Further information can be obtained at (877)-EXAM GED [(877) 392-6433] or MSC Learning Center, (907) 745-9713.

The GED test is available through computer testing only and contains the following modules: Mathematics, Language Arts, Science, and Social Studies. Modules vary in length from 1-2 hours. Candidates taking more than one module will receive a 10-minute scheduled break between modules.

Training for the GED may be obtained at Ninestar in Wasilla: (907) 373-7833, matsuged@ninestar.com, 877 W Commercial Dr.

Possible study sites for GED:
ged.com
tutor.com/alaska

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.
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Praxis

The Praxis Core exam measures basic skills in reading, writing and math and is required by the UAA School of Education for all students planning to major in Elementary or Secondary Education. Specific Content Area tests are required for teacher certification. As of June 2014, Praxis switched to computer-based testing and expanded their testing dates. The Praxis website at www.ets.org/praxis has information about registration and selection of test sites.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.
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PearsonVUE

Mat-Su College is an Authorized Pearson VUE testing center and offers testing for a variety of Pearson VUE clients including Adobe, American College, Alaska Insurance, Alaska Real Estate, Cisco Systems, CompTia, and many others. Test takers must register, schedule a test date, and pay online at www.pearsonvue.com.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.
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Mat-Su College

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers retesting and make-up testing services for MSC classes. Students are urged to make appointments at least 24 hours in advance to ensure their testing times. Computers in the LRC are available for scheduling test appointments. Students must also arrange with their professors to have tests sent to the LRC. Each student is required to show a photo ID to the proctor prior to testing. Lockers are available for storing personal belongings during testing sessions.

Students with disability accommodations may reserve private rooms for testing. Rooms C and D in the Learning Resource Center have scheduled hours for this purpose.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.

 

 

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Distance Education and General Testing

The Learning Resource Center (LRC) offers proctoring services for students attending classes at UAA, UAF and UAS as well as for test candidates from other universities, schools, and organizations. In order for the LRC to receive tests, test candidates must arrange for their distance education departments, professors, or organizations to send tests to the LRC. Some distance education programs require students to submit a proctor form online. These forms should be submitted to the distance education program early in the semester to allow timely processing of tests.

On test day, each test candidate is required to show a photo ID to the proctor prior to testing. Lockers are available for storing personal belongings during testing sessions.

Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.

LRC contact information:

Mat-Su College Learning Resource Center
8295 E College Dr  (delivery address)
P.O. Box 2889  (mailing address)
Palmer Alaska 99645
Phone: (907) 745-9713

Email: testing.center@matsu.alaska.edu

 

 

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Tutoring Resources

For students enrolled in MSC, The Elizabeth J. Fallon Learning Resource Center offers tutoring in the following topics: 

Tutor schedules

Tutor hours vary each semester and are subject to change. Current schedules are posted on the LRC bulletin boards and can be accessed by clicking the links for each subject below.

Math

 

Writing        

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Please note that children may not be in the tutoring or testing rooms and may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.

Additional Help

Computer Stations

Two stations in JKB 107 are reserved for student use to work on assignments or to access online tutor resources.  Because MSC tutors have limited hours and some courses do not have tutors, students may choose to receive online tutoring through tutor.com/alaska. This tutoring is paid for by the state libraries and is free for Alaskans. MSC tutors can recommend other resources for students.

Textbooks, Videos and Other Resources

Students should ask a tutor for the use of sample textbooks or training DVDs. The tutors can also recommend online and local resources that may be helpful to students.


Learning Resource Center Staff

Proctors

Susan Elwell
Jill Carricaburu
Janette Sinn

James Smith

Writing Tutors
Andrea Hackbarth
Caroline Guidry
Dena Luchsinger

Student Assistant

Shelly Thao

Math Tutors
Luke Grabarek
Kitty Underbakke

Manager

Janna Bare

Bare, Janna
LRC Manager
jbare@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Responsible for overseeing all tutoring and testing activities in the Learning Resource Center.
Elwell, Susan
Proctor
selwell1@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Grabarek, Luke
Math Tutor
lgrabarek@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9706
Office: Learning Resource Center
Guidry, Caroline
Writing Tutor
acguidry@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9707
Office: Learning Resource Center
Hackbarth, Andrea
Writing Tutor
ahackbar@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9707
Office: Learning Resource Center
Klapak, Geraldine
American Sign Language Tutor
pnglo@uaa.alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Luchsinger, Dena
Writing Tutor
dmluchsinger@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9707
Office: Learning Resource Center
Sinn, Jeanette
Proctor
jsinn@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Smith, James
Proctor
jrsmith30@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Thao, Shelly
Student Assistant
Phone: 907-745-9713
Office: Learning Resource Center
Underbakke, Kitty
Math Tutor
kkunderbakke@alaska.edu
Phone: 907-745-9706
Office: Learning Resource Center

Faculty Resources

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