Elizabeth J. Fallon Learning Resource Center (LRC)

MSC math tutor session with student in the 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

    ACCUPLACER is an online placement test consisting of three assessments: Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, and Math.

    The English tests consists of two sections: Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills, each with multiple choice questions.

    The math test starts with Elementary Algebra and automatically adjusts to the examinee’s knowledge level by moving into College Math or Arithmetic. Questions are multiple choice.

  • ALEKS

    ALEKS Placement for Math Skills
    ALEKS helps determine your level of skill in math and which courses are the most appropriate for your enrollment.

    Test candidates may take the ALEKS test at home:
      • The math test may be accessed at UAOnline.
      • Select the Current Students tab, then ALEKS Math Placement Test.
      • Students must be registered for admission and have a student ID #.

    Test candidates should especially note TAKE THE TEST instructions in the left column. The requirements listed must be met before beginning the test.

    Fees: No fees required 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 after the initial test.

    Practice Tests and Study Helps: ALEKS provides practice modules after each test attempt, but the following sites may also be helpful:

    https://www.varsitytutors.com/practice-tests
    http://101science.com/math.htm
    https://www.khanacademy.org
    http://www.mathhelp.com/math-test-prep/

    Scores: Each score is associated with a specific course and tells for which course a student can register. Scores expire after one year.

    Placement Scores for Math Courses

    Course ALEKS Scores ACCUPLACER Scores
    Arithmetic
    (AAAR)
    Elem Alg
    (AAEA)
    Coll Math
    (AACM)
    Pre-algebra MATH A054 # 0-16 0-47 0-47  
    Essential Mathematics MATH A060 # 0-16 0-47 0-47  
    Elementary Algebra MATH A055 # 17-29   48-69  
    Intermediate Algebra MATH A105 ~ 30-54     0-49
    College Algebra for Managerial and
    Social Sciences
    MATH A121 ^  55-77     50-59 
    College Algebra for Calculus MATH A151 ^  55-77     50-59
    Pre-calculus MATH A155 ^  55-77     50-59 
    Elementary Statistics STAT A252 ^  55-100     50-59
    Trigonometry MATH A152 ^  65-77      60-79
    Applied Statistics for the Sciences STAT A253 ^  65-100     60-79 
    Applied Calculus for Managerial and
    Social Sciences
    MATH A221 ^  78-100      60-79
    Calculus I MATH A251 ^  78-100     ≥ 80 * 
    Note: Math placement scores are valid for one year. SAT and ACT scores are not accepted for placement purposes.
    * As long as Trigonometry course (either high school trig or pre-Calc) has been completed.
    # Credits earned cannot apply to degree; eligible for Financial Aid.
    ~ Fulfills Math requirement for some associate degrees or can be used as elective.
    ^ General Education Requirements (GER)
     
  • 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 $80 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.Make an AppointmentMake an appointment  

  • DSST

    DSST (formerly known as DANTES) 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 you, we have provided a list of DSST courses and minimum test scores accepted at UAA and MSC (PDF). In order to have scores sent to a particular institution, all testers must know the institutional code before testing. To find this information, go to GetCollegeCredit.com.

    Learn about practice tests or tests for military members by visiting the DSST website.

    For more information from MSC Learning Resource Center, call 745-9713 or email.

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

  • 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 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
    617 S. Knik Goose Bay Road Suite G, Wasilla, AK 99654
     
    Possible study sites for GED:

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

  • 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.

    The Praxis website 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.

  • 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 pearsonvue.com.

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

  • 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.appointment-calendarMake an Appointment 

  • 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.

    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

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Tutoring Resources

For students enrolled at 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.

Additional Help

  • Rosetta-Stone Language Software
    Programs are available for student use in Room C. Students should contact the front desk of the Learning Resource Center (745-9713) to schedule a time to use these programs.
  • Computer Stations

    Two stations dedicated to online tutoring services at tutor.com/alaska are available for student use. Because MSC tutors have limited hours and some courses do not have tutors, students may receive online tutoring through tutor.com/alaska at two computers in the Learning Resource Center. This tutoring is paid for by the state libraries and is free for Alaskans.

    Five stations are reserved for students in the process of writing papers for their MSC courses. Students often use these computers in combination with visiting a writing tutor.

  • Textbooks, Videos and Other Resources
    Students should ask a tutor or the front desk clerk for the use of sample textbooks or training videos. The front desk clerk can also recommend online and local resources that may be helpful to students.

FACULTY RESOURCES


Learning Resource Center Staff

Manager - Janna Bare

Proctors
Susan Elwell
Jeanette Sinn
Writing Tutors
Amalee Bowen
Andrea Hackbarth 
Math Tutors
Kitty Underbakke
Leslie Varys

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CONTACT

Phone: 907-745-9772 
E-Mail:matsutesting@alaska.edu
Location: OLB 121

Office Hours
M-F 8:30a-5:00p