ACCUPLACER Placement Test
Placement exams measure competency in math, reading, and writing skills and enable an academic advisor to determine a student's appropriate entry level of instruction. Students registering for English courses for the first time must take the ACCUPLACER test for placement in appropriate courses unless they meet one of the exceptions listed below (See Do I need to take a placement exam?). Placement may also be required prior to enrollment in certain other courses and programs.
Placement Scores - Placement scores are designed to indicate which course will provide the most benefit for each student. Scores from the ACCUPLACER Reading and Writing tests are combined into a single score which then indicates the course that a student may enroll in. The following list shows which score a student must have in order to enroll in a specific Writing course.
- Basic Writing and Reading (WRTG A080) -- less than or equal to 469
- Writing and Reading Strategies (WRTG A090) -- from 470 to 499
- Introduction to College Writing (WRTG A110) -- from 500 to 529
- Writing Across Contests (WRTG A111) -- greater than or equal to 530
Writing scores do not expire, so scores that are several years old might be included in score systems not listed here. The Learning Resource Center (907-745-9713) or Student Services (907-745-9746) can provide details about other score ranges. Students should talk to the advisors in Student Services if they have any of the following scores from SAT or ACT tests.
- SAT Critical Reading -- 530 or higher
- SAT Evidence-Based Reading -- 450 or higher
- ACT English -- 18 or higher
LRC Testing Hours- Check this page for placement testing hours
Make an Appointment - Prospective students taking placement tests for schools or colleges other than Mat-Su College or UAA, should contact their schools to arrange for a remote placement test at MSC.
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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Tips for taking ACCUPLACER
- Relax! This is not a pass or fail test. ACCUPLACER was designed to help students succeed in college. Test scores help students and advisors identify academic strengths and weaknesses and determine which courses will most likely help students succeed.
- Get a good night's sleep, eat a nutritious breakfast, and arrive at the testing room a few minutes early. These strategies can help examinees concentrate and gather their thoughts before testing.
- Pay careful attention to directions on each section of the test.
- Answer each question. ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test, which means that questions are chosen on the basis of each examinee's answers to previous questions. You may change the answer on a particular question before moving ahead to another question, but you will not be able to return to a previous question. It is better to guess than to leave a question unanswered.
- Eliminate one or more of the choices on difficult questions. This reduces the chance of choosing a wrong answer.
Day of the Test
- Plan to arrive at the Learning Resource Center (LRC) in OLB 121 at least 10 minutes early.
- If you have not paid in advance, pay the fee in the Campus Cache in JKB 109 and then bring your receipt to the LRC.
- You will be asked to show your receipt and a photo ID.
- Cell phones and other electronic devices are not allowed in the testing center. All purses, bags, books and notes must be left outside the testing room. Secure lockers are available.
- Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room.
- Babies and children are not allowed in the LRC and may not be left unattended elsewhere in the college.
- You will be asked to enter contact information (such as mailing address, phone number, and email) and to answer questions regarding your educational goals. This information is entered in the university database and is used by the advisors to help you choose the best courses.
- Since there is no time limit for taking any of the ACCUPLACER tests, make sure you allow enough time to complete each test. The average time for the tests is about an hour; however, times for individual testers can vary greatly.
- When you have finished taking the ACCUPLACER test, you will be asked to print a score report that contains the names of the tests you took, the scores for each test, and the courses for which you may register.
- It is recommended that you make an appointment in Student Services to meet with an advisor to review your scores and course registration options.
Location: OLB 121
M-W, F 8:30a-5:00p