Many UAF courses require placement. All students planning to take courses with specific placement requirements must meet those requirements before registering for those courses. Specific writing, reading and math placement requirements are listed in the sections below.
Test results are required for first-time degree or certificate students, transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer credits, or students planning to take F100-level English, reading, mathematics, natural sciences and many general education courses. Placement scores from ALEKS, EdReady, American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) must be on file with the Office of the Registrar before registration.
Students who enroll in any course without meeting placement or prerequisite requirements may be dropped or withdrawn from the course through the faculty-initiated withdrawal process.
Writing placement exam scores expire two calendar years from the date taken.
Mathematics placement exam scores expire one calendar year from the date taken.
Students enrolling in developmental or lower-division general education requirement courses must have completed any prerequisite courses within two calendar years of their enrollment.
Course prerequisites indicate what previous preparation is needed to enroll in a course. An instructor has the right to waive a course prerequisite if the instructor documents that the student possesses the background required to succeed in the class. Instructors also have the right to drop any students from a course if they do not meet the prerequisite or have not received a grade of C- or better in all prerequisite courses. Students who take a course at a higher level than a corresponding prerequisite course required for a degree program are not exempt from taking that required course.
Placement into writing courses requires either prerequisite course credit (a grade of C- or better) or a standardized placement test that measures academic skills such as critical thinking and reading. The score from any of the tests (see Writing Course Placement Scores table) places the student in the appropriate writing class. A writing sample, given on the first day of class, may modify this placement. Degree or certificate students placed in developmental writing or reading courses (F050-F110) should register for them during their first semester. These courses help students gain the competencies necessary to succeed in college-level courses. If the student’s standardized test scores are below the minimums for WRTG F111X on the Writing Course Placement Scores table but the student’s high school cumulative GPA is 3.0 or higher, the student may be given permission to enroll in WRTG F111X by the director of University Writing, the director of Student Success and Instruction at the UAF Community and Technical College, or rural campus writing faculty.
On the basis of test scores, students may be required to take developmental writing and/or developmental studies courses. These courses help students gain the competencies necessary for success in college-level courses.
English + Reading Total Combined Score
|SAT Redesigned1 |
Evidence Based Reading + Writing Total Combined Score
|WRTG F211X , WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X2||60-72||710-800||N/A|
|WRTG F111X and WRTG F068||N/A||N/A||65-69|
|Adult Basic Education3||2-17||200-320||N/A|
The SAT Redesigned was first administered in March 2016.
Students with ACT or SAT scores that place them in WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X may receive local advanced placement credit for WRTG F111X upon completion of WRTG F211X, WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X with a grade of C or better. To receive this credit, students should submit the Application for WRTG F111X Credit form to the Office of the Registrar.
Students may not register for foreign language classes higher than F101 unless they have received credit through CLEP, AP, transfer or another UAF-approved test for the prior levels. With the approval of the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures, students may enroll in the level of a language at which they are competent, based on prior experience.
Mathematics course placement varies according to the type of degree the student is planning to pursue and the corresponding math course(s) needed. (See the degree program requirements for more detail.) The UAF mathematics placement test (ALEKS) is used to determine math placement. Minimum test scores for placement in math and developmental math courses are listed in the Math, Statistics and Developmental Math Placement Scores table below.
|MATH F211, MATH F230X||70-100|
|MATH F122X, MATH F151X, MATH F156X1||55-77|
|MATH F1052, MATH F105N, MATH F113X (MATH F071, MATH F105G, MATH F105H, MATH F105J)||30-54|
|MATH F055 (MATH F055D, MATH F055E, MATH F055F, MATH F061, MATH F062, HLTH F116, TTCH F131)||17-29|
|MATH F054 (MATH F056, ABUS F155)||0-16|
Note: Academic advisors should check test score and prerequisite course dates on BANNER or UAOnline and instruct students to retest if their test scores are more than ONE year old for the placement test date and TWO years old for the course prerequisite date. Students who enroll in any course without meeting placement or prerequisite requirements may be dropped or withdrawn from the course through the faculty-initiated withdrawal process.
Note: MATH F051 is appropriate for students needing a review of basic math skills.
Note: Students, in consultation with their academic advisor or course instructor, may opt to take a course lower than their placement.