Course Placement

Placement Requirements

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.

Students need mathematics placement at MATH F105 or above and writing placement at WRTG F111X or above to register for natural science general education requirement courses unless otherwise noted.

Placement Tests

Test results are required for first-time degree or certificate students, transfer students with fewer than 30 transfer credits, or students planning to take 100-level English, reading, mathematics, natural sciences and many general education courses. UAF mathematics placement test results must be on file with the Office of the Registrar or the local regional campus registration office before you can register for developmental math, math, statistics or general education natural science classes. Results from American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) or, for associate degree or certificate students, the ASSET, or ACCUPLACER test must be on file with the Office of the Registrar before you can register for classes. UAF also offers a separate writing placement that can be done online. Your ability to register will be blocked if you have not submitted the required test scores.

Students who enroll in any course without meeting placement or prerequisite requirements may be dropped or withdrawn from the course through the faculty-initiated withdrawal process.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 exams should be taken within two calendar years before the start of a course; mathematics placement exams must be taken within one calendar year prior. 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

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.

Writing Course Placement Scores

Courses ACT
English + Reading Total Combined Score
SAT Redesigned1
Evidence Based Reading + Writing Total Combined Score
Sentence Skills + Reading Comprehension Total Combined Score
ACCUPLACER Next Generation4
Writing & Reading
Form B2 Writing Skills + Form B2 Reading Skills
Total Combined Score
UAF Writing Sample
For Use with ASSET
Form B2
WRTG F211X , WRTG F212X, WRTG F213X or WRTG F214X2 60-72 710-800 N/A N/A N/A N/A
WRTG F111X 36-59 480-700 170-240 Writing: 265-300, Reading: 265-300 82-107 19-25
WRTG F110 30-35 430-470 140-169 Writing: 250-264, Reading: 250-264 76-81 16-18
WRTG F090 26-29 390-420 110-139 Writing: 235-249, Reading: 235-249 70-75 12-15
WRTG F080 18-25 330-380 80-109 Writing: 200-234, Reading: 200-234 66-69 9-11
Adult Basic Education5 2-17 200-320 40-79 N/A 46-65 0-8

Note: WRTG F111X-plus pairs a section of WRTG F111X with WRTG F068. Qualifying students are those who have a combined ACCUPLACER Classic score between 130-169 or an ACCUPLACER Next Generation score between 490-529 and are referred by their academic advisor to Jennifer Tilbury <> at UAF Community and Technical College or the appropriate WRTG F111X-plus instructor of record to interview for the program. WRTG F068 is a writing support group tutorial class, recommended based on the student's needs for writing assistance along with any WRTG course listed in the table. Students may take up to three credits of WRTG F068 per semester for as many semesters as needed.

Foreign Language

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 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 is used to determine math placement. Minimum test scores for placement in math and developmental math courses are listed in Math, Statistics and Developmental Math Placement Scores table.

Students who have limited access to or limited experience with the Internet should contact the Department of Mathematics and Statistics or the Department of Developmental Education for assistance.

Math, Statistics and Developmental Math Placement Scores

MATH F251X 78-100
MATH F211, MATH F230X 70-100
MATH F152X, MATH F156X 65-77
STAT F200X 55-100
MATH F122X, MATH F151X1 55-77
MATH F113X, MATH F114X 30-100
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 F068 10-29
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: Completion of MATH F068 will meet the requirements needed to enter MATH F071, MATH F105 and MATH F105N.

Note: MATH F051 is appropriate for students needing a review of basic math skills.

Note: MATH F065 assists students in reviewing and reinforcing course concepts covered by MATH F054, MATH F055, MATH F062, MATH F071, MATH F105 and MATH F105N.

Note: Students, in consultation with their academic advisor or course instructor, may opt to take a course lower than their placement.