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Testing Center Spring 2017 Semester Hours:

(January 17 - May 6)

Monday:   8 am to 5 pm

Tuesday:   7 am to 5 pm

Wednesday:   9 am to 6 pm

Thursday:   7 am to 5 pm

Friday:   8 am to 5 pm

Saturday: 9 am to 1 pm on the following dates:

  • January 14

  • January 28

  • February 4

  • February 18

  • March 11

  • March 25

  • April 8

  • April 22

  • May 6

Upcoming campus closures:

  • March 17 (Spring Break)
  • May 29 (Memorial Day)
  • July 3 and 4 (Independence Day Holiday)

Proctored Exams

The Testing Center can proctor exams for our local and distance University of Alaska courses as well as courses from other university systems. We proctor placement exams via Compass or Accuplacer and CLEP or DSST (Dantes) exams for those students who feel they have the knowledge to challenge a course. We also offer GED prep and testing.

Use the following guidelines for proctored exams:

  • The student is responsible for arranging for testing materials to be sent to UAS Ketchikan campus.
  • Exams are scheduled on a first-come, first-served basis, and must be completed during regular Testing Center hours.
  • Due to limited space, appointments can be made after testing materials are received.
  • If you need special accommodations please make sure you have done that prior to testing.
  • Students are responsible for return mailing costs, unless prepaid mailing labels are provided.

We will complete and sign Proctor Forms when necessary; or if you need our contact information for submission, list the information as described below.

Please contact us at (907) 228-4524 for appointment information. Some examinations are provided for a fee; check our testing fees for more information.

Conan Steele
Title: Testing Specialist
Address:UAS Ketchikan
2600 7th Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901
Telephone: 907-228-4524

Ketchikan Faculty

Instructors can allow students who need special accommodations to take exams at the Testing Center, including make-up exams and exams that, for one reason or another, cannot be administered in class. Instructors interested in using this service should contact the Testing Center about a week in advance of the test date, fill out a Proctored Examination Request Form, and email or drop off exams with the form to the Testing Center.

Distance Tests

Students enrolled in distance education programs typically need to take supervised exams, and thus need to set up these exams with a local proctoring center, such as ourselves.

Proctor Setup

To make The UAS Testing Center your distance test proctor, you must make arrangements with the campus that is offering the course. Here is the information to give them:

Site Name: UAS Ketchikan Testing Center
Proctor Name: Conan Steele
Title: Testing Specialist
2600 Seventh Avenue
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901

Phone: 907-228-4524

Proctoring Fees

Distance exams from University of Alaska campuses are always free. We charge $50 for exams for non-UA exams.

UA Distance Sites

UA Fairbanks

UA Anchorage


The UAS Ketchikan campus requires that all new students who are degree seeking or planning to enroll in six credits or more take our placement assessments before enrolling in any UAS courses.  The testing requirement will be waived for transfer students who provide transcripts for previous college work.  Placement results will indicate the starting level for students and may require specific courses as prerequisites to college-level work.

The battery of mathematics and English computer placement tests can take up to three hours to complete. They do not all have to be completed in one sitting; however, you must complete the essay portion in one sitting.  Math and English assessment is conducted with a computer-based program called ACCUPLACER.  A hand-written essay completes the English assessment.

Retake policy: Students cannot retake the writing assessment for one year, and they may only retake the math assessment once within one year. Tests may not be used to skip courses in a sequence.

There is a CIS computer placement test available that allows a student with advanced computer skills to waive CIS 105 as a pre-requisite to taking higher level CIS courses.  Students must pass with a score of 70% or higher to waive CIS 105.

Students who would like to have test results forwarded to another school should provide school contact information, including address, phone number, and fax number. Students will also be asked to sign a Release of Results form which grants us permission to distribute placement results (under 18 requires parental signature).

Remote Placement Proctor Agreement

We currently conduct our placements using ACCUPLACER

1. Do I need to take the placement test?

UAS Ketchikan policy states that new students who are degree seeking or planning to enroll in six or more credits must complete placement assessments before enrolling in any UAS courses. Testing requirements are waived for transfer students who provide transcripts for college work in math and/or English. Placement results will indicate the starting level for students, and may require specific courses as pre-requisites to college-level courses. Tests may not be used to skip courses in a sequence.

2. What is the placement test and what is it used for?

A placement test is designed to measure a person's current skill level in specific subject and determines the most appropriate course(s) to take. At UAS, we use ACCUPLACER, a computer program, to determine placement in English and math courses.

3. Do I need to study? How can I review?

Familiarizing yourself with the information that will be covered in the placement tests is smart. Sample questions for the Math, Reading, and Writing Skills tests can be found at  There is also an Accuplacer app available.  An overview of the testing software as well as Math and English review sites are available on the UAS Ketchikan Tutoring webpage. 

4. How long will the test take?

Allow at approximately 2 to 2 1/2 hours to complete the tests.

ACCUPLACER administers several groups of tests: one for math and three for English (reading comprehension, editing, and an essay). The program is adaptive, which means the kinds of problems you will see and how many problems you will work on depend on how you respond.

The math, reading, and editing sections of the test are not timed. In general, the more knowledgeable you are, the more items will be presented and the longer the test will take. The time for each section--reading, editing, math--averages around 45 minutes, but can take more or less time. The essay portion of the assessment is also untimed and may take as long as an hour or more.

Students who are well versed in computers may want to take higher level computer courses and waive the basic CIS 105 course.  Computer skills can be assessed with a 105 minute online placement exam.  The exam consists of a set of four computer activities.  Scores are available after 3 business days. You must receive a score of 80% or higher in order to waive CIS 105.

5. Must I be tested on every section?

No. If all you require is a math or an English placement, then inform the test proctor.

6. Do I have to take all sections in one day?

No. It is not necessary to take all sections in one day. If your schedule does not permit you the suggested time needed, then inform the testing center that you are taking only one of the sections and plan to return on another day to take the remainder of the test.

7. Where does testing take place?

The Testing Center is located at UAS Ketchikan campus, on the first floor of the Paul Building.

8. Do I have to bring anything?

Know or bring your social security number and photo identification. We will provide all materials.

9. Is there a fee?

See the fees page under the Ketchikan Campus Testing Center or click here.

10. Can I fail the placement exam?

No. This is an assessment tool that helps UAS advisors place you in appropriate courses so you can succeed. It will not determine whether or not you can take classes, only which ones are appropriate for you to begin with.

11. How will I receive my test results? Can I receive my results over the phone?

Test results are usually available immediately. Occasionally essay results are delayed up to 48 hours. To ensure confidentiality, testing results are not released over the phone.

12. How do I schedule my testing?

Appointments are requested. Contact the Testing Center to schedule a time: 228-4524.

13. I took tests at another school. Can I use those scores?

This decision is made on a case-by-case basis. Generally, scores from COMPASS or ASSET can be evaluated for placement at UAS Ketchikan. Often, however, additional testing is required. Contact the Testing Center or the Student Resource Center for more information.

Math placement scores are good for one year; English placement scores are good for two years.  One retake per year is allowed.

I have taken SATs. Must I still take the UAS Placement Test?
In most cases, yes. Students who score 620 or higher on the SAT verbal should contact the Student Resource Center for exemption guidelines.

The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan offers GED preparation and testing every semester.

2017 GED Spring Prep Schedule

(January 23rd to April 28th)


Ketchikan Regional Maritime and Career Center
(located across from Tatsuda's)
600 Stedman Street, Room #116
Ketchikan, Alaska 99901
Instructor: Christie Willett
Phone # (907) 228-4516

Prep & Instruction

  • Monday and Wednesday: 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm
  • Tuesday and Thursday:  10:30 am - 2:30 pm
  • Reading Review available Monday and Wednesday
  • Math Review* Tuesdays and Thursdays
    *Math review is open to anyone needing a math refresher course
    • Basic Math 11:00 pm - 12:00 pm

Tutoring Appointments

  • Please contact Christie Willett.

Students need to bring the following:

  • Photo ID
  • Social Security Card/Number
  • If a minor, parent/guardian permission

For more information, contact Christie Willett (907) 228-4516 or the Testing Center at (907) 228-4524. Testing requires authorization and will be scheduled by the GED instructor.

You can get more information regarding the GED Program at 

Click here for State of Alaska GED requirements

UAS is an open enrollment university. If you have a GED, you may enroll at UAS for further educational opportunities.

UAS Ketchikan offers several courses that will further prepare you for college-level course work.

  • Improving Writing Skills
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Computer Literacy

These courses are offered each semester to set up an appointment with an advisor call (907) 228-4511.

Professional, Other University, or Standardized Exams

In addition to providing test services to local and nationwide universities, the Testing Center also proctors exams for public and private institutions and companies. Some of these exams include: FCC and FAA permits, insurance and real estate certifications, standardized exams for teacher certification, and GED testing.

Please contact us to find out if we offer the exam that you are interested in, or to see if we can help you make arrangements to receive an exam.

We are an iBT center for ETS TOEFL and PRAXIS testing. We currently offer only paper-based testing for GRE and GMAT sessions.

We are a controlled testing center for the Miller Analogies Test (MAT), the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) and the DSST/Dantes Exams; contact us for scheduling information.

For registration and testing information on the SAT or ACT (Assessment for College Entrance), contact your high school counselor or see the SAT or the ACT web site.

GED preparation is offered during the fall and spring semesters. For more information contact Christie Willett (907) 228-4516.

Listed below are links to some of the sites for which we provide test proctoring:

  • ASE Automotive Service Excellence
  • Castle Worldwide
  • CLEP College Level Examination Program
  • DSST (also known as Dantes) College Level Examination Program
  • GED General Education Diploma - (see the GED tab on this page)
  • Miller Analogies Test
  • NRA ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification examination
  • Pearson VUE Cisco, CCNA, A+, Net+, MCSE, AK Insurance & Real Estate, NES
  • PSI/Atlas AK Residential Contractor Endorsement, USPS, FCC exams, etc
  • PAN candidates need to go to each test client to schedule for pan.
          (TSA, US Customs and Border Patrol, FBI, USAHire, etc.)

Contact us for fee and exam registration information. (907) 228-4524

Take ownership of your education.

Test Type/Vendor
Examinee Fee

Placement Tests for (prospective) UAS students

Placement Tests for (prospective) UAA and UAF students pay $10 in addition
to the UAA and UAF testing fees.

AMHS: Alaska Marine Highway System
English Proficiency test
MMSW: Maritime & Multi-Skilled Worker$10

(UAS retesting fees and policies apply.)

University of Alaska distance course exams (UAA, UAF, and UAS)No charge

Non-UA exams - for other universities or agencies.
(This includes placement exams and distance course exams.)

$50/UAS exam fee or $150 per semester per class

ASE - Automotive Service ExcellencePayment made to ASE upon registration
Castle WorldwideVaries - payment upon registration with Castle Worldwide


$80 exam fee + $50 UAS fee - Total cost $130

Dantes (DSST)

$80 (to DSST) + $50 (to UAS) - Total cost $130

FCC   Federal Communications Commission website

Varies - payment made to PSI


Varies - payment upon registration with PearsonVue


$50 to UAS + $88 to UAA


Payment made to Kaplan upon registration

Miller's Analogies Test (MAT)

$100 to UAS

NRA: ServSafe

$36 (to NRA) + $30 (to UAS)

Pearson VUE

Varies - payment upon registration with PearsonVue

PRAXIS Exams - I and IIVaries - payment upon registration with ETS
PANVaries - payment upon registration with pan assessments
PSI /Atlas - AK Residential Contractor Endorsement, USPS, FAA and FCC examsVaries - payment made to PSI

Fees must be paid in advance in the Business Office during regular business hours and are non-refundable. Please retain your receipt until you have completed testing.

Test Preparation   pencil

UAS-Ketchikan placement testing is more of an evaluative process than a test. Students do not pass or fail. The purpose of placement tests is to provide you with valuable information about your current skill levels in math, English, and reading. The results of the assessment, and consideration of your academic background, goals, and your interests, are used by UAS academic advisors to determine and help guide your course selection.

Preview the ACCUPLACER® test

Click on Sample “Questions” and then on “ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students,” to see a sample of the test. Reviewing the sample test provides students with a “roadmap” of the test and works to help build confidence for testing day. The questions will be different on your test, but the sample questions will allow you to see how the test is structured and will give you a much better idea about what to expect.  You may also want to click on “How it Works” to get an overview of the test and what to expect on your testing day.

To better insure you will have the most accurate measure of your skill levels we recommend visiting the following sites to “refresh” before you take your placement test. -
Purdue University Online Writing -
Test Prep Preview-

NOTE: Test Prep Preview has many other free practice tests. 

For example: Accuplacer, GED, GRE, HESI, FCC, MAT, NREMT, Praxis, ServSafe, TEAS, TOEFL, USPS and more.

Test Prep Practice -
Study Guide Zone -

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