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COVID-19 response

The Testing Center is OPEN and working by appointment only.

Please call the Testing Center Number (907) 228-4524 to make an appointment or email to

The campus doors are locked, upon arrival please call the testing center number for someone to escort you to the testing center room.

Testing Center Hours
We are operating by appointment only at this time! ~Mask Required~

Monday - Friday
8am - 5pm

Upcoming Campus Closures
December 24 - January 3
January 18
March 12

9am - 1pm

(See dates below)
January 9 & 30
February 6
March 20
April 3 & 17
May 8
June 5 & 26


Testing Center Specialist

Julia Sapelkina
(907) 228-4524


Paul Building– Room 102
2600 Seventh Avenue
Ketchikan, AK 99901

Online Testing

The UAS Ketchikan Testing Center is now offering online test proctoring for UAS Blackboard tests via Zoom.

Students: To take a test:

  1. Make an appointment: You can call us at 907-228-4524, or email us at
  2. Make sure you are fully prepared to test, you will need:
    1. A computer or device with a microphone, webcam, and a stable internet connection. Test your device.
    2. A distraction-free environment for the duration of your test.
    3. A photo ID (UAS student ID or government issued such as a drivers license or passport)
  3. When you are ready to begin, click the link provided in the email. You can log in to Zoom with your UAS account. Please be aware that you will be required to share your video, audio, and computer screen with Testing Center staff during the exam.

Faculty: To have a test proctored online by the Testing Center, please email with the following information:

  1. Date(s) that students are allowed to take the test.
  2. Names of students expected to take the test.
  3. Allowed resources (calculator, open book, etc).
  4. Password (for password protected Blackboard tests)

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 English placement exams via 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.
  • Student must bring photo identification in order to test. 
  • 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 above.

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

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 an Examination Proctor 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: Julia Sapelkina
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


Placement Testing Overview

Most new UAS students will need to take a math and writing placement test. The tests will determine which math and writing classes you should enroll in.

You may not need to take a placement test if you have:

All test scores and transcripts must be approved by the Registrar's Office. All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes.

Accuplacer Next-Generation for English

Directed Self Placement

Due to the suspension of in-person testing services, the Accuplacer English placement test will not be available at the UAS campuses and the Writing Directed Self Placement should be used instead.

Accuplacer English Placement Test

There is no time limit. On average, students take about 2.5 hours to complete the test. Please come early to allow yourself enough time to finish.

Test fee

The Accuplacer English placement test costs $10.

Taking the test

In Ketchikan, the Accuplacer English placement test can be taken in the Testing Center call for hours and availability at 907-228-4524.

Test results

You will receive computer-scored results immediately after you finish the test. For help in interpreting your score please refer to the placement scores table. If you are concerned about the results, please talk to a staff member after the exam.

ALEKS Math Placement

Mathematics provides the foundation for many of the science, business, and professional courses you will take during your college years. Most students are required to take at least one math course to earn a degree. The UAS Math Placement Assessment is through ALEKS. It is a fully automated, adaptive system that covers material from Basic Math through Precalculus and will take approximately 90 minutes to complete. After the assessment, a targeted Prep and Learning Module is available for you to review and learn material, and to improve placement and eventual course outcomes. You have the opportunity to re-test up to four times.

Test fee

There is no fee to take the ALEKS math placement.

Taking the test

Once admitted, students can visit the University of Alaska ALEKS page to get started. The ALEKS test is not proctored.

Test results

You will receive computer-scored results immediately after you finish the test. For help in interpreting your score please refer to the placement scores table. If you are concerned about the results, please talk to a staff member after the exam.

Retake policy: Students will have six month’s access to complete up to five attempts in the ALEKS math placement. Tests may not be used to skip courses in a sequence. Placement scores are only good for one year.

CIS Placement Exam

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.

Test Specifics

The CIS Placement exam quickly assesses a student’s knowledge of the seven basic computer skills required for academic and workforce success in today’s digit world. The exam contains a total of 70 questions and is composed of ten multiple-choice items from each of the following seven subject areas:

  • Knowledge Area 1 - Information Management
  • Knowledge Area 2 - File Management
  • Knowledge Area 3 - Word Processing
  • Knowledge Area 4 - Spreadsheets
  • Knowledge Area 5 - Databases
  • Knowledge Area 6 - Presentation
  • Knowledge Area 7 - Information and Communication

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

Frequently Asked Questions

Most new UAS students will need to take a math and writing placement test. The tests will determine which math and writing classes you should enroll in.

You may not need to take a placement test if you have...

  • taken the College Entrance Examination Board (CEEB) Advanced Placement Exam with a score of 3 or higher. For details see the UAS Catalog, Advanced Placement Credit
  • ACT or SAT scores, see our placement table for details.
  • taken the CLEP English Composition with Essay and scored 500 points or higher; or taken a Math CLEP and scored 50 points or higher. For details see the UAS Catalog, College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)
  • or if you have passed an English/writing or math class at another university (with a grade C or better). For details see the UAS Transfer Credit Policy.

All test scores and transcripts must be approved by the Registrar's Office. All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes.

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 online assessments to determine placements. Our institution uses Accuplacer for English placements, PSI-AtlasCloud for CIS, and ALEKS for Math. 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.

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

Allow at approximately 2 1/2 hours to complete the English tests. However, they are not timed and student may take as much time as needed. ACCUPLACER administers a battery of three English tests (reading comprehension, editing, and an essay). This test must be taken in the presence of a proctor. Please call the Testing Center to make an appointment.

The ALEKS math placement does not need to be proctored, but must be completed within three days of starting. Students may stop and continue as needed. They get up to four attempts at the placement

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. You must receive a score of 70% or higher in order to waive CIS 105.

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

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.

English and CIS placement testing must be proctored in the Testing Center or remotely.  The Math placement can be taken from any computer with internet access.

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

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.

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.

Appointments are requested. Contact the Testing Center to schedule a time: 907-228-4524.

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.

In most cases, yes. Students who score 620 or higher on the SAT verbal should contact the Student Resource Center for exemption guidelines.

Accuplacer Next Generation Writing Placement Table

Writing Placement Test scores range from 400-600. UAOnline will use your highest score to determine placement. Note that the ranges below represent minimum scores needed to register for a course. Students should work with their advisor to determine the best course to take.

Combined Reading & WritingClass Placement
400 - 499WRTG 090
500 - 529WRTG 110
530 or aboveWRTG 111

* All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes

Writing Placement with ACT or SAT scores 

In addition to ACCUPLACER, an incoming student will have the opportunity to waive Writing 111 and place into writing classes by submitting ACT and SAT scores. Test scores will be evaluated upon admission to UAS. Student test results must reflect the following:

ACT/SAT Placement Table
CourseACT English + Reading Total Combined ScoreSAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
WRTG S211, S21260–72710–800
WRTG S11136–59480–700
WRTG S11030–35430–470
WRTG S09026–29390–420

ALEKS Math Placement Table

Math Placement Test scores range from 0 to 100. UAOnline will use your highest score to determine placement. Note that the ranges below represent minimum scores needed to register for a course. Students should work with their advisor to determine the best course to take.

ALEKS Placement ScoreUAS MATH/STAT Course Placement*
78-100MATH 251**
70-100MATH 211/212
65-77MATH 152**
55-77MATH 151
55-100STAT 200 (formerly STAT 273)
30-100MATH 113STAT 107
30-54MATH 105
17-29MATH 055
0-16MATH 054
  • * All students are encouraged to meet with their academic advisor before signing up for classes
  • ** MATH 151 and MATH 152 are both prerequisites for MATH 251. If you score a 65–77 on the ALEKS placement test and wish to take MATH 251 in the future, successful completion of MATH 151 is required.
The University of Alaska Southeast Ketchikan offers GED preparation and testing every semester.


Spring 2021

(January 11th to April 30th)

Monday, Wednesday 12:00 - 4:00

Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 – 3:00

Friday 1:00 - 4:00

By Appointment Only

Contact Barbara Morgan

Phone: (907) 228-4549 or Email:

Students will need the following:

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

Testing requires authorization and will be scheduled by the GED instructor.  To confirm your testing appointment call the test center at 907-228-4524.  View the UAS Ketchikan Testing Policy here.

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 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 GMAT sessions. We do not offer ParaPro Exam, it is currently held by a Ketchikan Gateway Borough School District.

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.

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)
  • ATI TEAS- Test of Essential Academic Skills
  • Miller Analogies Test
  • NRA ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification examination
    Follow the ServSafe link to sign up for a ServSafe account. You may contact our test center to get more information about the exam, to schedule an appointment and to get help to establish an account and purchase an exam voucher.
  • 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.

Placement tests for prospective UAS students

Please note:

  • UAS retesting fees and policies apply.
  • Placement Tests for UAA and UAF — students pay UAA or UAF for a remote test and schedule to take it locally in the Testing Center. Call 907-228-4524 for more details.
MathNo fee
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.

Per exam$50
Per semester per class$150

Professional Tests

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

$89 to CLEP + $50 UAS - Total cost $137

Dantes (DSST)$85 to DSST + $50 to UAS - Total cost $135
FCC: Elkins International$50 to UAS + $50 to Elkins - Total cost $100
GEDVaries - payment upon registration with PearsonVue
GRE iBTVaries - payment upon registration with ETS
ATI TEAS$50 to UAS + $116 to UAA
National Restaurant Association: ServSafe$36 (to National Restaurant Association) + $50 (to UAS)
Pearson VUEVaries - 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 Varies - payment made to PSI
Safe2Drive$5 to UAS + $23 for defensive driving course
TOEFLVaries - payment upon registration with ETS
CUNA$50 to UAS and $149 to CUNA

Test Preparation

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.


Accuplacer now has a free online study app!

Preview the ACCUPLACER® test

Click on Next-Generation Reading Sample Questions or Next-Generation Reading Sample Questions 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 Taking the Test or Inside the Test to get an overview of the test and what to expect on your testing day.

Other Preparation Sites

To better ensure 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:


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