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Complete Required Placement Exams

Before you participate in BBN Orientation, you may be required to take placement exams in math, reading or writing. See the information below to determine if you're required to take a placement exam.

  • ALEKS Math Placement

  • ACCUPLACER Reading Placement

  • ACCUPLACER Writing Placement

 

Check Which Exams You're Required to Complete

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There are three placement tests: ALEKS Math Placement Test, Accuplacer Next Gen Reading Placement Test and Accuplacer Next Gen Writing Placement Test. In order to know which exam(s) you need to complete you will need to review your ACT/SAT scores, which can be found in your profile in myUK

Once logged in, click Student Services > myInfo myProfile. Once in your myProfile, refer to the bottom left-hand box to view your needed placement test areas for reading, writing and/or math.

If your account does not reflect your most current scores, send an updated score report to the Office of Undergraduate Admission, 100 Funkhouser Building, Lexington, KY 40506, or scan a score report and send via email to admissions@uky.edu. The required minimums for course placement, as defined by the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education, are available at www.uky.edu/app/faqs.

ALEKS Math Placement

Who takes the proctored ALEKS placement test?

The completion of the ALEKS math placement test is required for the following students:

  • All admitted first-time students with a Math ACT score below 19
  • All admitted first-time students with a Math SAT score below 510 (after March 2016)
  • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 3.00
    • If High School GPA is 2.50 and above with Pre-Calc students are not required to take ALEKS
    • If taken Calculus regardless of Unweighted High School GPA students are not required to take ALEKS
  • If you have an official KYOTE test score of 22 or higher in College Readiness Mathematics please send that score to admissions@uky.edu
  • Optional for any incoming UK student with a Math ACT of 19/SAT of 500 or above depending on your math placement needs.

    How to prepare for your proctored ALEKS placement test

    Step One (Practice Test):  Visit www.uky.edu/app/alekslogin and select “I am a current UK student or newly-admitted UK student” to take a practice ALEKS test using your linkblue ID. This practice test will unlock study modules to help you prepare for your proctored test.

    Step Two (Study Modules): Log back into your ALEKS Placement Account to access your study modules.  Complete at least three (3) hours in your learning modules prior to taking your official, proctored test. Practicing material in the study modules will help prepare you for your proctored test.

    Step Three (Proctored Test): Register for your official proctored placement test. Schedule and take your test here for in-person or online at https://www.uky.edu/app/schedule-my-test  (must be completed before your BBNO) 

    If you are signing up for a UK online proctor please note it may take 48 business hours for your request to be matched with our trained proctors. 

    Step Four (Review Scores): Students have the option to re-take your proctored ALEKS placement test (if you desire). You may only retake the test once. Your advisor will discuss course selection and registration with you at your orientation.  You can refer to this chart for an idea of what course(s) you will most likely be advised into. 

    Which math class should I take first?

    See the math placement chart

    ACCUPLACER Reading Placement

    The completion of the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Reading placement test is required for the following students:

    • All admitted first-time students with an ACT Reading score of 19 and below
    • All admitted first-time students with an SAT Reading score below 24
    • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 2.9

    If you need to take the placement test, we want you to do your best and encourage you to practice prior to taking the test. Download the FREE ACCUPLACER study app.

    Step One (Register)

    • Schedule and take your test here for in-person or online at https://www.uky.edu/app/schedule-my-test. Once the placement office has processed your request (up to 48 business hours as vouchers are processed remotely), you will receive a confirmation email that contains your unique voucher number, registration information and remote test site information.

    Retest Policy: If you aren’t satisfied with your initial score, you may retest once. We will use your highest score for placement. 

    Find complete information about the ACCUPLACER Reading placement test here.

    ACCUPLACER Writing Placement

    The completion of the ACCUPLACER Next-Generation Writing placement test is required for the following students:

    • All admitted first-time students with an ACT English score of 17 and below
    • All admitted first-time students with an SAT Writing score below 22
    • All admitted first-time students with an Unweighted High School GPA below 2.9 cumulative

    If you need to take the placement test, we want you to do your best and encourage you to practice prior to taking the test. Download the FREE ACCUPLACER study app.

    Step One (Register)

    • Schedule and take your test here for in-person or online at https://www.uky.edu/app/schedule-my-test . Once the placement office has processed your request (up to 48 business hours as vouchers are processed remotely), you will receive a confirmation email that contains your unique voucher number, registration information and remote test site information.

    Retest Policy: If you aren’t satisfied with your initial score, you may retest once. We will use your highest score for placement. 

    Find complete information about the ACCUPLACER Writing placement test here.