Testing and Proctoring Services
TEAS VI can now be completed online with a Virtual Proctor. Students can schedule via the UAA Testing Center website. Once registered Testing will schedule the student through the ATI website and get them set-up to test.
PWSC offers placement testing and proctoring services. You can schedule your Accuplacer here or by calling 907-834-1600 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. Our Extension Centers also offer these services. Contact them directly at the Copper Basin Campus (907-822-3673) or the Cordova Campus (907-424-7598) for scheduling.
PWSC Student Affairs provides proctored testing services to University of Alaska distance students, as well as to members of the community in need of an official proctored test site. UA Students can request PWSC as their testing site through their main campus’ eLearning sites.
If you are not a University of Alaska student, you must pay a proctor fee (see Proctoring Fees below).
It is the student’s responsibility to schedule a sufficient amount of time for their exams, and present receipt of payment at the time of testing.
(Effective January 1, 2020)
If you are a student or an instructor requesting a proctored exam for another university or certifying organization, please send requests and materials to email@example.com for further consideration. You can also call PWSC Student Affairs at 907-834-1600 for information and appointments.
Before registering for classes, most new students and some returning students will need to complete Accuplacer and ALEKS® placement tests. The results will help your academic advisor place you in the most appropriate writing and math courses for your skill level. These tests are not graded; they are solely an assessment tool. Matching current skill level with the correct beginning courses in writing and mathematics will increase the likelihood of success as you begin your program of study. You can schedule your Accuplacer time slot here.
*Please note that ALEKS® mathematics test scores are valid for one year. Accuplacer writing scores do not expire. However, we encourage students to retest if they have been out of school for a significant period a time.
PWSC uses Accuplacer for writing course placement. This series of two tests, Next Generation Reading and Next Generation Writing, are untimed. Plan for one hour to 90 minutes (some students require more time, some less).
What you will need:
- Photo I.D. – Driver’s license, state issued I.D. card, passport, or PWSC Student ID.
- UA ID number or Social Security Number
- $21 fee paid prior to testing – Students must pay the fee with a cashier and show proof of payment in the test center for Accuplacer English Tests. If you are unhappy with your Accuplacer scores, you may retest once per subject per semester. You must wait a minimum of 2 days before you retest, and pay the fee again.
Preparing for Accuplacer:
If it has been awhile since you have taken a writing class, you may want to brush up on your skills before testing. The following websites may be helpful to you:
- ACCUPLACER Sample Questions for Students (.pdf/1.1MB) Requires Adobe Reader
- Accuplacer Self-Assessment Modules
- FREE Accuplacer Study App!
If you are unable to take Accuplacer tests on a PWSC campus, distance testing can be arranged. Call Student Affairs at 907-834-1600 for more information.
The University of Alaska is now using ALEKS® for all math placement assessment. Candidates can take the placement test unproctored anytime of the year, from any computer that has internet access. To use the PWSC test center computer, please make an appointment. The ALEKS® is untimed, but plan for 90 minutes to two hours. Results will be immediately uploaded and available to your advisor and in your UAOnline account.
You may retake the placement assessment up to four times. Unlike the SAT or ACT, you cannot improve your results by simply re-taking the assessment without spending time in the Prep and Learning Module to refresh material that you may have forgotten or to learn new material. You are required to spend 3 hours in the Prep and Learning module before the second attempt, and 5 hours before subsequent attempts.
What you will need:
- UA I.D. number – New students can create a student account by going to UAOnline and applying for admission or filling out a Request Information (Prospective Student) form. Returning students can look up their student ID number at https://me.uaa.alaska.edu/ or ask Student Affairs for assistance.
- If a previous Math Placement score resulted in a higher math placement, the system will keep the higher score. Assessment scores are valid for 12 months.
- Get more information and take the test here or find the link on the UAOnline home page.