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Academic Preparation & Placement (APP)

The Academic Preparation and Placement Program (APP) provides placement testing for incoming students and preparatory instruction for admitted students who do not meet state wide minimum test score requirements for college readiness.

For questions regarding placement testing, please visit our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and for information regarding academic preparation courses, please use the APP tabs to the left to learn more about the coursework, or email us at thestudy@uky.edu.

UK120 APP Reading 

UK120 is a proactive co-requisite course designed to enhance students’ mastery of critical college reading concepts and strategies while including multiple points of intervention and access to resources in support of students’ regular course work in the UK Core. UK120 is a one-credit course that meets once a week with additional open drop-in hours for academic coaching. Trained learning specialists guide the workshops in support of academic success and are available for inside and outside of classroom support. (The COMPASS Reading exam is available for students who wish to test out of UK120.)  

UK130 APP Writing

This writing workshop is designed to coach students to master critical college analytical writing concepts while including multiple points of intervention and access to resources in support of students’ regular course work. Workshops are held twice a week and earn one hour of academic credit. Trained learning specialists guide the workshops in support of academic success. and are available for inside and outside of classroom support. (The COMPASS Writing exam is available for students who wish to test out of UK130 and be eligible in their first semester for WRD/CIS110).  

UK095 & UK096 APP Math 

These math prep courses are designed as self-paced supplemental instruction for students to master math concepts. Students work directly with a math learning specialist and peer educator in a classroom setting twice a week with additional open drop-in lab hours available to complete required hours of out-of-class work.

  • Students in UK095 APP Quantitative Reasoning master math concepts in preparation for placement in MA111 Quantitative Reasoning (required for UK Core)
  • Students in UK096 APP College Algebra master math concepts in preparation for placement in MA109 College Algebra (this is an accelerated preparation path)

Students may continue working in UK095 for as long as needed until students complete mastery of the required topics to place into credit bearing college math courses (an additional ALEKS placement test is required prior to placement in credit bearing UK math courses).