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Placement Testing

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) page at www.uky.edu/AE/placement-faqs and for information regarding academic preparation courses, please use the APP tabs to learn more about the coursework or email us at thestudy@uky.edu.

 

WHO needs to take a placement test?

  • All admitted first-time students with Math ACT score below 30.
  • Admitted first-time students who have not yet met the Kentucky Council of Postsecondary Education (CPE) minimum test score requirements for college readiness
    • Reading ACT score below 20 (SAT Reading score below 470 in Critical Reading or SAT Reading score below 26 on the Reading Test if taken March 2016 or later).
    • Writing/English ACT score below 18 (SAT Writing score below 430 or SAT score below 25 on the Writing Test if taken March 2016 or later).
  • International students who have a
    • Reading ACT score below 20 (SAT Reading score below 470 in Critical Reading or SAT Reading score below 26 on the Reading Test if taken March 2016 or later).
    • English ACT score below 18 (SAT Writing score below 430 or SAT score below 25 on the Writing Test if taken March 2016
    • TOEFL score below 100 or any TOEFL sub-score below 20.
  • Transfer students who do not provide test scores and/or do not have equivalent college level transfer credit.

WHAT test do I need to take?

WHEN do I need to take a placement test?

  • Students MUST take all placement tests before their "see blue." U orientation date and/or before registering for classes.  Typically, these conferences occur in spring or summer for Fall enrollment and in late fall for Spring enrollment. Please refer to correspondence from your undergraduate admissions counselor for more information on these conferences. www.uky.edu/seeblueU/
  • Students with documented physical, learning, or temporary disabilities may receive assistance and support from the UK Disability Resource Center.  www.uky.edu/DisabilityResourceCenter/ 

WHERE can I take a placement test?

  • ALEKS is an online assessment of strengths and weaknesses of a student’s math knowledge and can be taken anywhere an internet connection is available.
    • For more information about ALEKS, please see the Math page. 
  • Accuplacer for Reading and Writing can be taken on campus or at a preapproved testing center close to home.  While the test is free, external testing centers often charge a fee.
    • Accuplacer is free to students when taken on UK’s campus.  For more information, see the Reading or Writing pages.