Placement Testing

Placement Testing

ACT/SAT scores are not required for admission purposes. However, these scores are required for some scholarships and if not expired (2 years for Math and 5 years for English) may satisfy some pre-requisites for course registration.

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Accuplacer English Placement

The Accuplacer exams consist of two sections at UVU; Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills.

UVU Students: The Accuplacer is given on a walk-in basis in WS 112. Please see our testing hours for availability and office closures. Although not timed, taking the English subjects of the Accuplacer takes about 1 hour. Testing Services hands the last exam out 1 hour before we close, and so plan accordingly. UVU students can take either the entire Accuplacer exam in one sitting, or in parts. The test costs $10 for newly admitted students testing for the first time. A non-expired photo ID is required to test.

Retake Policy: The cost to retake the Accuplacer is $10 per subject. Effective as of February 6th, 2013, testers are permitted three retakes in a six week period, with those retakes being at least one day apart.

Non-UVU Students: The cost for non-UVU students is $50. We have the ability to issue the Reading comprehension and Sentence Skills sections for english placement, and the Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math sections for math placement. Although not timed, taking all three subjects of the Accuplacer takes about 2 hours.

High Schools wanting to administer their own Accuplacer Exams would need to fill out the High School Proctor Security Agreement Form (pdf) and fax it to Colleen Sorensen, Director of Testing Services at (801) 863-7076.

Accuplacer Study Materials

Accuplacer provides free study resources on the following page of their website:

ALEKS PPL Math Placement

ALEKS® allows students to take an online, practice math placement assessment on their own to determine their current level of readiness.  After the initial practice assessment, the ALEKS system will map out which areas you need to Improve in to place into your targeted math course. Students can continue to learn and refresh on math topics in the ALEKS learning modules in between both their practice and official placement assessments.  ALEKS® can be accessed anywhere internet is available. Find more information about ALEKS and math success at UVU.

Students may purchase a 6 month subscription to the ALEKS learning and placement system at a cost of $15 through their myUVU account.  Each official placement attempt taken in the testing center will cost $5.

Math placement is no longer a required step as part of the UVU admissions process.  Students are encouraged to work in the ALEKS PPL system and take their math placement assessments in the semester before they plan on taking math courses.

Remote Placement Testing for Accuplacer and ALEKS PPL

For students who are not located close to UVU's main campus, a process has been set up for students to find a proctor in their local area (preferably another college or university) who can issue these placement exams on UVU's behalf.

If you find a location near you that already gives the Accuplacer, you can take the exam and fax an official score report to us. Our fax number is (801) 863-7076. Make sure you take the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills.

If you cannot find a location that offers the English Accuplacer or you are needing to take the ALEKS PPL for math placement, you will need to locate a college or a university in your area that is willing to proctor a computer based exam. They must be able to monitor the administration at all times. Also, they cannot be someone you know personally or professionally. When you find a location, contact our call center at (801) 863-8544 with the testing location’s name, contact person's name who will be administering the exam, their phone and fax number to get the process started.

In the case that you find it difficult to locate a proctor, we have a list of proctor sites we have previously worked with from all around the world and in most states.  There is no guarantee that the sites on the list will be close to your location or that they are still active, willing or able to proctor your assessment.  Its just a good starting point if you are struggling to locate a proctor in your area.  Most proctor sites have their own fees and policies that you will need to adhere to in addition to fees paid to UVU Testing Services.


ACT Residual

The ACT Residual is administered on Mondays by appointment only. For specific dates and times, call our office at (801) 863-8269. Effective as of October 3, 2017 the cost is $55.00 (cash or credit). All candidates must come into our office at least 24 hours in advance to register. Please bring valid government issued photo identification and your payment (cash or credit) at the time of registration. Scores for this test are only valid at UVU. A sixty day waiting period is required before retaking the ACT Residual. No writing is permitted in test booklets. For more details, please call (801) 863-8269.

More information on UVU admission requirements and the ACT.

ACT-Residual October Dead Period

Every October, the current supplies of testing for this program are returned to the national testing company before new materials are sent out. In years past, this has required a delay in testing for a week or two while this house-cleaning project takes place. ACT has decided that the entire month of October is considered a dead period (meaning no testing) for this change out project. We are so sorry for any inconvenience that this causes. Should you be in need of assistance for testing during this window of time, please contact our office via email at for consultation.

ACT Study Material

There are a vast array of study materials available for the ACT.  UVU's Admissions office has identified the following as a free quality source:

ESL Michigan

The ESL Michigan is given in pre-scheduled group administrations at the beginning and end of the semester.  For dates and availabilities, contact our center at 801-863-8544.  If you are unable to test on the group administration dates, contact our office and we may be able to set up an individualized administration for an additional fee.

The COMPASS ESL (English Second Language) test is no longer available.  The COMPASS platform that was used to issue the test was retired nationwide on December 1, 2016.  

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The CLEP enables students to take tests in various areas and receive class credit depending upon the scores received. Testing Services will administer any of the CLEP tests. You can obtain extensive information by visiting CLEP.

Effective July 1, 2017, the CLEP exam fee will be increasing from $100.00 to $105.00; $85.00 will be paid to CLEP by credit card as part of the preregistration process and a separate $20.00 will be paid to UVU (cash or credit) for the test administration fee on the day of testing. Test takers who purchase their registration tickets on or after that date will be charged the new fee. Registration tickets purchased prior to that date will still be valid until their stated expiration dates.

Students can schedule an exam by going to After they have scheduled with CLEP they can call Testing Services (801) 863-8544 for an appointment.

For information on transferring CLEP to UVU, please check with the Transfer Credit Office.


For information on transferring DANTES (DSST) to UVU, please visit the Transfer Credit Office.

Registration Information: Dantes Exams are administered on a pre-scheduled basis in WS-112.

  • As of July 1, 2010, the cost of a DANTES exam will be $100.00. $80.00 will be paid to DANTES (DSST) by credit card (Visa, Mastercard, and American Express) during the test session, and a $20.00 proctoring fee will be paid to UVU (cash or card only) prior to testing. Please call UVU Testing Services at (801) 863-8544 to schedule an appointment and receive further information.

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