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Placement Test Information

Math Placement

UNF requires an ALEKS Placement, Preparation, and Learning (ALEKS PPL) Assessment to determine readiness for College Algebra and higher level math courses. It is important to take this placement process seriously, as students will only be able to take the level of math the test score supports. All entering first-year students who do not have credit for College Algebra or higher and are pursuing a major that requires College Algebra or higher, must take the math placement test.

Taking the Math Placement Exam

The ALEKS math placement test is available to all first time in college students admitted to UNF who are signed up for New Student Orientation. Students must take the ALEKS test online before registering for any Algebra-based math courses.  New first time in college students should take the ALEKS test before their scheduled orientation date so they are able to register for a math course while on campus for Orientation.  The ALEKS math placement test is available through Canvas, which you can access through myWings. When in Canvas, select "All Courses", then "Math Placement". Clicking on the testing link will access the ALEKS placement test. Clicking on "Get Started" allows students to practice and improve through the ALEKS modules.

Placement and Learning Modules

Students will have access to their scores upon completion of the placement test. To see how math placement scores inform class selection, please review the Math Placement Cut Scores and Math by Major Chart. At Orientation, students will meet with their Academic Advisor to discuss scores and placement results more thoroughly. Students who do not place in their desired math course are encouraged to work in the Prep and Learning Modules, offered within ALEKS, to improve their skills before retaking the online math placement test.  The placement test can only be taken a maximum of five times, so it is important to give the best effort possible for each attempt.

Writing Placement

To help us determine appropriate placement in English courses, students should take the Writing Placement online through Canvas before attending their orientation. Students will be able to see what they scored and have the ability to retake the placement if they would like to try and score higher. Writing resources are included in the Canvas site for students to review.


The UNF Writing Placement consist of 4 sections: (1) rhetorical awareness, (2) practicing revision, (3) style and grammar, and (4) short writing problem and answer. You don't have to complete the exam in one sitting. Once you complete the 4 sections of the exam you will be able to see one score summarizing your overall performance.

These are the current scores suggested for placement into each of the following English courses:


Course Score
ENC 1130- Intensive Writing 0-59%
ENC 1101- Rhetoric & Writing 60-79%
ENC 1143- Rhetoric & Narrative 80-100%