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Accuplacer Placement Testing

The Accuplacer is a placement test that assesses skill levels in reading, English composition and mathematics. Test results are required for all students and used to determine the appropriate course placement to promote student success in college. 

Placement tests are required for: 

  • New students registering for credit-based courses
  • All PSEO and Concurrent Enrollment students
  • Returning students or transfer students who have not either taken the Accuplacer placement test at another institution or successfully completed a college-level math and/or college-level English course with a grade of "C" or higher

Accuplacer test scores are valid three years for reading and two years for math.  To obtain a copy of your scores, please complete the Request for Accuplacer Score Report form. To understand your test results, review the Accuplacer Interpretation Handout.

Prepare For The Accuplacer

The Accuplacer helps determine the best place to begin your program of study. We want to make sure that your results accurately reflect the courses you should take so make sure you prepare!

Check out the Resources to Prepare for the Accuplacer Test below.

Hours

Check the Calendars by campus for the next available testing session.

Cambridge Campus | Coon Rapids Campus

  • You may be exempt from taking all or portions of the placement test for the following reasons:

    Qualifying ACT scores:

    Assessment

    Score

    Course Placement

    Reading

    21

    READ 1106 College Textbook Reading (not required)

    READ 1108 College Reading III (not required)

    English

    18

    ENGL 1121 College Writing & Critical Reading

    Mathematics

    22

    Math 1100 Math for Liberal Arts
    Math 1114 Introduction to Statistics
    Math 1200 College Algebra

    Qualifying Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) with minimum scores:

    Assessment

    Score

    Course Placement

    Reading
    (Starting in 2013)

    1047

    READ 1106 College Textbook Reading (not required)

    READ 1108 College Reading III (not required)

    English

    NA

    NA

    Mathematics
    (Starting in 2014)

    1150

    Math 1100 Math for Liberal Arts

    1148

    Math 1114 Introduction to Statistics

    1158

    Math 1200 College Algebra

    Qualifying SAT Scores:

    Assessment

    Score

    Course Placement

    Reading

    Evidence-based Reading & Writing (ERW) 480

    READ 1106 College Textbook Reading (not required)

    READ 1108 College Reading III (not required)

    English

    Evidence-based Reading & Writing (ERW) 480

    ENGL 1121 College Writing & Critical Reading

    Mathematics

    Math 530

    Math 1200 College Algebra

    Students whose sub-scores are lower in one of these areas must take the placement test in that area. ACT, MCA and SAT scores are valid for 5 years.

    If you have taken the Accuplacer test at another college, have completed a college level math and/or English course  through another college, or would like ACT, SAT and/or MCA scores to be considered in course placement please send an official copy of your scores/grades to the Records and Registration Office.

  • General

    You are strongly encouraged to prepare for placement test by reviewing the following study materials:

    Preview of Accuplacer and sample test questions

    Free Accuplacer Web-Based Study App

    Free Accuplacer Sample Questions

    English

    Reading Comprehension Resources

    The reading comprehension portion of the placement test consists of twenty questions. There are two types of inquiries presented: reading passages and sentence relationships.

    Reading Passages: text-based questions; selections are in paragraphs of varying lengths; subjects range from history to science to current events.
    Sentence Relationships: two sentences are presented; explain the relationship between them (e.g. Does the second sentence support, contradict, or repeat the first?).

    Cengage Learning Student Resource Center
    Montgomery College Accuplacer Reading & English Preparation
    Oklahoma State University Reading Strategies

    Math

    This is an adaptive test which means the computer will automatically decide the next question to give you based on your responses to previous questions. Because of the adaptability, you cannot omit any questions or come back to change an answer later. When the math test starts, you begin with questions in the topic Accuplacer calls Elementary Algebra. Pending your performance, you may move on to the Arithmetic Test or College Level Test.

    Test Sequence Progression

    1. Elementary Algebra - 14 questions
      (Algebra II)
    2. Arithmetic - 17 questions
      (percents, operations with integers, fractions, decimals, and basic word problems.)
    3. College Level - 23 questions
      (Algebra II, Trigonometry, Probability and Statistics, Geometry, and Pre-Calculus)

    Resources

    • No appointment necessary! First come, first served, on a space-available basis.  See the testing schedule for walk-in testing times listed below.
    • There is no fee to take the initial assessment test; however there is a $10 retest fee for each retest session.
    • Bring your student ID number and a picture identification.
    • This is an untimed test; allow 2-3 hours to take the test. 
    • Calculators are not allowed. Scratch paper is provided.
    • All personal belongings will be stored in a locker, including, but not limited to book bags, coats, hats, cell phones (turned off), etc. 
    • No food or beverages allowed.
    • Children are not allowed in the testing center and must not be left unattended.
  • Reading & English, Mathematics: Accuplacer Interpretation (PDF)

    English Language Learner (ELL) Pathway (PDF)

    Math Pathways (PDF)
    Your placement test (Accuplacer) score determines your math starting point.

    • If you are not satisfied with your placement results, you may retest.
    • There is a $10 retest fee for each retest session. Please come to the Testing Center to verify if the retest fee is applicable.
    • Students may retest once (for each placement exam: reading comprehension, arithmetic, elementary algebra and/or college level math) within 12 months of the first testing date, regardless of where the test was administered.

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