Placement Tests (ACCUPLACER)

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Anoka Technical College is committed to the success of our students.

One way to strengthen that commitment and ensure you are placed in the correct courses is to measure your current skill levels in reading, writing and math through the ACCUPLACER assessment test.

This is not a measure of your potential but an assessment of college readiness.

About the ACCUPLACER test

  • Available on a walk-in basis per the walk-in schedule posted on the first tab below  
  • Multiple-choice, untimed (most finish in 1.5 to 2 hours), not pass/fail
  • Calculators are not permitted, scratch paper and pencil provided
  • Results are immediate and help students select courses
  • Results do NOT affect admission to Anoka Tech—unless you do not have a high school diploma or GED

You will be required to show a current Photo ID; you may not test without one. Students not transferring from another institution must bring a high school transcript or GED certificate.

Policy 3.2 Children in Classrooms - Children are not permitted in the Testing Center and must not be left unattended.


Why taking your time to do your best matters

Students who score at the college-level will save significant tuition and textbook dollars that may be otherwise necessary for

ACCUPLACER Walk-in Testing Schedule

Accuplacer Walk-in Test Schedule
All Accuplacer testing is done on a walk-in basis in the Student Success Center, Suite 190.

Sign-in between 8 am and 2 pm on Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday. The room will close at 4 pm.

  • You will be required to show a Photo ID; you may not test without one.
  • Students not transferring from another institution must bring a high school transcript or GED certificate.
  • Calculators are not permitted. Scratch paper and pencil are provided.
  • Most students finish in 1.5 to 2 hours. You will receive your Accuplacer test scores immediately.
  • Fall Semester starts August 24, 2015.

Test from another MN Campus

You have the option to take ACCUPLACER at any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) system campus (view campus location map).

You are responsible to:

  • Schedule your test at the college of your choice.
  • Ask the other MnSCU campus Test Administrator to distance proctor your test from the Anoka Tech ACCUPLACER Web site.
  • Contact Anoka Tech Enrollment Services at (763) 576-7710 to let them know your placement test was completed from another MnSCU location.

Prepare for Accuplacer

FREE Official Web-based Study App

FREE Accuplacer Sample Questions

FREE Adult Education brush-up classes on the Anoka Tech campus

Math Practice Exams with Video Solutions - developed by the Anoka Ramsey Community College Math Department

Test Prep Review

Study Guide Zone

Khan Academy

Mindquest Academy

Services for English Language Learners at Anoka Technical College 

Test accommodations may be made by contacting the Office of Disability Services

Retest Policy

  • Students may retest only once (per subtest section) within twelve (12) months of the first testing date.
  • Once students have enrolled in a reading, math, or English course, they may not retest.
  • Review prior to retesting is recommended.
  • Retesting is done in the Testing Center during routine testing hours. View the Walk-in Test Schedule on this Web page -- see first tab above.
  • A retest fee of $10 per retest sitting is required.

Send Test Results/Scores to Different School

Print, complete and return the Consent for Release of Information form, located on the Forms & Resources page under the Records and Registration heading.

Return the completed form via one of the following:

Your scores will be released within 10 working days.

Exemption for Placement Test

You may choose to submit proof of exemptions to the Enrollment Services office.

You may be exempt from the ACCUPLACER test if you:

  • Are registering for nine credits or less. You are required to take the ACCUPLACER prior to registering for your 10th credit.
  • Are transferring credits in college composition (equivalent to English 1105) with a grade of "C" or better, you are exempt from taking the “Sentence Skills” portion of the ACCUPLACER.
  • Are transferring credits in college-level mathematics with a grade of "C" or better, you are exempt from taking the “Arithmetic” portion of the ACCUPLACER. If you plan to take additional mathematics courses, the mathematics assessment is highly recommended.
  • Have completed a minimum of three reading-intensive courses with grades of "C" or better, you are exempt from taking the “Reading” portion of the ACCUPLACER. Reading intensive courses may include English literature, philosophy, history and the social and behavioral sciences.
  • Have assessment scores taken on the system-endorsed placement instrument at any system college or university within three calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year, with the provision that mathematics scores are valid for only two calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year.
  • Hold an Associate’s or Bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning.
  • Present the following minimum ACT scores or higher: Reading subject area score of 21 or higher, English subject area score of 18 or higher, both taken within three calendar years, inclusive of the current year. Mathematics subject area score of 22 or higher, taken within two calendar years, inclusive of the current year.
  • Are enrolling in non-credit, hour-based courses or Professional & Workforce Training, you are exempt from ACCUPLACER testing unless otherwise noted in the course description.

    NOTE: Students applying for the following programs cannot be exempt from taking ACCUPLACER based on previous coursework from other institutions or ACT sub scores: Occupational Therapy Assistant, Practical Nursing, or Surgical Technology.


    Test from an Out-of-State Location

    Students who wish to test for Anoka Tech from an out-of-state location may do so by locating a proctor from a Testing Center or academic institution closer to their current location. If a proctor fee is required, students are responsible for payment.

    Once the proctor has agreed to proctor Accuplacer from the Anoka Tech testing Web site, students should submit the Request to Take Accuplacer at a Remote Location form to the Anoka Tech Testing Center. Students may then schedule their test session with the distance proctor, providing notice to the Anoka Tech Testing Center as well to facilitate access to the testing Web site.

    Contact the Anoka Tech Testing Center at (763) 576-7830 with questions or concerns.

    Locate your Test Results in eServices > Grades & Transcripts > Interactive Degree Audit Report

    Anoka Tech Course Placements

    General Student Admission: Students must possess a high school diploma or GED, or achieve qualifying Accuplacer scores set by the Federal Government: Reading Comprehension 55; Sentence Skills 60, Arithmetic 34.

    Reading Comprehension

    Score   Course Placements Based on Scores, Program and Award
    00 - 66  READ 0900 Reading Skills, recommended to Adult Basic Education 
    62 - 77 READ 0900 Reading Skills 
    78 - 120  Prerequisite met for courses requiring college-level Reading Comprehension Score

    Sentence Skills

    Course Placement Based on Scores, Program and Award
    00 - 60  ENGL 0101 Basic English, recommended to Adult Basic Education
    61 - 85  ENGL 0101 Basic English
    86 - 120 ENGL 1105 Composition I ONLY if Reading Comprehension score is 78 or greater


    Course Placements Based on Scores, Program and Award 
    00 - 29  MATH 0801 Basic Math, recommended to Adult Basic Education
    30 - 70 MATH 0801 Basic Math
    71 - 120 MATH 1050 Technical Math, MATH 1060 Applied Math for Statics and Strength of Materials, MATH 1400 Algebra and Trigonometry
    81 - 120 MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Professionals, MATH 1020 Math for Healthcare

    Elementary Algebra

    Course Placements Based on Scores, Program and Award 
    00 - 75  MATH 0900 Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
    76 - 120  Place into college-level math courses ONLY if Elementary Algebra score is 76 or greater AND College-level Math score is 50 or greater

    College-level Math

    Course Placements Based on Scores, Program and Award 
    00 - 49 MATH 0950 Topics in Intermediate Algebra
    50 - 120

    MATH 1500 Mathematical Ideas, MATH 1550 Introduction to Statistics, MATH 1600 College Algebra, MATH 1650 College Trigonometry, MATH 1700 Pre-Calculus