Placement Tests (ACCUPLACER)

At Anoka Technical College placement testing is required for all students to assess current skills levels in reading, writing, and math. Although the test is not pass/fail, results do determine what course placements are most appropriate for student success.

Why taking time to do your best matters

Students who score at the college-level will save significant tuition and textbook dollars that may otherwise be necessary for developmental or remedial coursework. Remedial courses do not count toward a certificate, diploma or degree and typically do not transfer.

Know before you go

  • The Testing Center is located in Room 103, near the main entrance to the college.
  • View the Accuplacer Test Schedule below for walk-in testing days and times.
  • Students will be required to show a current Photo ID.
  • Hand-held calculators are not permitted. Scratch paper and pencil are provided.
  • The test is not timed. Most students finish in 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Results are immediate and help students select courses.
 View Placement Chart

Qualifying ACT, MCA and SAT Scores

Students that demonstrate readiness to succeed in college with qualifying ACT, MCA or SAT test scores will not be required to take all or part of Accuplacer. Exemption is based on documentation of scores equal to or above the Minnesota State system-endorsed minimum qualifying scores noted below.

Students who wish to utilize their ACT or SAT scores are responsible to forward an official copy to Anoka Tech's Records office at 1355 W HWY 10, Anoka MN  55303. Students can request that MCA scores be sent to Anoka Tech by (1) contacting their high school directly or (2) signing the High School Release of Information form on the Anoka Tech Undergraduate Online Application.

Placement Charts: Qualifying test scores may facilitate registration into college-level courses that have prerequisites based on correlating Accuplacer scores. Refer to your selected program plan for details about your program and course requirements.

Time validation: ACT, MCA and SAT scores are valid for five years, inclusive of the current calendar year.

ACT Minimum Qualifying Scores

MCA Minimum Qualifying Scores

SAT Minimum Qualifying Scores

  • 480 Evidence-based Reading and Writing
  • 530 Mathematics

Exemption based on prior coursework

Transfer students
If you have completed a college-level math or English course at another college, or hold an associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning, send an official copy of your transcript to the Records Office to be reviewed for possible waiver from all or parts of Accuplacer.

  • If you have previously attended a Minnesota State college or university  institution, Anoka Tech can retrieve your transcript free of charge.
  • If you have attended a non-Minnesota State institution, send a transcript to us at: Anoka Technical College, Attn: Records, 1355 W Highway 10, Anoka, MN  55303.

Students applying for the Practical Nursing program cannot be exempted from taking ACCUPLACER based on previous coursework from other institutions.

Prepare for Accuplacer

Students are strongly encouraged to study before testing.

Please note: The official Classic Accuplacer Sample Test includes multiple sub-tests. At this time Anoka Technical College is not administering the Next Generation version; therefore refer to the classic Accuplacer version for review.

At Anoka Tech, students should prepare to take the following sub-tests:

  • Sentence Skills
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Arithmetic

Students enrolling in programs that include college-level math coursework may also take these sub-tests:

  • Elementary Algebra
  • College-level Mathematics


Official classic Accuplacer Study App

Official classic Accuplacer Sample Test

Adult Education: Attend free review sessions on-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 Disability Services

Request Test Accommodations

The Disability Services office provides services for students, faculty and staff with a permanent or temporary disability.

Test accommodations are determined on an individual basis during review of documentation between the person requesting services and Julie Packer, Director of Disabilities Services and Peer Tutoring. Arrange a meeting by contacting Disability Services at 763-576-4069 or by sending an email to

Make your appointment well ahead of your intended test date to allow time for processing and implementation of approved accommodations.

Accuplacer Test Schedule

Accuplacer Walk-in Test Schedule
May 16 – August 3

Sign-in on a walk-in basis Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, anytime between 8 am and 2 pm. The testing lab closes at 3:30 pm.

August 7 – 25
Sign-in on the following days anytime between 8 am and 2 pm. The testing lab closes at 3:30 pm.

  • Aug 7, 8, 10, 11
  • Aug 14, 15, 16, 17, 18
  • Aug 21, 22, 23, 24, 25

August 28 – December 15
Sign-in on a walk-in basis Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays, anytime between 8 am and 2 pm. The testing lab closes at 3:30 pm.

Important Dates

  • One Stop Events – Apply, test and register for classes
  • Aug 21 Fall Semester Starts
  • Aug 25 Last day of drop/add period

Closures – Campus will be closed on the following holidays

  • Sept 4 Labor Day
  • Nov 10 Veterans Day
  • Nov 23 Thanksgiving
  • Nov 24 Thanksgiving
Policy 3.2 Children in Classrooms: Children are not permitted in the Testing Center and must not be left unattended.

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Test from another MN STATE campus

Students that cannot travel to Anoka Technical College to take their Accuplacer have the option to test from a Minnesota State institution closer to their current location. Follow the steps below to find the nearest campus and get scheduling instructions: 

  1. Find a Remote Testing Center.

  2. Send an email to Anoka Tech to request a Remote Test Voucher. Let us know which campus you wish to test from.

  3. Check your email for the Remote Test Voucher. Read important remote test site information and follow instructions on how to schedule your test. Print the voucher and bring it with you when you test.

Test results will be available to you immediately following your test. There's no need to send a copy to us, we can view your results on our testing site.

Questions? Please email Testing Center staff or call 763-576-7830.

Next Steps
Admissions Checklist

Test from an Out-of-State Location

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

  1. Find a Remote Testing Center
    Email Testing Center staff or call 763-576-7830 to request assistance to find a remote testing center near your current location.

  2. Check your email
    If there is a testing location near you within the remote network, staff will issue a Remote Test Voucher to your email account. Read important remote test site information and follow instructions on how to schedule your test.

  3. Take your test
    Print the voucher and bring it with you to the remote test site. Test results will be available to you immediately following your test. There's no need to send a copy to us, we can view your results on our testing site.
Next Steps

Admissions Checklist 


Students that are not satisfied with their placements may retest only once (per test section) within twelve (12) months of the first testing date.

There is a $10 retest fee for each retest attempt.

Students are strongly encouraged to review before retesting.

There is no waiting period prior to retesting, with the exception of students retesting to meet federal Ability to Benefit guidelines.

    Get Copy of Test Results

    View Test Results
    View test results for all Accuplacer tests you have taken within the Minnesota State system: log in to eServices > Grades & Transcripts > Interactive Degree Audit Report 

    Send Your Scores to Another Institution

    • Minnesota State: Accuplacer assessment data is auto-loaded to the MN State system database therefore your test results are already visible to other system campuses.
    • All Other: Print, complete and return the Request for Accuplacer Score Report form per the instructions noted on the form. Your scores will be released within seven working days.

    Keyboarding Test-Out

    Practice first then test immediately following Accuplacer, or during posted Accuplacer testing hours

    The Basic Computer Keyboarding (BCK) test-out is a means to satisfy the prerequisite for courses that require typing proficiency for success.

    Students that do not pass will register for ADSC 1003 Introduction to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding, a two-credit keyboarding course designed to help students develop basic keyboarding techniques.

     Net Words a Minute (NWAM)
     Resulting Course Placement
     0-24 NWAM with less than 93% accuracy rate
     ADSC1003 Intro to Keyboarding and Speedbuilding
     25-25+ NWAM with 93% or higher accuracy rate
     Course prerequisite has been satisfied

    The test-out is routinely administered to students in the programs listed below, immediately following Accuplacer:
    • Accounting AAS
    • Bookkeeper CERT
    • Judicial Reporting AAS
    • Medical Assistant AAS
    • Payroll Accounting CERT
    • Scoping/Proofreading CERT
    • Tax Preparer CERT

    The walk-in testing schedule is posted under the gold ACCUPLACER TEST SCHEDULE header.

    Students are strongly encouraged to practice their typing skills before sitting for the keyboarding test-out. Test before attending Orientation to facilitate the registration process.

    The test-out must be taken in one sitting which includes unlimited practice tests and three timed trials. The timed trials include one test and two retests that are needed only if the first timed test is not passed. Timed trials are three minutes in duration.


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

    Course Placements Based on Accuplacer Scores

    Ability to Benefit

    General Student Admission
    Students must possess a high school diploma or GED, or achieve qualifying Ability to Benefit Accuplacer scores set by the federal government:

    • Reading Comprehension 55
    • Sentence Skills 60
    • Arithmetic 34
    Basic Eligibility Criteria - qualify for federal student aid (grants, loans, and work-study)

    Reading Comprehension

    Score   Course Placements
    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 Placements
    00 - 60  ENGL 0102 Fundamentals of English, recommended to Adult Basic Education
    61 - 85  ENGL 0102 Fundamentals of English
    86 - 120 ENGL 1107 Composition I ONLY if Reading Comprehension score is 78 or greater


    Course Placements 
    00 - 29  MATH 0801 Basic Math, recommended to Adult Basic Education
    30 - 70 MATH 0801 Basic Math
    71 - 120 MATH 1070 Technical Mathematics I
    MATH 1400 Algebra and Trigonometry
    81 - 120 MATH 1010 Dosage Calculations for Health Professionals
    MATH 1020 Math for Healthcare

    Elementary Algebra

    Course Placements 
    00 - 75  MATH 0900 Elementary and Intermediate Algebra
    76 - 120  MATH 1080 Technical Mathematics
    MATH 1500 Mathematical Ideas
    MATH 1550 Introduction to Statistics

    College-level Math

    Course Placements 
    00 - 49 MATH 0950 Topics in Intermediate Algebra
    50 - 120

    MATH 1600 College Algebra
    MATH 1650 College Trigonometry
    MATH 1700 Pre-Calculus


    Virginia Keifenheim
    Director of Testing Services
    Testing Center, Room 103

    Phone: 763-576-7830
    Fax: 763-576-7721