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 Rm 103, near the main entrance to the college.
  • View the Accuplacer Test Schedule for walk-in testing days and times.
  • Students will be required to show a current Photo ID.
  • Hand-held calculators are not permitted. An electronic calculator will be provided on some questions, but not all. Scratch paper and pencil will be 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

Accuplacer Test Schedule

Accuplacer Walk-in Test Schedule
Spring Semester Jan. 8 - May 11

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

The Testing Center will be closed on the following days:

  • Jan. 15 Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 19 President's Day

Policy 4.3.1 Weather and Emergency Closings or Cancellations

Important Dates

  • Jan. 8: Spring Semester Starts



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

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    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


    Qualifying ACT, MCA and SAT Scores

    Students who 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.

    ACT Minimum Qualifying Scores

    MCA Minimum Qualifying Scores

    SAT Minimum Qualifying Scores

    • 480 Evidence-based Reading and Writing
    • 530 Mathematics
    Time validation: ACT, MCA and SAT scores are valid for five (5) years, inclusive of the current calendar year.

    Students who wish to utilize their ACT or SAT scores are responsible to forward an official copy to:
    Anoka Technical College
    ATTN: Records Office
    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. Students should refer to their selected program plan for details about their program and course requirements.

    Other Exemptions

    Students with degrees / transfer students
    Students who have completed a college-level math or English course at another college, or who hold an associate's or bachelor's degree from an accredited U.S. institution of higher learning, may send an official copy of their transcript to the Records Office to be reviewed for possible waiver from all or parts of Accuplacer.

    • Students who have previously attended a Minnesota State college or university - Anoka Tech can retrieve your transcript free of charge.
    • Students who have attended a non-Minnesota State institution - send a transcript to Anoka Technical College, ATTN Records Office, 1355 W HWY 10, Anoka MN  55303.

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

    Test from another MN STATE campus

    Students who 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. Include location of desired test center.

    3. The Remote Test Voucher will arrive in email. Read important remote test site information and follow instructions to schedule the test. Print the voucher and bring it with you when you test.

    Test results will be available immediately following your test. There is no need to send a copy to Anoka Tech. The college can view results on their 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.

    2. Send an email to Anoka Tech to request a Remote Test Voucher. Include location of desired test center.

    3. The Remote Test Voucher will arrive in email. Read important remote test site information and follow instructions to schedule the test. Print the voucher and bring it with you when you test
    Next Steps

    Admissions Checklist 

    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 who do not pass will need to 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 immediately following Accuplacer to students in the following programs:
    • Judicial Reporting AAS
    • Medical Assistant AAS
    • Scoping/Proofreading CERT

    Accuplacer Test Schedule

    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.


    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. To arrange a meeting, contact Disability Services at 763-576-4069 or

    Appointments should be made well ahead of the intended test date to allow time for processing and implementation of approved accommodations.

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    Get Copy of Test Results

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

    Send Scores to Another Institution

    • Minnesota State: Accuplacer assessment data is auto-loaded to the Minnesota State system database therefore 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. Scores are released within seven (7) working days.


    Students  who 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.

    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.

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

      Course Placements Based on Accuplacer Scores

      Ability to Benefit

      General Student Admission
      To qualify for federal student aid 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)
      Earn your GED - work with Metro North Adult Basic Education, conveniently located on-campus, in the Student Success Center, Room 190

      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