ACCUPLACER Assessment

At Anoka Technical College, the ACCUPLACER Assessment is used 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. The ACCUPLACER Assessment is typically needed for acceptance. 

*Beginning Fall 2021, Anoka Technical College is a Course Placement Pilot Project participant, reviewing student records for college-level course prerequisites which can be met through qualifying standardized test scores from ACCUPLACER (NGA/Classic), ACT, MCA, SAT, through a combination of qualifying scores plus a qualifying high school GPA, with qualifying stand-alone high school GPA and through use of Guided Self-Placement. Students who meet college-level course prerequisites may be exempted from taking any or all portions of ACCUPLACER based on documentation provided. After your application has been received, you will be contacted by a member of Enrollment Services with your next steps for acceptance.  

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

Testing Center Summer Hours (May 18, 2022 through August 9, 2022)

ACCUPLACER TESTING FOR SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS, WALK-IN, OR REMOTE (for current students or applicants ONLY) on:

  • Monday 8 am to 4:30 pm (REMOTE ONLY)
  • Tuesday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Wednesday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Friday 8 am to 10:30 am (REMOTE ONLY)

Appointments are highly encouraged and will take priority over walk-ins. Please note, the Testing Center closes from 12 pm to 1 pm each day for staff lunch. 

As an alternative to in-person testing, the Testing Center is continuing to offer remote ACCUPLACER testing via Zoom (video conferencing). This is available to Anoka Technical College current students or applicants by appointment only. 

Click the link below to schedule your remote ACCUPLACER, in-person ACCUPLACER or virtual chat appointment with Testing Services staff (for current students or applicants ONLY). 

SCHEDULE A TESTING SERVICES APPOINTMENT

  • 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 for current or prospective students
  • ACCUPLACER testing from another location (remote site) OR for another school requires a voucher and is no longer offered. 
  • 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. Additionally. the following items will not be permitted in the testing room: food, beverages, backpacks, purses, cell phones, watches, electronic devices, sunglasses, and hats.
  • The test is not timed. Most students finish in 1.5 to 2 hours.
  • Results are immediate and help students select courses.

Contact Testing Services or Enrollment Services for more information.

Prepare for ACCUPLACER

Students are strongly encouraged to study before testing.

On Sept. 19, 2019 Anoka Technical College converted to the Next Generation ACCUPLACER version. Click the blue link below under the "Resources" section to view each document of the Official Next-Gen ACCUPLACER sample questions. 

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

  • Reading
  • Arithmetic

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

  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS)
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

Resources

ACCUPLACER Test Schedule

Testing Center Summer Hours (May 18, 2022 through August 9, 2022)

ACCUPLACER TESTING FOR SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS, WALK-IN, OR REMOTE (for current students or applicants ONLY) on:

  • Monday 8 am to 4:30 pm (REMOTE ONLY)
  • Tuesday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Wednesday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Thursday 8 am to 4:30 pm *last admit is 3:30 pm (SCHEDULED ON CAMPUS/WALK-IN)
  • Friday 8 am to 10:30 am (REMOTE ONLY)

Appointments are highly encouraged and will take priority over walk-ins. Please note, the Testing Center is closed from 12 pm to 1 pm for staff lunch.  

As an alternative to in-person testing, Anoka Technical College is continuing to offer ACCUPLACER testing via Zoom, video conferencing. This is available to Anoka Technical College applicants and current students who meet the following technology requirements: 

Computer/laptop with a stable internet connection, a webcam and headphones. NOTE: cellphones, iPads, Surface and other tablets will not work. 

Click the link below to schedule your remote ACCUPLACER, in-person ACCUPLACER or virtual chat appointment with Testing Services staff (for current students or applicants ONLY).

Schedule A Testing Services Appointment

Testing Services at TestingServices@anokatech.edu OR Enrollment Services at EnrollmentServices@anokatech.edu

Upcoming Closure(s)

*Please note, the Testing Center is closed during all college closures and holidays. See college calendar(s) for more details. 

2021 - 2022 Anoka Technical College Calendar

2022 - 2023 Anoka Technical College Calendar

Policy 4.3.1 Weather and Emergency Closings or Cancellations

Important Dates

  • Summer Semester 2022: May 31 - July 22
  • Fall Semester 2022: May 22 - Dec. 16

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

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    Placement Chart

    Click the link below for course-specific placement information. 

    *Please note some programs may have course-specific admission requirements. Refer to your program guide for more details. 

    View Placement Chart page

    View Placement Chart pdf

    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.

    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.

    Request Test Accommodations

    The Office of Accessibility 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 the Office of Accessibility. To arrange a meeting, contact the Office of Accessibility at 763-576-7950 or Office of Accessibility

    Appointments should be made well ahead of the intended test date to allow time for processing and implementation of approved accommodations. See Office of Accessibility website for more information. 

    Office of Accessibility

    Retest

    Students 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.

      Get Copy of Test Results

      View Test Results
      ACCUPLACER tests taken at Anoka Technical College can be viewed through the ACCUPLACER Student Portal. Click the link below to access your ACCUPLACER scores.

      ACCUPLACER Student Portal

      Complete each area of the form. Under "Student Institution" scroll down to "MN State - Anoka Technical College". Click "Search" and a notification box below will appear indicating "A Link To Your Test Results Will Be Emailed To You". Next, select "Send Reports". You will then be prompted to accept the College Board privacy policy. You must accept. Your scores will be sent to the email address you used when completing your ACCUPLACER test. For ACCUPLACER tests completed at Anoka Technical College before 2019, students must complete the Request for ACCUPLACER Score Report form below. 

      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, with no need to send score reports to other Minnesota State schools.
      • 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.

      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 233
      • Sentence Skills 235
      • Arithmetic 230
      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