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At Anoka Technical College, placement testing 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. ACCUPLACER Assessment is needed for acceptance but due to COVID-19 all Minnesota State institutions are implementing new placement methods that look at a variety of academic factors. 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

  • ACCUPLACER testing via Zoom (video conferencing) is available to Anoka Technical College applicants and current students by appointment only. Contact Testing Services or Enrollment Services for more information.



  • The Testing Center is located in Rm 103, near the main entrance to the college (currently suspended).
  • View the ACCUPLACER Test Schedule for walk-in testing days and times for current or prospective students (currently suspended). 
  • ACCUPLACER testing from another location (remote site) OR for another school requires a voucher and is by appointment only (currently suspended). 
  • 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.

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)


ACCUPLACER Test Schedule

ACCUPLACER Walk-in Hours

Due to our current situation regarding Coronavirus (COVID-19), all in-person testing services are suspended until further notice. 

In absence of in-person testing, Anoka Technical College is now offering 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. 

In order to schedule your ACCUPLACER test via Zoom, please contact:

Testing Services at OR Enrollment Services at

Upcoming Closure(s)

  •  March 22 - 26

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

2020 - 2021 Anoka Technical College Calendar

Policy 4.3.1 Weather and Emergency Closings or Cancellations

Important Dates

  • Spring Semester 2021: Jan. 11 - May 14
  • Summer Semester 2021: June 1 - July 16
  • Fall Semester 2021: Aug. 23 - Dec. 17

    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

    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.

    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 763-576-4073 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


    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.

      Test from another MN STATE campus

      Students have the option to take their ACCUPLACER  from the Minnesota State institution closest to them. Follow the steps below to find the nearest campus: 

      1. Find a Remote Testing Center

      2. Email Testing Center staff at Anoka Tech to request a Remote Test Voucher. Include the location of your desired test center.

      3. The Remote Test Voucher will be sent to your email address. Read the voucher for 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 to you immediately following your test. Contact ATC Enrollment Services for next-step advisement.

      Questions? Send an email to Testing Center staff.

      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. Send an email to Testing Center staff to request a Remote Test Voucher.

      2. Testing Center staff will work with you to find a campus that's a member of the Remote Testing Network.

      3. Staff will issue and email the Remote Test Voucher to you.

      4. Read the voucher for 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 to you immediately following your test. Please then contact Enrollment Services staff for next-step direction.

      Admissions Checklist 

      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.

      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