Commitment to Student Success

Our college is committed to the success of our students. As a way to strengthen that commitment, DCTC has established a testing tool to assess the academic readiness of students pursuing a program of study or seeking to take certain courses. That assessment tool is called ACCUPLACER, formerly known as CPT.

What is ACCUPLACER?

  • ACCUPLACER is a standardized assessment of a student's reading, sentence and arithmetic skills. Test results help students select courses while allowing our staff to develop appropriate plans for a student's academic support.
  • ACCUPLACER results do NOT affect admission to DCTC—unless the tested student lacks a high school diploma or GED.

ACCUPLACER Testing Schedule

Spring Semester 2015 Schedule (January 12 – May 19)

Walk-in Schedule

January 5 – May 19 Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions NO TESTING on: Jan. 19 (MLK Day) and Feb. 16 (Presidents Day)

No appointment is needed for the schedule above. You can start the ACCUPLACER anytime between the hours listed above on a space-available basis (MAKE NOTE OF THE DATES WHEN THERE IS NO TESTING or EXCEPTIONS TO THE SCHEDULE). Upon arrival, check in at our Student Services Office inside out front lobby. You must have a picture ID (e.g. driver's license) at the time you check in.

By Appointment Only Schedule

Appointments Available
on the Following Dates
(select dates)
By Appointment Only
(Must be made at least 1 day in advance)
Evenings @ DCTC
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Monday, Feb. 9
Monday, Mar. 2
Thursday, Apr. 9
Tuesday, May 5
Appointments made between 4 – 6:30 p.m.
with patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399
Saturdays @ DCTC
Saturday, Feb. 21
Saturday, Mar. 28
Saturday, Apr. 25
Saturday, May 9
Appointments made between 8 – 11 a.m.
with patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399
Mondays and Wednesdays @
South of the River Education Center

2800 County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55337
Appointments available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Appointments made in partnership with
Inver Hills Community College
by visiting www.inverhills.edu/burnsville/ OR
contacting Stephanie Atkinson
at Satkins2@inverhills.edu OR 952-703-3128

Appointments are required for the schedule above and must be made at least one day prior to the test date desired.

The retest policy allows students to retake all or parts of the ACCUPLACER at least two weeks after original test session. A student can retest ONLY once in a 6 month period. Students retesting at DCTC must pay a $5 retest fee at the Tuition Office before taking the test.

For more information, contact Patrick Lair at patrick.lair@dctc.edu or 651-423-8399.

Test Resources

Free ACCUPLACER and College Prep Help is available on Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center) between January 15 and May 14 (no class on March 19). This service is offered through our ABE partner from Hastings and provide students:

  •  Preparation for taking or retaking the ACCUPLACER test OR the GED test (allow 4-10 weeks for adequate preparation)
  • Tutoring to sharpen skills in Math, Reading and Writing and to prepare for college coursework
  • Walk-in service – no registration required and it's FREE!

For more information, contact Patrick Lair at patrick.lair@dctc.edu or 651-423-8399.

Exemption

DCTC may consider waiving the ACCUPLACER test if a student has earned ONE of the following:

  • Associate degree, bachelor's degree or a graduate degree; student must provide official college transcript.
  • Completed college-level English and math coursework, but lack degree; student must provide official college transcript.
  • ACT scores of 18 in English, 21 in Reading, and 22 in Math; student must provide official ACT scores that are less than three years old for English and Reading and less than two years old for Math.
  • Previously completed ACCUPLACER; student must provide scores that are less than three years old.

Admission to certain programs requires minimum testing standards. ACCUPLACER results help determine placement in appropriate courses. Students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor to determine how ACCUPLACER results may affect program or course selection.

Retest Policy

The retest policy allows students to retake all or parts of the ACCUPLACER at least two weeks after original test session. A student can retest ONLY once in a 6 month period. Students retesting at DCTC must pay a $5 retest fee at the Tuition Office before taking the test.

Students requiring accommodations due to documented disabilities should contact the test administrator or disabilities services advisor before taking the ACCUPLACER test for the first time.

Test Results – What Courses To Take

  • English Course Placement
    Depending on a combination of the Sentence Skills and the Reading Comprehension scores, will determine the courses you need to take.
  • Math Course Placement
    Depending on your E.A. score, ACCUPLACER branches you into one of our three testing areas.
 

Contact Information

Patrick Lair