The ACCUPLACER test is used by DCTC and other two-year colleges across the country to assess college readiness in reading, English and math. It is part of DCTC's admissions and enrollment process. The ACCUPLACER scores are used by advisors to help students take courses that match their skill level and give them the best opportunities for success.
Please Note: DCTC typically uses the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College-Level Math portions of the ACCUPLACER.
ACCUPLACER Preparation Resources
Whether taking the ACCUPLACER the first time or retaking it, students are STRONGLY encouraged to prepare for the test as much as possible. Refer to the various preparation resources listed below to assist in the quest for better test scores. A prepared student can see a significant increase in their test scores and may help avoid having to take extra developmental courses thus saving time and money.
ACCUPLACER and COLLEGE PREP Class (FREE!)
A free ACCUPLACER and College Prep Class is available on Tuesdays (beginning Sept. 13th and running through Dec. 13th) from 4 – 7 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center). These classes are offered through Hastings Community Education and provide students:
Pre-tests to determine grade level and to diagnosis what elements of the ACCUPLACER need to be improved.
An individualized learning path to prepare to take or retake the ACCUPLACER test.
Tutoring to sharpen skills in Math, Reading and Writing and to prepare for college coursework.
Walk-in service available at any time — no registration required and it’s FREE!
Students should use this class for at least 5 weeks before planning to take or retake the ACCUPLACER.
This FREE web-based study app includes interactive practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. It's accessible from any computer, tablet or smartphone. The app will help students become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER Test questions AND will include "Learn as you go" tests that provides explanation of the correct or incorrect responses.
Students requiring test accommodations due to documented disabilities should contact Anne Swanberg, Disability Services Advisor, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-423-8469 for an appointment. Accommodations available include:
Test is already an untimed test
Fall 2016 SCHEDULE: August 22 – December 16
(ONLY for students taking the test for DCTC or other Minnesota State colleges)
Aug. 22nd – Dec. 16th
Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays and Tuesdays
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (TechLab closes at 4 p.m.)
Wednesdays and Thursdays
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (TechLab closes at 6 p.m.)
8 a.m. – Noon (TechLab closes at 2 p.m.)
Monday, September 5 (Labor Day, College Closed)
Friday, November 11 (Veterans Day, College Closed)
Thursday, November 24 (Thanksgiving Day, College Closed)
Friday, November 25 (Thanksgiving Holiday, College Closed)
No appointment is needed for the schedule above if testing for DCTC or another Minnesota State college or university.
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).
Check in at the TechLab (Room 2-101). A picture ID (e.g. driver’s license) is REQUIRED. It is highly recommended that you know your student/tech ID number.
ACCUPLACER Appointments Should Be Made If:
Student is testing for non-Minnesota State college or university. Contact Patrick Lair at email@example.com OR 651-423-8399 for how this can be set up.
Student needs to take the ACCUPLACER in another format (audio, pencil/paper, braille, etc.). Contact Anne Swanberg at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651-423-8469 to make an appointment.
Student cannot test during the walk-schedule. Contact Patrick Lair at email@example.com OR 651-423-8399 to discuss other options.
Student would prefer taking it at the South of the River Education Center in Burnsville. See test-by-appointment schedule below:
Mondays & Wednesdays @ South of the River Education Center
2800 County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55337
Appts. available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., and 1 p.m. or other possible times with Stephanie Atkinson at Satkins2@inverhills.edu OR 952-703-3128
ACCUPLACER RETEST POLICY
The retest policy allows students to retake all or parts of the test at a time of their choosing and, preferably, with adequate preparation. However, 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.
In most cases, how a student does on the ACCUPLACER generally does not affect admissions to the college and to its programs. ACCUPLACER results help determine placement in appropriate reading , English and math courses. Students are encouraged to speak with an academic advisor to determine how ACCUPLACER results may affect program or course selection.
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.