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 2014 Schedule

Walk-in Schedule

January 13 – May 20 Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays – Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exceptions:
No Testing on Jan. 20 & Feb. 17 (college closed)
Schedule may change during Spring Break Mar. 17-21
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions:
No Testing on Jan. 31, Feb. 28 & Apr. 18

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). Check in at our Student Services Offices with a picture ID (i.e. driver’s license).

By Appointment Only Schedule

January 11 – May 19 By Appointment Only (Must be made at least 1 day in advance)
Evenings 4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 10, Mar. 6, Apr. 7, Apr. 15, May 1 and May 19
Saturdays 8 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Jan. 11, Feb. 22, Mar. 29, Apr. 25 and May 17

Appointments are required for the schedule above and must be made at least one day prior to the test date desired. Appointments must be made between the hours posted. Contact Patrick Lair, Director of Student Success at patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399.

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.

Free ACCUPLACER Prep and GED Classes are available at the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. AND Saturdays from 8 a.m. - Noon in Room 2-103 (Writing Center). These classes are offered through our ABE partners from Burnsville and Hastings and provide students:

  • Preparation for taking or retaking the ACCUPLACER test
  • Tutoring to sharpen skills in Math, Reading and Writing
  • Preparation for the GED test
  • Walk-in service – no registration required and its FREE!

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

Test Resources

Free ACCUPLACER Prep and GED Classes are available at the Main Campus on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4 – 7 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center). These classes are offered through our ABE partners from Burnsville and Hastings and provide students:

  • Preparation for taking or retaking the ACCUPLACER test
  • Tutoring to sharpen skills in Math, Reading and Writing
  • Preparation for the GED test
  • Walk-in service – no registration required and its 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.
 

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