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.


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.


For more information contact Patrick Lair at or 651-423-8399.


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.

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This free PDF document gives you examples of the types of questions you will see when you take the ACCUPLACER test. It is useful for some fast and simple preparation prior to taking the test.

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Other ACCUPLACER Resources


Being Exempt from Taking ACCUPLACER

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.

Printable Exemption Form


Students requiring test accommodations due to documented disabilities should contact Anne Swanberg, Disability Services Advisor, at or 651-423-8469 for an appointment. Accommodations available include:

  • Test is already an untimed test
  • Audio
  • Large Print
  • Braille

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.)
Fridays 8 a.m. – Noon
(TechLab closes at 2 p.m.)
Exceptions/No Testing 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 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 or 651-423-8469 to make an appointment.
  • Student cannot test during the walk-schedule. Contact Patrick Lair at 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 OR 952-703-3128


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.

Get the course placement grid for English and Math

Contact Information

Patrick Lair
Patrick Lair
Director of Student Success