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 PREP Service
DCTC can give students the opportunity to determine what portions of the ACCUPLACER they need to work on through ACCUPLACER Diagnostic Testing. The results of the diagnostic will pinpoint what elements of reading, writing or math that need improvement. For more information, contact Patrick Lair, Director of Student Success at email@example.com or 651-423-8399.
THE ACCUPLACER STUDY APP (FREE!)
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
ACCUPLACER TESTING Schedule
May 22 – August 18, 2017
(ONLY for students taking the test for DCTC)
May 17th – August 18th
Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays – Thursdays
8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Center for Student Success closes at 5 p.m.)
No Testing Available (Friday appointments available beginning July 28th and running through August 18th - See Appointment information below)
Monday, May 29 (Memorial Day Holiday) Monday, June 19 (Staff Retreat) Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4 (Independance Day Holiday) Wednesday, August 16 (Faculty/Staff Inservice)
No appointment is needed for the schedule above if testing for DCTC.
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/Center for Student Success (Room 2-101). A picture ID (e.g. driver's license) is REQUIRED. It is highly recommended that you know your student/tech ID or StarID number.
ACCUPLACER Appointments Should Be Made If:
Student is testing for a college or university other than DCTC. 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.
ACCUPLACER RETEST POLICY/Test Exemption
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 $5.00 retest fee at the Tuition Office before taking the test. Students are encouraged to check out if they are eligible for a test exemption based on ACT, SAT, or MCA scores, prior degree(s) or prior college coursework.
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.