Dakota County Technical College is part of the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system (Minnesota State) and, as such, we are required to assess new, incoming students' academic readiness. The test approved by Minnesota State to do this assessment is The College Board’s ACCUPLACER. ACCUPLACER scores are an important tool used by advisors to place students in courses that match their skill level and give them the best opportunities for success. The test is used within DCTC’s admissions and enrollment process. DCTC typically uses the Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math portions of the ACCUPLACER. What portions a student needs to take is based on what DCTC program/major they are pursuing. Please note: DCTC will begin using the NextGen version of ACCUPLACER in January, 2019.
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 Resources via LearningExpress Library (FREE!)
A number of college prep and ACCUPLACER prep resources are available through the online LearningExpress Library. The “Centers” on this website offer a number of resources for students but, in terms of ACCUPLACER preparation, the most helpful will be found in the “College Center” where there are a number of practice tests for each of the ACCUPLACER test areas. Here are the steps to access these resources:
This FREE web-based study app includes interactive practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. It is 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.
Diagnostic testing can help pinpoint what elements within certain ACCUPLACER tests need to be improved upon to score higher on the test. Scores may help the appropriate DCTC tutor assist in a student's preparation.
ACCUPLACER Prep, Reading, Writing and Math Skills Class (FREE!)
This free class is offered through Rosemount-Apple Valley-Eagan Community Education. Contact Dakota Valley Learning Center at 952-388-1980 or Cedar Valley Learning Center at 952-431-8316 for class dates, times and availability.
TEST EXEMPTION: HOW TO GET OUT OF TAKING ALL OR PARTS OF THE ACCUPLACER
DCTC may consider waiving all or parts of the ACCUPLACER for students based on the possibilities below:
ACT Scores: Students who have taken their ACT’s within the last five years and have received scores (or higher) of 21 in Reading, 18 in English and 22 in Math. Official ACT scores must be provided.
SAT Scores: Students who have taken their SAT’s within the last five years and have received scores (or higher) of 530 in Math and 480 in Evidence Based Writing. Official SAT scores must be provided.
Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Scores: Students who have taken their MCA’s with the last five years and have received a 10th Grade MCA Reading of 1047 or higher, and 11th Grade MCA Math score of 1148 or higher (placement into Statistics), 1150 (placement into Math for Liberal Arts) and 1158 (placement into College Algebra). Official MCA Score Report must be provided.
Previous Degree: Students have a previous Associate degree, Bachelors degree and/or a graduate degree. There are some exceptions to this option depending upon certain DCTC programs/majors. Official college transcripts must be provided.
College Coursework/No Degree: Students who have no degree but have completed English Composition and/or College Algebra (or some other college-level math course). Official college transcripts must be provided.
Previous ACCUPLACER Scores: Students who have taken the English/Reading portions of the ACCUPLACER within the last three years AND the Math portions within the last two years. Official ACCUPLACER scores must be provided.
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
Private Testing Room
ACCUPLACER TESTING Schedule
August 21 – December 15, 2017
(Test Vouchers Required for Non-DCTC Students)
August 21st – December 15th
Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays – Thursdays
8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
(Center for Student Success closes at 6 p.m.)
Between 8 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
(Center for Student Success closes at 4 p.m.)
No Testing On:
Sept. 4 (Labor Day Holiday)
Nov. 10 (Veterans Day)
Nov. 23 & 24 (Thanksgiving Break)
No appointment is needed for the schedule above. Students from other colleges or universities must present a Remote Testing Voucher from their school when testing at 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). Calculators, cell phones and other devices are prohibited.
Check in at the 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 DCTC student/Tech ID or StarID number. Students testing for other colleges must present the Test Voucher at check-in.
Student would like to take an ACCUPLACER Diagnostic Test to see what areas need to be improved upon before taking the actual ACCUPLACER. Contact Patrick Lair at email@example.com or 651-423-8399 to make an appointment.
DCTC's 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 only retest only once during a 6-month period. Students retesting at DCTC must pay a $5.00 fee at the Cashier Window before taking the test.
Students will receive their Individual Score Report immediately upon completion of their ACCUPLACER test. In most cases, students will speak with an advisor right away to have their scores interpreted. How a student does on the ACCUPLACER generally does not affect admissions to the college and to its programs. ACCUPLACER results help determine appropriate course placement in reading, writing and math courses.