ACCUPLACER TEST

ACCUPLACER

ACCUPLACER TEST

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 the college admissions and enrollment process where the scores are used by advisors to help students take courses that match their skill level and give them the best opportunities for success.

Get answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about ACCUPLACER here.

For a closer look at ACCUPLACER Tests and to find out exactly what is on the tests, visit https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/students/accuplacer-tests.

Please Note:  DCTC typically uses the Arithmetic, College-Level Math, Elementary Algebra, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills portions of the ACCUPLACER.

ACCUPLACER Preparation Resources

Free ACCUPLACER and College Prep Help is available on Thursdays from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center) between January 15th and May 14th (no class on March 19th).  This service is offered through our ABE partner from Hastings and provides students:

  • Preparation for taking or retaking the ACCUPLACER test OR the GED test (allow 4-10 weeks for adequate preparation)
  • Tutoring to sharpen skills in Math, Reading and Writing and to prepare for college coursework
  • Walk-in service – no registration required and its FREE!

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

Download the Official Mobile Study App ($2.99), the Official Web-Based Study App ($2.99) OR the Free ACCUPLACER Sample Questions.

For specific math preparation visit Khan Academy, which offers FREE practice exercises, instructional videos and a personalized learning dashboard.

ACCUPLACER TESTING SCHEDULE (January 12 through May 19)

WALK-IN SCHEDULE

January 5 – May 19 Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays through Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions NO TESTING on: Jan. 19 (MLK Day) and Feb. 16 (Presidents Day)

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). Upon arrival, check in at our Student Services Office inside out front lobby. You must have a picture ID (e.g. driver's license) at the time you check in.

BY APPOINTMENT ONLY SCHEDULE

Appointments Available
on the Following Dates
(select dates)
By Appointment Only
(Must be made at least 1 day in advance)
Evenings @ DCTC
Tuesday, Jan. 27
Monday, Feb. 9
Monday, Mar. 2
Thursday, Apr. 9
Tuesday, May 5
Appointments made between 4 – 6:30 p.m.
with patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399
Saturdays @ DCTC
Saturday, Feb. 21
Saturday, Mar. 28
Saturday, Apr. 25
Saturday, May 9
Appointments made between 8 – 11 a.m.
with patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399
Mondays and Wednesdays @
South of the River Education Center

2800 County Rd 42
Burnsville, MN 55337
Appointments available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
Appointments made in partnership with
Inver Hills Community College
by visiting www.inverhills.edu/burnsville/ OR
contacting Stephanie Atkinson
at Satkins2@inverhills.edu OR 952-703-3128

Appointments are required for the schedule above and must be made at least one day prior to the test date desired.

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 ACCOMMODATIONS

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

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

TEST 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.
Printable Exemption Form

TEST RESULTS/PLACEMENT

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.

Click here for the course placement grid for English and Math.

Contact Information

Patrick Lair