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

Please Note: DCTC typically uses the Arithmetic, College-Level Math, Elementary Algebra, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills 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 saving time and money.


A free ACCUPLACER and College Prep Class is available on Tuesdays (beginning January 12 and running through May 17) from 4 - 7 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center). These classes are offered through our ABE partner from Hastings and provides 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.

The Official Web-Based Study App

This web-based study app features tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. It’s accessible from any internet-capable computer, and it will help students become familiar with the content and format of the ACCUPLACER Test questions. Here are some features of this app:

  • "Learn as you go" tests provide you with explanation of the correct or incorrect responses.
  • Sample tests are authentic, so you will know ahead of time what your experience will be like on the actual test day.
  • You can save your work and resume practicing at any time, so you are in control of your time and schedule.
  • You can review your score history to see where you need to refresh your knowledge and where you have strengths.

Download the FREE App


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.

Download the FREE PDF

Other ACCUPLACER Resources

Other resources are availble by searching for "ACCUPLACER PREP" on Google.

Spring Semester 2016 SCHEDULE


Jan. 11  May 17 Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays AND Tuesdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions: College Closed/No Testing on
Mon., Jan. 18 (MLK Day) and Mon., Feb. 15 (Presidents Day)
Wednesdays AND Thursdays 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Exception: Walk-in testing available only between Noon and 2 p.m. on Thur., Jan. 28
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exception: NO Testing available on Fri., Jan. 29

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 our front lobby. You must have a picture ID (e.g. driver's license) at the time you check in. Schedule is subject to change.

By Appointment Only Schedule

Specific appointment dates listed below: BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
(Must be made at least one day in advance)
Evenings @ DCTC
Monday, Feb. 29
Tuesday, Mar. 22
Thursday, Apr. 21
Monday, May 9
Appts. made between 4 - 6 p.m. with OR 651-423-8399
Saturdays @ DCTC
March 12
May 7
Appts. made between 8 - 11 a.m. with OR 651-423-8399
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 times by request.
Contact Stephanie Atkinson at 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.


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.


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


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


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
Patrick Lair
Director of Student Success