Commitment to Student Success

Our college is committed to the success of our students. As a way to strengthen that commitment, DCTC has established a testing tool to assess the academic readiness of students pursuing a program of study or seeking to take certain courses. That assessment tool is called ACCUPLACER, formerly known as CPT.

What is ACCUPLACER?

  • ACCUPLACER is a standardized assessment of a student's reading, sentence and arithmetic skills. Test results help students select courses while allowing our staff to develop appropriate plans for a student's academic support.
  • ACCUPLACER results do NOT affect admission to DCTC—unless the tested student lacks a high school diploma or GED.

ACCUPLACER Testing Schedule

Summer 2014 Schedule

Walk-in Schedule

May 21 – August 22 Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
Mondays – Thursdays 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions/No Testing:
No Testing on Monday, May 26 (college closed)
Fridays 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Exceptions/No Testing:
No Testing on Friday, July 4 (college closed)

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). Check in at our Student Services Offices with a picture ID (i.e. driver’s license).

By Appointment Only Schedule

May 21 – August 22 By Appointment Only (Must be made at least 1 day in advance)
Evenings
June
July
August
4 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Mon. June 9 and Tues. June 24
Wed. July 9, Wed. July 16, and Thurs., July 24
Tues. Aug. 5, Tues. Aug. 12, Sat. Aug. 16 and Wed. Aug. 20

Appointments are required for the schedule above and must be made at least one day prior to the test date desired. Appointments must be made between the hours posted. Contact Patrick Lair, Director of Student Success at patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399.

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.

The Free ACCUPLACER/GED Prep class may not be available during the summer. For updated information or for other test prep options contact Patrick Lair, Director of Student Success at patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399.

Test Resources

The Free ACCUPLACER/GED Prep class may not be available during the summer. For updated information or for other test prep options contact Patrick Lair, Director of Student Success at patrick.lair@dctc.edu OR 651-423-8399

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.

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.

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 Results – What Courses To Take

  • English Course Placement
    Depending on a combination of the Sentence Skills and the Reading Comprehension scores, will determine the courses you need to take.
  • Math Course Placement
    Depending on your E.A. score, Accuplacer branches you into one of our three testing areas.
 

Contact Information

Patrick Lair