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 and COLLEGE PREP CLASS (FREE!)
A free ACCUPLACER and College Prep Class is available on Tuesdays (beginning January 31st and running through May 16th) from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. in Room 2-103 (Writing Center). Schedule is subject to change. These classes are offered through Hastings Community Education and provide 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.
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 email@example.com or 651-423-8469 for an appointment. Accommodations available include:
Test is already an untimed test
ACCUPLACER TESTING Schedule
January 9 - May 17, 2017
(ONLY for students taking the test for DCTC or other Minnesota State colleges)
Jan. 9th – May. 17th
Walk-in Testing (No Appointment Necessary)
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (TechLab closes at 4 p.m.)
Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays
8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (TechLab closes at 6 p.m.)
8 a.m. – 2 p.m. (TechLab closes at 4 p.m.)
January 16 (College Closed) January 26-27 (Inservice) February 20 (College Closed)
Testing Available only until 2 p.m. week of March 13 (Spring Break)
No appointment is needed for the schedule above if testing for DCTC. Students from other Minnesota State 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).
Check in at the TechLab (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.
Student is testing for a non-Minnesota State college or university. Contact Patrick Lair at firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com or 651-423-8469 to make an appointment.
Student cannot test during the walk-schedule. Contact Patrick Lair at firstname.lastname@example.org OR 651-423-8399 to discuss other options.
Student would prefer taking it at the South of the River Education Center in Burnsville. See test-by-appointment schedule below:
Mondays and Wednesdays at
South of the River Education Center
2800 County Rd 42
Burnsville MN 55337
Appts available at 9 a.m., 11 a.m. & 1 p.m.
or other times by request
Contact Stephanie Atkinson at Satkins2@inverhills.edu OR 952-703-3128
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.