The Testing Center in Room 2-141 has facilities to handle the administration and proctoring of such tests as ACCUPLACER, TEAS (for nursing students), DSST, Technical Skill Assessments, and other web-based, standardized tests. On occasion and, if appropriate, the Center can be used by faculty to proctor tests for individual students. There are also private testing rooms for those students having disabilities that warrant private testing accommodations (see information on Disability & Access Services).
The Testing Center at Dakota County Technical College offers the following test options: ACCUPLACER, TEAS, Private Testing and DSST.
DCTC Faculty can download the Testing Center Proctoring Policy here.
DSST (Formerly Known as DANTES)
DSST is an internet-based training program that allows you to earn college credit. Dakota County Technical College offers more than 30 different DSST exams. Each exam is scored individually and includes the option to retake after 30 days if needed. Minimum score is different on each test. Tests are pass/fail. There is no limit on the number of tests you may take per MN State. Residency requirements must be met.
DCTC is a DSST Fully Funded test center. Eligible military service members, civilians and eligible spouses may have the administrative fee waived.
Two forms of ID are required to test. Candidates must bring a valid Geneva Conventions Common Access Card (CAC) and a U.S. Government or State-issued Photo ID to the test site on test day before they can test. For questions regarding eligibility for DANTES-funded testing, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
View the DSST Equivalency Chart
SCHEDULE AN APPOINTMENT:
- Send an email request to the Testing Center at email@example.com or call 651-423-8000 to set up an appointment.
BRING THE FOLLOWING TO THE EXAM:
- Your ID: ID must be government issued (driver’s license, passport, state ID, etc.)
- Social Security Number
- Name of exam to be taken
- $20 Administrative Fee payable to Dakota County Technical College (bring receipt to Testing Center) and
- $85 per exam - paid only with a credit card
REVIEW PRACTICE EXAMS & PREP RESOURCES
Accessibility Services Testing Form
These free PDF documents 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 Sample Questions for Advanced Algebra and Functions
Download the Sample Questions for Arithmetic
Download the Sample Questions for Quantitative Reasoning
Download the Sample Questions for Reading
The College Level Examination Program® (CLEP) offers students the opportunity to receive college credit for what you already know. The 90 minute exams, which cost $85 each, are administered at 1,700 test centers, and 2,900 colleges and universities.
View the CLEP Exam Equivalencies Chart
The Testing Center requires that you provide an acceptable form of photo identification to access your previous test scores and to take the ACCUPLACER test (no exceptions).
View the list of acceptable forms of identification