Placement assessment

Exemption criteria 

Learn more about university-wide exemption criteria regarding assessment requirements.

Test options 

The College Board Accuplacer is designated as the system-endorsed placement instrument for assessment of reading comprehension, written English and math.

Course placement 

Math, reading and writing courses are suggested in your test results letter based on your scores. Final decisions should be made after consulting your academic advisor.

Preparation and sample questions 

How to prepare for ACCUPLACER tests to ensure you have an accurate measure of your academic skills in math, English, and reading.

Testing schedule and appointments 

Before testing, you should visit our website at Preparation and Sample Questions and do a serious review.

Developmental courses-Minnesota State metro area  

Developmental level courses offered at other Minnesota State institutions in the metro area.

Voucher request and other arrangements 

Students may take the required Accuplacer placement tests at another institution if they have difficulty coming to our testing sessions.

Placement assessments measure knowledge and skills in reading comprehension, English writing and mathematics. The results are used to place some incoming students into courses that best match their skills and helps improve student success. 

Placement results provide important insights into students' current skill levels in math, reading and writing. Students and their advisors use the information to select or recommend those courses most suited to students' academic needs. Placement results are also used to meet the prerequisites for specific courses or the university's general education competency requirement. The assessment requirement also helps ensure faculty provide high quality teaching to all students.

Who takes assessments?

Freshmen and PSEO students who have not successfully completed college-level English composition and a college-level math course are required to take placement assessments.

For other incoming students, including transfer and readmitted students, the degree auditing process determines whether an exemption from placement assessments is granted. Your interactive degree audit/DARS will tell you if you need to take an assessment. If you see "Student Holds: 0006 — Assessment Test" on DARS, you won't be able to register for any class until you take a placement assessment.

Who isn’t required to take assessments?

You need to contact Placement Assessment if you are granted exemption based on the criterion that you completed Accuplacer tests within the past three years in another Minnesota State institution. We need to provide the course placement to you based on Metropolitan State's curriculum and remove the registration hold on your record.

We also acknowledge your progress if you have followed the course placement in another Minnesota State institution when your scores are over three years old. In this situation, you should contact us directly. This will be handled on an individual basis. A new student whose native language is not English and who is not fluent in English should take the language proficiency tests. A student can take these tests in a Minnesota State institution of their choice. Contact information is available on the page of Minnesota State and Hubbs Services. After testing, students should contact us for placement advice and registration hold removal.