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Accuplacer Tests — Next Generation

The College Board Accuplacer is designated as the system-endorsed placement instrument for assessment of reading, writing, and mathematics in the implementation of the MN State Board Policy 3.3 Assessment for Course Placement.

These tests are NOT timed.  120 minutes are allocated for Math, Reading/Writing tests. 90 minutes is allocated for either the Math test or Reading/Writing tests as required by the computer self-registration procedure. This time allocation proves to be enough for most test takers. However, you should start earlier if you plan to test before the end of day in case you need a little more time.

Math tests

The math tests are so branched that students start with the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) test of 20 questions, about the same level as the Classic Elementary Algebra test. They will go to the Arithmetic test of 20 questions if they score low on QAS; or they will go to the Advanced Algebra and Functions test (AAF)similar to the Classic College-Level-Math (CLM) test, if they score high on the QAS test. This AAF test has a total of 20 questions and will place students into College Algebra if they meet the cut score.

Reading and writing tests

The NG Reading test comes first. It has 20 questions and can place students into a level that is sufficient for any reading involved college courses if they meet the cut score. The Writing test has 25 questions and can place students into college level English writing or composition courses if they meet the cut score.


CLEP exams are currently not available as the physical testing center at Metropolitan State University is closed due to the covid-19 pandemic. We continue to explore options for remote testing and will make those available when possible. For other physical testing sites who may be providing in-person services, please visit the CollegeBoard CLEP website. If you're planning to take a CLEP exam, we strongly advise you to contact the test center immediately to confirm that they're currently administering CLEP exams. NOTE: The designation “Open” in the Test Center Search results indicates that a test centers administers CLEP exams to all test-takers.  It is not an indication that the center is open or closed for business.


If special accommodations are needed at Metropolitan State University for the Accuplacer or CLEP tests, the Center for Accessibility Resources should be contacted prior to registration.  More detailed information is provided at

DSST, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and English language proficiency tests

Metropolitan State University does not administer these tests. Students should search and find relevant information on the Internet.