All incoming freshmen having no college credit at all are required to complete the placement tests that include basic measures of reading, writing, and mathematics. As soon as you receive your Acceptance letter from the Admissions Office, you should email the Placement Assessment Office at or call 651-793-1538 or 651-793-1537 to make an appointment and complete required tests as early as possible.

All other new students, including transfer students will be evaluated through the degree auditing process to determine whether exemption should be granted. You should wait until you get the Degree Auditing Reports (DARS) to see your placement assessment status.

If you are required to take any of the above placement tests, a hold is put on your record, meaning you cannot register for any class. Therefore, as soon as you know that you are required to take one or more of the above tests, you should contact the Placement Assessment Office at or at 651-793-1538 or 651-793-1537 to make an appointment and complete the required tests as early as possible. If you decide to appeal, you should first review the Exemption Criteria at this Placement Assessment website to determine which exemption category you can use for your appeal. Then you may call 651-793-1464.

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. You may call 651-793-1464.
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. You may call 651-793-1464.

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 and/or the University's general education competency requirements in Writing I and/or college algebra level mathematics. The placement assessment requirement also helps ensure faculty provides high quality teaching to all students.