Accuplacer Tests

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

Math Tests

The math tests are so branched that students start with Elementary Algebra of 12 questions first; they will go to Arithmetic Test with a total of 17 questions if they score low on Elementary Algebra; or they will go to College Level Math that has a total of 20 questions if they score high on the Elementary Algebra Skills test. Students have the opportunity to test out of the college algebra requirement, while the majority have to start with a course lower than college level.

Reading and Writing Tests

The reading and writing tests are so branched that students start with Reading Comprehension that consists of a total of 20 questions. The Reading Comprehension score is used to place students into both reading and writing classes. The highest placement level is reading-college-ready and Writing I.

If a student scores at college level, no writing test is needed. A lower Reading Comprehension score will lead to the test on Sentence Skills that also has 20 questions. The score of the Sentence Skills test is only used for advising purposes.

See specifics about Accuplacer Tests.

Essay Test

The essay form placement test is designed by Metropolitan State University faculty for students having extraordinary writing skills to test out of Writing I and start directly with Writing II.

However, it cannot be used to test out of the Goal I requirement in writing. View Essay Evaluation specifics. (Note: This option is currently unavailable.)

If you want or your academic advisor suggests you to take the essay test, please say so when you sign up for testing.

English Language Proficiency Tests

A new student whose native language is not English and who is not fluent in English should take the language proficiency tests. For more information, please contact Baorong Li at 651-793-1464 or at

CLEP, DSST, TOEFL, GRE, GMAT and Other Tests

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