The campus will be closed for Thanksgiving Thursday, Nov. 26–Sunday, Nov. 29. Regular hours will resume Monday, Nov. 30.


Accuplacer Placement Tests

After you apply to attend MCTC, one of your next steps is to come in to take Accuplacer placement tests before registering for your classes, unless you are eligible for an exemption.  

Prepare before you come to test!

Placing into college-level courses will help you reach graduation more quickly, therefore it is critical for you to prepare for testing. Here is everything you need to know about the tests and how to prepare so you can do your best and so your placements are accurate.

What math test will I take?

The math placement test you take will be based on your answer to this question: “What is the highest level math class you have completed?”

  • If your answer “none” or “basic math," you will begin with the Arithmetic test. If you score high on this test, you will be directed to the next level of math test, Elementary Algebra.
  • If you answer "Algebra I/Beginning Algebra” or higher, you will begin with the Elementary Algebra test. If you score high on the Algebra I/Beginning Algebra test, you will be directed to the College Level Math test. If you score low on this test, you will be directed to the previous level math test, Arithmetic.
  • Math test scores are valid for two years and your test score must be valid on the first day of semester.

Where and when do I take the test?

  • You have to apply to MCTC before you take the tests (you need an MCTC ID number to test) but you don’t have to wait until you’re accepted into the college.
  • All testing is done in the MCTC Testing Center (T.2800).
  • No testing is available when classes are canceled or the college is closed.
  • Tests are not timed, but you should plan on taking around 2 hours. If you do not finish the test at the close of the testing session, you can return to complete the tests within two weeks to finish it.
  • Testing is done on a walk-in basis, but may be offered by appointment in special circumstances. Please call the testing center at
    612-659-6262 or email to ask about available appointment times.
  • For general information about the placement tests, call 612-659-6262 or email

Testing Center hours

 Day  Sign-in Opens  Sign-in Closes  Room Closes
Monday and Tuesday
8:30 a.m. 2:30 p.m.  4:30 p.m. 
Wednesday and Thursday
10 a.m.
4 p.m. 6 p.m.
Instructor-arranged testing

 Please note: The testing center is closed Nov. 10, Nov. 11, Nov. 26, Nov. 27, Dec. 24, Dec. 25, Dec. 31 and Jan. 1.

Testing options

  • Answers to background questions determine if you will take the Accuplacer or Accuplacer ESL tests.
  • You are directed to other tests automatically depending on your answers and results during your test session.
  • If you have been to college, have taken these tests before or are not seeking a degree, you may request a testing exemption.
  • If you have a disability, you may request special arrangements for testing. Contact Disability Services before taking the assessment tests.

What to bring to the Testing Center

  • A photo ID (you cannot test without one)
  • Your MCTC student ID number (given when you apply to the college)
  • No calculator
  • No children are allowed in the Testing Center and must be supervised at all times while on campus
  • No electronics can be held or used while testing. Lockers are available for belongings.

After taking the tests

  • You receive your scores immediately after all tests are done.
  • While you’re still at the Testing Center, you will receive information for setting up an orientation-registration session. At orientation, academic advisors will help you choose and register for classes based on your test scores.
  • The Minneapolis Adult Literacy Program offers free Adult Education (ADED) courses on the MCTC campus in math to help you brush up on basic skills before enrolling in credit courses at the college. 
  • If you have any questions about your test scores, see the advisor in the Testing Center following testing.

Retesting and test result validity

  • You can retake a test once during the current testing term (term one covers February through August, term two covers September through January).
  • You can take a test only three times in 12 months.
  • Once you have started a class, you cannot retest in that area.
  • Before you retest, spend 2–3 weeks preparing.
  • When you arrive at the Testing Center tell the technician that you are retesting and which tests you want to take again.
  • ESOL test scores are valid for three years. 
  • Math test scores are valid for two years.
  • Test scores must be valid on the first day of semester.

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