Admissions

Accuplacer Placement Tests

All new students must take MCTC’s placement tests before enrolling in classes unless an exemption is approved. MCTC uses the standardized test called Accuplacer. There are tests in reading, writing, and math.  Second language students also complete a listening test.

Your scores determine the level of classes you can take. The placement tests help you choose classes that are not too easy or too difficult. They also qualify you for acceptance into Career and Technical Education Programs (CTE). 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.

Prepare before you come to test!

Take these tests seriously as placement testing will determine your current academic levels and your eligibility to enroll in college level courses. Placing into college level courses will expedite your road to graduation. Here is everything you need to know about the tests and how to prepare so you do your best.

Thoughtful exam preparation may generate placements that are more accurate.

  • The math placement test you will be taking is based upon your answer to this background question:  “What is the highest level math class you have completed?”.  If the answer is “None” or “Basic Math”, you will begin with the Arithmetic test.  If you score high on this test, you will be branched up to the Elementary Algebra test.
  • If the answer is “Algebra I/Beginning Algebra” or more, you will begin with the Elementary Algebra test.  If you score high on this test, you will be branched up to the College Level Math test.  If you score low on this test, you will be branched down to the Arithmetic test.

Where and when to test

  • You have to apply to MCTC before you take the tests (so you have the ID number you need to take the tests) 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).
  • Testing is on a walk-in basis and no appointments are made.
  • No testing is available when classes are canceled or the college is closed.
  • These aren’t timed tests. Plan on taking around 2 hours. If you do not finish the test at the close of the Testing Session, you can return within two weeks to finish it.
  • For general information about the placement tests, call 612-659-6262.

Testing Center hours

 Day  Sign-in Opens  Sign-in Closes  Room Closes
Mondays and Tuesdays
8:30 a.m. 2 p.m.  4 p.m. 
Wednesdays and Thursdays
9:30 a.m.
3:30 p.m. 5:30 p.m.

Please Note: The Testing Center will be closed Thursday, Oct. 16; Friday, Oct. 17; Tuesday, Nov. 11; Wednesday, Nov. 12; Thursday, Nov. 27; and Friday, Nov. 28.

Testing options

  • Answers to background questions determine if you will take the Accuplacer or Accuplacer ESL tests. Automatic branching occurs depending upon testing results.
  • 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 they must be supervised at all times while at MCTC.
  • 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 Basic Education (ABE) courses on the MCTC campus in math to help students brush up on basic skills before enrolling in credit courses at the college. If your test results show that you have qualified to enroll in this free class, go to Adult Basic Education for information.
  • If you have any questions about your test scores, see the advisor in the Testing Center following testing.

Retesting

  • 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 a few weeks preparing. A two-week waiting period is highly recommended.
  • When you arrive at the Testing Center tell the technician that you are retesting and which tests you want to take again.

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