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Accuplacer Placement Tests

Testing Center will be closed on
Feb. 16th – 25th
and any day Campus is closed.

Testing for High School Graduation? Appointment needed - email:

Testing Center (T.2800) Daily Hours

Day Sign-in Opens Sign-in Closes Room Closing
Mondays & Tuesdays 8:30 a.m. 11:30 a.m. 1:30 p.m.
Wednesdays & Thursdays 12:30 p.m. 2:15 p.m. 4:15 p.m.

NOTE: Testing is on a walk-in basis during our Monday - Thursday open sign-in hours.

Appointments are only needed for Saturday events.

Only 36 seats are available.

Additional Testing Events -
students have until room closing to finish.

Day Sign-in Opens Sign-in Closes Room Closing
Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, Mar. 3, 2018 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, April 7, 2018 9:00 a.m. 11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Appointments are required for Saturday Testing. We are only open on the Saturdays listed above.

For Saturdays: please email your Name, Tech ID# and which test you’d like to take (if you’re retesting) to testingcenter@minneapolis.edu to reserve your seat.

Only 36 seats are available.


High School Visits with 3-29 students need to be arranged 2 weeks in advance with the Testing Coordinator. Groups of 30+ need to be arranged 3 weeks in advance.

These should be taken 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 are some helpful tips on how to prepare so you do your best.

Thoughtful exam preparation may generate placements that are more accurate.

If you don’t already have existing valid math test scores (if this is your first time testing in 2 years):

  • 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.
  • All placement testing is done in the MCTC Testing Center (T.2800).
  • You have to apply to MCTC before you take the tests (so you have the ID number needed), but you don’t have to wait until you’re accepted into the college.
  • Testing is on a walk-in basis during sign-in hours Monday – Thursday.
  • Saturday testing events do require appointments (see schedule and instructions above).
  • 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.
  • DON’T PROCRASTINATE – ONLY 36 COMPUTERS ARE AVAILABLE. If you arrive and we are full, you will not be able to test.
  • For general information about the placement tests, email testingcenter@minneapolis.edu

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. There are tests in reading, writing, and math. If English is not your first language, you may also need to complete a listening test.

Your scores on the test determine the level of classes you are able to register to take. The placement tests will 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. You will receive test results in the form of a report when you complete the test. Placement scores are also listed on your interactive degree audit. Bring this report to your Advising and Registration Session to help with course selection.

  • 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 questions regarding testing accommodation, please contact Accessibility Resources before taking the assessment tests.
  • A valid photo ID (you cannot test without one).
  • Your MCTC Tech ID number (emailed to you when you applied to the college).
  • No calculator.
  • No children are allowed in the Testing Center and must be supervised at all times while on campus.
  • Electronics powered all the way off (NO AIRPLANE MODE, no SILENT MODE).
  • Lockers are available for belongings.
  • You will receive your scores immediately after all tests are done. Explanation of your scores will occur at your Advising & Registration session.
  • Along with your test results, you will receive information for setting up an Advising & Registration session. This session is where academic advisors will explain your scores and help you choose and register for classes based on your test scores. You will leave with a schedule.
  • 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 immediate questions about your test scores, new students may see an Admissions Advisor located in room T. 2500. Current students may contact their Academic Advisor.
  • 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
  • Before you retest, it is recommended that you 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

MCTC students testing at another college –

Please send an email to Testingcenter@minneapolis.edu that contains ALL of the following information. Incomplete requests that do not contain all of the items below cannot be addressed.

  • Legal first and last name
  • Tech ID (this is an 8 digit number and is not your star ID)
  • Full Date of Birth (month/day/year)
  • Gender
  • Which Tests (Math, English, Reading, etc.)
  • Email
  • Phone
  • Address
  • Full name of institution where you want to test

Testing at MCTC for another Minnesota State system school (Appointment only w/$30 fee) –

If you are a student at another Minnesota State system school, you may be able to test ACCUPLACER at MCTC for your school but you must contact your school first to request a voucher.  After your voucher has been generated, you must email testingcenter@minneapolis.edu to schedule an appointment. There is a $30 fee to test using a voucher from another Minnesota State system school.

  • Testing for another Minnesota State system school is by appointment only.
  • MCTC does not test ACCUPLACER for non-Minnesota State system schools.
  • MCTC does not offer any non-ACCUPLACER test-proctoring services at this time.

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