Accuplacer Testing & Placement

Accuplacer Math & English Placement

The Accuplacer is a computer-based placement tool designed to measure reading, English and math skills, and provide course placement for students entering college. Results from the Accuplacer test help you identify academic strengths and needs to assist in the appropriate course selection.

The Accuplacer is administered as an untimed multiple-choice, computer-adaptive test. Your scores and course placements are provided to you immediately upon completion.

Testing Services offers Accuplacer testing to you free of charge on a first attempt, and for $10 on subsequent attempts. If you wish to retake the Accuplacer, you may do so at any time by appointment. We recommend you wait approximately two weeks after your previous attempt to further prepare for the test. You may take the test no more than three times in an academic year.

For more information or to schedule a time to take the Accuplacer, contact Testing Services.

If you are unable to test on location at MSUM, we may be able to issue a voucher to test at an institution closer to you. For a voucher to take an Accuplacer, please contact us.

ACT/SAT English Sub-score or Accuplacer English Score

  • ACT/SAT/Accuplacer English placement scores are valid for five years.

English Course Placement Chart

English & Reading Placement Information

Test Score
English Course
Test Score
ACT English ≥ 26 or
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing  ≥ 600
English Course
ENGL 201
Test Score
ACT English ≥ 21
SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing ≥ 480
SAT Writing score ≥ 501
Accuplacer NG Reading score > 264
Classic Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score ≥ 97
English Course
ENGL 101 (Regular section)
Test Score
ACT English = 18-20 or
NGA Reading = 250-263 or
 HS GPA of 2.5 or above AND one of the following:
  • ACT English 16-17
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 440-479
  • Accuplacer NG Reading 236-249
  • Classic Accuplacer 78-85 on Reading Comprehension
English Course
ENGL 101 (Small class section)
Test Score
If one of the above GPA/Test scores is not met, then:
  • ACT ≤ 17
  • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing < 480
  • SAT Writing < 430
English Course
Requires Accuplacer test or enroll in ENGL 099
ESL Test Score & English Course
ESL Accuplacer Scoring: the scores in Reading Skills, Language Usage, and Sentence Meaning combined must total 330 or above to be placed into a small class section of ENGL 101. A combined total score below 330 places a student in ELP 104. A student must pass ELP 104 with a C- or better before enrolling in ENGL 101 for non-native speakers of English.

ACT/SAT Math sub-score, Accuplacer Math scores, or MCA Mathematics score

Any student with an ACT Math score < (less than) 19 or SAT Math score < (less than) 510 must take the Accuplacer to be place into the appropriate course at MSUM. Any student who receives a college-ready benchmark on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is not required to take a developmental course in that subject area. MCA Mathematics scores may be used for MATH 105 and MATH 127 placement.

  • ACT, SAT, and MCA Math placement scores are valid for five years.
  • Accuplacer Math placement scores are valid for two years.

Mathematics Course Placement Flow Chart

Placement for LASC 4 Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

Undeclared
Majors: Undeclared

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1146
Placement
MATH 105
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1158
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 134
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 105
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016-Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 142
OR
MATH 143
OR
MATH 229
OR
MATH 261

Calculus Track
Majors:
BioChem BioTech, Biosciences-Ecology & Evol., Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science Teaching, Geosciences-Geology, Geosciences-Geoarchaeology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Engineering, Professional Management degrees

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 142
OR
MATH 143
OR
MATH 261

Algebra Track
Majors:
Accounting, Biosciences –Health & Medical Sci., Life Science – Teaching, Medical Laboratory Sci., Business Administration, Business Minor, Community Health, Computer Info Systems, Computer Info Technology, Construction Management, Economics, Finance, Health Services Admin., Marketing, Medical Technology, Operations Management, Psychology

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 23
SAT 560
(March 2016 Present SAT Math sub-score of 560 or above; Pre-March 206 SAT Math sub-score of 540 or above)
Placement
MATH 127
OR
MATH 227
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 229 or higher
(See major for details)

Statistics Track
Majors:
Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Speech/Language/Hearing

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 099
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • CT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 234

Education Track
Majors:
Elementary Inclusive Education, Early Childhood, Special Education

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 110
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 530
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 110
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
Placement
MATH 110

Liberal Arts Track
Majors:
Amer. Multicult. Studies, Anthropology, Art, Communication Studies (Mass Comm), Criminal Justice, East Asian Studies, English, Film Studies, Geoscience-Geographic Science only, Gerontology, Graphic Communications, Health, History, International Studies, Languages, Legal Studies, Music, Nursing, Paralegal, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Women’s Studies

Test Score
Placement
Test Score
ACT ‹ 19
SAT ‹ 510
Placement
Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
Test Score
19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
Placement
MATH 105
OR
PHIL 340
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1146
Placement
MATH 105
Test Score
MCA ≥ 1158
Placement
MATH 127
Test Score
ACT ≥ 22
SAT ≥ 540
MCA ≥ 1158
OR
Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
  • SAT ≥ 520
  • ACT ≥ 20
  • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
  • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 105
OR
MATH 127
OR
MATH 134
OR
PHIL 340
Test Score
ACT ≥ 24
SAT ≥ 580
(March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560
Placement
MATH 105
OR
MATH 127 or higher Math
OR
PHIL 340

Accuplacer for LASC 4 Placement Next Gen Accuplacer Scores (NGA)

Accuplacer Score
Placement
Accuplacer Score
None of the scores below are met.
Placement
MATH 090A
Accuplacer Score
NGA AAF ≥ 250
Placement
MATH 127 or MATH 134

Accuplacer Score
NGA AAF ≥ 255
Placement
MATH 142, MATH 143, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, Math 234
OR
Math 261 (if accompanied by prereq knowledge of trigonometry)
Accuplacer Score
NGA QAS ≥ 250
Placement
MATH 090
OR
Math 095
Accuplacer Score
NGA QAS ≥ 255 OR
AAF ≥ 234
Placement
MATH 099, MATH 105 OR MATH 110

*Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS), Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

Classic Accuplacer Test Scores

Accuplacer Score
Placement
Accuplacer Score
None of the scores below are met.
Placement
MATH 090A
Accuplacer Score
AR ≥ 57 and EA < 76
OR
AR + EA ≥ 100
Placement
MATH 090
OR
*MATH 095
Accuplacer Score
EA ≥ 76
Placement
MATH 099, MATH 105, MATH 110
OR
PHIL 340 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
Accuplacer Score
IA ≥ 60
Placement
MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH127
OR
MATH 227 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
Accuplacer Score
CLM ≥ 50
Placement
MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH 127, MATH 143, MATH 142, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, MATH 234
OR
MATH 261 (See LASC 4 Table for details)

*Arithmetic (AR), Elementary Algebra (EA), Intermediate Algebra (IA), College Mathematics (CLM)

Accuplacer Tips & Resources

Accuplacer Tips:

  1. Get plenty of sleep and eat well in the week before your test. If you are overtired, you may have poor concentration and good nutrition allows for optimal performance.
  2. Arrive at the testing center 10 minutes prior to your appointed time. This will ensure you have plenty of time to get checked in and be well prepared.
  3. Accuplacer is meant to give an accurate measurement of your academic skills. It is not a pass/fail test.
  4. There is no time limit on Math and English tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.
  5. All Accuplacer tests are computerized using a multiple choice format. If you need accommodations for this exam, please address those needs when you make the appointment.

Additional Math Preparation:
Reviewing topics prior to placement testing could prepare you to take the mathematics courses you need for you major sooner. The MSUM Mathematics Learning Center provides free access to a practice tool for incoming and current MSUM students called MyMathTest.com. If you are interested in using this tool contact Testing Services for the access code and program ID.

Accuplacer Test Information Official Free Web-based Study App