• Accuplacer Math & English Placement

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  • 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 students identify academic strengths and needs to assist in appropriate course selection. The Accuplacer is administered as an untimed, multiple-choice, computer-adaptive test. Students’ scores and course placements are provided to the student immediately upon completing the Accuplacer.

    The Academic Support Center (ASC) offers Accuplacer Testing for students free of charge on a first attempt and $10 for subsequent attempts. Students wishing to retake the Accuplacer may do so at any time by appointment. We recommend students wait approximately two weeks from their previous attempt to further prepare for the test. Students may take the test no more than three times in any academic year.

    Preparation and study resources for the Accuplacer Exam are listed at the bottom of this page.

    For more information or to schedule an Accuplacer testing time please contact the Academic Support Center at 218.477.4318, or stop by Flora Frick 154 to set up an appointment.

    Do you have an ACT English subscore or Accuplacer English scores?

    Any student with an ACT English subscore of 17 or below may take the Accuplacer to try and place into the ENGL 101 course. If you do not take the Accuplacer and you have an ACT English subscore of 17 or below you will be placed in ENGL 099.

    Accuplacer English scores and ACT English subscores may be used for placement up to three years from testing date.

    English Placement Information

    ACT English sub-score ≥ 26 ENGL 201
    ACT English sub-score 21-26 ENGL 101 (Regular section)
    ACT English sub-score 18-20 (SAT Verbal 430-499) ENGL 101  (Small class section)
    ACT English sub-score ≤ 17 (SAT Verbal < 430) Requires Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests or enroll in ENGL 099
    Reading Comprehension score ≥ 78 and Sentence Skills score ≥ 86 ENGL 101 (Small class section)
    Reading Comprehension score < 78 or Sentence Skill score < 86 ENGL 099 (Student must pass ENGL 099 with C- or better before enrolling in ENGL 101)
    ESL Accuplacer Scoring: A combined total score of 330 and above places a student in a small class section of ENGL 101. Below 330 places a student in ENGL 099.


    Do you have an ACT Math subscore or Accuplacer Math scores?

    Any student with an ACT Math subscore less than 19 must take the Accuplacer to be placed into the appropriate course at MSUM.  


    Accuplacer Math scores and ACT Math subscores may be used for placement up to two years from testing date.


    Refer to these resources to find your Math course placement:

    Accuplacer Resources