Accuplacer Testing

  • Various testing services are available through the Academic Support Center, including test proctoring services and Math and English Accuplacer placement testing.

    Proctoring Services

    The Academic Support Center will provide proctoring services for MSU Moorhead students taking online courses at other Minnesota State institutions. If you are taking an online course at MSUM, your instructor will proctor your exam.

    Please call the Academic Support Center to schedule a time for your test. Please give us at least one week’s notice to schedule your exam.

    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.

    The Academic Support Center 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 the Academic Support Center.

  • ACT/SAT English Sub-score or Accuplacer English Score

    Any student with an ACT English sub-score ≤ (equal to or less than 17) or SAT ERW sub-score < (less than 480) may take the Accuplacer to attempt placement into ENGL 101.

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

    English & Reading Placement Information

    Test Score
    English Course
    Test Score
    ACT English sub-score ≥ 26
    English Course
    ENGL 201
    Test Score
    ACT English sub-score 21-26
    OR
    SAT ERW 540+
    English Course
    ENGL 101 (Regular section)
    Test Score
    ACT English sub-score 18-20
    OR
    SAT ERW 480-539
    English Course
    ENGL 101 (Small class section)
    Test Score
    ACT English sub-score ≤ 17
    OR
    SAT ERW < 480
    English Course
    Requires Accuplacer Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills tests or enroll in ENGL 099
    Test Score
    Reading Comprehension score ≥ 78 and Sentence Skills score ≥ 86
    English Course
    ENGL 101 (Small class section)
    Test Score
    Reading Comprehension score < 78 or Sentence Skill score < 86
    English Course
    ENGL 099 (Student must pass ENGL 099 with C- or better before enrolling in ENGL 101)
    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 TEFL 104. A student must pass TEFL 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) 460 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.
        

    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
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 540
    Placement
    MATH 127
    OR
    MATH 105
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    Placement
    MATH 142
    OR
    MATH 143
    OR
    MATH 229
    OR
    MATH 261
    Selection should be made based on potential major.

    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

    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
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    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
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    MATH 127
    OR
    MATH 227
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    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
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    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 ≥ 540
    Placement
    MATH 110
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    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
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 540
    Placement
    MATH 105
    OR
    MATH 127
    OR
    PHIL 340
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    Placement
    MATH 105
    OR
    MATH 127 or higher MATH
    OR
    PHIL 340

    Accuplacer for LASC 4 Placement

    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)

    *MATH 095 (5 credits) is a combination of MATH 090 and MATH 099.

    Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, MCA, Mathematics score

    Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment, MCA, Mathematics scores which may be applied to MATH 105 and MATH 127 beginning Fall 2017.

    MCA Score
    Placement
    MCA Score
    MCA ≥ 1150
    Placement
    MATH 105
    MCA Score
    MCA ≥ 1158
    Placement
    MATH 127

    Mathematics Course Placement Flow Chart