All two year public colleges in Minnesota require prospective students to take the Accuplacer test before they can register for classes. This is a placement test, not an entrance test. ACT tests are not required at two year colleges in Minnesota.
The test is on the computer and is untimed. No calculator is allowed, except what is shown on the computer. The test will assess skills in two areas; reading and math. Each test is adaptive; this means that the computer determines which questions are presented to you, based on your responses to previous questions.
There is no charge for the test and a student may retake all or part of the test one time; usually with a $10 fee the second time. Testing appointments need to be made with the college you are planning on attending.
If a student does not meet the cut score set by the school, they will need to enroll in a remedial reading or math class before they can take the required freshman course for their program of study. These courses do not award any college credit and the student must still pay the tuition for the course.
Criteria which may exempt a student from the test may include:
Successful completion of a college level English or Algebra course from another institution.
Satisfactory assessment scores from another college within the past two years.
A minimum score determined by the college on an ACT test in English and math.
Students need to take this test seriously and should do some practicing before taking the test. A couple of websites with a practice test are: