Accuplacer assessment is NOT an entrance exam and there is no fee the first time you take the assessment. All applicants to South Central College must complete the Accuplacer assessment for enrollment into a program, orientation, and course registration. Results of the test do not affect admission to the college (unless you are without a high school diploma or GED).
Accuplacer is a comprehensive system of assessment, advisement, and placement for students entering college. It is composed of un-timed, computer adaptive, multiple choice tests. The system determines which courses are appropriate for students and whether college readiness classes are needed. Calculators, dictionaries, and other materials are not allowed in the testing area.
The college assesses each student in writing, reading, and mathematic skills. Results are used for advising students in properly selecting and sequencing courses. Assessment takes place prior to registration and is a major component of our advising program. Course placement assessment from other colleges may be accepted if assessment was completed within two years.
Accuplacer assessment is NOT required for the following students:
- Applicants with an ACT subject area score of 21 in Reading and/or 18 in English and/or 22 in Math will be exempted from the corresponding Accuplacer subject area. The ACT must have been completed within the last 3 calendar years for Reading and English, two calendar years for Math.
- Applicants with an SAT subject area score of 500 in the Reading, English and Math areas will be exempted from the corresponding Accuplacer subject area. The SAT must have been completed within the last 3 calendar years for Reading and English, two calendar years for Math.
- Applicants with a college transcript that identifies the following: Earned a grade of "C" or higher ("D" or higher from a MnSCU college) in a College-level (100 or above) English, Reading or Math class.
Retesting: MnSCU has not established a retesting policy; however, SCC does allow retesting. Students must wait three months before retesting and we encourage preparatory work by students during this time. Any additional assessments beyond the initial assessment have a fee of $10.00, payable by the student at the SCC Bookstore. Please bring this receipt to the testing site when you plan to retest.