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ACCUPLACER® Assessment Requirement

You will need to take the ACCUPLACER assessments if:

  • You plan to enroll in a degree, certificate or diploma program at the College.
  • You plan to register for writing, math or ESL courses your first term.
  • You registered your first term during Open Registration and now plan to attend the College for a second term.

ACCUPLACER Assessments are available on a walk-in basis in the Assessment Center during the hours listed. No appointment is necessary. It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete these un-timed assessments. Please note that child care is not provided for individuals utilizing the Assessment Center.​

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Assessment Use

As you plan your college career, it is important to know your basic skills in reading, mathematics and writing. Knowing your skill level will help you and your advisor determine courses best suited for you. Our goal is to help you choose courses that best match your background and help ensure your future success.

If English is your first language the ACCUPLACER online assessments are used at Saint Paul College to assess your skills for the areas of reading, writing and mathematics.

If English is not your first language, you will take the online ACCUPLACER English as a Second Language (ESL) assessment. The results of the ESL assessment will help determine if English as a Second Language courses are recommended. These computerized assessments assess your skills in reading, writing and listening. See more information below for detailed information on each of the assessments.

What will I be tested on?
  • Reading: You will be asked to read a passage and then answer several questions about the passage.
  • Mathematics: This portion measures your understanding of arithmetic through problem solving. Skills in operations of whole numbers, fractions, decimals and percentages. Ratios, measurement, and geometry will be assessed. No handheld calculators are permitted.

Additional Testing

  • Keyboarding: If required for your program, keyboarding skills will be assessed.
  • Spatial: If required for your program, spatial skills will be assessed.
Should I prepare for the ACCUPLACER?

Yes! Reviewing for the ACCUPLACER could potentially save you hundreds of dollars and semesters at SPC. Feel free to check out the resources below:

ACCUPLACER ResourcesACCUPLACER Study Guides (coming soon)Additional Resources
ACCUPLACER Home PageOverview Khan Academy
Download ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study AppReading Comprehension Khan Academy Algebra Basics Review
Official Study Guide (including ESOL)Arithmetic
Elementary Algebra
College Level Math

Spatial Test Review
To review for the spatial assessment, the Saint Paul College Library has a resource book titled, Mechanical Aptitude and Spatial Relations by Levy and Levy (153.9). A helpful chapter to review is “Matching Patterns and Figures.”

Where to go to take​ the assessment

Determine when you will take your assessments (See hours and dates above). Be sure to give yourself at least 2½ to 3 hours to complete this process.

  1. Get plenty of rest before taking the assessments and make sure you have eaten properly.
  2. Bring a government issued picture ID (such as a Driver’s License) for identification purposes.
  3. Go to Enrollment Services (Main Floor), complete your application for Saint Paul College and tell staff at the desk that you wish to take the assessment. You will be given a temporary ID card to take to the Assessment Center in Room 3140.
  4. You will need to show your temporary ID and your picture ID to the Computer Lab Assistants in the Assessment Center (Room 3140). The Computer Lab Assistant will then get you set up on a computer and give you assistance as needed.
Assessment Waiver

If you have already completed reading, English, math or writing courses at another college your assessments could be waived. If we have already received your official transcript or if you attended a MnSCU school: send an email to the Transfer Center. Or email an unofficial copy of your transcripts in PDF or JPG format to the Transfer Center for review.

If you took the ACT exam, your assessments could be waived. To determine if you can be exempt from taking all or portions of the assessment based on documentation of subject area test scores on the ACT test, please refer to: Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Procedure 3.3.1, Part 6, Subpart C. An unofficial copy of your ACT test score can be brought to Enrollment Services for review.

If you have completed the assessment at another Minnesota state college or university within the last 2 years, you will likely be exempt from taking our assessment. To determine if you’re exempt, call Enrollment Services at 651.846.1555 or see an Enrollment Services staff member.

Understanding my placement report

Enrollment Services staff are available to discuss your placement report and your program of interest.

The Reading assessment score and the English as a Second Language assessment scores are valid for a period of three years. Math assessment scores are valid for a period of two years. If you do not register for and begin reading, English, English as a Second Language or math sequenced classes within the noted validity time period for each assessment, you will need to assess again.

Can I re-test after taking a remedial course?

Yes, you have one retest opportunity per calendar year during or after attempting a remedial course.


If you need special test accommodations due to a disability, or need this information in an alternative format, please contact the director of Access & Disability Resources at 651.846.1547​ or email

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