Assessment Requirement
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Assessment Requirement

Check-in at Enrollment Services
Room 1300

Additional Information
651.846.1555, select option 2

Assessment FAQ

You will need to take the 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.

Assessments are available on a walk-in basis during the hours listed. No appointment is necessary. It takes approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete these un-timed assessments.

Assessments are NOT available during holidays nor when the College is closed.

All hours are subject to change:

Assessment hours through December 1, 2015


9:30am – 4:00pm

​Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday ​9:00am - 6:30pm


9:00am – 12:30pm (Closed on September 25, 2015)


9:00am - 11:30am (Closed on November 28, 2015)

The Assessment Center will be CLOSED on the following days and holidays:
November 26-27, 2015

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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 Resources ACCUPLACER Study Guides (coming soon) Additional Resources
ACCUPLACER Home Page Overview Khan Academy
Download ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App Reading 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

The assessment requirements may be waived if you have successfully completed college-level English and math courses at another college. The testing may be waived depending upon your previous college experience and review of your college transcripts. Furthermore, you may be exempt from the assessments based on subject area test scores on the ACT exam. The ACT exam must be within 2 years and the following sub-scores must be met for waiver to occur; Reading – 21, Writing – 18, Math – 22.

To request a transcript review for a possible assessment waiver call the Transfer Center at 651.846.1739 or email the Transfer Center.

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.


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