New Student Testing | Accuplacer ~ Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Why do I need to test?
A: All new entering students take the placement test to determine which courses should be taken in order to complete your program.
Q: Could I be exempt from the test?
A: You may be exempt from taking all or a part of the assessment if you:
Completed the Accuplacer assessment testing at another college (within the past three years for Reading the and past two years for Math). The documentation of your scores needs to be provided to RRCC by mail or fax 218-285-2239, or
- Successfully completed collegiate English and/or Math courses (grade of C or better) that meets the requirements for your RRCC program; an official copy of your transcript needs to be provided to RRCC, or
- Completed the ACT within the past three years and have a reading sub score of 21 or higher, a English subscore of 18 or higher and/or a math subscore of 22 or higher. You must present an official ACT report to the college.
Q: Can I fail the test?
A: No. These tests assess your current skill level. The purpose of the assessment is to determine your placement in college level course work, which enables you and your advisor to make informed decisions about which courses to take at the beginning of your college career.
The assessment does not affect your admission to RRCC (unless you are a PSEO applicant).
Q: When should I test?
A: All of the dates available for placement testing will be posted on the website and may also be mailed to you with your acceptance letter. Reservations are needed and required.
If you live in Minnesota but taking the test on RRCC's campus is not feasible, you may contact another community and/or technical college in Minnesota to have them proctor the tests.
If you are an out-of-state student, email firstname.lastname@example.org for information on getting the tests proctored.
Q: When will I get my test results?
A: Test results are immediate. You will recieve your results as soon as you finish the test.
Q: How do I interpret my course placement?
A: Reading: A student who scores 78 or higher on the Reading Comprehension test shall be placed in courses that designate college level reading skills as a prerequisite. A student who scores below 78 shall be placed in a developmental reading course.
Math: Placement varies upon score. A student who scores 60 or higher on the Elementary Algebra portion of the test shall be placed in an appropriate college level math course. A student who scores below 60 shall be placed in a developmental math course.
Q: How long are the results valid?
A: Results are valid for three years in Reading and two years in Math.
Q: How much does it cost?
A: There is no cost to take the assessment test the first time.
Q: Can I retest?
A: RRCC allows a student to retest once within the period that the scores are valid (two years for math and three years for reading and writing.)
An additional retest may be allowed with permission by the test administrator, counselor, dean, or other qualified personnel, in individual cases, or by published college policy.
The option of retesting should be discussed with your academic advisor if you feel your test results are not reflective of your ability. It is recommended that students wait two weeks before retesting and should review sample questions or seek tutoring services. There is a $5 fee for retesting. Retesting is done by appointment. All retests should be completed prior to the beginning of a semester as a student may not test again if coursework has already begun in the discipline being tested (i.e. you can not schedule a retest in math if you are currently enrolled in a math course).
Q: How long is the test?
A: The test is self paced and not timed. Please do not to rush through the placement test(s). Students generally complete the tests in 1-2 hours.
Q: Can I use a calculator?
A: The test will provide an online calculator when needed. Hand held calculators are not permitted.
Q: What should I bring to the test?
A: A photo ID is needed for testing. All testing materials will be provided by RRCC. You will need your RRCC student ID number (found on your acceptance letter) in order to sign up for the test.
Q: Disability Accommodations
A: Students with a documented disability should contact the RRCC Disability Services Office at 218.285.2226 to seek testing accommodations.