Century College's ACCUPLACER for course placement process is used to determine a student's readiness for specific college courses. The ACCUPLACER Course Placement test measures reading, writing, and mathematics skills and is used to assist students with the selection of appropriate courses to help assure their success upon entering Century. The ACCUPLACER Course Placement test is not timed and immediate results are provided at the end of the test.
The Testing Center administers:
- ACCUPLACER and ACCUPLACER ESL
- Instructional make-up testing (Century College students only and at faculty discretion)
- Test of Essential Academic Skills V Test (TEAS)
We are located on the West Campus, Room W2470.
After acceptance to the college, you will need to register for the ACCUPLACER / ACCUPLACER ESL test. Registered students will have priority seating. Walk-ins are welcome during check-in, however, a seat cannot be guaranteed.
Do I need to take the ACCUPLACER?
New applicants to Century College must complete the ACCUPLACER for course placement unless they meet one of the exemption criteria listed below.
You might be exempt from taking any or all portions of the ACCUPLACER Course Placment test if:
You have a bachelor's degree or higher or have completed other university/college credit. Contact the Transfer Student Services/DARS Office to determine if you are exempt from completing all or parts of the ACCUPLACER. Official transcripts and/or documentation may be required.
- Advanced Placement (AP)
- College in the Schools (CIS)
- Post-Secondary Enrollment Option (PSEO)
- International Baccalaureate (IB)
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP)
- You have ACT, SAT, or MCA scores that are not expired (minimum placement required)
- You have previous ACCUPLACER scores that are not expired (official score reports required)
- You have COMPANION test scores that are not expired
Students interested in possible waivers from taking any or all portions of ACCUPLACER utilizing current ACT, COMPANION, ACCUPLACER or ACCUPLACER ESL scores must submit their official documentation to the Testing Center for verification.
- At Century College, ACCUPLACER and COMPANION reading placement scores are valid indefinitely and mathematic scores are valid for two calendar years, inclusive of the current calendar year. For more information, see ACCUPLACER course placement criteria.
- ACCUPLACER ESL Course Placement scores are valid if taken within three calendar years, inclusive of the current year. For more information, see ACCUPLACER ESL Course Placement criteria.
- A minimum ACT sub score of 21 or higher, or a minimum SAT ERW score of 480 or higher in the reading component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area. ACT or SAT reading scores will be used to determine placement for both reading and English. A minimum MCA score of 1047 or higher in the reading component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area. Note: MCA scores place a student into college-level reading only. If a student does not have any other placement criteria, such as a minimum ACT sub score of 21 or higher, or a minimum SAT ERW score of 480 or higher in the reading component, they will have to take the reading portion of the ACCUPLACER to place into English. For more information, see the ACT, SAT, MCA Course Placement Criteria.
- An minimum ACT sub score of 22 or higher, a minimum SAT score of 530 or higher, or a minimum MCA score of 1158 or higher in the mathematic component exempts a student from taking the associated placement test in that academic skill area. It also authorizes a student’s placement in the introductory college-level courses in that academic subject. A minimum MCA score of 1148 or higher in the mathematic component places the student into MATH 1025, Statistics. A minimum MCA score of 1150 or higher places the student into MATH 1030, Mathematics for the Liberal Arts. For more information, see ACT, SAT, MCA Course Placement Criteria. For more information, see the ACT, SAT, MCA Course Placement Criteria.
Testing Center Policies
- All testing requires a government-issued photo ID. The ACCUPLACER Course Placement test will not be administered to anyone who does not have a valid photo ID on the day they intend to test. NO EXCEPTIONS.
- Personal calculators cannot be utilized for the test. However, ACCUPLACER does provide the option of a digital calculator for questions that will require the use of one.
- The testing center provides scratch paper and pens.
- All cell phones must be turned off and stored in the backpack, purse, jacket, etc., and stored inside the Testing Center.
- No children are allowed in the Testing Center.
- No children may be left unattended outside during testing.
- Allow approximately 3 hours for taking the test and attending a course placement advising session.
- If you require any special accommodations, please contact Disability Services to arrange taking your ACCUPLACER Course Placement test.
Preparing for the ACCUPLACER
Whether taking the ACCUPLACER Course Placement test for the first time or retaking it, students are STRONGLY encouraged to prepare for the test as much as possible. A prepared student can see a significant increase in their test scores and may help avoid having to take extra developmental courses - saving time and money.
Course Placement Advising
After completing the ACCUPLACER Course Placement test, students will meet with an Academic Advisor to review scores. The advisor will help students understand course placements in reading, English, and mathematics, and how their scores and course selections relate to program requirements. Students will also get a review of next steps and have an opportunity to discuss any concerns/questions. This is important to ensure students will be ready for an Orientation session.
To receive course placement advising, students will go to the Advising, Counseling and Career Center, W2410, and sign-up at the front desk. There will be a short wait time of 5 to 10 minutes, and the meeting with the advisor will be approximately 15 minutes. Plan for this process to take between 20 to 30 minutes in addition to testing time. Generally, course placement advising is available Monday to Friday between 10am to 1pm and 2:30pm to 5:30pm. The hours are subject to change.
Testing at Another Minnesota State Institution
If the hours of our Testing Center do not align with your schedule, you might be able to test at another Minnesota State institution and have your scores transferred to Century College. To test at another Minnesota State institution:
- Call their testing department prior to testing to find out their procedures and testing times.
- You will need a valid photo ID, your 8-digit Century ID number, and the name of the test(s) you wish to take.
- Upon arrival to their testing center, identify yourself as a Century College student and inform them you are testing for our school.
View a list of testing centers and contact information at other Minnesota State institutions.
Testing Outside of Minnesota
At Century College, we understand the diversity of students that attend. We have traditional, hybrid and online classes to accommodate all learning styles and educational needs. Because of this, it is possible for students outside of Minnesota to attend Century College. If this applies to you, you can test ACCUPLACER for Century. With Distance Proctoring, you could complete your ACCUPLACER at another location. Requesting distance proctoring accommodations is a two-step process. First, you need to fill out the Student Request for ACCUPLACER Distance Testing form. The proctor needs to fill out the Proctor Security Agreement for ACCUPLACER Distance Testing form. Second, mail both forms to:
Testing Center, W2470
3300 Century Avenue North
White Bear Lake, MN 55110
Or fax to 651-779-5811.
Upon receipt of both forms, the Testing Coordinator from Century College will send you an email with your ACCUPLACER testing information.
Transferring Score Reports
Students may have ACCUPLACER scores from other institutions evaluated for course placement by Century College. Please submit a copy of ACCUPLACER results via mail, fax or in person to the testing center.
The Testing Center can forward a copy of your ACCUPLACER scores to another non-Minnesota State instiution. Students must complete the Request to Release ACCUPLACER Test Scores form authorizing the request.