The Accuplacer Placement Test is a computerized placement testing system designed to provide information about the academic skills of students in English, reading, and math.  The primary function of this test is to determine if students are prepared for college-level course work, or if they would require developmental courses.

Who must take the Accuplacer Placement Test? The Minnesota State Colleges and Universities policy requires all new students to be assessed unless they meet one or more of the following exemptions:

  • Scores from a previous Accuplacer taken with 2 years of LSC acceptance date.
  • Each portion of the ACT determines if testing is needed. These scores must be within 2 years of application. A score of 21 or greater on the Reading portion of the Accuplacer will waive the Reading portion of the Accuplacer. A score of 18 or greater on the English portion of the ACT will waive the Sentence Skills portion of the Accuplacer and a score of 22 or greater on the math portion of the ACT will waive the math portion of the Accuplacer.
  • Successful completion of college-level writing may waive the Reading and Sentence Skills portions.
  • Successful completion of College Algebra or higher may waive the Math portion.

How will the test scores be used? While you should try to do your best on this test, please keep in mind that there is no passing or failing score.  With the exception of PSEO and Ability to Benefit students, the results will not be used for admission.  Your score in each portion of the test indicates whether or not you need any developmental courses prior to starting your program.  Placement into developmental courses based on your scores is mandatory.  This may limit your course selection and/or entry in your program.

What if I need special accommodations? Students, who have a verified disability requiring special accommodations for testing, please call the Disability Coordinator, 218-733-7650, to arrange an appointment.

Do I have to take the test at LSC? You are welcome to take the placement test at the nearest Community or Technical college to your home.  Note:  Most Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) are willing to test students on our site. If taking the Accuplacer elsewhere, make sure to notify test site personnel  that you are in fact testing for Lake Superior College.  Also, verify you are taking the appropriate sections of the test.  This information will be found on the blue “Accepted Student Checklist” included in your acceptance packet.

How long does the Accuplacer Placement Test take? The test is not timed.  Each portion of the test is multiple choice with 20 questions in Sentence Skills, Reading, and College Level Math and 12 questions in Elementary Algebra.  You have as much time as you need.