The Accuplacer placement test is an untimed computerized test that determines your course placement. Resources to help you prepare are listed below. For certain math questions, a calculator (if required) will pop up on the screen. Personal calculators and the use of cell phones are not allowed. Contact the LSC Testing Center at either (218) 733-7602 or for more information.

Preparing for the Accuplacer Placement Test

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.  Please note: You are allowed to re-test once in a calendar year.  If you choose to do so, there is a $5 fee.

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 Reading and College Level Math and 12 questions in Elementary Algebra. You have as much time as you need to do your best.

Do I have to take the test at LSC?

No, you are welcome to take the placement test at the nearest Community or Technical College. This will allow you to test closer to home. If you choose to do so, contact us to create a “Voucher” for you: or (218) 733-7602. (Sites will not let you test without the “Voucher.”)  All test sites have different hours of operation, so you’ll need to check that with them.

What if I need additional services?

If you are a student with a documented disability that requires accommodations for testing, please contact Disability Services to arrange an appointment. (Documentation should be current, within the past three years.)

Pathways to College Success & Placement Program
A free program designed to assist students to successfully prepare and transition into college ready courses.