Placement Testing - Undergraduate Studies - St. Cloud State University

Placement Testing - Undergraduate Studies - St. Cloud State University

Frequently Asked Questions


What is adaptive testing?

ACCUPLACER is an adaptive test. This means that the questions are chosen for you on the basis of your answers to previous questions. This technique selects just the right questions for your ability level. Because the test works this way, you must answer every question when it is first given.

Where is testing available?

St. Cloud State’s testing takes place in different computer labs on the campus depending on availability. When scheduling a test using the link (ACCUPLACER schedule) pay close attention to the location of the lab provided. As another option, ACCUPLACER tests may be taken at any Minnesota State College or University (MnSCU) campus. When making arrangements to test at another campus, make sure to state that you are taking the ACCUPLACER test for St. Cloud State University and which test is needed. If you live out of state and need to test, please contact us at and we will try our best to accommodate your individual needs.

How much does it cost?

St. Cloud State University provides initial assessment testing at no charge for St. Cloud State University students. There is a $5.00 charge for non-SCSU test takers.

Where can I park?

Pay Parking is available in the parking ramp at St. Cloud State University located on Fourth Street South on campus.

What time should I arrive?

Showing up on time, at least 10-15 minutes early, usually allows you time to complete your exam within the testing time frame. To provide a quiet testing environment, late arrivals may not be admitted to the computer lab. Continuous no-shows will not be guaranteed a seat. If you are delayed, please reschedule your test for a later date.

Do I need to bring anything?

A current picture ID is required to verify your identification. Your Tech ID number or social security number is required to take the test. Unfortunately, if you do not have a student ID or social security number we can not administer the test for you.

Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

- A current driver's license
- A state approved ID
- A high school ID
- A college ID
- A current state or federal ID card
- A current passport
- A tribal ID card
- A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship

How long will the test take?

ACCUPLACER is not a timed test, excluding the Biology and Chemistry placement tests. Depending upon which tests you need to complete, you may be testing from 20 minutes to 2 hours. It is best to anticipate spending two hours in the lab.

Can I use a calculator on the math test?

Personal calculators are not allowed on the math test, however, one will be provided on the computer screen if the test determines the test question warrants the use of a calculator. Scratch paper and a pencil are also provided for math calculations.

If I already took the Math Placement test what should I do?

Visit for more information.

Is a study guide available?

Prior to testing, it is strongly advised that you review material, particularly in preparation for the mathematics exam. Review questions are available at:

Math Dept recommended study guide

The College Board has developed an official ACCUPLACER study app to familiarize students with the basic content areas of the test. The cost is $1.99. For more information, visit

NEW!!Web-based Accuplacer Practice Guide is now available!

Can I retake the test?

Reading & Math

If you are not satisfied with your initial ACCUPLACER Math or Reading Comprehension (English) assessment scores, you may retest one time within a 12 month period, a two week wait period in-between testing is required. This allows students to review material and prepare to retake the exam. Please schedule your retest using the same website. Please note that a $5.00 fee is charged for each individual subject retest. Therefore, if you wish to retest in 2 subject areas, the cost will be $10.00. If paying by check, please make your check payable to St. Cloud State University (SCSU); cash is accepted as well. This retest fee is due at the time of retesting.


You are not able to retake the Biology exam. If you have any questions regarding this policy please contact the Biology department directly.

Chemistry 141

The maximum number of times you can take the Chem 141 exam is two. There is no charge for the first exam, there is a $5.00 charge for the retest. You can take the exam only once in a semester per registration period. For example, if you took the exam in December, that would count toward the spring registration period, so you would not be eligible to take the exam until spring semester, with the intent of registering for Chem 141 either summer or the following fall semester.

When else would a student CHOOSE to take the ACCUPLACER Test?

Students who are not satisfied with their course placement based on their math or ACT sub score may take the ACCUPLACER to place into a higher level math course. For further information, visit the Math Placement website

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