Placement testing for new students at St. Cloud State University consists of the ACCUPLACER for reading comprehension and math placement or calculus readiness. Other tests, such as chemistry or biology, are available as determined by a student’s intended major.
ACCUPLACER is required for some students due to a low ACT sub test scores in reading and/or English and Math. Students are also able to place in higher level math courses than their ACT sub test score would indicate by taking the Math ACCUPLACER exam. The Placement Testing Flowchart can be useful in determining the need and or opportunity to take one of the Accuplacer exams.
ACT math scores dated prior to May 1, 2013 are valid for four (4) years. ACT math scores dated May 1, 2014 - May 1, 2015 will be valid for three (3) years. ACT math scores dated after May 1, 2015 will be valid for two (2) years.
If you have taken or are currently taking a math course you must follow the sequential order recommended by the math department. Note: Once you start your math sequence, you are no longer eligible to test to enroll in a higher level math course.
St. Cloud State also offers students the opportunity to test directly into major level courses in math, chemistry and or biology (anatomy and physiology).