Undergraduate Placement Testing

ACCUPLACER Exams & Score Requirements

ACCUPLACER tests do not have fixed passing scores, so you cannot fail a placement test. A placement test merely determines what courses you would be best to start with when you begin college.

The score requirements vary depending on the course you wish to test into. All of the scores on the ACCUPLACER exams are provided on a scaled scoring system. For example, if you get a question right, you will be given a slightly harder question; if you get a question wrong, you will be given a slightly easier question.

Below, are the minimum Accuplacer scores required for the corresponding courses.

Next Generation Reading 

The ACCUPLACER Next Generation Reading placement test measures four broad knowledge and skill categories: information and ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes,
summarizing, understanding relationships), rhetoric (analyzing word choice rhetorically, analyzing text structure, analyzing point of view, analyzing purpose, analyzing arguments), Synthesis (analyzing multiple texts) and vocabulary.

Department of English

ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension table
SCORE COURSES
250+ ENGL 191
BELOW 250* Required: ENGL 190 and COLL 120


Biology

The ACCUPLACER for BIOL 202 Human Anatomy & Physiology I placement exam is based upon Minnesota high school standards for Biology. These include evolution and natural selection, cell structure and function, DNA to proteins, genetics, energy transfer, and the process of science.  It is not a test of your knowledge of human functioning, but your expected biology background from high school standards.

Department of Biology

ACCUPLACER Biology table
SCORE COURSES
25+ BIOL 202
BELOW 25 Required: BIOL 103, 151


English for Academic Purposes (EAP)

The ACCUPLACER English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Listening test measures the ability to listen to and understand one or more people speaking in English. Conversations take place in a wide range of locations including lecture halls, grocery stores, and libraries.

The ACCUPLACER English-As-A-Second Language (ESL) Reading Skills test measures a student's ability to read English through the comprehension of short passages.

Please visit the EAP Department's site for more information on these exams. 

English for Academic Purposes

 

Mathematics

St. Cloud State University is no longer offering math placement testing using the ACCUPLACER, but will accept any non-expired scores for placement. Below are the minimum score requirements.

ACCUPLACER Exam Score Eligible Courses for Registration
Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS) 255+ MATH 072, MATH 103 -or- STAT 103
Intermediate Algebra 60+ MATH 112106201
65+ MATH 115 -or- STAT 219239
Advanced Algebra and Functions 245+ MATH 112196201
250+ MATH 115 -or- STAT 219239
255+ MATH 113211
263+ MATH 221271

Department of Math