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All incoming freshman having no college credit are required to complete the placement tests that include basic measures of reading, writing, and mathematics. As soon as you receive your Acceptance letter from the Admissions Office, you should visit the Testing Schedule site, follow the instructions there and make an appointment to complete the required tests as soon as possible. Before testing, you should visit our website at Preparation and Sample Questions and do a serious review so that the results will represent your best possible skill levels.
All other new students, including transfer and readmitted students will be evaluated through the degree auditing process to determine whether an exemption should be granted. You should wait until you get the Degree Auditing Report(s) (DARS).
If you see Student Holds: 0006 – Assessment Test on your DARS, you should take immediate action, because this hold prevents you from registering for any class.
As soon as you know that you are required to take one or more of the above tests, you should visit the Testing Schedule and Preparation and Sample Questions sites, follow the instructions there and make an appointment to complete the required tests as soon as possible.
If you decide to appeal, you should review the Exemption Criteria at this Placement Assessment website to determine which exemption category you can use for your appeal.
You need to contact Placement Assessment if you are granted exemption based on the criterion that you completed Accuplacer tests within the past three years in another Minnesota State institution. We need to provide the course placement to you based on Metropolitan State's curriculum and remove the registration hold on your record.
We also acknowledge your progress if you have followed the course placement in another Minnesota State institution when your scores are over three years old. In this situation, you should contact us directly. This will be handled on an individual basis.
Placement results provide important insights into students' current skill levels in math, reading and writing. Students and their advisors use the information to select or recommend those courses most suited to students' academic needs. Placement results are also used to meet the prerequisites for specific courses and/or the University's general education competency requirements in Writing I and/or College Algebra. The placement assessment requirement also helps ensure faculty provide high quality teaching to all students.
A new student whose native language is not English and who is not fluent in English should take the language proficiency tests. A student can take these tests in a Minnesota State institution of their choice. Contact information is available on the page of Minnesota State and Hubbs Services on the right. After testing, students should contact us for placement advice and registration hold removal.
Baorong Li, Ph.D.
Director, Placement Assessment and Academic Research