Testing

  • Due to ongoing concerns related to COVID-19, all onsite testing has been suspended until further notice.

    We are temporarily testing for the ACCUPLACER remotely using Zoom. In order to take the test, you will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and headset (microphone/audio). Unfortunately, other devices such as cell phones, Chromebooks, iPads, Surface, and other tablets, will not work. Please follow these steps BEFORE registering for your testing appointment, to ensure your technology will work:

    1. Go to the Zoom website, download and install Zoom.
    2. Test that Zoom was set up correctly and use the option to join with video.
    3. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER.

    Test Registration Form

    The MSUM library has a lab with a few computers that will meet the requirements for testing, if you are able to get to campus and have a valid Dragon ID.

    If you are unable to test remotely due to technology constraints, please contact the Academic Support Center for accurate course placement.

  • Undergraduate Assessment for Course Placement

    To improve the accuracy of the course placement processes, MSUM is using multiple assessments to place students, rather than a single high-stakes test. Measurements include ACT, SAT, MCA, High school GPA and Accuplacer. This process will allow for accurate placement of students into courses that meet their level of academic abilities.

    Students, what does this mean for you?

    Course placements are not just based on your ACT/SAT score(s). These placements can range from developmental coursework to prepare you for classes required for your major, to placement directly into higher level courses. If you have more questions, please contact us.

    Accuplacer Math & English Placement

    The Accuplacer is a computer-based placement tool designed to measure reading, English and math skills, and provide course placement for students entering college. Results from the Accuplacer test help you identify academic strengths and needs to assist in the appropriate course selection.

    The Accuplacer is administered as an untimed multiple-choice, computer-adaptive test. Your scores and course placements are provided to you immediately upon completion.

    The Academic Support Center offers Accuplacer testing to you free of charge on a first attempt, and for $10 on subsequent attempts. If you wish to retake the Accuplacer, you may do so at any time by appointment. We recommend you wait approximately two weeks after your previous attempt to further prepare for the test. You may take the test no more than three times in an academic year.

    For more information or to schedule a time to take the Accuplacer, contact the Academic Support Center.

    If you are unable to test on location at MSUM, we may be able to issue a voucher to test at an institution closer to you. For a voucher to take an Accuplacer, please contact us at 218.477.4318.

  • ACT/SAT English Sub-score or Accuplacer English Score

    • ACT/SAT/Accuplacer English placement scores are valid for five years.
        

    English Course Placement Chart

    English & Reading Placement Information

    Test Score
    English Course
    Test Score
    ACT English ≥ 26 or
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing  ≥ 600
    English Course
    ENGL 201
    Test Score
    ACT English ≥ 21
    SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing ≥ 480
    SAT Writing score ≥ 501
    Accuplacer NG Reading score > 264
    Classic Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score ≥ 97
    English Course
    ENGL 101 (Regular section)
    Test Score
    ACT English = 18-20 or
    NGA Reading = 250-263 or
     HS GPA of 2.5 or above AND one of the following:
    • ACT English 16-17
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 440-479
    • Accuplacer NG Reading 236-249
    • Classic Accuplacer 78-85 on Reading Comprehension
    English Course
    ENGL 101 (Small class section)
    Test Score
    If one of the above GPA/Test scores is not met, then:
    • ACT ≤ 17
    • SAT Evidence-Based Reading & Writing < 480
    • SAT Writing < 430
    English Course
    Requires Accuplacer test or enroll in ENGL 099
    ESL Test Score & English Course
    ESL Accuplacer Scoring: the scores in Reading Skills, Language Usage, and Sentence Meaning combined must total 330 or above to be placed into a small class section of ENGL 101. A combined total score below 330 places a student in ELP 104. A student must pass ELP 104 with a C- or better before enrolling in ENGL 101 for non-native speakers of English.

    ACT/SAT Math sub-score, Accuplacer Math scores, or MCA Mathematics score

    Any student with an ACT Math score < (less than) 19 or SAT Math score < (less than) 510 must take the Accuplacer to be place into the appropriate course at MSUM. Any student who receives a college-ready benchmark on the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) is not required to take a developmental course in that subject area. MCA Mathematics scores may be used for MATH 105 and MATH 127 placement.

    • ACT, SAT, and MCA Math placement scores are valid for five years.
    • Accuplacer Math placement scores are valid for two years.
        

    Mathematics Course Placement Flow Chart

    Placement for LASC 4 Mathematics & Logical Reasoning

    Undeclared
    Majors: Undeclared

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 099
    Test Score
    MCA ≥ 1146
    Placement
    MATH 105
    Test Score
    MCA ≥ 1158
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • ACT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 127
    OR
    MATH 105
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016-Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
    Placement
    MATH 142
    OR
    MATH 143
    OR
    MATH 229
    OR
    MATH 261

    Calculus Track
    Majors:
    BioChem BioTech, Biosciences-Ecology & Evol., Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth Science Teaching, Geosciences-Geology, Geosciences-Geoarchaeology, Mathematics, Physics and Astronomy, Pre-Architecture, Pre-Engineering, Professional Management degrees

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 099
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    MCA ≥ 1158
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • ACT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
    Placement
    MATH 142
    OR
    MATH 143
    OR
    MATH 261

    Algebra Track
    Majors:
    Accounting, Biosciences –Health & Medical Sci., Life Science – Teaching, Medical Laboratory Sci., Business Administration, Business Minor, Community Health, Computer Info Systems, Computer Info Technology, Construction Management, Economics, Finance, Health Services Admin., Marketing, Medical Technology, Operations Management, Psychology

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 099
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    MCA ≥ 1158
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • ACT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 23
    SAT 560
    (March 2016 Present SAT Math sub-score of 560 or above; Pre-March 206 SAT Math sub-score of 540 or above)
    Placement
    MATH 127
    OR
    MATH 227
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
    Placement
    MATH 229 or higher
    (See major for details)

    Statistics Track
    Majors:
    Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Speech/Language/Hearing

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 099
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    MCA ≥ 1158
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • CT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
    Placement
    MATH 234

    Education Track
    Majors:
    Elementary Inclusive Education, Early Childhood, Special Education

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 110
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    MCA ≥ 1158
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • ACT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 110
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560)
    Placement
    MATH 110

    Liberal Arts Track
    Majors:
    Amer. Multicult. Studies, Anthropology, Art, Communication Studies (Mass Comm), Criminal Justice, East Asian Studies, English, Film Studies, Geoscience-Geographic Science only, Gerontology, Graphic Communications, Health, History, International Studies, Languages, Legal Studies, Music, Nursing, Paralegal, Philosophy, Political Science, Social Studies, Social Work, Sociology, Theatre, Women’s Studies

    Test Score
    Placement
    Test Score
    ACT ‹ 19
    SAT ‹ 510
    Placement
    Student must take the Accuplacer. (See Table Below)
    Test Score
    19 ≤ ACT ≤ 21
    510 ≤ SAT ≤ 530
    Placement
    MATH 105
    OR
    PHIL 340
    Test Score
    MCA ≥ 1146
    Placement
    MATH 105
    Test Score
    MCA ≥ 1158
    Placement
    MATH 127
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 22
    SAT ≥ 530
    MCA ≥ 1158
    OR
    Cumulative HS GPA of 2.7 AND one of the following:
    • SAT ≥ 520
    • ACT ≥ 20
    • 1152 ≤ MCA ≤ 1157
    • ACCUPLACER NextGen Advanced Algebra and Functions ≥ 236 or Classic Accuplacer Intermediate Algebra ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 105
    OR
    MATH 127
    OR
    PHIL 340
    Test Score
    ACT ≥ 24
    SAT ≥ 580
    (March 2016 Present SAT Math ≥ 580; Pre-March 2016 SAT Math ≥ 560
    Placement
    MATH 105
    OR
    MATH 127 or higher Math
    OR
    PHIL 340

    Accuplacer for LASC 4 Placement Next Gen Accuplacer Scores (NGA)

    Accuplacer Score
    Placement
    Accuplacer Score
    None of the scores below are met.
    Placement
    MATH 090A
    Accuplacer Score
    NGA AAF ≥ 250
    Placement
    MATH 127 or MATH 134

    Accuplacer Score
    NGA AAF ≥ 255
    Placement
    MATH 142, MATH 143, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, Math 234
    OR
    Math 261 (if accompanied by prereq knowledge of trigonometry)
    Accuplacer Score
    NGA QAS ≥ 250
    Placement
    MATH 090
    OR
    Math 095
    Accuplacer Score
    NGA QAS ≥ 255 OR
    AAF ≥ 234
    Placement
    MATH 099, MATH 105 OR MATH 110

    *Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS), Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF)

    Classic Accuplacer Test Scores

    Accuplacer Score
    Placement
    Accuplacer Score
    None of the scores below are met.
    Placement
    MATH 090A
    Accuplacer Score
    AR ≥ 57 and EA < 76
    OR
    AR + EA ≥ 100
    Placement
    MATH 090
    OR
    *MATH 095
    Accuplacer Score
    EA ≥ 76
    Placement
    MATH 099, MATH 105, MATH 110
    OR
    PHIL 340 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
    Accuplacer Score
    IA ≥ 60
    Placement
    MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH127
    OR
    MATH 227 (See LASC 4 Table for details)
    Accuplacer Score
    CLM ≥ 50
    Placement
    MATH 105, MATH 110, PHIL 340, MATH 127, MATH 143, MATH 142, MATH 210, MATH 227, MATH 229, MATH 234
    OR
    MATH 261 (See LASC 4 Table for details)

    *Arithmetic (AR), Elementary Algebra (EA), Intermediate Algebra (IA), College Mathematics (CLM)

    Accuplacer Tips:

    1. Get plenty of sleep and eat well in the week before your test. If you are overtired, you may have poor concentration and good nutrition allows for optimal performance.
    2. Arrive at the testing center 10 minutes prior to your appointed time. This will ensure you have plenty of time to get checked in and be well prepared.
    3. Accuplacer is meant to give an accurate measurement of your academic skills. It is not a pass/fail test.
    4. There is no time limit on Math and English tests, so you can focus on doing your best to demonstrate your skills.
    5. All Accuplacer tests are computerized using a multiple choice format. If you need accommodations for this exam, please address those needs when you make the appointment.

    Additional Math Preparation:
    Reviewing topics prior to placement testing could prepare you to take the mathematics courses you need for you major sooner. The MSUM Mathematics Learning Center provides free access to a practice tool for incoming and current MSUM students called MyMathTest.com. If you are interested in using this tool email the Academic Support Center for the access code and program ID.

    Accuplacer Test Information Official Free Web-based Study App


  • Proctoring Services

    The Academic Support Center will provide proctoring services for MSU Moorhead students taking online courses at other Minnesota State institutions. If you are taking an online course at MSUM, your instructor will proctor your exam.

    Please call the Academic Support Center to schedule a time for your test. Please give us at least one week’s notice to schedule your exam.

  • TEAS Testing

    Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) from Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI) will be offered at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

    MSUM is now offering a remote/virtual/online proctor option.

    THE LAST EXAM FOR FALL COHORT IS BEING OFFERED SATURDAY, MAY 9.

    • You must be a pre-nursing student at MSUM to take the TEAS exam at MSUM.
    • Please Note: Our institution is listed as "MN State U Moorhead"
    • If you need accommodations for the exam, you must be registered with Accessibility Resources at MSUM. Please allow at least 2 weeks to complete this process. Please notify Amanda Larson if you are requesting accommodations for the exam.