What is the Accuplacer (CPT or Assessment Test)?
It is an assessment of Reading, English and Mathematics that Mesabi Range College uses to determine how your skill levels match course prerequisites to ensure your success in college. We use the scores to determine your placement in campus courses.
Why do I need to take the Accuplacer?
We match your demonstrated knowledge to the courses offered at MRC. Then you meet with an advisor and they assist you with choosing the courses that are right for you. This is a proven method of making sure that you don't register for classes that are too difficult (which can lead to frustration and failure) or classes that are too easy (which would be a waste of your time and money).
Getting registered for the right classes will improve your chances of remaining in college and achieving your goals. Whether you plan to graduate with a degree or diploma, transfer your credits, or enhance your professional skills; chances are you will earn better grades because you will be better prepared.
How much does it cost?
There is no cost to take the Accuplacer.
Can I fail the Accuplacer?
No. The Accuplacer assesses your current skill level, not your potential. The purpose of the Accuplacer is to determine your placement in college level course work, which enables you and your advisor to make informed decisions about which courses to take at the beginning of your college career. The Accuplacer does not affect your admission to MRC.
Can I re-take the Accuplacer?
Enrolled MRC students will be allowed to re-take the Accuplacer Assessment once (1) per fiscal year. An advisor MUST recommend for a student to re-test. Students shall not be allowed to test more than two (2) times within a fiscal year. The fiscal year runs July 1st through June 30th.
Who must take the Accuplacer?
All new students are required to complete the Accuplacer if they are registering for seven or more credits collectively.
Could I be exempt?
You may be exempt from taking all or a part of the Accuplacer if you:
1. Completed the Accuplacer assessment at another college (within the past three years for Reading and English and past two years for Math). The documentation of your scores was provided to MRC, or
2. Successfully completed collegiate English and/or Math courses (grade of C or better) that meets the requirements for your MRC program and provided MRC with an official copy of your transcript, or
3. Have scored a 21 or higher in the Reading component, an 18 or higher in the English component, and a 22 or higher in the Mathematics components of the ACT test.
How long is the Accuplacer?
The Accuplacer is self-paced. Please allow yourself at least two hours so that you do not have to rush through.
Can I use a calculator?
The test will provide an online calculator when needed.
What should I bring to the Accuplacer?
For purposes of identity verification we ask you to bring your driver’s license (or another form of photo ID). Also, for purposes of unique identification of assessment records, your Tech ID number is needed (will be provided for you).
When should I take the Accuplacer?
You will receive instructions regarding assessment dates and times once you are admitted to the college. Reservations are needed. For the Virginia campus, please contact Sue Twaddle at 218-749-0313. For the Eveleth campus, please contact Rosanne Omersa at 218-744-7506 to make a reservation.
What is Distance Proctoring?
If you live so far away from our campus that taking the Accuplacer here is not feasible it may be possible to take the Accuplacer at another location. A fellow Minnesota State College and University System institution may allow you to complete the assessment at their institution even though you will attend MRC.
If you need to make arrangements, please contact Cindy Altobelli at 218-749-7727 on the Virginia Campus or Kevin Langdon at 218-744-7471 on the Eveleth campus.
When will I get my Accuplacer results?
You will receive your results when you complete the assessment. The Accuplacer results are intended to be used as an advising tool for you and your advisor.
How long are the results valid?
Results are valid for three years in Reading and Sentence Skills and two years in Math. If you assessed and did not attend MRC – but you did complete coursework at another school, it may be a good idea to take the Accuplacer with MRC so that your course placements reflect your up-to-date skills and knowledge.
What if English is my second language?
MRC suggests that students who did not graduate from an American high school complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) version of Accuplacer. The ESL assessment provides placement recommendations for English language courses specifically designed for students who speak English as a second language. Students may choose to take either assessment, or both, if necessary.
Students should be advised that if they require an interpreter for language other than standard English, they will need to contact Toby Anderson or 1-800-657-3860. Students should be aware that language will not serve as a barrier for educational programming and services at MRC.
What if I need Disability Accommodations?
Persons with disabilities will be accommodated as appropriate to the individual needs. Contact the MRC Disability Services Office for assistance at 218-749-0325.
What is Ability to Benefit?
According to the financial aid rule change on July 1, 2008, students who have earned a successful grade in 6 or more college-level courses meet the ability to benefit guideline. Because we need high school transcripts for certain grants, MNSCU will continue to require the high school transcript for admission to college. But, if a student did not earn a GED or graduate from high school and they take 6 or more college level credits and earn a successful grade, they would not have to pass the Accuplacer Ability to Benefit test in order to be admitted and earn financial aid.
On the Ability to Benefit change listed below: The law specifically requires successful completion of "degree applicable" course work. The 6 college level courses do have to count toward the program or major for which the student applies. Development is not degree applicable. A course with a grade of "D" is not considered successful completion, and would not count for a degree either. There is no time specification in the law, so the units could be earned over a couple of semesters. Financial aid cannot be awarded, however, until ATB or the 6 unit requirement is met.