PLACEMENT TEST INFORMATION AND EXEMPTIONS
Transfer students who plan to transfer credits from another college may be exempt from taking the placement test. Students that are transferring credits from a college that is not part of the Minnesota State system need to send an official copy of their college transcript. To register, please make an appointment to meet with an MRC counselor by calling 218-749-7750.
New students who are registering for seven or more college credits or plan to enroll in an English or math course are required to take the Accuplacer placement test unless you qualify for one of the exemptions below. The test does NOT determine acceptance, but it is used for course placement. The placement test can be taken at any Minnesota community college or proctored by your high school counselor if you are an out-of-state student. The test is NOT timed, so you may pace yourself. On average, students take 90 minutes to complete the assessments (reading and math). Students must have a picture ID to take the placement test.
You do NOT need to take the Accuplacer placement test if you qualify for one of the following exemptions:
- You are transferring in English and math credits from another college.
- You took the ACT and meet the following score requirements: If you scored 21+ in reading or 18+ in English, you are exempt from taking the reading placement test. If you scored 22+ in math, you are exempt from the math placement test. Students must submit a copy of their ACT scores to the college.
- You took the MCA (Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment) tests in high school and meet the following requirements: If you scored 1158+ on the 11th grade math test, you are exempt from the math placement test. The MCA Reading test is not currently accepted. Students are responsible for acquiring and submitting copies of their MCA scores to Mesabi.
- You took the SAT and meet the following requirements: If you scored 480+ in reading, you are exempt from the reading placement test. If you scored 530+ in math, you are exempt from the math placement test. Students must submit a copy of their SAT scores to the college.
For more information about course placement and placement testing please go here.