Assessment FAQ

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, it is free of charge. There is a fee if you would like to retake the test (see the question below).

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-test the Accuplacer Assessment one time per year, for a fee of $10.00. An advisor MUST recommend for a student to re-test. (example: if you test on Oct. 10, 2015, you would not be able to re-test until Oct. 10, 2016)

Who must take the Accuplacer?

All new students are required to complete the Accuplacer if they are registering for seven or more credits collectively.

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 Brenda Kochevar at 218-749-0314. 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 Charlene Norlander at 218-744-7524.

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 JoJo Scott 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:
Eveleth - Matt Jarva 218-744-7471
Virginia - Kevin Langdon 218-749-7791

Practice Tests and Study Guides

Preparing for the Accuplacer

Accuplacer (Practice Test)

Accuplacer Test for Success (Everything)

EdReady - Math