Placement Testing


HTC Testing Services provides limited remote and on-campus testing services. Our available services are for Hennepin Technical College students only.  We DO NOT accept walk-in/drop-by testers.  All exams must be scheduled in advance.

All test candidates must- upon request- present a valid form of picture/photo ID to Testing Center staff for identity verification. Staff will not administer exams to a candidate who cannot present a valid photo ID. 


Placement Test Options

Option 1: On-Campus Placement Testing


You are required to present a valid photo ID both at the time of check-in and upon request at any point during exam completion! No one will be permitted to test without a scheduled appointment and photo ID.



Option 2: Off-Campus/Remote Proctored PLACEMENT TESTING via Examity

If you are not comfortable coming to the campus to complete your placement testing, you can complete your placement test from your own home or office using Examity, a FREE 24/7 remote proctor testing service. 

Our Remote Placement Test Process

Step 1:

Submit a Placement Test Voucher Request HERE. Not everyone will need to complete placement testing, so we strongly encourage you to first meet with a Student Success Advisor to create a Placement Test Plan tailored and considerate of your previously completed coursework, test scores, and earned grade point average (high school or college).

Step 2:

Once your request has been reviewed (please allow 2-3 business days from the date of submission), you will receive an email from College Board/ACCUPLACER containing your placement test voucher code. Use this voucher code to schedule and take your exam.

Step 3:

Click the Examity registration link shown in the email; it will take you to the Examity registration page. Enter your first name, last name, email address and then hit Register.

Step 4:

Once you’ve registered, you will receive a confirmation email from Examity with personalized login credentials. Log in to the Examity dashboard. From here, set up a profile and schedule your exam using the voucher code provided.



Have questions about Examity?

This PAGE should answer the most common questions students have about Examity- registration, profile creation, scheduling an exam, pre-test, taking a test, and technical requirements!

Off-Campus/Remote Proctored PLACEMENT TESTING via Zoom

Computer Skills Proficiency and/or Keyboarding Test

Any student who is unable to visit a campus Testing Center to complete the Computer Skills Proficiency (CSP) placement or the Keyboarding test, has the option to test remotely using Zoom. To schedule an appointment and/or learn more about remote testing requirements, please click the button below:


Testing Exemptions

You may not need to test if you meet one of the following criteria:

  1. Earned a qualifying Minnesota Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) score:
    Reading 1047 (score expires after 5 years)
    College Algebra 1158 (score expires after 5 years)
    Statistics 1148 (score expires after 5 years)
    Liberal Arts Mathematics 1150 (score expires after 5 years)

    **MCA Scores recorded on a High School Transcript are accepted.

  2. Earned a qualifying ACT/SAT score
    English 18+/480+ (scores expire after 5 years)
    Reading 21+/480+ (scores expire after 5 years)
    Mathematics 22+/530+ (scores expire after 5 years)

    **Please email ACT/SAT or MCA score results to Your first and last name must be on the document.

  3. Completed an ACCUPLACER Math test within the last two years, or completed ACCUPLACER Reading and/or Sentence Skills tests within the last five years. 

    **Please email ACCUPLACER score results to

  4. Completed approved prerequisites at another college for the English and Math courses in which you plan to enroll, and you received grades of "C" or higher in the prerequisites. An official/unofficial copy of your transcript with the prerequisites must be submitted to Hennepin Technical College, and the courses must be approved by the college to satisfy prerequisite requirements; Math prerequisites must have been completed in the last two years.

    **Submit electronic Official/Unofficial college or university transcripts for test waiver to or mail physical copies to:
Hennepin Technical College
Transfer Center
13100 College View Drive
Eden Prairie, MN 55347

   **Unofficial transcripts will not be evaluated for transfer credit.

Please contact the Registrar's Office at with additional questions regarding testing exemptions/waivers.

Be Prepared

Students are STRONGLY encouraged to devote as much time possible to prepare for placement testing. This applies whether you are taking a placement test for the first time or if you are retaking an exam. Proper preparation and study time usually leads to higher test scores. Higher test scores can help reduce (or eliminate) the need to take additional developmental courses and can save both time and money.

What is the Purpose of Placement Testing?

The purpose of the computer-based assessment test is to provide you and the college with information about your current academic skill levels in reading, writing, mathematics, and computer literacy. This will help you select appropriate courses, plan a course of study with your Counselor or Academic Advisor, and identify which student services you might want to utilize during your journey.

ACCUPLACER Scores & Course Placement Chart

Hennepin Technical College's ACCUPLACER Course Placement Chart to determine developmental course placement.

HTC ACCUPLACER Scores & Course Placement Chart

Reading and Writing Placement Tests

Reading assesses four broad knowledge and skills categories:

  • Information and Ideas
  • Rhetoric
  • Synthesis
  • Vocabulary

The Reading test assesses your ability to derive meaning from a range of texts and to determine the meaning of words and phrases in short and extended contexts. Passages on the test cover a range of content areas, writing modes, and complexities. Both single and paired passages are included.

Math Placement Tests

Arithmetic assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Whole Number Operations 
  • Fraction Operations
  • Decimal Operations
  • Percent
  • Number Comparisons and Equivalents 

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics
assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and Proportional Relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic Expressions
  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Probability Sets
  • Descriptive Statistics
  • Geometry Concepts 

Advanced Algebra and Functions
assesses the following knowledge and skills:

  • Linear Equations
  • Linear Applications and Graphs
  • Factoring
  • Quadratics Functions
  • Radical and Rational Equations
  • Polynomial Equations
  • Exponential and Logarithmic Equations
  • Trigonometry

Computer Proficiency/Literacy Placement Test

Computer Skills Proficiency (CSP) test is a literacy exam assessing three broad knowledge and skill categories :

  • Word Processing
  • File Management
  • Information and Communication

The CSP test is untimed and comprised of 30 questions- a combination of multiple choice and task-oriented simulation questions. Some of the topics, concepts and functions students can potentially see in the exam include:

  • Basic computer information and operations
  • Text editing
  • Working with icons
  • Working with Windows
  • Managing files, directories, and folders
  • Creating, saving, opening, editing, and formatting documents
  • Inserting, selecting, editing, formatting, duplicating, moving, and deleting text within documents
  • Mail merging
  • Using web browsers, accessing and navigating web pages, activating hyperlinks/images, organizing bookmarks

For a more extensive listing of potential test question topics, please refer to the 3 Computer Skills Placement Objectives documents below!


Can I retake the ACCUPLACER if I'm not satisfied with my score?

Within an academic year, all students are permitted to take any program- or course-required placement test(s) twice- a test and a retest- free of charge. Any additional retesting beyond this policy must first be approved by a Student Success Advisor or Counselor.


Do I need to take a placement test?

You may not need to test if you meet test exemption criteria. See Testing Exemptions.

Can I request accommodations for a disability?

Documentation from an appropriate licensed medical practitioner or agency may be required before accommodations can be arranged. There is no fee for this service. Students who need testing accommodations must schedule testing arrangements with the Disability Services Coordinator. Please contact or visit Access Services for more information.

What should I bring to my placement test appointment?

  • You must bring a valid, photo ID to your appointment (ex. driver's license, student ID, passport, etc.)
  • If you have received a Test Waiver Checklist, you should bring it with you

What if I can't come to HTC to take the placement test?

If you can't come in to our Testing Center to take the placement test, here are two possible alternatives:
  1. Find a local community college or university willing to proctor the test. Please contact the HTC Testing Center at either campus by calling 763.488.2590 or Please allow one to two weeks in advance to request a Testing Voucher to be used at the local community college. Proctor fees may apply, which will be your responsibility to satisfy.
  2. Use a virtual proctoring company, Examity. This option will require a quiet, undisturbed testing environment, strong internet access and a webcam. Please contact the HTC Testing Center at either campus at 763.488.2590 or to set up an Examity account. Please allow one to two weeks to process.
  3. A $25 proctor fee to Examity applies, which will be your responsibility to satisfy.

What happens after I've finished testing?

Upon completion of your placement testing, you will receive a printed copy of your ACCUPLACER test scores. You will also be offered an opportunity to meet or schedule a time to meet with an HTC Student Success Advisor for an in-person or phone appointment. You can also email questions to an Advisor as well.