Placement Testing



**NOTE**: HTC on-campus Testing Services will reopen on a limited scale beginning the first week of June. Our available services are for Hennepin Technical College students only and use of testing services will require compliance with MN Dept. of Health, CDC, and OSHA guidelines to safeguard our students and staff.



We offer 2 options for placement testing this summer:





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 photo ID.






If you are not comfortable coming to the campus to complete placement testing, we also offer the option of completing your placement test from your own home or office using Zoom and a remote proctor.



Testing Requirements:

  1. Sit in a quiet place where you will be undisturbed while testing. You will need blank scratch paper and a regular pencil. Calculators are not allowed unless you have a prescribed accommodation.
  2. Be sure to have your photo ID ready. You will need to show it to your proctor.

Please Follow these Steps BEFORE your Testing Appointment:

  1. Go to the Zoom website, download and install Zoom:
  2. Check proper Zoom installation: Please use the option to join with video.
  3. See if your computer can run the ACCUPLACER test:








Other Course Placement Options 

  1. ACCUPLACER testing via ZOOM
  2. High School GPA 
             Self Reported HS GPA Form 
             Request for High School Transcript Form
  3. ACT, SAT, MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) Scores
  4. Advance Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Scores
  5. Completion of college-level coursework from an accredited college or university



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 photo ID.





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.




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


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

You may retake a subject test one time within a two-year period*. Any retests beyond this policy must first be approved by a Student Success Advisor or Counselor. There is a $10 retest fee for retaking the test.  However, the retest fee will be waived if you can demonstrate that you utilized ACCUPLACER's Web-based Study Application or Study Guide


Do I need to take a placement test?

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

...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.

...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.

...completed an ACCUPLACER Math test within the last two years, or  completed ACCUPLACER Reading and/or Sentence Skills tests within the last three years:

**Please email ACCUPLACER score results to

...earned an Associate or Baccalaureate degree from a U.S. College or University, or completed college-level coursework at a US College or University with a grade of 'C' or better in any of the following areas:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics
  • Computer Literacy

**Please email unofficial college or university transcripts to 

**For transfer evaluation (for credit), mail official college or university transcripts to:  Hennepin Technical College, Transfer Center, 13100 College View Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347


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 Disability 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.
    A $25 proctor fee to Examity applies, which will be your responsibility to satisfy.

What happens after I have 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.