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Accuplacer Placement Tests


MSU Denver students must use Accuplacer computer-based tests for placement into general studies courses. Students who have taken the ACT or SAT and have sub scores at or above the following are exempt from the respective assessments:

ACT Reading 17 SAT 430
ACT English 18 SAT 440
ACT Math 19 SAT 460

Please note that ACT and SAT scores are valid for only five years.

Exemptions for Transfer Credit from other schools

Students with transfer credit from other institutions may be exempt from one or more of the Accuplacer placement tests. Please consult with the Office of Transfer Services or the Academic Advising Center for evaluation of transfer credit.

Students may transfer Accuplacer test results from other College or University testing centers. Tranferred scores count as a test attempt; MSU Denver students may only test two times on each Accuplacer test. Accuplacer scores are valid for five years. Contact the testing center to discuss Accuplacer score transfer options.

No appointment necessary

For assessment testing you do not need an appointment. Students may take the assessments during our normal office hours 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Test takers must present a valid phonto ID at the time of testing.

Allocate enough time

The assessments are not timed and take approximately 30 minutes each. Please plan on 2 hours for all three assessments.

Retesting and test fees

Students may retest one time on each section for a fee of $10 per section (effective September 7, 2015). After the second test you are placed into corresponding courses. Review of practice materials will help ensure proper placement.

Third attempts at Accuplacer Testing require completion of a Remedial Course or purchase of an online diagnostic test and a minimum of four hours in the Tutoring Center. Click HERE to read more about third time testing policies.

Cut Score Matrix, All Placement Exams

 Click this link to see a copy of the complete Summer 2015 Cut Score Matrix:  Cut Score Matrix - Summer 2015

 

 Math Courses

ACCUPLACER
Elementary Algebra (EA), Arithmetic (AR), College Level Math (CLM), Math General Placement Test (MathGPT)
ACT
SAT
REQUIRED COURSES
45-71 (EA)
AND
40-71 (MathGPT)*
NA NA MTH 1080 Mathematical Modes of Thought with peer study - see academic advising or math dept. to register.

72-120 (EA)
OR
45-71 (EA)
AND
72-100 (MathGPT)*

19 or higher 460 or higher

MTH 1080 Mathematical Modes of Thought

85-120 (EA)
OR
72-84 (EA) AND
40-100 (MathGPT)
19 or higher 460 or higher

MTH 1210 Introduction to Statistics

72-120 (EA)
OR
61-71 (EA)
AND
72-100 (MathGPT)

19 or higher 460 or higher

MTH 1610 Integrated Mathematics I

85 - 99 (EA) 19-23 460-559

MTH 1310 Finite Math with peer study- see an academic advisor or math adept. to register.
MTH 1112
College Algebra through Modeling with peer study - see an academic advisor or math adept. to register.

100-120 (EA) 24 or higher 560 or higher MTH 1310 Finite Math
MTH 1112 College Algebra through Modeling
70-89 (EA)
N/A
N/A

MTH1108/1109 Stretch College Algebra
- see an academic advisor or math dept. to register.

90-104 (EA)
AND
22-120 (CLM)
22-26
500-589

MTH 1110 College Algebra with peer study - see an academic advisor or math dept. to register.

105-120 (EA)
AND
22-29 (CLM)
22-26
500-589

MTH 1110 College Algebra with peer study - see an academic advisor or math adept. to register.

105-120 (EA)
AND
30-120 (CLM)
OR
45-120 (CLM)

27 or higher
590 or higher

MTH 1110 College Algebra

65-79 (CLM)
N/A
NA

MTH 1120 College Trigonometry (May retest on CLM one time)
MTH 1400
Pre-Calculus (May retest on CLM one time)

80 - 120 (CLM) NA NA MTH 1410 Calculus I

MATH KEY: AR=Arithmetic, EA=Elementary Algebra, CLM=College Level Math,
MathGPT=Math General Placment Test

Students who do not place into MSU Denver College Level Math courses should consult with an academic advisor to enroll in appropriate developmental math courses.

 Reading Courses

ACCUPLACER
Reading
ACT
SAT
REQUIRED COURSES
62 - 79 NA NA See an academic advisor
80 - Above 17- Above 430- Above Any general studies reading course

 English Courses

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
ACT
SAT
REQUIRED COURSES
50 - 94** NA NA

Students in this score range should take the English Secondary Essay test. Click here to see information on the English Secondary Essay Test.

Possible course placement based on the Secondary Essay Test: ENG1010, ENG1010/1001, or ENG1008/1009.

See an academic advisor for placement details.

95 - Above 18- Above 440- Above ENG 1010 Freshman Composition

 **The MSU Denver English Department offers courses for students scoring 50-94 on the Accuplacer Sentence Skills (English) assessment. Consult with an advisor in KC402 for additional information on these course options.

Students who do not place into MSU Denver College Level Reading or English courses should consult with an academic advisor to enroll in appropriate courses.