Accuplacer Placement Tests


Effective July 1, 2002 , 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.

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.

Allocate enough time

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

Retesting

Each students is allowed only one retest. 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 tutorial and a minimum of four hours in the Tutoring Center. Click HERE (PDF 15 KB) to read more about third time testing policies.

Cut Score Matrix, All Placement Exams 

(Follow this link to see a printable copy of the Cut Score Matrix - Spring 2014 (PDF 71 KB)

 

 Math Courses

ACCUPLACER
Elementary Algebra (EA), Arithmetic (AR), College Level Math (CLM)
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 academic advising or math adept. to register.
MTH 1112
College Algebra through Modeling with peer study - see academic advising or math adept. to register.

100-120 (EA) 24 or higher 560 or higher MTH 1310 Finite Math
MTH 1112 College Algebra through Modeling
90-104 (EA)
AND
22-120 (CLM)
22-26
500-589

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

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

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

105-120 (EA)
AND
30-120 (CLM)
27
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

* Students with a grade of C or higher in MAT060 or a score of 45 or higher on EA are eligible to take the the Math General Placement Test (MathGPT).

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 Academic Advising for RDG 190A
-OR-
REA 090
College Preparatory Reading
80 - Above 17- Above 430- Above Any general studies reading course

 English Courses

ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills
ACT
SAT
REQUIRED COURSES
70 - 94** NA NA See English Dept. for ENG1008/1009 or ENG190G
-OR-
EGL 090 Basic Composition
95 - Above 18- Above 440- Above ENG 1010 Freshman Composition

 **The MSU Denver English Department offers courses for students scoring 70-94 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.