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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 English 18
ACT Math 19

SAT 470 Evidence-based reading / writing (test administered March 2016 or later)
SAT 500 Mathematics (test administered March 2016 or later)

SAT 440 Critical Reading / Verbal (test administered before March 2016)
SAT 460 Mathematics (test administered before March 2016)

Test scores are valid until the end of the calendar year five years from the date of the test administration. For example, students may enroll in a course in Fall 2017 based on a placement test score administered in Spring 2012, but the same score would not be valid for enrollment in a Spring 2018 course.

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. Test takers must present a valid photo ID at the time of testing.

Limited evening and weekend hours are available by appointment only; please contact Testing Services in advance to schedule an appointment.

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 test up to five times in 12 months. There is no charge for the first or second attempt. Students must attend a study session prior to the second attempt. Review of practice materials will help ensure proper placement.

Additional attempts at Accuplacer Testing require a fee, completion of an online diagnostic test, and attendance at a study/preparation session. Click HERE to read more about third time testing policies.

Official Accuplacer Study Guide:

Click HERE to download the free Accuplacer study guide.

 Math Courses

ACCUPLACER
Elementary Algebra (EA), Arithmetic (AR), College Level Math (CLM), Math General Placement Test (MathGPT)
ACT
SAT
REQUIRED COURSES
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
72-100 (MathGPT)

19 or higher

500 or higher

460 or higher (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1080 Mathematical Modes of Thought
MTH 1210 Introduction to Statistics
MTH 1610
Integrated Mathematics I

85 - 99 (EA) 19-23

500-579

460-559 (score result before March 2016)

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

580 or higher

560 or higher (score result before March 2016)

MTH 1310 Finite Math
MTH 1112 College Algebra through Modeling
70-89 (EA)
19-21

500-529

560 or higher (score result before March 2016)

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

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

530-609

500-589 (score result before March 2016)

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

105-120 (EA)
AND
30-120 (CLM)
OR
45-120 (CLM)
27 or higher

610 or higher

500-589 (score result before March 2016)

 MTH 1110 College Algebra

65-79 (CLM)  NA  NA MTH 1120 College Trigonometry (May retest on CLM one time)
MTH 1400
Pre-Calculus (May retest on CLM one time)
80 - 120 (CLM)
N/A
NA

 MTH 1410 Calculus I

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

 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

470-Above (score result March 2016 or later)

430-Above (score result before March 2016)

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.


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