Contact Information

Assessment Center
assessment@inverhills.edu
Phone: 651-450-3650
Location: Library - 2nd floor

Hours

Monday thru Thursday 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Placement Testing

Our goal is to place you in courses appropriate to your abilities and experience. When you take assessment tests in reading, mathematics, and English, your scores will indicate which English or Mathematics courses are appropriate for you. Assessment tests are untimed and provide immediate results that predict college readiness.

The Assessment Center is located on the second floor (upper level) of the Library. When you come to campus to take the assessment test, you will need to show a government-issued picture I.D. 

What is an assessment?

Inver Hills uses a computerized assessment inventory (given free of charge) called Accuplacer, which was developed by the College Board to provide information about skill levels in reading, writing, and mathematics. All items on the assessment are multiple choice. It is very important that you take the assessment seriously, and do your best. Math assessment scores are valid for two years.  Reading and English assessment scores are valid for three years.

  • The reading comprehension assessment measures your understanding of what you read.
  • The mathematics assessment measures your understanding of arithmetic, elementary algebra, and/or college-level mathematics. Students will automatically be advanced to higher levels on the mathematics assessment based on their skill level and number of correct responses.  

How will the assessment results be used?

The results are used to determine initial course placements in reading, writing, and mathematics. Some students may receive placements in developmental courses (numbered below 1000); these courses do not count toward a college degree (but they do count toward credit totals for financial aid eligibility, insurance, and academic progress). These developmental courses are designed to help you learn the skills necessary for success in college-level courses, and you must complete them within your first 30 semester credits. 

Who must take the assessments?

Inver Hills requires that new students either (1) take the assessments before they attend orientation, or (2) demonstrate that they have completed courses or assessments previously that will indicate the level of courses they may register for, as outlined below. (Transcripts or test scores must be submitted.)

Exception: Part-time students registering under the Limited Enrollment option who are not taking math and English classes are not required to take the assessment.

  • You have completed the Inver Hills assessments in the past two years, and you are registering for the appropriate English and math courses based upon these assessments.
  • You have completed the prerequisites at Inver Hills for the English and math courses in which you plan to enroll and  you received grades of "C" or higher in the prerequisites. You took the math prerequisite in the past two years.
  • You completed an Accuplacer assessment i at another college in the past two years and your assessment results are on file at Inver Hills. Scores from approved assessment inventories should be mailed to the address below for evaluation..
  • You have 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 copy of your transcript with the prerequisites must be on file at Inver Hills, and the courses must be approved by the college in order for them to satisfy prerequisite requirements. In addition, math prerequisites must have been completed in the last two years. 

Where do I take the assessments?

Assessments are given in the Learning Center (second floor, Library building) and take approximately two hours to complete. You must have a government-issued picture I.D. with you when you come to take assessments.

When can I take the assessments?

No appointment is necessary. Times may vary between terms, in the summer, or during other breaks. Please call 651-450-3687 for current assessment times.

On regular class days in fall and spring semesters, the Assessment Center hours are:

  • Monday - Thursday:  arrive between 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. to complete an assessment.
  • Friday:  arrive between 8 a.m. - 2 p.m.to complete an assessment.  

Can I fail the assessments?

No, the assessments indicate your current skill level, not your potential.

Will the assessments affect my acceptance to Inver Hills?

The assessments will not affect your acceptance to the college. However, the results may affect acceptance into some programs at the college, such as Nursing, Emergency Health Services (EHS), or Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO). 

Are there alternative formats for students with disabilities?

Yes. If you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, please contact us at (651) 450-3650 before testing to arrange for accommodations.

Can I read sample questions or take practice exams?

The following resources provide examples of sample questions:

General practice tests and information:
General information about the Accuplacer test
Accuplacer Web-Based Study App
(fee, available for personal computers and smartphones)

Mathematics assessment practice exams:
Accuplacer practice
Accuplacer Sample Questions for Students

MnSCU Policy on Readiness
Minnesota State Colleges and Universities has a College Readiness Policy related to satisfaction of prerequisites in English and mathematics courses. Inver Hills and other state colleges abide by this policy. The assessment processes at the college assure compliance.

©