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Testing Center

Testing services for future and current students

Contact Information

Testing Center

testingcenter@inverhills.edu
651-450-3650
CC290

Hours

General on-campus availability:
Mon. - Thur.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Fri. Closed

General virtual availability:
Mon. - Fri.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Late virtual appointments by request

Overall operations' disclaimer:
Test proctoring on Monday through Thursday in the center is limited to 9 students at a single time, and by appointment only. The two preferred time slots are at 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. to allow for cleaning protocol between test iterations and physical distancing requirements. Proctoring outside of those time slots available by request only, pending availability.
Appointments must be scheduled with the Testing Center staff in advance.

Upcoming Closures

Nov.: 11th, 26-27th
Dec.: 25th

Assessment Testing Info

Placement Testing

Announcement

Per the directive of the system office, and due to ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students, staff, and faculty, during the COVID-19 pandemic, significant modifications to our existing placement practices and department operations are required. For questions about virtual availability or limited scheduling opportunities on campus, please connect with the testing center via email at testingcenter@inverhills.edu or by calling 651-450-3650.

Submit Transcripts

If you haven't done so already, please submit an unofficial high school transcript, or make sure to self-report your cumulative high school GPA to our enrollment center via email at enrollment@inverhills.edu. Unofficial transcripts can also be submitted to the Enrollment Center directly through the document upload portal. Unofficial high school transcripts are helpful for assessment placement purposes and sometimes for financial aid purposes.

  Submit Unofficial High School Transcript

Testing Tips Sessions


Many students fulfill the college entrance testing requirements through other means: please see the Testing Exemptions below to see if you qualify.

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. Taking your assessment seriously is very important and you should try to do your best. Math assessment scores are valid for two years. Reading and English assessment scores are valid for three years.

  • Reading comprehension assessment measures your understanding of what you read.
  • Mathematics assessment measures your understanding of various Math topics; you will automatically be advanced to higher levels on the mathematics assessment based on your skill level and number of correct responses.

Our goal is to place you in courses appropriate to your abilities and experience. When you take assessment tests in Reading and Mathematics, your scores will indicate which English and Mathematics courses are appropriate for you. Assessment tests are not timed and provide immediate results that predict college readiness.

The Testing Center is located in College Center 290, next to the Welcome Desk. When you come to the Testing Center to take an assessment test, you will need to show a government-issued picture I.D.

Yes, if you have a documented disability that requires accommodations such as a reader, scribe or extra time, please contact us at 651-450-3650 before testing to arrange accommodations. We want you to make the most of your testing attempts.

Any student who is unsatisfied with their initial placement based in a measure other than the Accuplacer can take the test for free via virtual proctoring (connect with the Testing Center directly if concerned about virtual access). Inver Hills requires that all new students fulfill the assessment requirement - be it by a testing exemption or by taking the Accuplacer - prior to new student orientation (see outline below). In nearly all cases, unofficial high school transcripts, official college transcripts, or unofficial test score results (including the date the test was taken) must be submitted. Please contact the Testing Center directly with any questions.

Currently being offered remotely.

Assessments are given in College Center 290 (next to the Welcome Desk) and take approximately two hours to complete (though are untimed and can be finished in multiple sittings). Given the current state of the COVID-19 pandemic, testing will be limited to morning and afternoon appointments of no more than 3 hours in length. You must have a government-issued picture I.D. with you when you come to take your assessments.

If you are planning on taking the Accuplacer for Inver Hills at another location, please contact the Testing Center 2-3 days before testing to setup a voucher for testing at that institution.

Online Proctoring is available through Examity®, by contacting the testing center to request a voucher. Utilizing this option will require that you have a quiet uninterrupted space to test, a webcam and a microphone. There will not be a proctor online with you while you are testing, so if you run into issues with Examity® you will need to contact their Tech Support.

If you are unable to take the Accuplacer virtually via Zoom there are a few options for on- campus testing in the center. If you need to test on campus, you must contact the Testing Center via email at testingcenter@inverhills.edu or by phone at 651-450-3650 at least 24 hours in advance, and preferably 2-3 days before the exam if possible. Per Minnesota State and the governor’s executive orders, any on campus visitor or student must wear a properly worn face covering at all times while on campus, complete the COVID screening prior to coming on campus, and check in at the Welcome Desk prior to entering the Testing Center. Strict social distancing protocols will be in place that adhere to the Minnesota Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control’s best practices, with limited seating in the center that is spaced at least 6 feet apart, and limited to 9 occupants in a time slot total for all testers in the center. On-campus Accuplacer testing is being administered via appointment at either 9 a.m. or 1 p.m. time slots: the preference, if possible, is for students to fulfill testing needs virtually if possible. Please see below to determine if you qualify for on campus testing.

  • Accessibility Testing i.e. screen reader, paper pencil test, private testing room, scribe (the Accuplacer is untimed so extra time is already built in).
  • No internet access or unstable internet.
  • Technology does not meet technical requirements (such as webcam or microphone).
  • Disruptive home life that is not conducive to testing.

Testing is currently being offered via Zoom. Appointments are available on a limited basis Monday - Thursday at two time slots, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m, and Wednesdays at 4 p.m, and have limited capacity. After applying, please email testingcenter@inverhills.edu for an appointment, indicating your date and time preferences.

Your assessment results will be 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. Developmental courses are designed to help you learn the skills you need for success in college-level courses; you must complete the courses within your first 30 semester credits.

To obtain a copy of your score report please complete the Request for Accuplacer Score Report form at https://studentportal.accuplacer.org/#/studentisr if you are unable to receive a copy of your scores through this link please contact the Testing Center.

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

No, 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 Medical Services (EMS) or Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO).

Sample questions and practice exams

ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App (College Board)

Next-Generation: Advanced Alegbra and Functions (Sample Questions)

Next-Generation: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (Sample Questions)

Next-Generation: Reading (Sample Questions)

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER

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