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Testing Center

Testing services for future and current students

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Testing Center


Due to health and safety concerns related to the covid-19 pandemic, the Testing Center is currently providing services by phone (651-450-3650) and email only. Our office on the Inver Hills campus is not staffed at this time, including suspending all onsite course placement testing until further notice.

Upcoming Closures

May: 25th
Jul.: 3rd
Sept.: 7th
Nov.: 11th, 26-27th
Dec.: 25th

Placement Testing


Due to health and safety concerns related to the covid-19 pandemic, the Testing Center is currently providing services by phone (651-450-3650) and email only. Our office on the Inver Hills' campus is not staffed at this time, including suspending all onsite Accuplacer testing until further notice. Online Accuplacer testing is available by appointment only: please email to schedule an appointment. We are currently offering testing sessions at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Please let us know your time slot preference in your email communication.

In order to schedule an online session, you must have access to a webcam, microphone, stable internet connection and a desktop/laptop computer (no iPad, Chromebooks, or phones).

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.

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 that indicate their level of achievement (see outline below). Transcripts or test scores must be submitted.

Currently only being offered remotely.

Assessments are given in College Center 290 (next to the Welcome Desk) and take approximately two hours to complete. 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 have a $25 proctor fee and will require that you have a quiet uninterrupted space to test, a webcam and a microphone.

Testing is currently being offered via Zoom. Appointments are available on a limited basis Monday through Friday at two time slots, 9 a.m. and 1 p.m., and have limited capacity. After applying, please email 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 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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