Course Placement


Due to ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, significant modifications to our existing placement practices are required.  All in-person and online course placement testing and services until further notice.

Normandale's course placement process determines a student's readiness for reading, writing, and mathematics courses. It is used to assist a student with the selection of appropriate courses to help assure a student's success upon entering Normandale. All degree-seeking students are required to satisfy course placement.  Course placement can be determined using one or a combination of the following information:

  • High school GPA          
  • Scores form ACT, SAT, MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA)
  • Advance Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP
  • Completion of college-level coursework from an accredited college or university

Information on how these options can be used for course placement and how to submit the supporting documentation can be found at Other Course Placement Options.

Course Placement by Student Types

How course placement is evaluated depends on your student type. Select the option that best describes your situation to learn about how your placement is determined. 

New Students With No Prior College Experience

If score reports from ACT, SAT or MN Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) are available at the time of application, these will be reviewed first for determining course placements.  If the test results do not meet the placement requirements, or a student does not have any of these test results on file, high school GPA will be used to determine course placement.  The Office of Admissions will contact the student if additional information is needed to complete the course placements.

Students who do not have ACT, SAT or MCA test results and also have no high school GPA on file will be contacted by the Office of Admissions with directions for submitting a self-reported high school GPA and providing additional information needed to determine course placement. 

Notes: For the purpose of course placement, high school GPA is is valid for a period of 10 years from the date of graduation or, if the student has not yet graduated, from the date submitted.  Self-reported GPA will be accepted in absence of a GPA submitted on a transcript. 

ACT, SAT and MN Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) scores are valid for a period of 5 years from the test date.  MCA scores can only be used for reading and math course placements.

Students who have questions about what their placement results mean, we recommend they contact their assigned Admissions representative.  If a student is dissatisfied with his/her course placement, an appeal option is available. 

New Students With Prior College Experience

Transfer students who have completed college-level coursework at a regionally accredited college or university may have already satisfied course placement requirements.  Students should submit official transcripts from all colleges they have attended.  Information on how these options can be used for course placement and how to submit the supporting documentation can be found at Other Course Placement Options.

Note:  Electronic transcript retrieval is now possible among all MN State institutions to facilitate the transfer of students between MN State Colleges and Universities.

If the transcripted coursework does not meet all of the placement requirements, if available, score reports from ACT, SAT or MN Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) and high school GPA will be reviewed for determining course placements. The Office of Admissions will contact the student if additional information is needed to complete the course placements.

Students who have questions about what their placement results mean, we recommed they contact their assigned Admissions representative.  If a student is dissatisfied with his/her course placement, an appeal option is available. 

Current and Returning Students

ACCUPLACER testing is currently suspended, therefore, retesting is not an option.   A student who wants to be reassessed or a student with an expired course placements should complete the Guided Self-Placement process which allows for reassessment in all three subject areas (reading, English and math). Normandale will honor the highest valid placement level on file.  

If a survey is re-submitted by the same student, documentation or a conversation with staff may be needed to confirm placement results.


Students should contact a Normandale advisor if they have questions about their placement results.

 

Visiting Students

Visiting students seeking course placement for course registration should first following instructions on for submitting the Pre-Requisite Verification eform located on the Visiting Student web page.  If the documentation does not satisfy the pre-requesite, the student will receive instructions for completing a survey for self guided placement process. 

If a student is dissatisfied with his/her course placement, an appeal option is available.