Understanding Placement Results

Course placement can be determined using one or a combination of the following information:      

  • Scores form ACT, SAT, MN Comprehensive Assessment (MCA) - valid within the last 5 calendar years
  • High school GPA - valid within the last 10 calendar years
  • Standardized score reports from Advance Placement (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and International Baccalaureate (IB)
  • Completion of college-level coursework from an accredited U.S. college or university
  • Self Guided Placement - if you don't have valid high school GPA or other score reports mentioned above

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 Criteria

Explanations on how course placement is determined using high school GPA, ACT, SAT and MCA test results or Accuplacer scores is provided in the sections below.  

See Understanding Placement Results (PDF) to learn more about placement levels and course sequencing.

See Understanding your EAP Placement Results (PDF) if you received a course placement in the  English for Academic Purposes program.

Students who have questions about what their placement results mean should contact their assigned Admissions representative. 

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

Course Placement Criteria for Mathematics

 
Math 1510 Calculus 1, Math 1500 Pre-Calculus, Math 1400 Survey of Calculus, Math 1200 Finite Math, 
Math 1150 Trigonometry, Math 1100 College Algebra, Math 1080 Intro to Statistics, 
Math 1065 Math Foundations 2, 
Math 1055 Math Foundations 1, Math 1020 Math Trek - Math for Liberal Arts
 
High School GPA: 3.3 or higher and high school Pre-Calculus or a higher level math course with a grade of C- or better
ACT Math Sub-Score: 27 or higher
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 285-300 & Advanced Algebra
   Functions 290-300
ACCUPLACER Classic: Elem Algebra 76-120 & College Level Math 65-120 

Math 1500 Pre-Calculus, Math 1400 Survey of Calculus, Math 1200 Finite Math,
Math 1150 Trigonometry, Math 1100 College Algebra, Math 1080 Intro to Statistics,
Math 1065 Math Foundations 2, Math 1055 Math Foundations 1, Math 1020 Math Trek - Math for Liberal Arts

High School GPA: 2.8-3.29 and high school Pre-Calculus or a higher level math course with a grade of C- or better
ACT Math Sub-Score: 25-26
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 285-300 & Advanced Algebra
   Functions 275-289
ACCUPLACER Classic: Elem Algebra 76-120 & College Level Math 57-64 

Math 1100 College Algebra, Math 1080 Intro to Statistics, Math 1065 Math Foundations 2,
Math 1055 Math Foundations 1, Math 1020 Math Trek - Math for Liberal Arts


High School GPA: 2.8 or higher
ACT Math Sub-Score: 22-24
ACT Math Sub-Score: 20-21 & High School GPA 2.7-2.79
SAT Math Score: 530 or higher
SAT Math Score: 520 & High School GPA 2.7-2.79
MCA Score: 1158 or higher
MCA Score: 1152-1157 & High School GPA 2.7-2.79
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Advanced Algebra Functions 250-300
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Advanced Algebra Functions 236-249 & High School GPA 2.7-2.79
ACCUPLACER Classic: Elem Algebra 76-120 & College Level Math 50-56

Math 1080 Intro to Statistics, Math 1065 Math Foundations 2,
Math 1055 Math Foundations 1, Math 1020 Math Trek-Math for Liberal Arts

High School GPA: 2.7-2.79
MCA Math Score: 1150-1157
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 265-300 

Math 1080 Intro to Statistics

MCA Math: 1148-1149 
   
Math 0995 Math Skills for Accelerated Statway, Math 0990 Statway Stat 1, Math 0630 Survey of Algebra, Math 0601 Pre-College Math

High School GPA: 2.0-2.69
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Arithmetic 265-300 or 
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 250-264
ACCUPLACER Classic: Arithmetic 85-120 & Elem Algebra 0-45 or 
ACCUPLACER Classic: Elem Algebra 46-75 or
ACCUPLACER Classic: Elem Algebra 76-120 & College Level Math 0-45 

Math 601 Pre-College Math

High School GPA: 1.7-1.99
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Arithmetic 250-264 or 
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 230-249
ACCUPLACER Classic: Arithmetic 34-84 & Elem Algebra 0-45

Adult Basic Education

High School GPA: 1.7 or less
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Arithmetic 200-249 or
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics 200-229
ACCUPLACER Classic: Arithmetic 0-33 & Elem Algebra 0-45

Course Placement Criteria for English/Writing

English 1101 Freshmen English Composition

High School GPA: 2.6 or higher
ACT English Sub-Score: 18 or higher
ACT English Sub-Score: 16-17 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
SAT ERBW Score: 480 or higher
SAT ERBW Score: 440-479 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
MCA Reading (10th Grade): not applicable
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 250 or higher
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 236-249 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
ACCUPLACER Classic: Sentence Skills 86-120

English 0900 Preparation for College Writing

High School GPA: 2.0-2.59
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 235-249
ACCUPLACER Classic: Sentence Skills 65-85
ACCCUPLACER Classic ESL Language Usage and ESL Sentence Skills 74-120

English 0800 Fundamentals of Writing
 
High School GPA: less than 2.0
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 215-23
ACCUPLACER Classic: Sentence Skills 24-64
ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Language Usage and ESL Sentence Skills 67-73

English for Academic Purposes 0760 Grammar and Writing 2

Determined by results of the writing assessment
ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Language Usage and ESL Sentence Skills 56-66

English for Academic Purposes 0750 Grammar and Writing 1

Determined by results of the writing assessment
ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Language Usage and ESL Sentence Skills 44-55

Adult Basic Education

Determined by results of the writing assessment
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 200-214
ACCUPLACER Classic: Sentence Skills 0-37
ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Language Usage and ESL Sentence Skills 0-43

Course Placement Criteria for Reading

Courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite

High School GPA: 2.6 or higher
ACT Reading Sub-Score: 21 or higher
ACT Reading Sub-Score: 19-20 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
SAT ERBW Score: 480 or higher
SAT ERBW Score: 440-479 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
MCA Reading (10th Grade): 1047
MCA Reading (10th Grade): 1042-1046 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 250 or higher
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 226-249 & High School GPA: 2.5-2.59
ACCUPLACER Classic: Read 78-120

Read 0960 Reading and Study Skills

High School GPA: 2.0 - 2.59 
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 235-249
ACCUPLACER Classic: Read 60-77
ACCUPLACER Classic: ESL Reading Skills 110-120

Read 0860 Reading Skills

High School GPA: less than 2.0
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 215-234
ACCUPLACER Classic: Read 38-59
ACCUPLACER Classic: ESL Reading Skills 97-109

English for Academic Purposes 0855 Reading & Vocabulary 2

Determined by results of the writing assessment
 ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Reading Skills 73-96

English for Academic Purposes 0850 Reading & Vocabulary 1

Determined by results of the writing assessment
 ACCCUPLACER Classic: ESL Reading Skills 50-72

Adult Basic Education

Determined by results of the writing assessment
ACCUPLACER Next Gen: Read 200-214
ACCUPLACER Classic: Read 0-23
ACCUPLACER Classic: ESL Reading Skills 0 -49