Placement Testing and the Minnesota State Assessment Policy

Normandale Community College follows the guidelines of assessment for course placement set forth by the Minnesota State System. Placement testing is intended to help new entering students understand their current level of academic readiness so that they can be placed into the courses in which they can be successful. Placement test results also allow the college to identify changes in the academic readiness of each cohort of new entering students.

If placement test results indicate that a student is not ready for college-level coursework in reading, writing or mathematics, developmental coursework must be completed before the student will be allowed to register for courses in related academic subjects.

Students who are dissatisfied with any of their placement test scores may retest twice in each section every 12 month period, regardless of where the test was administered (including other Minnesota State colleges or universities). There is a fee for retaking each section of the test.

Accuplacer mathematics placement test results are valid for two years; Accuplacer reading and English are valid for three years. 

Visit Placement Testing on the Normandale website for additional information.