Accuplacer English and Reading scores are valid for 3 years while Math scores are good for 2 years (ACT and SAC score follow the same rule).

The Accuplacer is required for all students unless meeting one of the 3 following exceptions listed below:

1. ACT Scores*

  • 21 - Reading Score to be waived of reading
  • 18 - English Scores to be waived of sentence skills
  • 22 - Math Score to be waived of math

2. SAT Scores

  • 500 - Reading Score to be waived of reading
  • 500 - English Score to be waived of sentence skills
  • 500 - Math Score to be waived of math

3. Completion of an Equivalent College Level Course on received Official Transcript
College level course (100 or above) has been completed with passing grade of C or higher (or a D or higher for Minnesota State system schools) for the applicable accuplacer exam subject area (Reading, English, or Math course). Official transcript must be received by South Central College.

Please contact the Admissions Office at 507-389-7200 or 707-332-5800, if you have any questions or concerns about being waived of the Accuplacer course placement exam or if you encounter problems when trying to register. 

Students with a qualifying disability can arrange to take the Accuplacer with accommodations by contacting Susan Mucha, Disability Accommodation Coordinator at 507-389-7453, or 1-800-722-9359 ext. 7453, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you do not have a high school diploma or GED you will need to arrange to take the Ability to Benefit Accuplacer Exam with the Director of Admissions and Advising.  Please contact the Admissions Office via the phone numbers provided above.

Sign up for Accuplacer on the Faribault campus
Sign up for Accuplacer on the North Mankato campus

If you can't get to SCC to complete the Accuplacer there are other options.
If you live within the state of Minnesota, but far enough away that taking the test here is not feasible, it may be possible to take the test at another location. Other Minnesota State system colleges and universities will allow you to complete the Accuplacer exam at their institution even though you will attend SCC. Please contact the Admissions Team at (507) 389-7200 and we will create a Voucher for you to take the test at another location or we will help you with setting up distance proctoring.  If you are using a Voucher make sure and provide this to the proctor at the time that you check in so that you get set up for the correct exam.

Accuplacer Course Placement Preparation:

Free Study App - Click here to obtain an access code for a FREE Study App that you can download. This study app features practice tests in Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra, College-Level Math, Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills. The Study App includes the following features:

    • Sample Tests
    • "Learn As You Go" feature that provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes an explanation for the correct response
    • Save your work-in-progress, and resume practicing at a later time
    • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weakness
    • 6 months of access

Other Accuplacer resources:
Official College Board sample questions and practice assessments
General Accuplacer Test Preparation
Math Skills

Accuplacer Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

How do I interpret my Accuplacer scores and which courses I am prepared to take?
After you take the Accuplacer Exam you will be given a copy of your test scores, with information on which South Central College courses you should be taking based on the Accuplacer scores.  You can review the score requirements and associated South Central College courses via the pdfAccuplacer_Placement_Chart. If you have met with an academic advisor after taking the Accuplacer exam, and you still have questions about your Accuplacer score results, please contact our Admissions Team at (507) 389-7200.

How long does the Accuplacer assessment last?
The test is self-paced. Please allow at least two hours to take the test.

What do I need to bring when I am scheduled to test?
All testers are required to bring a form of photo ID (driver's license, school ID, passport, etc.).

Can I bring a calculator or dictionary?
An outside calculator is not allowed during testing; however, one will be available within the assessment if it is allowed in a particular section.  Dictionaries and other materials are not allowed in the testing area.

When will I get my results?
Results are available immediately after testing. You can meet with an Advisor after testing to discuss your individual results.

Can I fail the assessment?
No. These tests assess your current skill level, not your potential.

How long are test scores valid?
Test scores for Reading/English areas are valid for 3 years and Math scores (starting with Arithmetic) are valid for 2 years from the date of testing.

Can I retake the Accuplacer?
The Minnesota State system does not have a retesting policy; however, SCC does allow retesting but strongly encourages you to take time to study before retaking the exam.  When doing a retest, you can choose to retest in one area or to retake the entire Accuplacer assessment.  You may not retest on the same day.  Study resources are provided above, and if you need study resources beyond those provided above, please visit the South Central College library.  After the initial Accuplacer exam, there is a $10.00/assessment fee which must be payable to the SCC Bookstore prior to taking the exam.  Please bring this receipt to the testing site when you plan to retest.