Student Success Center

Accuplacer Testing

The purpose of the assessment test is to provide you and the college with information about your current academic skill levels in reading and mathematics. Your scores will be used to determine if you are ready for college level courses or if College Prep courses in English or Math are needed.   

Accuplacer testing is required for: 

  • New students registering for credit-based courses
  • All PSEO students
  • Returning students or transfer students who have not either taken the Accuplacer test at another institution or successfully completed a college-level math and/or college-level English course.

Students are not required to take the Accuplacer test if they have:

  • ACT sub-score of at least 16 in reading and 22 in math. 
  • An ACT score of 21 in reading is required for ENGL 1101 Freshman English.
  • Students whose sub-scores are lower in one of these areas must take the Accuplacer test in that area.
  • Riverland does not use ACT composite scores.

Accuplacer and ACT test scores are valid three years for reading and two years for math.

If you have taken the Accuplacer test at another college or have completed a college level math and/or English course at another college, please send an official copy of your scores/grades to the Admissions Office.    

What will I be tested on? Reading: You will be asked to read a passage and then answer several questions about the passage. Mathematics: This portion measures your understanding of arithmetic through problem solving. Skills in operations of whole numbers and fractions, decimals and percents, ratios, measurement, and geometry will be assessed.

How will I be tested? You will take the tests using a computer. You will communicate with the computer by using the keyboard or the mouse to enter your answers. A test proctor will be present if you need assistance. The tests are not timed and no prior computer skills are required.

Can I fail a test? NO! These tests indicate your current skill level – not your potential. However, you will want to study for the test to make sure you do your very best.

Can I retake the test? Yes, you may retake all or a portion of the test. There is a $20 retest fee. Please refer to the retest policy for the specific guidelines.  

Can accommodations be made for students with a disability? Riverland offers accommodations for Accuplacer for students with a documented disability.  The Accuplacer assessment is not timed and all sessions offered on  campus are physically accessible.  If you require other accommodations for Accuplacer, please fill out the Request for Accuplacer Accommodations form. If you have questions or need assistance, call 507-433-0646. There is no fee for this service.

What if English is not my primary language? If English is not your first language, you may be given an ESL assessment. The Accuplacer ESL test assesses the English skills of students who have learned English as an additional language to their native or first language. The Accuplacer ESL test is divided into three sections: reading skills, sentence meaning and language usage.


Your test scores and the information you provide when taking the tests will be used by the college for counseling and advising purposes. It may also be used by Riverland and the College Board or Educational Testing Service for research purposes. Your test information will not be used for any other reason without your permission. If the data is used for research purposes, special precautions will be taken to ensure that your identity is kept confidential.


Upcoming Accuplacer dates:

 Mar. 11 Austin 9am
Mar. 19 Albert Lea 1pm
Mar. 25 Austin 1 pm
Apr. 7 Owatonna 10am
Apr. 8 Austin 9am
Apr. 16 Albert Lea 1pm

Register for Accuplacer


If you have questions concerning ACCUPLACER Testing, call 507-433-0600 or 800-247-5039.