Normandale's placement testing process is used to determine a student's readiness for specific college courses. Placement testing measures reading, writing, and mathematics skills and is used to assist students with the selection of appropriate courses to help assure a student's success upon entering Normandale. Placement tests are not timed and provide immediate results that predict college readiness.
A student may be eligible for placement test waivers based on score reports from ACT, SAT, Mn Comprehensve Assessnent (MCA), Advance Placement (AP) College Level Examination Program (CLEP), International Baccalaureate (IB) or completion of college-level coursework from and accredited college or university. All students are encouraged to submit official high school transcripts and transcripts of previous college-level coursework.
For more information see the Frequently Asked Questions for Placement Testing (PDF).
Scheduling the Placement Tests
Placement testing is currently available by reservation AFTER March 4, 2019 (only during the week). (Testing is not offered on holidays and some non-class days.) The dates and times are available on our reservation website.
PLEASE NOTE: Reservations are taken on a first come, first served basis. When a session has filled, it will no longer appear on the reservation calendar. Your student Tech ID number is required to make a reservation. You will receive a confirmation email with the date and time of your testing. Check-in will begin 30 minutes prior to the starting time. An acceptable form of photo is required.
- A student must present an acceptable form of photo identification (PDF) to take the tests - no exceptions.
- The tests are not timed. Please allow at least 3 hours if taking all three tests.
- Personal calculators are not permitted. However, a calculator will appear when needed for certain math problems. Scratch paper is also provided.
- Cell phones and pages must be turned off. No unnecessary materials are allowed.
- Academic honesty will be upheld! Violators will forfeit the privilege of using testing services and enrollment at Normandale may be jeopardized.
- Course placement is mandatory based on the test results.
- No children are allowed in the testing center.
- No children may be left unattended outside the testing center.
Students who may need accommodations for placement tests because of a disability should contact the Office for Students with Disabilities staff at (952) 358-8625 or email OSD@normandale.edu.
Preparing for Placement Tests
Information is available on how to prepare for the placement tests.
Understanding your Score Reports
An Admissions Representative can review your score report with if you need help understanding what the placement results mean (PDF). The results are used to determine initial course placements in reading, writing and mathematics. Your assessment results in reading and writing are valid for three years, math results are valid for two years.
College-level courses at Normandale are numbered 1000 and above.
Developmental courses or below college-level courses, are numbered below 1000. Some students may receive placement into developmental courses. While these courses do not count towards a college degree they do count towards eligibility for financial aid, insurance and academic progress.
An Adult Basic Education (ABE) score (PDF) indicates a student's basic skill level in reading, writing or math will need improvement. Recommendations for community resources will also be available to assist the student in improving these skills. Students with ABE results in either reading or writing should see a Normandale Representative to determine the best options for moving forward.
Normandale offers an excellent program through the Department of English called English for Academic Purposes (EAP) to help students prepare for the many English language demands of their future academic careers. Lack of English skills will not be a barrier to admission or participation. Students whose first language is not English may begin with the Accuplacer ESL test. It includes sections on Reading Comprehension, Language Usage, Sentence Meaning. The placement tests will place you into the correct level of our program, the level where you will be most successful.
A student may re-test twice per test section (3 times) within 12 months of the first testing date regardless of where the test was administered. (This will include placement testing completed at other Minnesota State colleges or universities.)
There is a $10 retesting fee per section which must be paid prior to checking in for retesting.
Forms of payment are cash, check or credit card.
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If students are dissatisfied with their retest scores, they may appeal their placement level by completing a Placement Testing Appeal form, which is available from the Office of Admissions.
You must provide appropriate documentation to support the appeal. If necessay, you will be contacted by faculty from the appropriate academic area to schedule an appointment. The designated faculty member will determine final course placement.
If you are not able to take the placement tests at Normandale you may be able to complete your tests at another location. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information.
Transferring Score Reports
Students may request to have ACCUPLACER test scores from another institution evaluated for course placement by Normandale by submitting a copy of the test results. Students who want a copy of their ACCUPLACER test scores taken at Normandale forwarded to another institution should email email@example.com.