Students can demonstrate their academic readiness to enroll in credit-bearing college-level courses through multiple options of assessments.
- Students can submit subject area test scores from a nationally-normed college entrance exam, such as the ACT or SAT, to demonstrate academic readiness to enroll in college level courses and waive Accuplacer testing. Check with local campuses on the benchmarks required for college level course placement.
- Starting in the 2017-2018 academic year, students can submit subject area test scores from the high school Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) in reading and math to demonstrate academic readiness to enroll in college level courses and waive Accuplacer testing. Students whose grade 10 MCA Reading and/or grade 11 MCA Mathematics scores that meet the designated benchmark in the subject area, within the validation window, are not required to take a developmental level course in that subject area. This link provides more information for Minnesota State campuses and secondary schools on how the MCAs are used.
- Students can complete an assessment for course placement called the Accuplacer. Subject area test scores from the Accuplacer are used to demonstrate academic readiness to enroll in college level courses. This link provides more information on the Accuplacer.
If a student does not meet the guideline scores as referenced above, they may require additional coursework in foundational academic skills to improve their likelihood of success prior to enrolling in a credit bearing college level class. In these instances, a student may be recommended or required to enroll in a developmental level course and successfully complete the course prior to enrolling in the college level course. Developmental courses are designed to build academic readiness in reading, English and math. These courses are eligible for financial aid, are credit bearing, but cannot be used to count towards a college degree. Thus, although RRCC is open access, course placement potentially does have an impact on the number of courses a student may be required to take to complete their identified degree pathway.