Placement Test (COVID-19)

Academic Readiness and Placement Testing During COVID-19

Due to our ongoing efforts to ensure the health and safety of our students during the COVID-19 pandemic, significant modifications to our existing placement practices are required. Most notably, this includes suspending all in-person and online course placement testing and services until further notice.

As Minnesota State transitions to alternative delivery and support models, we continue to focus on ensuring fair, equitable, and consistent approaches that build upon established national best practices without compromising access or opportunity. This guidance applies to all students who do not currently have a valid course placement on record.


1. Cumulative high school grade point average (HS GPA)

A. Reading. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.6 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in courses that designate college-level reading skills as a prerequisite

B. Writing. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.6 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in a college-level writing course and in courses that designate college-level writing skills as a prerequisite.

C. Mathematics. A student who presents a HS GPA of 2.8 or higher must be given a placement of college-level that allows for enrollment in College Algebra. A college or university may establish lower minimum HS GPA score(s) for placement into introductory college-level mathematics courses other than College Algebra and for developmental mathematics courses. A college or university may establish higher minimum score(s) for placement into a higher-level mathematics course(s).

Self-reported HS GPA must be accepted in the absence of an official, transcripted GPA.

For purposes of course placement, HS GPA is valid for a period of up to 10 years from the date of high school graduation or, if the student has not yet graduated, from the date submitted.

and/or

2. Eligible ACCUPLACER scores (i.e., Classic or Next Generation ACCUPLACER).

A. Scores already on file may be used. All benchmarks and validity windows apply as outlined within System Procedure 3.3.1.

B. Remote proctoring of the Next Generation ACCUPLACER is suspended at this time due to availability of resources. College Board will continue to investigate viable options. Minnesota State will monitor those opportunities and communicate solutions as they become available.

and/or

3. Eligible ACT, SAT, and/or MCA scores