Course Placement & Testing

Course Placement & Testing

All Minnesota State colleges require students to provide evidence of reading, writing and/or math skills for placement into certain college level courses to ensure students have the academic knowledge to succeed.  If course placement is a requirement for the program you are studying, you will need to have your course placement determined before registering for courses.  Students can view their current Placement Levels through their e-service account.

Uncertain about your course placement?  Fill out the CLC Course Placement Survey and you will receive an email informing you of your next steps.

Determining Course Placement

Previous College Coursework
If you have successfully completed a college degree or college-level coursework in English and/or Math this may meet course placement requirements.  Please submit an official transcript to CLC for transfer evaluation.

High School GPA
If you are a current High School student or graduated from High School within the past ten years your GPA may meet course placement requirements.  To determine your Placement Level(s) please check your e-services account.

Need to submit a High School GPA?  Fill out the CLC Course Placement Survey and enter your High School GPA, then you will receive a follow up email informing you of your next steps.

ACT, MCA, SAT, and/or Accuplacer scores
If you have taken an ACT, MCA, SAT, or Accuplacer test within the past five years your scores may meet course placement requirements.  To determine your Placement Level(s) please check your e-services account.

Need to submit test scores?  Send scores to Course Placement staff listed at the bottom on this page.

Take the Accuplacer Placement Test

If you do not meet course placement requirements using one of the options listed above you may consider taking the Accuplacer Placement Test.  This test helps to determine your current skill level and therefore make informed course placement decisions.

To help you save time and money it is important to prepare prior to taking the Accuplacer test.  Schedule an Accuplacer Placement Test using the calendar below.

Guided Self Placement
If you do not meet course placement requirements using one of the options listed above you may choose to place yourself into coursework without additional information about your current skill level.

To start this process please complete a Guided Self Placement Agreement.  Once this form is submitted please schedule an appointment with an academic advisor.

Schedule an Accuplacer Test Session

You may schedule a Accuplacer Test Session at our Brainerd campus,  Staples campus or virtually.  Please allow up to 3 hours if you need to take both reading and math sections.

The following is needed to take the Accuplacer:

• On campus Accuplacers – Please make sure you bring a photo ID

• Virtual Accuplacers –A computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and auto capabilities is required.  Other devices such as cell phones, iPads, Microsoft Surfaces, or other tablets will NOT work.

Any questions regarding an Accuplacer Test session, please contact Megan Kath (Brainerd or virtual) 218-855-8019 Megan.Kath@clcmn.edu or Gayle Wonders (Staples) 218-894-5114 gayle.wonders@clcmn.edu

To test at another Minnesota State campus first contact CLC to get a voucher.  If you are a student from another Minnesota State college who would like to test at CLC, please contact your home institution and receive a voucher before registering for an Accuplacer Test Session at CLC.

Questions about course placement?

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