3.3.2 Assessment for Course Placement

In accordance with MNSCU Board Policy 3.3, Part 2, Subpart A, http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/303p1.html, Alexandria Technical & Community College is implementing the following Assessment for Course Placement policy that addresses how student knowledge and skills are assessed for course placement decisions. Alexandria Technical & Community College's policy is in accordance to MNSCU Procedure 3.3.1, Assessment for Course Placement, http://www.mnscu.edu/board/procedure/303p1.html.

All students entering Alexandria Technical & Community College shall take the Accuplacer assessment prior to registering for courses. Students may be exempted from the Accuplacer assessment at ATCC based on the following criteria:

  1. documentation of Accuplacer scores;
    1. test date within three (3) years for courses with reading or writing pre-requisites
    2. test date within two (2) years for courses with math pre-requisites
  2. documentation of ACT scores;
    1. test date within three (3) years for courses with reading or writing pre-requisites
    2. test date within two (2) years for courses with math pre-requisites
  3. documentation of Advanced Placement exam score of 2 or higher in related area(s) taken within the last three years;
  4. documentation of completion (D or higher) of equivalent English course for writing exemption, equivalent math course for math exemption, and reading intensive course for reading exemption from a postsecondary institution;
  5. documentation of completion (C or higher) of an equivalent developmental reading, English, or math course from a postsecondary institution completed within the last five years;
  6. documentation of completion of a degree from a post secondary institution (for students enrolled in a program that does not have a math requirement);
  7. undeclared students who wish to take a developmental course;
  8. enrollment exclusively in non-credit courses or programs;
  9. enrollment exclusively in Farm Business Management.

Retest Policy

Students will be allowed one retest per semester and will be charged a $5 retest fee. PSEO students will not be assessed the retest fee.

Appeals Process

Students may appeal the assessment decisions through the academic appeals process.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 04/19/10
Last Date Revised: 03/11/10