Testing Center

COVID-19: Placement Test Suspended

Due to COVID-19, the Accuplacer Placement Test will NOT be administered or required.
We will instead be using high school GPA and/or ACT/SAT/MCA scores to determine course placement.

Placement Test

To ensure academic success, new students at Itasca are required to take a placement test. The College Board Placement Test, Accuplacer, assesses skill levels in English composition, mathematics and reading. Test results are used to determine the appropriate course placement. Placement tests are offered on a regular basis throughout the year and the first set of tests are free.

A student who meets one of the following criteria and can provide documentation may be exempt from taking the assessment:

  • The student has a college degree.
  • The student has passed college level math and/or English classes with a grade of "C" or higher.
  • The student has been assessed within the last three years.
  • On the ACT test, students who have an English sub-score of 18 or a reading sub-score of 21 are exempt from taking the English and reading test and are ready for college-level English and reading classes. An ACT sub-score in Math of 22 means the student is ready to enroll in college algebra, statistics or contemporary math.

If you want to take the placement test at Itasca, please review the Placement Test Schedule and make an appointment online. If you have a disability or a temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, please contact Disability Services at 218-322-2433 V/TTY.

You may wish to prepare for the placement test by reviewing the following sample questions and study materials:

Placement results do not determine admission to Itasca, however they do determine course placement. If your scores indicate pre-college level placements you must enroll and complete the required courses with a C- or higher before you can continue to the next course in the sequence i.e. English 91 - Fundamentals of Written English to English 1101 - Composition I. If your scores are below the lowest level of developmental coursework, you may be referred to Adult Basic Education (ABE) .

You are expected to complete all courses numbered below 1000 prior to the completion of 30 credits.

If you are not satisfied with your placement results, you may retest once per subject area. A $10 retest fee will be charged. Retest options apply only to initial course placements. Once you have begun any course in English composition or math, you may not use the retest option to attempt to change your placement. To appeal initial course placement, contact a counselor or advisor.

Course enrollment may be canceled if you do not follow the placement test requirement. Course refunds may not be issued for inappropriate registration.

General Education Development (GED)

Itasca Community College is an official General Educational Development (GED) testing center. The tests are high school equivalency examinations, which are designed for persons at least 19 years of age who are not Currently enrolled in high school. Age waivers are required for anyone under 19 years of age. Components of the test include English usage, essay writing, social studies, science, reading and mathematics. To register go to www.myged.com. Contact Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390 if you have questions.

External Studies

The Testing Center provides proctoring services for students who are in external study programs. There is a $10 proctor fee per test for non-Minnesota State testers. Persons wishing to schedule a test may contact Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390.

ACT Testing

Itasca Community College is an official site for ACT testing. ACT tests take place on various Saturdays throughout the academic year. To register for the test, contact ACT directly at www.act.org.


Students must register online at www.atitesting.com. You must create an ATI student account where you will be prompted to pay for and schedule a date for your exam. (NOTE: The testing fee has increased to $71.00). Be sure to write down your login credentials and bring them with you on test day. The TEAS test measures your knowledge and skills in the areas of science, math, language and reading. Study materials are available online from ATI Testing. For additional questions, contact Elizabeth Gillman 218-322-2390.

Comira Testing

Itasca Community College is an official testing center for Comira. Comira offers computer based exams for a wide variety of organizations. For a full list of organizations with tests available, and to register for tests, please visit the Comira Website. Persons interested in more information can call Elizabeth Gillman at 218-322-2390.

NES Tests (National Evaluation Series)

The Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills test replaced the discontinued MTLE test, effective August 30, 2016. MTLE candidates are required to take three Minnesota NES Essential Academic Skills (EAS) sub-tests: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. You may take one, two, or all three sub-tests at one test appointment.]

For more information regarding the test, visit the NES website.

To sign-up for the tests, visit the NES registration page.

Make Up Tests

Students who need to make up a test can do so during regular Testing Center hours. It is the student's responsibility to contact their instructor and have the test sent down to the Testing Center. There are sign up sheets outside the Testing Center door for students who are interested in taking a test.

Testing Center Hours

Tuesday & Thursday

12:30 - 3:30 pm

Elizabeth Gillman


Please call or stop in to make an appointment. Walk-in testing is not always available.