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Testing Center

Testing services for future and current students

Contact Information

Testing Center

testingcenter@inverhills.edu
651-450-3650
CC290

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Hours

Mon. - Wed.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. arrival time (doors close at 6 p.m.)

Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m., arrival time (doors close at 8 p.m.)

Fri.: 8 a.m. - 10 a.m., arrival time (doors close at 12 p.m.)

Summer Hours

May 31st - Aug. 8th

Mon. - Thurs.: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. arrival time (doors close at 6 p.m.)

Fridays: Closed

Special Hours

On the following dates the Testing Center will be closing early at 2:00 p.m. (last arrival time 12 noon) due to TEAS testing

June 29th, July 20th

Upcoming Closures

May 29th, July 3rd, July 4th, Sept. 4th

CLEP testing (Mon. and Wed. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.) by appointment only - Please contact the Testing Center to make an appointment.

GED testing by appointment only- Please register by going to https://ged.com/

Proctor, Make-Up and Accuplacer testing is primarily walk in, however, if you would like to make an appointment for a guaranteed spot you can contact us by phone at 651-450-3650 or email at testingcenter@inverhills.edu.

Placement Testing

Testing goals

Our goal is to place you in courses appropriate to your abilities and experience. When you take assessment tests in reading, mathematics and English, your scores will indicate which English or mathematics courses are appropriate for you. Assessment tests are not timed and provide immediate results that predict college readiness.

The Testing Center is located in College Center 290, next to the Welcome Desk. When you come to the Testing Center to take an assessment test, you will need to show a government-issued picture I.D.

What is an assessment?

Inver Hills uses a computerized assessment inventory (given free of charge) called ACCUPLACER, which was developed by the College Board to provide information about skill levels in reading, writing and mathematics. All items on the assessment are multiple choice. Taking your assessment seriously is very important and you should try to do your best. Math assessment scores are valid for two years. Reading and English assessment scores are valid for three years.

  • Reading comprehension assessment measures your understanding of what you read.
  • Mathematics assessment measures your understanding of arithmetic, elementary algebra and/or college-level mathematics; you will automatically be advanced to higher levels on the mathematics assessment based on your skill level and number of correct responses.

How will the assessment results be used?

Your assessment results will be used to determine initial course placements in reading, writing and mathematics. Some students may receive placements in developmental courses (numbered below 1000); these courses do not count toward a college degree, but they do count toward credit totals for financial aid eligibility, insurance and academic progress. Developmental courses are designed to help you learn the skills you need for success in college-level courses; you must complete the courses within your first 30 semester credits.

Who must take the assessments?

Inver Hills requires that new students either (1) take the assessments before they attend orientation, or (2) demonstrate that they have completed courses or assessments that indicate their level of achievement (see outline below). Transcripts or test scores must be submitted.

Exceptions

  • Part-time students registering under the limited-enrollment option, who are not taking math and English classes, are not required to take the assessment.
  • You have completed the Inver Hills assessments in the past two years, and you are registering for the appropriate English and math courses based on these assessments.
  • You have completed the prerequisites at Inver Hills for the English and math courses in which you plan to enroll and you received grades of "C" or higher in the prerequisites; you took the math prerequisite in the past two years.
  • You completed an ACCUPLACER assessment at another college in the past two years and your assessment results are on file at Inver Hills; scores from approved assessment inventories should be mailed to the address below for evaluation.
  • You have completed approved prerequisites at another college for the English and math courses in which you plan to enroll, and you received grades of "C" or higher in the prerequisites; an official copy of your transcript with the prerequisites must be on file at Inver Hills, and the courses must be approved by the college to satisfy prerequisite requirements; math prerequisites must have been completed in the last two years.
  • Students who have taken their ACT's within the last five years and have received scores of 21 in Reading, 18 in English, and 22 in Math or higher.
  • Students who have taken their SAT within the last five years and have received scores of 530 in Math and 480 in Evidence Based Writing.
  • Students who have taken their MCA's within the last five years and have received a Math score of 1148 (placement into Statistics), 1150 (placement in Math for Liberal Arts), 1158 (placement into College Algebra)

Where do I take the assessments?

Assessments are given in College Center 290 (next to the Welcome Desk) and take approximately two hours to complete. You must have a government-issued picture I.D. with you when you come to take your assessments.

You can also take the ACCUPLACER by appointment at South of the River Education Center. Register on this page or call Stephanie at 952-703-3128 to make an appointment.

When can I take the assessments?

No appointment is necessary, however, guaranteed testing is available by email at testingcenter@inverhills.edu.

On regular class days in fall and spring semesters, Testing Center hours are:

  • Monday – Wednesday: Arrive between 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. to complete an assessment.
  • Thursday: Arrive between 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. to complete an assessment.
  • Friday: Arrive between 8 – 10 a.m. to complete an assessment.

Can I fail the assessments?

No, the assessments indicate your current skill level, not your potential.

Will the assessments affect my acceptance to Inver Hills?

No, the assessments will not affect your acceptance to the college. However, the results may affect acceptance into some programs at the college, such as Nursing, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) or Post Secondary Enrollment Options (PSEO).

Are there alternative formats for students with disabilities?

Yes, if you have a documented disability that requires accommodations, please contact us at 651-450-3650 before testing to arrange accommodations.

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