New Student Assessment
Because students have varying strengths and weaknesses, all Ridgewater College students are required to take the New Student Assessment (Accuplacer). The assessment results will provide you and your academic advisor with information about your skills in reading and mathematics to guide you in selecting courses most suited to your needs.
Once you are accepted to Ridgewater, you must take the New Student Assessment before you register for classes. The assessment includes sections in reading and math. Students may be exempt from all or portions of the assessment if they have taken the ACT and have obtained a reading area score of 21 or higher or a mathematics score of 22 or higher.
If you have taken the ACT and have obtained a reading area score of 21 or higher or a mathematics score of 22 or higher, please forward your ACT results to the admissions office.
A photo ID is required when you come in for your testing session.
Call 1-800-722-1151 or select a campus to schedule your assessment exam.
Frequently Asked Questions
- How will the assessment scores be used?
While you should try to do your best, please keep in mind that there is no passing or failing score. The results will NOT be used for admission, and the scores will NOT affect your course grades. Instead, your scores will help you and your advisor choose the courses that are best suited to your present skills.
Once you have completed the assessment, Ridgewater College will communicate your scores to you. You also will receive recommendations of courses that match your skills and needs. Scores and recommendations will be shared with your advisor who will help you interpret them and help you select the proper courses with the goal of placing you in courses that are correct for you.
- How long does the assessment take?
Ridgewater College administers the College Board Accuplacer, which is endorsed by the Minnesota State system. This assessment is administered using a computer and is not timed. However, you should plan on taking approximately one hour to complete all sections. Please allow yourself plenty of time. Remember, this is your first step in achieving your educational goals.
- Can special arrangements be made for students with disabilities?
Yes. If you have a disability that will prevent you from taking the tests under standard conditions, you may request special accommodations. Requests for accommodations should be made directly to the college in advance of testing. The admissions office will be able to inform you of the office or person to contact regarding these arrangements. There is no charge for these accommodations.
Accuplacer Practice Tests
Practice resources are available at:
Notebooks, dictionaries, calculators or other papers of any kind (except for scrap paper provided by the assessment administrator for use with the math tests) are not allowed in the room. Anyone who gives or receives help during the assessment, or uses notes or books of any kind, will not be permitted to continue. Following the assessment, no materials or notes may be removed from the room. Your college may cancel any score if there is reason to question the validity.
Scores and the information provided when taking the assessment will be used by the college for counseling and placement purposes. It may also be used by Ridgewater and the College Board or Educational Testing Service for research purposes. Your information will not be used for any other reason without your permission. If the data is used for research purposes, special precautions will be taken to ensure that your identity is kept confidential. Any data received by ETS will be held for no more than three years. If you have any questions about the confidentiality of the data you have provided or about your test scores, see the College’s assessment administrator.