ACCUPLACER placement testing is required of all new students.
The following ACT or SAT exam scores may exempt students from ACCUPLACER testing if they have been taken within three years of the date of acceptance:
Math Score ≥ 22
English Score ≥ 20
Reading Score ≥ 480
Math Score ≥ 520
English Score ≥ 440
Exempt from writing: Students that have scored a 3.5 or higher on the Montana University System Writing Assessment (MUSWA), a 7 or higher on the SAT Writing Essay, an 18 or higher on the combined English/Writing section of the ACT, or a 7 or higher on the Writing section of the ACT may be exempt from the writing portion of the ACCUPLACER test .
Exempt from mathematics: Students who have successfully completed college-level mathematics and writing courses at an accredited college or university do not need to take the relevant portion of the ACCUPLACER placement test or provide test scores. All students must present reading test scores through ACCUPLACER, ACT or SAT, unless they have has already been awarded a two- or four-year degree from an accredited college or university. DCC’s Admissions Office must receive official transcripts in order to extend these exemptions.
Students who do not meet the requirements for exemption, which prove their readiness for college level work, are required to take the recommended courses in their first semester. Students who score below college-level on the Reading and Writing ACCUPLACER test will be limited to developmental coursework until they either complete and pass the necessary developmental class or improve their ACCUPLACER test scores.
ACCUPLACER assessment results are used by academic advisors to place students into courses that are consistent with their skill level. Many college courses have pre-requisites of a basic aptitude in reading and writing before a student may enroll in that course. Therefore, a student who does not complete required developmental reading, writing, or math coursework during the first semester may jeopardize their ability to carry a full load of classes by their second semester and graduate within a two year period.
ACCUPLACER scores will be valid for one year from the date of the original assessment, and students are permitted no more than two retests per subject area each semester.
ACCUPLACER Scheduling and Costs
If you are attending Dawson Community College the full ACCUPLACER battery (reading, writing, and mathematics) is Free.
Though ACCUPLACER is untimed, please plan at least one and a half to two hours to complete your ACCUPLACER testing. Please keep in mind the hours we are open when you call to schedule your ACCUPLACER testing appointment. To schedule, please call 406-377-9400.
ACCUPLACER Study Materials
Sample ACCUPLACER questions are available on the ACCUPLACER website
You may also download the free study app for the ACCUPLACER Reading, Writing, and Math tests at their website by providing an email address and creating a password.
There is a “Learn as You Go” mode with instant feedback on each question you answer of a “Sample Test” mode to give you an entire test before scoring your answers.
Remote ACCUPLACER Testing
The DCC Adult Education and Career Center is also a ACCUPLACER remote testing site. DCC students who cannot take the test at DCC should set up a remote test at an official ACCUPLACER testing center near them (please note that the ACCUPLACER may not be taken at home or at any institution or business that is not specifically authorized to offer ACCUPLACER). These students will need to schedule their remote test through the DCC Adult Education and Career Center, and Center staff can help students determine the remote testing center nearest them. Students will be responsible for paying any fees required by the remote testing site.
Students needing to take a ACCUPLACER test for another institution should register through that institution, then schedule a testing time at DCC.