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Minnesota State College Southeast
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Course Placement/Testing 

Minnesota State College Southeast's course placement process determines a student's readiness for coursework in reading, writing, and mathematics. Course placement helps you register for the prerequisite courses and program courses that you need. To view your current course placement levels you may log into eServices and look under the "Courses and Registration" tab.

New Students

If you have never attended college before, we can establish course placement based on the following:

  • ACT, SAT scores taken within the past 5 years. Many students take ACT exams in the 10th and 11th grade. Send scores to
  • Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCA) scores in reading and math taken within the last 5 years. Send scores to
  • High School Grade Point Average (GPA) if you graduated in the past 10 years. Your GPA is supplied when you apply for admission.
  • Next-Generation Accuplacer Placement Testing. Learn more about the scheduling the Accuplacer test.
  • Self-directed placement. If you are unable to provide records as listed above or take the Accuplacer, you can establish course placement through the Self-directed Placement process. Please see your advisor to assist with Self-directed Placement.    

Current and returning students

MSC Southeast will honor the highest valid course placement scores on file from the list below:

  • High School GPA if you graduated in the past 10 years
  • ACT, SAT, or MCA scores within the past 5 years
  • Previous College Credit
  • AP, CLEP, and IB
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Test
    --Math test scores are valid for 2 years
    --Reading test scores are valid for 5 years

Transfer Students

If you have attended another college or university you may have already satisfied course placement requirements. See the Submit Documents page for specifics on sending your transcripts to MSC Southeast.

Visiting Students

Visiting students who are taking just one or two classes must meet the course prerequisites and placement requirements. You may be exempt based on previously completed college coursework.

High School Students

To learn more about course placement for high school students, see the PSEO/Concurrent Enrollment Student Eligibility page.

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