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New Student Assessment and Orientation

New Student Assessment

All new students are required to complete The Accuplacer assessment testing. The Accuplacer s a test of reading, writing, and mathematics that Rochester Community and Technical College (RCTC) uses to determine how your skill levels meet course prerequisites to ensure your success in college.

Students who have not successfully completed English and Math college coursework at a NCA Accredited school are required to attend an on campus assessment testing unless they live so far away from our campus that taking the test here is not feasible. It may be possible to take the test at another location. Fellow Minnesota State College and University System institutions may allow students to complete the test at their institution even though they will attend RCTC. Contact the Welcome Center at (507) 285-7557 for more information.

Accuplacer information, exemptions and sample questions.


Student Orientation - Online or On Campus?

RCTC offers entirely online students the option to complete orientation and registration on campus or entirely online. The orientation is designed to ensure you are prepared to succeed at RCTC. Registration introduces you to an essential tool to be used during your enrollment - the college web portal.

If RCTC is the closest campus to your home, and you have not completed English and Math college coursework at a NCA Accredited school, it is in your best interest to attend an on-campus orientation. You can complete both the Accuplacer assessment, complete orientation, and register in one visit. Evening sessions are available. All other students may complete the orientation online.

An invitation to orientation will be sent to you via mail or e-mail after your acceptance to RCTC.


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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