Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs)

As a parent/guardian, you may opt your student out of MCA testing. If you choose to opt out, you will need to download and complete this form: MCA Opt Out Form
Please either email the completed copy to our District Assessment Coordinator, Adrianna Black Bull, at [email protected], or send via mail to our Saint Paul office.

A survey will be sent to parents/guardians in January to sign up for a testing location, date and time. MCA testing takes place between March and May. Testing locations are determined by where students are located across the state. Previous testing locations include: St. Paul, Blaine, Maple Grove, Duluth, Rochester, Saint Peter, Detroit Lakes, Willmar, Walker.

Testing LocationDates AvailableTime
AustinMarch 13
March 14
MankatoMarch 14
March 15
ShakopeeApril 1
April 24
BlaineApril 412PM
Fargo, NDApril 25
April 26
AlexandriaApril 263PM

Frequently asked questions

Which MCA test is my student required to take?

10th graders: Reading
11th graders: Math
10th and 11th graders that haven’t taken Science (usually taken the year they take Biology): Science

How long do MCA tests take?

Students will be given as much time as they need to complete their MCA tests. Testing time depends on each individual student, but typically each MCA test takes approximately 1-3 hours.

What does my student need to bring?

Nothing! Just themselves. We will provide all necessary materials.

My student needs to take multiple MCA tests this year. Do they take them all in one day?

We usually recommend one MCA test per day. If you and your student feel confident that it will not negatively impact your student, we can schedule more than one per day.

Can my student drive themselves to testing?


Translated documents and MDE

You can find additional information from Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) and translated documents here: https://education.mn.gov/MDE/fam/tests/

MDE Parent Fact Sheet

Please contact our District Assessment Coordinator, Adrianna Black Bull, with any questions: [email protected]

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