Minnesota Tests

Welcome to the Minnesota tests page, with resources on tests and testing services in Minnesota in such areas as academic tests, professional licensing exams and driving tests.

Academic Tests

Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments (MCAs) - Minnesota requires students to take the MCAs in grades 3 thru 11. Students are tested in reading and mathematics in grades 3-8, 10 and 11. They are also tested in science in fifth and eighth grades and after completing a life science course in high school. Most test questions are multiple-choice.

Minnesota Graduation-Required Assessments for Diploma (GRAD) - High school students are required to pass the GRAD test in order to graduate high school. Students are tested in writing, reading and mathematics. They can take the test multiple times until they have passed each section. The writing section contains essays, but the others are multiple-choice.

Professional Tests

Minnesota Nursing Assistant and Nurse Aide Guide - Find information on the qualifications to work as a nursing assistant or nurse aide in Minnesota.

Minnesota Electrician Licensing Exam - Find out how to become a licensed electrician in Minnesota.

Minnesota Medical Assistant Certification Exam - Find information on how to become certified or registered as a medical assistant in Minnesota.

Minnesota Professional Counselor Licensing Exam - Find information on the qualifications to become a licensed professional counselor in Minnesota, with NCE exam details.

Minnesota Nurse Licensing Exam - Find information on the qualifications to become a registered nurse in Minnesota.

Minnesota Massage Therapist License - Find information on how to become a massage therapist in Minnesota.

Minnesota Life and Health Insurance Agent Exam - Find information on what is required to become a licensed life and health insurance sales agent in Minnesota.

Minnesota Plumbing Exams and Licensure - Find information on testing and licensing to become a plumber in Minnesota.

Minnesota Cosmetologists Tests and Licensing - Minnesota requires cosmetologists and barbers to take both a state and a national licensing exam. The two tests are taken together and are computer-based and multiple choice. They have a total of 130 multiple choice questions and take approximately three hours. The fee for both exams is $56.

Minnesota Boiler Operator Tests and Licensing - Boiler operators must pass a licensing examination. The exam contains between 20 and 115 questions, depending on the desired class and grade. Candidates must register at least 15 days in advance and be approved by the board. The exam is given every Tuesday unless there is a state holiday.

Minnesota Residential Building Contractors Exams and Licensing - All residential building contractors must pass a two-part exam to receive a license. One part of the exam covers business practices and laws, while the other part is a technical test. The multiple-choice test has a total of 100 questions. Appointments can be made as little as two days in advance.

Minnesota Electricians Exams and Licensure - Class A Master Electricians and Class A Journeyman Electricians must both complete a licensing exam. The test has 80 questions and lasts approximately five and a half hours. A passing score is 70 percent or higher. The exam contains both multiple choice and short response questions.

Minnesota Real Estate Appraisers Tests and Licensing - Real estate appraisers must take a licensing exam once they have finished the required schooling. The exam is a computer-based multiple-choice test and costs $45. Candidates have six hours to complete the 150 questions. The test is closed book. It is administered by a testing service.

Minnesota Real Estate Agents Exams and Licensure - Minnesota requires real estate agents to pass a licensing test. This is in addition to the required pre-licensing course. The exam contains both a national and a state section. It is four hours long and has 120 multiple-choice questions. The test is closed book. The fee to take both sections is $75.


Minnesota Driving Tests - Drivers must pass a vision screening, a knowledge test and a driving skills test in order to get a license in Minnesota. New residents with a valid out-of-state license have to take the vision screening and the knowledge test but not the driving skills test.

Minnesota Motorcycle Tests - Minnesota requires applicants for a motorcycle license to first pass a knowledge test and obtain an instruction permit. After they have obtained the instruction permit they may make an appointment for a skills test. The latter may be waived for applicants who complete the Minnesota Motorcycle Safety Center Basic Rider Course.

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