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Placement

Placement in English and reading courses is based on ACT or SAT test scores earned in the past five years.  Entering students who have scores older than five years, or who have not taken the ACT or SAT  tests are placed in classes by use of the College Board ACCUPLACER.  Initial placement into math courses will be based on a student's Math Index. 

Transfer students who have not completed college-level math or English courses will be placed into the appropriate level SDSU math or English courses using either current (within five years) ACT scores, Math Index, or College Board ACCUPLACER scores.

Distance Education Students requiring Math 121 or below refer to ACCUPLACER Remote Testing.  Students who need placement into Math 123 refer to Calculus Placement Information.

Math 123 - Calculus I placement is only by the ACCUPLACER exam

Placement Testing Requirements

A photo ID is required for testing.  There may be a fee for testing. To schedule a test at South Dakota State University Testing Center click the button below.  For questions, contact the Testing Center at 605-688-6460.

ACCUPLACER Registration at SDSU

Dual Credit Enrollment

Students attempting to place into High School Dual Credit courses offered through the South Dakota Regental System can take the placement exam at the Testing Center.  There is an $18 challenge fee to take the exam.  All students intending to take the ACCUPLACER for placement into MATH 123, must have a Math Index of 1300 or greater.  Your Math Index score is based upon your high school GPA and ACT score; therefore, if you haven't taken the ACT you cannot take MATH 123.  If you are unable to meet the criteria for placement based upon your Math Index score, and you have advanced math skills, you may want to consider taking the Pre-Calculus CLEP exam to fulfill the prerequisite to MATH 123.  

Challenging Placement

Students are allowed only one challenge opportunity to take a placement test.  There is a $18.00 challenge fee that must be paid prior to testing.  Since students are allowed only one challenge review of the subject should be done prior to testing.

Students may challenge for the following reasons:

  1. To challenge ACT, SAT, or Math Index placement. 
  2. Students who have taken a placement test because of old, invalid, or no ACT or SAT scores may challenge their placement by taking a placement examination a second time.

Students who are not enrolled in the appropriate courses based on ACT, SAT, Math Index, or ACCUPLACER scores will be notified by e-mail through the Math and English Departments.  Failure to adjust courses or take a placement test prior to the add/drop date for the semester will result in the student being administratively dropped from math and/or English courses.

Where to take a Placement Test

The Testing Center at SDSU offers ACCUPLACER testing all year long.  The office is open Monday –Friday, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, testing begins at 8:30 am.  You may take the ACCUPLACER any time prior to the add/drop date of the semester you wish to enroll in.  If you are not able to test at the SDSU Testing Center, you may test at any of the ACCUPLACER Testing Sites listed below.

ABERDEEN

Northern State University
Assessment Office
1200 S Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401
605-626-3290

MADISON

Dakota State University
820 N Washington Ave
Madison SD 57042
605-256-5101

assessofice@dsu.edu 

MITCHELL

Mitchell Technical Institute
1800 East Spruce Street
Mitchell, SD 57301
605-995-3025

PIERRE

Capitol University Center
925 E Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501
605-773-2160

sdsu.cuc@sdstate.edu

RAPID CITY

         Rapid City Testing Center
         4300 Cheyenne Blvd
         Rapid City, SD 57709
         605-718-4193

         BHRCTestingCenter@BHSU.edu

South Dakota School of Mines & Technology
Tech Learning Center
501 E St. Joseph Street
Rapid City, SD 57701
605-394-2428

thomas.mahon@sdsmt.edu

SIOUX FALLS

         Southeast Technical Institute
         2320 N Career Ave
         Sioux Falls, SD 57107
         605-367-7624

Testing Center at University Center
4801 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107
605-274-9550

testingcenter@sduniversitycenter.org

SISSETON

Sisseton Wahpeton College
BIA Rd 700
Agency Village, SD 57262
605-698-3966

contactswc@swc.tc   

SPEARFISH

Black Hills State University
Spearfish Campus Testing Center
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799
605-642-6099

BHSPTestingCenter@bhsu.edu        

VERMILLION

University of South Dakota
414 E Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069
605-658-6200

testingcenter@usd.edu

WATERTOWN

Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Ave
Watertown SD, 57201
605-882-5284

Students residing out of South Dakota may test at an ACCUPLACER test site in their state.  In this situation, the Testing Center at South Dakota State University will issue the student a voucher that can be used to test using South Dakota Board of Regents approved ACCUPLACER branching packages. There may be an additional cost to test at testing site not affiliated with the South Dakota Board of Regents.

If you are absolutely unable to test at any of the listed ACCUPLACER test sites, you may test remotely with a virtual proctor.  There is an additional cost for this service and a computer with internet access and a webcam is required.  Please contact the Testing Center at 605-688-6460 or sdsu.testing@sdstate.edu to make an appointment for testing, or with any questions or concerns.

About Placement Tests

Placement tests are computer-based adaptive assessment programs using modules that allow students to work at their own speed and comfort level.  A tutorial program acquaints students with navigation and response patterns.  The placement test does not have a time limit, the scores do not affect admission to SDSU, and there is no pass or fail score.  Most students take about 30 minutes per section; the questions vary based on responses to previous questions.