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Placement in English and reading courses is based on ACT, SAT or Smarter Balance test scores earned in the past five years.  Entering students who have scores older than five years, or who have not taken the ACT, SAT or Smarter Balance 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. 

Challenging Placement

As an entering or transfer student if you don't like your placement you are allowed to take the ACCUPLACER twice to challenge it.  There is a $18.00 challenge charge that must be paid prior to testing.  

Students who are not enrolled in the appropriate courses based on ACT, SAT, Smarter Balance, Math Index, Challenge 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.

To schedule a test at South Dakota State University Testing Center click the button below.  

ACCUPLACER Registration at SDSU

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 unable to test at the SDSU Testing Center, a voucher for testing at a certified ACCUPLACER site may be requested on the following link.  In some situations there will be a charge for the voucher and depending on the testing site, there may be additional charges.  Once you have requested the voucher you will receive an email with detailed instructions as how to test with the appropriate exam(s) at other certified testing sites.  

Request a Voucher

If you are not able to test at the SDSU Testing Center, you may test at any of the certified  ACCUPLACER Testing Sites listed below in South Dakota.  


Northern State University
Assessment Office
1200 S Jay Street
Aberdeen, SD 57401


Dakota State University
820 N Washington Ave
Madison SD 57042


Mitchell Technical Institute
1800 East Spruce Street
Mitchell, SD 57301


Capitol University Center
925 E Sioux Avenue
Pierre, SD 57501


         Rapid City Testing Center
         4300 Cheyenne Blvd
         Rapid City, SD 57709

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


         Southeast Technical Institute
         2320 N Career Ave
         Sioux Falls, SD 57107

Testing Center at University Center
4801 N Career Ave
Sioux Falls, SD 57107


Sisseton Wahpeton College
BIA Rd 700
Agency Village, SD 57262


Black Hills State University
Spearfish Campus Testing Center
1200 University St
Spearfish, SD 57799


University of South Dakota
414 E Clark Street
Vermillion, SD 57069


Lake Area Technical Institute
1201 Arrow Ave
Watertown SD, 57201

Students residing out of South Dakota may test at a certified  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 certified 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.  

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. 

Accessing My ACCUPLACER Score Report

Most of the time there will be an option to print your Individual Score Report at the end of your testing session; however, if you don't get a copy or you have misplaced your copy you can print out a copy from the ACCUPLACER website.  Simply go to this site and under Student Portal click on the Information for Students box.  Choose Your ACCUPLACER Score Report and enter in the required personal data to retrieve a copy of your report.