Who will need mathematics placement?
Primarily two groups of students entering a SD Regental University will be affected by the placement process:
Those students who have not met the general education requirement for mathematics (typically College Algebra); or
Those students who wish to enroll in Calculus and wish to challenge the pre-requisite course work (students who bring a strong mathematical history from high school).
What are the instruments used for placement?
A student will be placed via the ACT math sub-score (if the score is less then 5 years old from initial enrollment date), or via the COMPASS exam, which is administered at BHSU. The COMPASS exam is administered on a computer and takes approximately 20 minutes. Students who need to take the COMPASS exam should contact BHSU.
What are the ACT math sub-score cut-offs?
0 - 17 Basic Algebra
18 - 19 Intermediate Algebra
20 - 24 College Algebra
25 & up Placement into Trig and/or Calculus via COMPASS
Who should take the COMPASS?
Primarily three groups of students will need to take the COMPASS:
Those students who do not have an ACT subscore which is less than five years old from date of enrollment; or
Those students who have some additional exposure to algebra and pre-calculus topics and who believe their ACT score does not reflect their knowledge of the subject may challenge their placement via ACT by taking the COMPASS; or those students with an ACT score of 25 or higher.
Where do I take the COMPASS?
At Black Hills State University the COMPASS has been administered through the Office of Academic Support. Please contact the Office of Academic Support at 1(605) 642-6259 to make an appointment. For more information or questions, please e-mail Daluss.Siewert@bhsu.edu. If you are challenging your placement, you may be requested to provide additional information in regard to your mathematical background.