The ACCUPLACER is the comprehensive, computerized assessment and diagnostic system that places students into appropriate college math and writing courses. This measure is required of all entering students who have not submitted ACT results (within the past 5 years) for admissions purposes at no charge. Students wishing to challenge their course placement based on ACT scores can also take the ACCUPLACER ($17.00 charge per test). The ACCUPLACER is administered in the Humbert Hall Testing Center.
The COMPASS is a comprehensive, computerized assessment and diagnostic system that places students into appropriate college math and writing courses. The COMPASS is currently administered only for non-Board of Regent universities (and SDSMT) requesting Remote Testing placement exams for their students and the charge is $17.00 per test. The COMPASS is administered in the Humbert Hall Testing Center.
Placement through ACCUPLACER: All students who do not have ACT scores or who have ACT scores older than five years must take the COMPASS Exam. Students may either contact the Testing Center at 605.642.6908 (Nancy.Shuck@bhsu.edu) or BHSU – Rapid City Campus at 605.718.4193 (BHRCTestingCenter@bhsu.edu) to take this exam. The scale used to determine placement with this exam is listed below:
- Accuplacer Sentence Skills 86-120 – ENGL 101
- Accuplacer Sentence Skills 85 and below – ENGL-033*
- Elementary Algebra 76-120, College-Level Math 0-50 – MATH-102
- Elementary Algebra 44-75 – MATH-101*
- Arithmetic 0-120, Elementary Algebra 0-75 – MATH-095*
- Arithmetic 0-120, Elementary Algebra 0-43 – MATH-021*
- Accuplacer 0-85 – READ-041*
*These classes do not satisfy degree requirements.
Placement through COMPASS: Students who do not have ACT scores or who have ACT scores older than five years may submit COMPASS scores less than five years old from other universities. The scale used to determine placement with this exam is listed below:
- COMPASS 74 & above ENGL 101
- COMPASS 1 - 73 ENGL 033*
- COMPASS 41-100 MATH 102/103/104
- COMPASS 31-40 MATH 101
- COMPASS 0-30 MATH 021*