What are proficiency exams?
All students who are seeking a baccalaureate degree from one of South Dakota's regental institutions will complete proficiency test. Satisfactory performance on the proficiency exam is also required for students seeking an associate degree. The proficiency tests, produced by ACT and called the CAAP (Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency), consist of four separate multiple-choice exams in Science Reasoning, Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.
Although these exams are required, they offer you a unique opportunity to discover how much knowledge you have gained in the selected fundamental skill areas. The fundamental skills being measured are important for functioning in today's society and for completing upper level college work. Considering this, be sure to treat these exams very seriously, and try to do your best on each of the tests.
What is the nature of the exams?
For your future success in college and for assessing the quality of your future success in college, your participation in these evaluation programs is important.
The exams are designed to measure students' knowledge of material covered in general education courses. Each test requires 40 minutes to complete. The skills being tested are: Writing, Mathematics, Reading, and Science Reasoning.
Students who meet the following criteria will sit for the exams:
To ensure that students are prepared for the exams, incoming Freshmen must complete selected general education courses above in their first 32 credit hours. Sophomores must complete an additional 15 credit hours of the general education core in their first 64 credit hours. Board of Regents policy 2:28 details the information.
What if I am a transfer student?
Transfer students are subject to and must meet the proficiency examination requirements. Transfer students within the South Dakota Unified System of Higher Education are subject to the Board of Regents policy 2:28. Transfer students entering from outside the regental system with less than 65 passed credit hours general education before completion of the 48th credit hour or as soon as possible thereafter.
Transfer students entering from outside the regional system with 65 or more passed credit hours accepted in transfer are subject to the same BOR policy. The specified 15 credit hours of general education must be completed as soon as possible.
When will I take the exams?
All students who are required to test during the Spring 2013 semester will be notified by email prior to the test date. The first email notification will be delivered in Mid-February.
The proficiency exams will be given at BHSU Spearfish campus on March 20th and 21st in two sessions daily, 7:50 am and 12:50 pm.
For BHSU students taking classes at the University Center, Rapid City, the proficiency exams will be given at the University Center March 16, 2013
When will I know the results of the exam?
As soon as possible after testing, the student will receive the results and an explanation of how to interpret their achievement. College faculty, along with the Board of Regents, have determined the minimum required score on each exam. Students who do not meet the minimum required score on one or more tests must retest in the specific area(s) of deficiency. Retesting must occur one year after initial testing. During that year, students may continue to enroll in courses. Students may retest twice during that year, the tests will be given just once each semester, and the student will be responsible for the cost of retesting.
What happens if I am not successful on the retest(s)? Students who do not achieve the minimum score on the retest(s) will be denied subsequent registration at all Regental institutions. Students may arrange for retesting during any subsequent administration of the exam. Students who perform satisfactorily on the retest(s) will be allowed to register for the next term.
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If you are a new transfer student or if you cannot take the proficiency test on the scheduled date due to extenuating circumstances, a deferment form must be completed.
Out-of-state students will need to complete a proctor form and mail or fax it to the Academic Affairs Office.
Appropriate proctors include: Current or retired faculty members, professional educators, human resource professionals, community librarians, military officers, pastors, or supervisors.
Inappropriate proctors include: High school students, relatives, college peers, co-workers, or neighbors
Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
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