To be eligible for graduation from any South Dakota Regental institution, students must pass a proficiency exam that tests knowledge in four areas: reading, writing, science, and math. This test is timed and must be taken during the designated CAAP testing days each fall and spring.
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.
Failure to complete or pass the proficiency exam may result in suspension from classes and/or delayed graduation.
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 are eligible for testing as soon as they meet criteria associated with the level of degree they are seeking (see above).
Transfer students entering from outside the regional system with 48 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 Fall Semester of 2016 will be notified by email prior to the test date.
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.
What happens if I am not successful on the first test?
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 within 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 second retest(s)?
Students who do not achieve the minimum score on the second 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)
What happens if I do not pass one or more of the sections?
Students must complete two steps if they fail one or more sections of the test: first, they must meet with a designated academic advisor “to create, in collaboration with the academic advisor, and follow a development plan for remediation to be completed within one calendar year.” Second, they must retake the failed portion(s) of the exam.
Students are allowed up to two retakes for each failed section of the exam. Retakes occur during designated CAAP testing days during fall and spring semester, and students retake only the failed portions of the exam.
Following the results of the exam, students will receive a letter that discloses test results and lists advisor contact information if students are required to complete a developmental plan.
What happens if I don’t pass my final retake?
Students who completed the maximum number of retakes (2) and who successfully complete a developmental plan, as required, have sixty (60) calendar days from the date of their final retest opportunity to provide written notification of their intent to appeal (for certification of proficiency using alternative methods) to the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the institution where they are enrolled as degree seeking. Students who fail to provide written notification of their intent to appeal within the specified time frame may only be readmitted if they are able to show evidence of satisfactory performance on the proficiency exam.
Students who fail to complete the required number of retakes and a developmental plan will be suspended from classes at any Regental university until they can successfully pass the proficiency exam. Because the exam is only administered once during fall and spring semester, respectively, the minimum length of suspension is one semester. Students who have completed all coursework will be denied graduation until they can successfully pass the exam.
For help with your development plan, please contact the Advisors below.
For Math in Rapid City, contact Doug Heltibridle, Instructor, Mathematics
For Math in Spearfish, contact Jeffery Winter, Instructor, Mathematics
For Writing, contact Mathew Bauman, Lecturer, Creative Writing
For Science, contact Michael Zehfus, Professor, Chemistry
For Reading, Contact Donna Job
Additionally, sample exams and testing strategies can be found on the CAAP website: http://www.act.org/caap/sampletest/
Does everyone have to take the exam?
Yes, to be eligible for graduation from any South Dakota Regental institution, students must pass the proficiency exam that tests knowledge in four areas: reading, writing, science, and math. This test is timed and must be taken during the designated CAAP testing days each fall and spring.
What do I need to bring to the exam?
To be admitted to the exams, you must arrive on time and have a student identification card and/or a valid driver's license. If you arrive late and/or do not have identification, you will not be admitted.
Can I use a calculator on the exam?
Yes, but this is only permitted for the Mathematics exam and only certain types of calculators are allowed. Please check the Official CAAP Calculator Information.
How long does the Exam last?
A student is allowed forty minutes on each of the four tests. Because it takes time to hand out and collect the tests, the total time for all of the exams is about four hours. You will be required to devote one morning or afternoon to taking these tests.
Does the score I receive on the Exam effect my grades?
No. They do not,but failure to complete or pass the proficiency exam may result in suspension from classes and/or delayed graduation.
Will I be excused from classes to take the exam?
Yes. The Board of Regents has stated that students are excused from classes while taking the exams and must be allowed an opportunity to make up missed assignments. A list of students taking the exams will be published and students are excused from classes during that time period.
How can I get a deferral form?
You can get a deferral form on-line here Deferment Form. You will need to include a brief, signed letter explaining your situation. If you are requesting a deferral due to a funeral a funeral bulletin or obituary will need to be attached. If you are under a doctor's care a doctor's note will need to be attached. If you are called to military duty a copy of your orders will need to be attached. The deferral needs to be reviewed and signed by your advisor before it is returned to the Academic Affairs office. Please make every effort possible to get your deferral in before the testing dates, so that if it is denied you can still attend a testing session. If the deferral is not approved by the end of the testing period you will have a hold put on your account (which will be removed once the deferral is approved) and receive a "did not test" letter. Otherwise, the last day deferrals are accepted is the last day of finals at 5pm. You are only allowed one deferral during your academic career.
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