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, SAT, specific transfer credits, etc. for admissions purposes at no charge.   Scores are  valid within the past 5 years.  Students wishing to challenge their course placement based on ACT scores can also take the ACCUPLACER ($18.00 charge per test). The ACCUPLACER is administered in the Testing Center or at Remote Locations. 

ACCUPLACER Study Materials

Study materials, and more, are available at Collegeboard Accuplacer

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) enables you to demonstrate college-level achievement in 34 different subject areas. By obtaining scores that are satisfactory to your college, you may receive up to two years of college credit. CLEP testing is administered by computer in the Testing Center.

The DSST (Dantes Subject Standardized Test) provides a paper-based test option for students who have extensive knowledge of an accredited course and want to receive college credit without taking the class. DSSTs provide schools with a reliable means to measure incoming student knowledge of commonly taught college courses. As of now, 37 DSST exams are offered in the areas of Social Science, Business, Math, Applied Technology, Humanities, and Physical Science. DSST testing is administered by computer in the Humbert Hall Testing Center. For more information on the DSST, go to

For more information or to schedule a test, call the Testing Center at 605-642-6099.

The American College Testing (ACT) Assessment is one of the main examinations used to determine a student's admission into college. The ACT measures skills in English, mathematics, reading, and science--major areas of instruction in most high school and college programs. The assessment is in multiple-choice format and administered via paper and pencil on set national test dates.  For more information visit: .  Standard day ACT Testing is held on the 3rd floor of Jonas Hall.

The Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is one of the leading assessments used by colleges and universities for admitting students into graduate studies. The GRE is offered in two different areas: the General Test measures developed verbal and quantitative reasoning skills, and analytical writing abilities; and the Subject Tests measure achievement in 8 different fields of study. Subject tests are available at BHSU in a paper and pencil format.

Black Hills State University is an official location for GRE Subject Tests.  GRE Subject tests are held on the 3rd floor of Jonas Hall.  Testers must sign up at

The GRE General Test is offered in a computer format at the Prometric Testing Center located at:

Phone: 605.348.4027 Site Code: 5155

Phone: 605.362.4875 Site Code: 4400

To register go to:

The PRAXIS is not offered at BHSU.  Please visit the below website to Register and Choose a location.  
The Praxis Series
 assessments are used by colleges and universities to qualify individuals for entry into teacher education programs. Praxis I: Academic Skills Assessments, designed to be taken early in one's college career to measure reading, writing, and mathematical skills, are offered at BHSU as the Pre-Professionsal Skills Test (PPST). Praxis II: Subject Assessments measure one's knowledge of the subjects to be taught. This is offered at BHSU in two (paper-pencil) formats: Subject Assessments and Specialty Area Tests, which assess your general and subject-specific pedagogical skills and knowledge; or Principles of Learning and Teaching (PLT) Test, which uses a case study approach to measure your general pedagogical knowledge at the K-6, 5-9, or 7-12 grade levels.

Online Course Testing Procedures: Our goal is to provide a quiet space for testing that meets the needs of the student who are taking online courses from other universities yet are Black Hills State University students, as well as provide the test security faculty need for the integrity of their exams.


ACCUPLACER (Placement Exams):

BHSU Students:
1st time w/o valid scores FREE
Challenging any valid scores $18.00
1st time Calculus Readiness FREE
Challenging Previous Calculus Readiness $18.00
Other SDBOR Universities:
*Must have their University set up in their account
ACCUPLACER or COMPASS for schools outside of SDBOR:
Regular Proctor Fee $25.00

Exams for Credit:

CLEP $20.00
*Sign up at CLEP Website
DSST $20.00
*Sign up at DSST Website

All Other Proctored Exams:

SDBOR Schools Free 
Proctor Fee - Schools Outside of SDBOR   $25.00 / per exam
Castle Worldwide Exams FREE
*Paid by Castle Worldwide
ISO Quality Testing FREE
*Paid by ISO


Students MUST make an appointment directly with the Testing Center at least 48 hours in advance (excluding weekends) and one week in advance during Midterm and Final weeks.

* Appointments can be made by calling 605-642-6099. Space and staff are limited, so appointments will always be honored before walk-ins. It is the student’s responsibility to make sure that a proctor form has been completed and received by the instructor/university from which the student is taking the exam.  

Faculty can email, hand-deliver, ormail the exam to the Testing Center. The instructor must include instructions; i.e. time allowed, closed book/note, calculator allowed, etc. and return method of the exam.

The testing location is on the First Floor of the Jonas Academic Building, Room #103A. Questions should be directed to (605) 642-6099.

Make-up Exams: Students missing an exam may be allowed a make-up test at the faculty's discretion. Allowing make-up exams for planned absences are at the discretion of the faculty member, and arrangements should be between the faculty and student. Make-up testing services at the Testing Center are not meant to replace faculty – student interactions. We provide a service to supplement testing needs when faculty cannot make accommodations with students directly. Please contact Jennifer Lucero at (605) 642-6099 with questions.

*NOTE:  Every semester our testing facility is overwhelmed for midterms and finals. Students, please make appointments as far in advance as possible to ensure a slot during these busy times.

Testing Services @ BHSU in Spearfish

The Testing Center at BHSU’s Spearfish Campus is a professional center that strives to provide reliable test administration and high-quality customer service while adhering to nationally recognized testing standards. The BHSU/Spearfish Testing Center is utilized by both students and professionals for various tests, including placement exams.

For advance appointments call (605) 642-6099 (no answer, leave voicemail) 

OR email: 

***calls and emails will be attended to during regular business hours.  Calls and emails received during nights, weekends, or holidays will be returned during next open business hours. 

LOCATION:  Spearfish Testing Center is located on the First Floor of the Jonas Academic Buiilding, Office #103A.  

Spearfish Testing Center Hours 

Monday through Friday
8:00am - 5:00pm (calls and emails are not attended to outside of these hours)

NOTE:  These hours are subject to change


BHSU/Spearfish Testing Center offers test proctoring services for:

  • Students enrolled in distance learning/online programs and courses, not limited to BHSU students
  • Disability Testing Accommodations 
  • Professional Certification Exams
  • Exams for Credit – CLEP and DSST
  • On-campus make-up testing
  • Others by request

Exams administered include: ACCUPLACER Placement Testing; CLEP testing to earn college credit, DSST testing to earn college credit, CASTLE Worldwide, and others. This office also serves as the national test administrator for ACT and GRE (Subject GRE Only). Please visit individual websites for ACT and GRE registration.  ACT: and GRE:  

For more information on Testing Center Services please call 605-642-6099 or email BHSU/Spearfish Testing Center at  

For Disability Testing Accommodations please email Jennifer LuceroCoordinator of Disability Services and Testing Center. or call at 605-642-6099.