Test Center

The Test Center provides proctoring for online testing and an alternative testing site for students who qualify.

Wahpeton Location: Old Main 230

Fall & Spring Semester Hours (Wahpeton)
  • Monday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Tuesday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
  • Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
  • Friday: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Please note that if classes are not in session, the Test Center is closed.

Students must allow sufficient time to begin and complete their exams prior to the closing time of the test center. If the test center proctor determines a student will not have time to complete their exam, the student may be asked to reschedule the test for a different day and time. If a student is unable to complete their exam prior to closing time, he/she will be asked to submit their exam as is.

Click here for Fargo Test Center hours.

Guidelines for Students
  • Students are responsible to talk to their instructors about make up exams and alternative test times at the Test Center.
  • Students need to remind the instructor two days before a test is sent or brought over to the Test Center.
  • Students must show a picture ID to test.
  • Students must be on time and must complete the test at one sitting based on the instruction's allotted time.

Tests should be taken during the student's scheduled class hours, unless special arrangements have been made in advance with the instructor. If you have any concerns or questions, please e-mail ndscs.testcenter@ndscs.edu.

Accommodations for Testing
  • Students are responsible for meeting with the accessibility coordinator to arrange disability related testing accommodations.
  • Students are encouraged to discuss accommodated testing with their individual instructors in a confidential environment.

Online Testing

  • The NDSCS Test Center will proctor tests free for all NDSCS online students.
  • Students from other institutions will be charged a fee of $10 per test.

Students who need to have tests proctored should contact Karen Dahlgren at 701-671-2256 to make arrangements. Verify the test center hours and note closure times when planning your tests.


ACCUPLACER Placement Exam FAQ's

What is the ACCUPLACER Test?
ACCUPLACER is a computerized adaptive placement testing system that measures skills in mathematics, reading and English. ACCUPLACER is user friendly and is designed for individuals with little or no computer experience. The test is not timed.

How are ACCUPLACER scores used?
ACCUPLACER is used for program admission requirements and placement into college-level English and math courses. ACCUPLACER scores indicate areas in which students are strong and areas in which they may need more help in. NDSCS will use the results from ACCUPLACER test(s) to prepare a course of study that will be appropriate, relevant and meaningful for students.

Can I prepare for the ACCUPLACER Test?
Yes, you can become familiar with the format of the test to better understand what the test will look like before testing.  Testers are encouraged to review the ACCUPLACER test resources:

NDSCS uses the following ACCUPLACER placement tests:

  • Next Generation Reading Comprehension: This test is comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions that measures your ability to understand what you read, to identify main ideas and to make inferences.
  • Next Generation Writing: This 25 multiple-choice question ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Questions cover two broad knowledge and skills categories, Expression of Ideas (Development, Organization, Effective Language Use) & Standard English Conventions (Sentence Structure, Usage, Punctuation).
  • Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS): This 20 multiple-choice question test will measures your ability to perform basic algebraic operations and to solve problems involving elementary algebraic concepts.  Some, but not all, of the math questions contain a pop-up calculator for students to use in the test; outside calculators are not allowed. 
  • PLACEMENT into CALCULUS (stand-alone test only for students that require Calculus) Next Generation Advanced Agebra & Functions (AAF): This 20 multiple-choice question test measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts.

How much does the test cost?
There is no charge for NDSCS students to take the ACCUPLACER test the first time at NDSCS. The testing fee for Non-NDSCS students is $20.

What if my ACCUPLACER scores are better than my ACT scores?
Often we see students place more appropriately, in more advanced courses, based on their ACCUPLACER test results. NDSCS will place students into courses based on their highest placement test scores (either ACCUPLACER or ACT).

Can I take the ACCUPLACER Test more than once?  Can I re-test?
Yes, students are eligible to take the ACCUPLACER test twice within a three (3) month period.  There is a $20 fee for retesting.  To arrange for testing, contact the NDSCS Test Center.

Why might I want to retake the ACCUPLACER Test?
You may elect to take the ACCUPLACER placement test to challenge your course placement if you believe that the placement is not an accurate reflection of your current skills.  Your scores may require you to successfully complete a developmental course sequence in the area of reading, writing, or math before you can register a college-level English or Math courses. NDSCS offers developmental courses through the Academic Services Center (ASC) to help you gain the skills required to be successful in your college-level courses. Click here for ASC course descriptions.

When should I schedule to retest in ACCUPLACER?
Students should schedule to retest before the start of the semester.  This ensures you are scheduled in the appropriate courses.  Students must also follow the NDSCS Course Placement Policy retest guidelines which states that students must retest before their first ASC class meeting.  For example, if your first meeting time for an ASC class is Tuesday at 11am, all placement testing must be completed BEFORE this class meeting. Once a student has started classes in an ASC course/series, they must complete the series and may not attempt to challenge placement to try to test out of a class.

Are there other testing locations to take the ACCUPLACER Test?
Yes, there are opportunities to test at other testing sites, call the Test Center at 701-671-2256 to find out more.

Are there disability accommodations for ACCUPLACER assessments?
Yes. If you have a documented disability and need test accommodations, please contact the NDSCS Accessibility Coordinator at 701-671-2623 or ndscs.accessibility@ndscs.edu for information and details about making any needed arrangements.

To schedule an ACCUPLACER test or to find out about other testing options:

The Test Center provides ACCUPLACER testing on a daily basis. Appointments are required for testing.

Wahpeton Location (Old Main 230):

Fargo Location: 

GED - General Educational Development

GED Tests are given throughout the year by appointment. For more information, contact:

Preparations for GED Tests are offered at the Adult Learning Center in Old Main 420. Call 701-671-2184 for more information.

Test Score Release Form

To send your test score to another institution you must complete our Test Score Release Form.