Distance and Online Learning Schedule (starting March 23)
During the Distance and Online Learning weeks (starting March 23rd), NDSCS Test Centers (Wahpeton & Fargo) will not offer face-to-face test proctoring. Instructors are aware students will not have access to a proctor while learning remotely. Students should work with their instructors on proctor requirements.
For incoming students that would like to schedule placement testing, the NDSCS Test Center will create Virtual Vouchers that allow students to take the ACCUPLACER test at home. To test, students will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities. Complete the form to request an ACCUPLACER Virtual Voucher.
Questions? Contact the Test Center by phone at 701-671-2256 or email email@example.com.
Students and faculty needing help with accommodated testing should work with Mindi Bessler, Accessibiliy Coordinator. Contact Mindi Bessler at 701-671-2623 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wahpeton Location: Old Main 230
Spring Semester Hours (Wahpeton)
- Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
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 Class Exam Information
Some faculty require proctors for online exams. Where it is known, this requirement is indicated but may change without notice. Proctoring fees may be charged at some locations. Some instructors have additional restrictions so be sure to read the information provided in your class.
ACCUPLACER Placement Exam FAQ's
Is ACCUPLACER testing offered during COVID-19?
Yes, NDSCS offers ACCUPLACER testing virtually. Students can take the test at home. For incoming students that would like to schedule placement testing, we will create a Virtual Voucher. To test, students will need a computer (desktop or laptop) with a webcam and audio capabilities. Complete the form to request an ACCUPLACER Virtual Voucher.
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:
- Sign up for the free ACCUPLACER Web Study App for your computer, phone or tablet Click here for Study App instructions.
- Review the sample ACCUPLACER exam questions: Reading, Writing & Math
- Learn more about the ACCUPLACER Tests
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 email@example.com 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):
- 701-671-2256 (Karen Dahlgren)
- 701-231-6919 (Chelsie Bormann)
GED - General Educational Development
GED Tests are given throughout the year by appointment. For more information, contact:
- Karen Dahlgren, 701-671-2256, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.