The Test Center provides proctoring for online testing and an alternative testing site for students who qualify.
Wahpeton Location: Old Main 230
Please note that if classes are not in session, the Test Center is closed.
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 email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students who need to have tests proctored should contact Linda Fink at 701-671-2441 or Karen Dahlgren at 701-671-2256 to make arrangements. Verify the test center hours and note closure times when planning your tests.
The Test Center provides ACCUPLACER testing (placement testing), on a daily basis. Appointments are required for testing.
Wahpeton Location (Old Main 230):
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 not used like a traditional test. There is generally no "passing score." Rather, 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:
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.
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.
Instructors: Irene Mohn and Sergey Karamanov. Call 701-671-2184 for more information.
The ACT is an assessment tool for college placement for high school and college students. The test helps to identify students who are ready for entry-level college courses, students who need basic skills remediation and students who may be exempt from particular courses.
Pre-registration with ACT is required. ACT encourages students to register online or students may fill out a registration packet. For a registration packet, contact:
The SAT is an assessment tool for college placement for incoming and continuing students. This test helps to identify students who are ready for entry-level college courses, students who need basic skills remediation and students who may be exempt from particular courses. Students are required to register online.
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