Placement Testing

Bismarck State College (BSC) along with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) requires all students to take a placement assessment. BSC offers the ACT and ACCUPLACER, but accepts all of the placement assessments listed on the NDUS Student Placement into College Courses site.
 
ACCUPLACER Exam (Local Students)
Schedule your appointment online HERE

The ACCUPLACER placement exam focuses on English (Writeplacer), Reading, and Mathematics skills. Click here for ACCUPLACER Math and Reading sample questions for students. Click here for ACCUPLACER English (Writeplacer) guides. The official web-based study app features practice tests in Reading and Math. It's accessible from any internet-capable computer. Download the free app to your phone for convenient studying.

BSC ACCUPLACER focuses on these sections:
  1. WritePlacer (English)
  2. Math (Elementary Algebra)
  3. Reading Comprehension
Students are allowed to take the ACCUPLACER 3 times per semester. The student must wait 1 week between attempts
ACCUPLACER Exam (Remote Students)

Do you need to take the ACCUPLACER but you are not near Bismarck State College?

You can...

Option 1 - Remote Proctoring

Take your test at a local testing center in your city. This will enable you to take your ACCUPLACER test at a different campus.

Option 2 - Virtual Remote Proctoring
Virtual remote proctoring allows you to have your ACCUPLACER test proctored online from your own computer! This will enable you to take the ACCUPLACER test at any location, including your own home! You must have a photo ID and your computer must meet the technical specifications required for testing. Check here.

To take your ACCUPLACER remotely:

  1. Contact BSC Testing Services at 701-224-5658 to receive assistance in finding a local testing center.
  2. Pay the $15 ACCUPLACER fee to BSC  AccuplacerPayment.png
  3. BSC Testing Services will submit a Voucher to the location of your choice, or contact the testing center proctor if a Voucher is not available.
  4. Contact the testing location to schedule an appointment and bring the Voucher with you. You are responsible for paying any proctoring fee they may have.
  5. Take your ACCUPLACER exam! BSC will receive the results automatically and enter your scores into our system.

For Virtual Remote Proctoring (extra fee of $25):

Watch instructional video here!
  1. RECOMMENDED - TEST YOUR SYSTEM. It only takes a few minutes and it saves time on the day of your test. Click here to test your system. 
  2. Contact BSC Testing Services at 701-224-5658
  3. Pay the $15 ACCUPLACER fee to BSC AccuplacerPayment.png
  4. BSC Testing Services will send you a Voucher with a unique voucher code via email.
  5. Follow the instructions below.
Step 2: Register for your ACCUPLACER test.
  1. When you receive the voucher from BSC, click the link within the voucher to register: https://prod.examity.com/accuplacer
  2. Click on Option 1 - "Schedule Your Test"
  3. Register for online proctoring. Select the institution: Bismarck State College ACCUPLACER
  4. Pay ACCUPLACER the $25 proctoring fee
  5. Schedule your ACCUPLACER test
Step 3: Schedule your ACCUPLACER test
  1. Login using email address and password you created during the registration process above.
  2. You will be taken to the "Welcome To The Online Proctored Test Scheduling Portal"
  3. Select Test you need to take: (Will be listed on your Voucher)
  4. Enter the voucher number that was issued to you by your institution
  5. Choose your requested date and time from the calendar option on the left
  6. Select a 30 minute appointment time with an available proctor to start your test. Note: The appointment time is NOT how long you have to complete the test
  7. Complete the process and choose Submit
  8. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions for your online proctored placement test. Please keep this email as it included specific instructions that you will need to begin the test on the date and time you have chosen.
  9. In the event that you need to reschedule your test, please visit this scheduling site, log in, cancel your existing appointment, and reschedule your test.
  10. TEST YOUR SYSTEM prior to your test. It only takes a few minutes and it saves time on the day of your test. Click here to test your system.
  11. Take your test on the date and time you choose!
ACT Exam
The ACT exam is designed to assess high school students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The North Dakota Board of Higher Education requires all first time students ages 24 or younger and/or students with less than 24 semester hours of completed college credit to submit ACT placement scores.

2017-2018 ACT Test Dates
  • April 14, 2018
  • June 9, 2018
  • July 14, 2018
  • September 8, 2018
  • October 27, 2018
  • December 8, 2018
2018-2019 ACT Test Dates
  • February 9, 2019
  • April 13, 2019
  • June 8, 2019
  • July 13, 2019
Register for the ACT exam here.
Placement Score Requirements
Technical Program Placement Requirements
Students applying for admission to limited enrollment Technical programs are required to obtain specific placement scores before being accepted in that program. Each program has designated placement score requirements for both the ACT and ACCUPLACER exams. Click here for further details regarding our limited enrollment programs.

ACT scores are valid for 5 years. ACCUPLACER scores are valid for 3 years. We will no longer accept COMPASS scores as of December 2019.

Testing Location:
Bismarck State College
Schafer Hall 205
1500 Edwards Avenue
701-224-5658