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Placement Testing

Bismarck State College (BSC) along with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) requires all students to take a placement assessment. BSC only administers the ACCUPLACER, but accepts all of the placement assessments listed on the NDUS Student Placement into College Courses site.
ACCUPLACER Exam Information

BSC uses the following ACCUPLACER placement tests:

  • Next Generation Writing: This 25 multiple-choice question test assesses the student’s ability to revise and edit multi-paragraph text. Students will answer questions covering two broad knowledge and skills categories: Expression of Ideas (Development, Organization, Effective Language Use) & Standard English Conventions (Sentence Structure, Usage, Punctuation).
  • Next Generation Reading: This test is comprised of 20 multiple-choice questions that assesses the student’s ability to understand what you read and to identify main ideas within passages of text.
  • Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics (QAS): This 20 multiple-choice question test assesses the student’s knowledge and skills in exponents, algebraic expressions, linear applications and graphs, and geometry 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.
Click here to learn more about the ACCUPLACER Tests.

Students are allowed to take the ACCUPLACER 3 times per semester.

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.

Take your ACCUPLACER remotely:  

  1. Contact BSC Testing Services at 701-224-5658 to receive assistance in finding a local testing center.  
  2. BSC Testing Services will submit a Voucher to the location of your choice
  3. 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.
  4. Take your ACCUPLACER exam! BSC will receive the results automatically and enter your scores into our system.

Take your Accuplacer Online with a Virtual Proctor (Extra $25 Fee):

Step 1: Test your computer to make sure it meets technical requirements. Click here to test your system.
  1. You must have a computer with a webcam and microphone. The Accuplacer is taken with a virtual proctor present.
  2. Contact BSC Testing Services at for the test voucher
  3. BSC Testing Services will send you a Voucher with a unique voucher code via email.
Step 2: Register for your ACCUPLACER test.
  1. When you receive the voucher from BSC, follow the steps within the voucher to register and schedule your test
  2. Pay ACCUPLACER the $25 non-refundable proctoring fee. This covers the fee of the virtual proctor
Step 3: Schedule your ACCUPLACER test
  1. After you schedule your test, you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for your online proctored placement test.
  2. In the event that you need to reschedule your test, simply log back in, cancel your existing appointment, and reschedule your test.
Step 4: Take your Test
  1. Take your test on the date and time you choose! Have an I.D present during check-in.
  2. BSC will receive your results automatically and enter your scores into our system.
The ACCUPLACER placement exam focuses on English (Writing), Reading, and Mathematics skills. Below, you will find study guides to help you prepare for the Accuplacer You can also register for the free Study App HERE.
Students can prepare for the Accuplacer and view their results on their Student Portal HERE.
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 and SAT scores are valid for 5 years. ACCUPLACER scores are valid for 3 years. BSC no longer accepts COMPASS scores.

Testing Location:
Bismarck State College
Schafer Hall 205
1500 Edwards Avenue