Placement Testing

Bismarck State College (BSC) along with the North Dakota University System (NDUS) requires all students to take a placement assessment; ACT, ACCUPLACER or SAT. One of these assessments is required for all new degree seeking students wishing to enroll in BSC classes. The assessment may be waived by Bismarck State College if you have completed college level Reading, English, or Math classes from a regionally accredited institution.

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


Local students:
Schedule your appointment online HERE

Distance students: See ACCUPLACER Remote Exam tab
ACCUPLACER is a computer adaptive placement exam that Bismarck State College has available for students local and distance learners. Its purpose is to provide students with useful information about their academic skills. It is not pass/fail; instead, scores will be used to help place students in the level where they will find the most success. Students will have their scores screened for proper placement in English (Writeplacer), Math, and Reading and for admittance into limited enrollment Technical Programs.

Prepare for the ACCUPLACER

The ACCUPLACER placement exam focuses on English (Writeplacer), Reading, and Mathematics skills. Click here for ACCUPLACER sample questions for students. 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.

2018 Placement Score Requirements:

Technical Program 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.