DSU Student Testing

DSU Students

The Testing Center requires appointments for all exams. You must make the appointment at least three business days in advance. You will need your student ID to use the Testing Center. Follow the instructions listed under each exam type to schedule your appointment.

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DSU Testing Services

The DSU Testing Center offers the following tests:

  • Placement exams
  • National League for Nursing (NLN) test

The following exams are managed by the Academic Schools:

  • Online Course Exams
  • Graduation Exit Exams
  • Challenge Exams
  • Praxis

Other Exams available online only:

  • College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

DSU uses Accuplacer test scores to help place students in the level of math and English courses where they will find the most success.

View the test score table

Scheduling your Exam

Accuplacer exams are scheduled with the student’s Student Success Advisor (SSA). SSA contact information can be found in Campus Connection or by emailing dsu.advising@dickinsonstate.edu.

Preparation for placement test(s) is important. We encourage you to review the Accuplacer Student Portal for resources to prepare for your exam(s) in advance.

DSU has a retest policy that allows students to retake the Accuplacer exam once within 7 weeks of the initial exam and includes the proctoring fee of $15 per retest. Accuplacer scores are valid for three years from the test date.

Financial Aid and Degree Audit

Remedial classes do not count toward a degree audit. However, they will count toward financial aid (up to 30 credits). If you are admitted into an eligible program and take remedial classes within that program, you can be considered a regular student. The remedial courses must be at least at the high school level.

Students with Disabilities

Students who require testing accommodations need to request accommodations through ACCUPLACER. Approval will be based on ACCUPLACER policies. Additional help is available through the DSU Accessibility Services office, and arrangements must be made at least three business days prior to the day of the exam.

Students enrolled in DSU Online and DSU Live courses requiring proctoring for exams should review the document below as proctoring for these exams is coordinated through the Academic School responsible for the course.

Online Course Exam Proctoring Information

As a way to assess the knowledge our students have mastered while earning their degree, most Dickinson State University graduates(depending on the major) are required to take a graduate exit exam prior to receiving their diploma. Appointments will be available the last two weeks of classes. Eligible graduates will be sent a letter with appointment dates and scheduling information. See chart below for the Exit Exam required for your major.

Exit Exams

If you have a GPA between 2.33 and 2.5, you can seek alternate admission to the BSN program by successfully passing the NLN NACE I Exams (Foundations of Nursing, Nursing Care of Childbearing Family, and Nursing Care of Child). A minimum score of 70% (total decision score) is required on the Foundations of Nursing exam and the combined average score on the Nursing Care of Childbearing Family and Nursing Care of Child must be 62% or greater.

  • You must complete the exams by August 1.
  • You must pay all costs associated with the exams before they are ordered and proctored. If you are not enrolled at DSU, you must also pay a proctoring fee.
  • You can retake your exam(s) only once.

If you’re taking a class through another school, the Testing Center can proctor your exams. Review the Non-DSU Exam webpage for more information.

You can earn course credits through the College-Level Examination Program (CLEP). This exam is only available online through College Board. Please see link below for further information.

CLEP Exams