Placement Testing - English

English Placement Exams

Placement in the English composition courses is first based on ACT composition subscores. If students are satisfied with their placement based on those scores, then students do not have to take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER  test for writing or reading that cover English skills. Students who have not taken the ACT exam within the past 5 years, or have not provided their ACT or SAT scores to us, are required to take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test and they are administered at no charge. Students who have taken the ACT exam, but are not satisfied with placement based on those scores, may challenge the ACT English (writing and reading) scores one time only by taking the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test for writing and/or reading. In these cases, students will be charged $17.00 for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test. The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test scores may allow them to enroll in higher-level classes than their ACT scores indicate. The table below shows how placement is determined for English courses:

ACT Score    ACCUPLACER                              Next-Generation ACCUPLACER
English (Writing) Course Placement  
1 to 12 Sentence Skills 0 - 52                  Writing 200 - 236
ENGL 101 Composition I and ENGL 033 Basic Writing (3 cr.)
13 to 14 Sentence Skills  53 - 70               Writing 237 - 249
ENGL 101 Composition I and ENGL 033 Basic Writing (2 cr.)
15 to 17 Sentence Skills  71 - 85               Writing 250 - 262
ENGL 101 Composition I and ENGL 033 Basic Writing (1 cr.)
18 to 36 Sentence Skills  86 - 120             Writing 263+
ENGL 101 Composition

Appendix A
ACT COMPASS and ACCUPLACER Placement Scores
Effective SP18/SU18, Next-Generation SP19

 

University   Courses   Enhanced ACT Scores
 
COMPASS Scores
 
ACCUPLACER Classic & Next-Generation
 
Smarter Balance
 

ENGLISH

 
SDSMT ENGL 033 Basic Writing: 3 credits*
 
ACT English: 1 to 12
 
Writing: 1 to 32
 
Sentence Skills: 0 - 52          Writing 200 - 236
 
0 - 2492
 

ENGL 032 Basic Writing: 2 credits*
 
ACT English: 13 or 14
 
Writing: 33 to 48
 
Sentence Skills: 53 - 70         Writing 237 -249
 
0 - 2492
 

ENGL 031 Basic Writing: 1 credit*
 
ACT English: 15 to 17
 
Writing: 49 to 73
 
Sentence Skills: 71 - 85         Writing 250 - 262
 
2493 - 2582
 

Testing at Mines

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Contact Tom Mahon
Tutoring and Testing Coordinator
(605) 394-2428
Thomas.Mahon@sdsmt.edu  

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501 E. St. Joseph St.
Rapid City, SD  57701-3995 

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