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Preparation + opportunity = success

That's the DSU equation. We're a four-year university with nationally recognized programs, cutting-edge facilities, and the brightest thinkers. But we're also a tight-knit, inclusive community. Small class sizes mean hands-on training and individualized attention. All this with an affordable, public school price that's among the best values in the region.

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Testing Services

Use your past to benefit your future

DSU wants to see you start your academic career off right.

Located on the third floor of Heston Hall, we provide students and the community with comprehensive testing and assessment services in a quiet and secure environment.

Placed to succeed

Using a combination of placement scores (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER or COMPASS), high school GPA, and transfer coursework, DSU places students in the entry-level courses that best meet their knowledge and skills.

Additionally, DSU offers ACCUPLACER placement testing. It is available to students for the following reasons:

No current placement scores

Students without placement scores (ACT, SAT, ACCUPLACER or COMPASS) from within the last 5 years are required to complete placement testing before being allowed to register.

Direct placement into MATH 123 - Calculus

Students interested in being placed directly into MATH 123 must complete the ACCUPLACER placement exam. For students with an ACT math score less than 25, an SAT math score less than 570, or a Math Index lower than 1300 this is considered a challenge exam.

Challenging initial placement

Students may challenge their initial course placement through a challenge placement test.  A challenge may be attempted only once per subject. The challenge exam fee is $20.00.

Final placement is determined by the highest result.


Let your experiences work for you

Through the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) exams, students have the opportunity to earn credit in over 40 courses, including required general education courses like ENGL 101, ENGL 201, and MATH 114.



For courses which have no equivalent CLEP examination, students may petition to challenge college coursework via a departmental credit-by-examination.

Schedule an exam

To schedule a test, contact us by phone at (605) 256-5101, email testing@dsu.edu or use the link below to our online schedule.

Testing hours

Monday – Friday
8:00 am to 5:00 pm


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