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Office of Assessment & Institutional Research


Ross Norman, Assessment Director & Institutional Research Officer
Graham Hall 104
1200 S. Jay St.
Aberdeen, S.D. 57401
Phone: 605-626-2433
Marilyn Zimmerman, Testing Coordinator
Graham Hall 105
Phone: 605-626-3290
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All students must have current ACT scores and/or ACCUPLACER or COMPASS scores for placement into English, reading, and mathematics courses. It is recommended that these be taken before initial registration.


Students who take the COMPASS tests(s) but are not enrolling at NSU or another South Dakota Board of Regents institution will be charged in accordance with the current mandatory fee structure.


Students are allowed to challenge their ACT or COMPASS placement one time only at the current mandated fee.


ACCUPLACER Sample Questions


COMPASS Sample Questions


ACCUPLACER/COMPASS/ACT Concordance Table (for placement scores)



If you are an NSU student, please check myNSU (student portal) for specific information.