Testing & Proctoring

Northern State University has information available for a wide variety of tests.
The ACT, CLEP, LSAT, MAT, ACCUPLACER, Praxis and TOEFL iBT exams are administered on campus. Students also may obtain information on the GRE, GMAT exams, MCAT, and GED records.
NSU provides proctor services for students needing a secure testing environment. Please contact the Assessment Office at 605-626-3290 or email Marilyn Zimmerman for assistance.
  • The National ACT test is given on campus approximately six times throughout the year. For registration information, contact your local high school counselor or log on to actstudent.org. Students enrolling at NSU who missed the national test date(s) can schedule a residual ACT by contacting the Student Affairs Office at 605-626-2530 or emailing Jerilyn Mielke. Students interested in residual testing do not have to complete a registration form or register online. Score reports from residual ACT tests are only valid at NSU, and will not transfer to another institution.
  • CLEP testing is scheduled at various times throughout the school year. Information regarding exams, testing centers and more can be found at collegeboard.com/clep. Students interested in testing on campus should contact Student Affairs Office at 605-626-2530 or email Jerilyn Mielke. NSU is an open testing center, which means we can test any student, even if they aren€™'t enrolled at our institution.
  • The Law School Admission Test (LSAT) is offered four times per year on NSU€™'s campus. Visit lsac.org for online services. If you have questions regarding test day activities, please contact the Student Affairs Office at 605-626-2530 or email Jerilyn Mielke.
  • The Miller Analogies Test (MAT) is a computer-based test administered at NSU. Find information at milleranalogies.com. If you are interested in testing at NSU, contact the Student Affairs office at 605-626-2530 or email Jerilyn Mielke regarding fees and dates.
  • ACCUPLACER placement tests comprise three separate exams: writing, math, and reading. Students who take the ACCUPLACER test(s) but are not enrolling at NSU or another South Dakota Board of Regents institution will be charged according to the current mandatory fee structure. Students are allowed to challenge the ACT or ACCUPLACER placement once only at the current mandated fee. For ACCUPLACER sample questions, click HERE. For an appointment, please contact the NSU Assessment Office at 605-626-3290 or email Marilyn Zimmerman.
  • The Praxis SeriesTM tests are taken by individuals entering the teaching profession as part of the certification process required by many states and professional licensing organizations. Information regarding exams, testing dates/centers and more can be found at ets.org/praxis. The Praxis Core consists of Reading (5712), Writing (5722), and Math (5732). Praxis II (Content & PLT) information can be found at doe.sd.gov/oatq/praxis. NSU administers Praxis Core and Praxis II exams and is capable of administering the test via computer. For registration questions, contact the School of Education at 605-626-2415. If you have questions about test day activities (location, reporting time, etc.), contact the Student Affairs Office at 605-626-2530 or email Jerilyn Mielke.
  • The Graduate Record Exam (GRE), subject or general, is given at various test sites nationwide. Registration information and testing locations can be found at ets.org/gre. NSU does not administer the GRE.
  • The Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT) is a computer-based test administered year-round at various test centers. Log on to mba.com for more information. NSU does not administer the GMAT.
  • The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a computer-based test. For up-to-date information and testing locations, go to aamc.org/mcat. NSU does not administer the MCAT.
  • The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL iBT) tests language skills important for effective communication: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. The test helps students demonstrate that they have the English skills needed for success. TOEFL iBT also emphasizes integrated skills and provides better information to institutions about students' ability to communicate in an academic setting and their readiness for academic coursework. Information (including testing dates) can be found at ets.org/toefl.
  • Students interested in taking the GED should contact the Cornerstones Career Learning Center at 605-626-2298. Individuals looking for GED records should contact the state office in Pierre at 605-773-3101 or visit dlr.sd.gov for more information.

NSU tests

  • Exit Exams - All baccalaureate candidates must complete the appropriate exit exam(s) in their major field(s) of study. Testing should take place in the student's final semester to ensure that relevant material covered on the test will have been covered in coursework. For more information, please refer to the Assessment Page, or contact the NSU Assessment Office at 605-626-3290 or by email. Current NSU students can find information on myNSU.
Proctoring Services

Need a proctor for a test?

Northern's Office of Student Affairs can proctor (supervise) your exam if you're enrolled at a S.D.Board of Regents (BOR)school.

  • Proctoring at Northern is available Tuesdays, Wednesday and Thursdays.
  • Contact Student Affairs at least 3 days in advance to arrange for testing.
How to initiate proctored testing
  • Get a proctor form from the institution from which you're taking the course.​
  • NSU Proctoring Form
  • Complete the student section of the proctor form. If you are requesting a proctor other than those listed for SDBOR schools, you must also fill out theproctor section.

Bring or send the form to:

Office of Student Affairs

Student Center 222

1200 S. Jay St.

Aberdeen, S.D. 57401

  • We'll complete the form, then return it to you so you can send it to the offering school.
  • Once Northern has been approved as a proctor site, we'll receive testing information from the offering institution. Then, you must schedule your proctored test.

How to schedule proctored testing

  • Contact Student Affairs at least 3 days before the timeyou'd like to take the exam. To set and confirm the test date, call Student Affairs at 626-2530 or email your proctor. Allow at least 3 days' advance notice (not including weekends) when making your appointment. Proctoring is available from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
  • Bring a photo ID to your test.
  • Make sure you know what you are allowed to use during the exam, such as calculator, notes, etc. We'll provide scratch paper and a testing room equipped with surveillance cameras.
  • Arrive for your appointment on time and be prepared to take your exam at the scheduled time. Late arrivals may result in rescheduling the exam.
  • Proctors will enforce any time limits or test specifications provided by the instructor.
  • Student Affairs reserves the right to discontinue proctoring service for any student.

Proctor needed outside of NSU/Aberdeen 

If you're attending an SDBOR school and taking a course from Northern that requires a proctor, pleasevisit the appropriate site below: