Testing Center

The Testing Center at Southeast Technical Institute is your on-campus resource for admissions and placement testing, as well as certification testing and safety testing for select programs. We can also proctor exams for non-Southeast Tech students and online learners.

Entrance Exams   Placement Exams   Certification Tests   Safety Tests  

OTHER TESTS and services   

 

Entrance Exams

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER as an Entrance Exam – Some applicants may be asked to take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Test as an entrance requirement for the following reasons: (1) Passed GED but did not take ACT Test; (2) ACT score does not meet academic program requirements; and/or (3) High school GPA does not meet academic program requirements. 
  • The exam is free for Southeast Tech applicants.
  • If you do not meet test score requirements, you may take the test two times with 30 days between attempts.
  • If you cannot travel to the Testing Center to take this exam, please call 605-367-6014 to arrange proctored testing at another location.
  • Next-Generation ACCUPLACER uses the latest computer-adaptive technology, and the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty level of the next question, so it’s important to give each question as much thought as you can before selecting your answer.
  • It is published by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI Testing), LLP. Testers should plan to spend approximately two hours at the Testing Center. A calculator, pencils and scratch paper are provided. 
Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Preparation – Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for this exam. Even if you scored high on the ACT or other standardized tests, do not assume you are prepared for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.

Southeast Tech offers the Writing, Arithmetic and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) sections of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test. For placement into ENGL 101, students would take the Writing section. For placement into MATH 100, students would take the Arithmetic section. For placement into MATH 101, MATH 102 and MATH 116, students would take the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) section.

We recommend that you review the following:
Next-Generation Writing Sample Questions
Next-Generation Arithmetic Sample Questions
Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Testing Day Details –
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Bring your ID card with you.
  • There is no time limit for this test, so plan to take your time.
  • Most applicants will spend approximately two hours testing.
  • Breaks are not allowed during testing. If you leave, you will not be allowed to resume testing.
  • Scratch paper, pencils and a calculator are provided for you.
Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Registration – It is recommended that applicants prepare for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER early and register to take the test as soon as they feel prepared.
    1. Log into STInet using the login information that was provided to you earlier in the admission process.
      If this will be your first site visit, log in with:
      Username: Student Id Number
      Password: First Initial of First Name, First Initial of Last Name and Last 4 of SSN
    2. Click the Add/Drop Courses link that is provided at the bottom of the page.
    3. In the Title Text Box, type in “NEXT.”
    4. Click the Search button to view a list of available tests.
    5. Find the test you need at the date/time that works best for you.
    6. Click the checkbox in front of the test you want.
    7. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the "Add Courses" button.
    8. Finally, you can verify you've completed the signup by viewing the "Your Schedule (Registered)" section of the screen. You should also receive a confirmation email the following day. 
  • Cost: Free
  • You will not be authorized to register for testing if you have a past due balance and/or an Account Receivable hold in the Southeast Tech Business Office.

ATI TEAS Exam – The “Test of Essential Academic Skills” is required for the following health programs:

PROGRAM TEST SCORES REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE
Cardiac Sonography
62 Math
73 Reading
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
62 Math
73 Reading
ElectroNeuroDiagnostic Technology (ENDT)
62 Math
73 Reading
Invasive Cardiovascular Technology 62 Math
73 Reading
LPN - Licensed Practical Nursing
62 Math
75 Reading
Vascular Sonography
62 Math
75 Reading
Surgical Technology 55 Math
65 Reading
  • The exam costs $79.
  • If you also need to take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER exam, it should be done before completing the ATI TEAS Exam.
  • If you do not meet test score requirements, you may take the test three times with 30 days between attempts, unless you are an LPN applicant. LPN applicants may only take the exam twice.
  • If you cannot travel to the Testing Center to take this exam, please call 605-367-6014 to arrange proctored testing at another location.
  • The ATI TEAS Exam is a computerized test composed of multiple-choice questions organized into two sections, which measure basic math skills and reading comprehension.
  • It is a timed test published by Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI Testing), LLP. Testers should plan to spend approximately two hours at the Testing Center. A four-function calculator is incorporated into the test; dictionaries and other aids are not permitted. 
ATI TEAS Exam Preparation – Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for this exam. Even if you scored high on the ACT or other standardized tests, do not assume you are prepared for the ATI TEAS Exam.
  • An ATI TEAS Exam study manual may be purchased through the Southeast Tech Bookstore.  
  • Dozens of free ATI TEAS Exam study resources are available online.
  • A free practice guide is available at www.teaspracticetest.com.
ATI TEAS Exam Testing Day Details –
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Bring your ID card with you.
  • The test is timed and takes about two hours to complete.
  • Scratch paper and pencils are provided for you.
  • There is a built-in calculator within the exam.
  • You may not use dictionaries or other aids.
ATI TEAS Exam Registration – It is recommended that applicants prepare for the ATI TEAS Exam early and register to take the test as soon as they feel prepared.
  • Cost: $79
  • Payment Options: Credit Card or E-Check
  • You will not be authorized to register for testing if you have a past due balance and/or an Account Receivable hold in the Southeast Tech Business Office.
  • You may re-schedule or cancel your exam (with payment refunded) any time before your test date. However; if you do not show up on your test date to take the exam, no refund will be given.

NACE I Test – Applicants for the LPN-to-RN program are required to complete the National League for Nursing (NLN) “Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exam I.”

PROGRAM TEST SCORE REQUIRED FOR ENTRANCE
Registered Nurse (RN) 76
NACE I Registration – It is required that applicants prepare for the NACE I early, create an account with the National League of Nursing (NLN) and register as soon as they feel prepared.
  • Step 1: Before registering for the test, you must create an account with the National League of Nursing. Do not skip this step! You cannot test if you do not have an NLN account.
  • Step 2:  After you have completed Step 1 and have setup an account with NLN, register and pay for the test at testing.southeasttech.edu.
  • Cost: $89
  • Payment Options: Credit Card or E-Check
  • You will not be authorized to register for testing if you have a past due balance and/or an Account Receivable hold in the Southeast Tech Business Office.
  • If you do not meet the test score requirement, you may take the test two times with 30 days between attempts.
  • The exam is computer-based and administered in a four-hour session.
  • If you cannot travel to the Testing Center to take this exam, please call 605-367-6014 to arrange proctored testing at another location.
  • The NACE I exam is the primary admission criteria for the LPN-to-RN program; therefore, applicants who take this exam should have earned a Practical Nursing license. The NACE I exam is a nursing validation test designed to evaluate previous learning to assist in the placement of nurses who are seeking educational mobility. The NACE I exam focuses on topics directly associated with Practical Nursing skills and duties. Each section consists of multiple-choice questions.
  • You may re-schedule or cancel your exam (with payment refunded) any time before your test date. However; if you do not show up on your test date to take the exam, no refund will be given.

NACE I Preparation – Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for this exam. Even if you scored high on the ACT or other standardized tests or you have worked as an LPN, do not assume you are prepared for the NACE I.
  • There is no study guide for the NACE I exam; however, a bulletin describing the exam is available by emailing or calling the National League for Nursing at customerhelp@nln.org or 800-732-8656.
  • This exam is based on applicants’ understanding of the foundational principles of the Licensed Practical Nurse Degree. Reviewing previously-used textbooks and study materials for the NCLEX may be helpful.
NACE I Testing Day Details –
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Bring your ID card with you.
  • Bring proof of LPN license.
  • The test is timed, and you are allowed four hours of testing time.

 

Placement Exams

Next-Generation ACCUPLACER as Placement Exam –Southeast Tech is committed to providing students with opportunities for successful academic experiences, and we know student academic achievement is directly related to proper initial course placement. The Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Test ensures proper course placement for English and math.
Southeast Tech offers the Writing, Arithmetic and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) sections of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test. For placement into ENGL 101, students would take the Writing section. For placement into MATH 100, students would take the Arithmetic section. For placement into MATH 101, MATH 102 and MATH 116, students would take the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) section.
Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Preparation – Applicants are strongly encouraged to prepare for this exam. Even if you scored high on the ACT or other standardized tests, do not assume you are prepared for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.
Southeast Tech offers the Writing, Arithmetic and Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) sections of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test. For placement into ENGL 101, students would take the Writing section. For placement into MATH 100, students would take the Arithmetic section. For placement into MATH 101, MATH 102 and MATH 116, students would take the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) section.
 
 
Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Testing Day Details –
  • Arrive 15 minutes early.
  • Bring your ID card with you.
  • There is no time limit for this test, so plan to take your time.
  • Most applicants will spend approximately two hours testing.
  • Breaks are not allowed during testing. If you leave, you will not be allowed to resume testing.
  • Scratch paper, pencils and a calculator are provided for you.
Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Registration – It is recommended that applicants prepare for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER early and register to take the test as soon as they feel prepared.
  • Register: testing.southeasttech.edu

    1. Log into STInet using the login information that was provided to you earlier in the admission process.
      If this will be your first site visit, log in with:
      Username: Student Id Number
      Password: First Initial of First Name, First Initial of Last Name and Last 4 of SSN
    2. Click the Add/Drop Courses link that is provided at the bottom of the page.
    3. In the Title Text Box, type in “NEXT.”
    4. Click the Search button to view a list of available tests.
    5. Find the test you need at the date/time that works best for you.
    6. Click the checkbox in front of the test you want.
    7. Scroll to the bottom of the page, and click the "Add Courses" button.
    8. Finally, you can verify that you've completed the signup by viewing the "Your Schedule (Registered)" section of the screen. You should also receive a confirmation email the following day. 
  • Cost: Free

  • You will not be authorized to register for testing if you have a past due balance and/or an Account Receivable hold in the Southeast Tech Business Office.

 

Certification Tests

The Solid Works Test is the Certification Exam for Southeast Tech's Engineering Technology department.

The Surgical Technology Test is the Certification Exam for Southeast Tech's Surgical Technician program. Please work with your instructor to schedule.

 

Safety Tests

To take the Automotive Safety Test, please call the Testing Center to schedule a date and time.

 

Other Tests & Services

  • CNA Eligibility: Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Skills and/or Knowledge Test-Out eligibility can be accomplished in one of two ways:  
  1. Candidates who have successfully completed a nursing assistant training program and a competency evaluation program approved by the South Dakota Board of Nursing are eligible to test. 
  2. Candidates who have received a waiver of 75-hours of Nurse Aide Training from the South Dakota Board of Nursing are eligible to test.    
  • Test-out Form: Prior to registering and paying for a Test Out, please complete the following Test-out Form which will be forwarded to Southeast Tech’s CNA Program Coordinator to verify your testing eligibility. Once training and testing eligibility are verified, the Program Coordinator will notify you.
 
  • Register for Appropriate Tests: Please make sure that you register for both the Skills Test and the Knowledge Test as needed.  
    • Test-out registration closes five business days prior to the test-out date, and testing eligibility must be verified prior to registration.  

  • CNA Exam Costs:
    • Skills Testing = $175
    • Knowledge Testing = $125
    • Students assume financial responsibility for test-out charges. Rescheduling is only allowed one time for emergency situations.  
  • Obtaining CNA Certification: CNA candidates must successfully pass both the Skills and Knowledge Tests in order to obtain certification.  

  • CNA Website: Please review the South Dakota Board of Nursing CNA webpage: https://doh.sd.gov/boards/nursing/nurseaid.aspx

  • CNA Testing Preparations: Review the South Dakota Nursing Assistant Handbook:  http://www.sdhca.org/cna/

  • Testing Day Instructions:
    • On the day of Test Out, bring a photo ID.
    • Arrive at the Sullivan Health Science Center at least 15 minutes early.
    • Wait in the lower level commons area. The test observers will guide you to the testing room and through the testing process.  

  • Reschedule Testing: If you are unable to make Test Out, please contact the CNA Program Coordinator. Rescheduling is only allowed one time for emergency situations.  

  • Contact Information:    Sherri Post, CNA Program Coordinator 
                                            605.367.5721
                                             sherri.post@southeasttech.edu

The GED test is a high-school equivalency examination developed by the GED Testing Service of the American Council on Education. The credential received for passing the test is widely recognized by colleges, training schools and employers as equivalent to a high school diploma.

There are four parts of the GED test. Each part of the test is a different length:

  1. Math - 120 minutes
  2. Science - 95 minutes
  3. Social Studies - 75 minutes
  4. Reasoning Through Language Arts - 155 minutes
Results are posted on MyGED® in less than 3 hours.

The Math, Science, Social Studies and Reasoning Through Language Arts sections of the GED test are $32.50 each.

GED testing is done at Southeast Tech. Register online: ged.com/.

On testing day, you will need an official picture ID with you to take the test.
If you have questions about taking a test off-campus, contact Testing Center Coordinator Karen Winter at 605-367-6014.

Students wishing to test out of a course can do so in various ways, including the following: 

  • Testing out of an English or Math course with ACT or SAT scores.
  • Testing out of an English or Math course with Next-Generation ACCUPLACER scores.
    • If you are applying for admission to Southeast Tech, please work with your Admission Counselor to determine minimum scores. If you are currently a Southeast Tech student, visit with your Student Success Advisor. 
    • These credits are awarded at Southeast Tech only and are typically not accepted at other institutions. See the area below about transferable credits if you plan to continue on for a bachelor’s degree.
    • If you successfully meet the minimum test-out score, you will pay the Business Office a $50 test out fee after you have received these score(s). Then, the Registrar’s Office will award you credit to fulfill the requirement at Southeast Tech, and the credit will appear on your transcript.
  • You may also test out of other courses using specific assessments created by the college. This includes one more attempt at Math and English with a 30-day wait period between testing.

 

TEST OUT SCORES    
CIS 100 Keyboarding 2 credits
CIS 101 Computer Essentials 2 credits
CIS 102 Computer Applications 3 credits
CIS 105 Intro to Computers 3 credits
CIS 106 Intro to Computers 3 credits
CIS 107 Intro to Computers MAC 3 credits 
CIS 125 Advanced Computer 3 credits 
MATH 100 College Math 3 credits 
MATH 101 Intro to Algebra 4 credits 
ENGL 101 English Composition 3 credits 
BUS 217 Customer Service 3 credits 
BUS 220 Personal Finance 3 credits 
HC 117 Medical Terminology 1 credits 
HC 119 Anatomy & Physiology 4 credits 
HC 121 Patient Care 3 credits 
PSYC 101 General Psychology 3 credits 
Important Information Regarding Test Outs:
  • Southeast Tech’s test out exams are proctored on campus only.
  • Students must register and pay $50 per course fee prior to all test outs, except for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.
  • All test outs must be complete by the Friday before the semester begins for courses that are on your semester schedule.
  • Students who have started in a course are not allowed to test out of that course.
  • You can only take a test out one time. If you fail the test out, you will need to register for and take the course to meet graduation requirements.
  • You will need a passing score of 80% or better to test out of the course. 

If there is another course you would like to challenge, please call the Testing Center to see if a test out is available. Please note that most test out credits at Southeast Tech are not honored at other colleges/institutions. 

For CLEP testing (transferable credits), please contact the USD Community College or the University of Sioux Falls.

Examples: ENGL 101T, PSYCH 101T or SPCM101T

BUILD DAKOTA SCHOLARSHIP STUDENTS:

Test outs for Math 100 and English 101 are available to you at no cost. Any other course test out will be a $50 fee, payable before testing.

To learn more about course test outs at Southeast Tech and to view the schedule, visit testing.southeasttech.edu

The Testing Center at Southeast Tech can proctor exams for students attending other colleges or technical institutes. Please call the Testing Center at 605-367-6014 to make scheduling accommodations, including the payment of any proctor fees. http://testing.southeasttech.edu/    

Please bring your official ID to the Testing Center on the day of the test.

 Individuals requiring/requesting testing accommodations due to a documented disability should contact the Disability Services Office in advance of making other testing arrangements. In order to qualify for testing accommodations, individuals must provide current written documentation of a disability. Please contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 605-367-4450 or access@southeastteh.edu.

Scheduling a Proctored Exam: 

Use this option to schedule a coursework exam requiring proctoring. Please see “Test Outs” and “Other Accommodations” sections for instructions on scheduling these types of tests.

  1. Log into your STInet account.
  2. Click on the "Student" tab.
  3. Click on "Testing Center," on the right side of the page.
  4. Click on "Proctored Exams," on the left side of the page.
  5. Click "Reserve a Spot."
  6. In the "Subject" field, choose one.
  7. In the "Proctoring Session" field, choose a date and time.
  8. Click "Sign up."

After registering, you will receive an email confirmation. 

Hours

Spring 2020
Jan. 13-May 8, 2020
Monday: 8 a.m.-4 p.m.
Tuesday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Wednesday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Thursday: 8 a.m.-9 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
 
Testing Center will be closed on the following dates:
April 9, Thursday: No evening testing (Closing at 3:30 p.m.)
April 10, Friday: Holiday weekend (CAMPUS CLOSED)
April 11, Saturday: Holiday weekend (CAMPUS CLOSED)

Location

The Southeast Technical Institute Testing Center is located in the Ed Wood Center, 2000 N Career Ave.

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