Heston Hall 309
Dakota State University
820 N Washington Ave
Madison, SD 57042
All students seeking a degree from DSU or another South Dakota regental institution are required to take and pass the Proficiency Examination, the ACT CAAP. The examinations are administered each November and March. DSU students also complete one online exam.
ACT Collegiate Assessment of Academic Proficiency (CAAP)
The proficiency tests, produced by ACT, consist of four separate multiple choice exams in reading, writing, math and science reasoning. Each exam is 40 minutes long and is designed to test general education skills acquired during the first two years of college.
DSU students complete a locally-developed multiple choice exam covering topics related to information literacy.
The exam is completed during one of the general education courses.
Information Technology (online exam)
DSU students will complete a locally-developed, multiple-choice exam to demonstrate knowledge of the general education curriculum related to information technology skills. The exam will take 60 minutes to complete and will cover computer applications, programming and computer concepts.
Students scheduled to sit for the CAAP will take this exam during the semester's testing period if they have not already completed the exam as part of their programming course.
Proficiency Testing at a Distance
Distance education students residing out of state may print out the proctor agreement form, fax it to the Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment, and test in the city where they are taking classes. Once the proctor information has been received and verified by OIEA, the test materials will be sent.