College readiness coursework for high school seniors is intended to assist students in reaching their goal of being fully prepared to enter into the workforce or a postsecondary institution following high school graduation. Secondary or postsecondary credit may not be earned for this type of coursework.
Students who successfully complete the college readiness coursework program while in high school are able to avoid remedial coursework at South Dakota’s Technical Institutes and Board of Regents institutions and with direction from their university admissions, register directly into credit-bearing college-level, saving both time and money.
Access the SD BOR Guidelines (updated: 08/16)
Summary of the SD BOR Placement Guidelines for credit bearing Math and English:
To be placed into Math 102 (College Algebra) a student needs to meet one of the following benchmarks:
To be placed into English 101 (Composition) a student needs to meet one of the following benchmarks:
The college readiness coursework program is intended for students with modest skill gaps (1-4 points below an institution’s ACT benchmark).
Students must register for the college readiness coursework program through their local school district. Payment for the coursework is required at the time of registration either by the student or the school district.
Students begin the courses by taking a proctored exam. The results of the exam generate online, individualized coursework which allows the student to develop his or her skills with the support of a certified teacher. After completing the coursework, the student takes a second proctored exam. The score of the final exam determines a student’s placement at his or her postsecondary institution.
College readiness coursework is available for English, reading, and mathematics in three separate timeframes: 10 weeks, 6 months, or 12 months. Costs for the coursework range from $125-$175 depending on the timeframe selected.
All coursework must be completed by July 15 in order to count towards the Fall semester of the same year.
High school seniors enrolled in public school districts who complete the coursework during their registered time frame are eligible for reimbursement for the full cost of up to three separate courses.
Coursework may be repeated at student expense.