College Readiness Coursework for High School Seniors

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.

Frequently Asked Questions
District Information

2014-15 School Year

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.

Information for Students

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, 2015 in order to count towards the Fall 2015 semester.

Reimbursement for Cost of Coursework

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.


2013-14 School Year

Useful Links:

South Dakota Virtual School
South Dakota Board of Regents


Direct questions to Sam Shaw, with the Department of Education's Division of Career and Technical Education at (605) 773-5229.