Chadron State College
Chadron State College

Placement Testing

Student Testing


The priority deadline for completing placement tests for Fall 2020 enrollment is July 24, 2020.

Placement Testing is available at Registration & Orientation events and by appointment.

In some cases, it is possible to set up off-site testing. To arrange for placement testing or if you have placement questions, contact the TSP Office.

All students taking a placement test are required to show a valid photo ID.


Students with an ACT Reading and/or English score below 19 or SAT Writing & Language score below 26 and/or Reading score below 25 are required to take the CSC English placement test.

The English placement test is designed to ensure that students are placed in an appropriate English course.

English Placement Test Information

  • Students are given 3 writing prompt options. They select and respond to one.

  • Your writing sample will be evaluated by the English Department Faculty who also teach the classes in which students will be placed (SLO#2 and/or English 111).

  • The results of a student’s CSC English placement test determine whether they are placed in an Essential Studies English course (SLO #2)a Transitional Studies English Course (ENG 111), or a combination (ENG 135 with a 1-credit ENG 111 “lab”).

  • Evaluation of English placement tests may take up to three weeks. Results will be emailed to students at their EagleMail accounts.


Students have the option of taking the Accuplacer mathematics test(s) for further math placement options. The Accuplacer test is designed to help determine which math classes are most appropriate for students. It is an Internet-based proctored test.

Math ACUPLACER Test Information

  • The Accuplacer Math tests are not timed so you can focus on doing your best.
  • The tests are multiple choice and are adaptive, which means the questions you see are based on your skill level. Your response to each question drives the difficulty of the next question.
  • Your scores are available upon test completion; however, course adjustments may take up to two weeks. 

Test Content

Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics

  • Rational numbers
  • Ratio and proportional relationships
  • Exponents
  • Algebraic expressions
  • Linear equations
  • Linear applications and graphs
  • Probability and sets
  • Descriptive statistics
  • Geometry concepts for Pre-Algebra
  • Geometry concepts for Algebra

Items Prohibited During Testing

  • Calculators
  • Cell-Phones
  • Smart Watches and similar wearable technology
  • All recording devices (audio, photographic, video, etc.)
  • Unauthorized testing aids
  • Cameras
  • Flash/thumb drives or any other portable electronic devices
  • Food, beverages, or tobacco products
  • Listening devices (i.e. media players with headphones, etc.)
  • Non-medical electronic devices
  • Paper of any kind (scratch paper will be provided by the test administrator)
  • Slide rules, protractors, compasses and rulers

ACCUPLACER Test Preparation

There are several resources available to help you review math concepts prior to completing the Accuplacer math test(s):