Entrance and Placement Testing
As one of the steps to be admitted to an Online degree at Southeast Tech, we require that all applicants complete either an ACT Assessment, a COMPASS Assessment or an Accuplacer Assessment.
The ACT Assessment
The ACT test assesses students' general educational development and their ability to complete college-level work. The test covers four areas: English, Math, Reading, and Science. The writing section of the ACT exam is NOT required for admission to Southeast Tech. For additional information about days, times and locations of testing centers, please refer to the ACT website.
The COMPASS Assessment
The COMPASS – Computer-Adaptive Placement, Assessment, and Support System - is a nationally recognized assessment test consisting of computer based assessments that measure three skill areas: Reading, English and Math.
COMPASS scores are raw scores, meaning they do not indicate the percent of questions answered correctly or the percentile ranking of the student.
If you are outside of the Sioux Falls area you may complete your COMPASS testing at any ACT Testing Center
in the United States.
The Accuplacer is a placement test that is comprised of several subject areas: reading comprehension, writing, mathematics, elementary algebra and computer skills. It is a placement test designed to place students into the appropriate course(s).
The test is adaptive, which means that the difficulty of the test will tend to increase, depending on the student's success in earlier portions of Accuplacer.
You can view the required scores needed to be admitted to Southeast Tech here.
Preparing for the Test
Southeast Tech recommends preparing in advance for the exam.
Southeast Tech offers test prep classes. Visit the Testing Center
for more information.
Several free resources are also available at: