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Testing Center
USD Testing Center
North Commons 107
GPS Only Address: 750 N. Plum St.
Vermillion, SD 57069
Office Hours
Fall and Spring Semester (Vermillion):
M - T: 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.

(Please call (605)-658-6143 to verify the testing center is open as we are closed on all holiday weekends)

Summer Hours (May - August, Vermillion):
Monday - Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed Saturdays

How to Schedule an Appointment

The USD Testing Center is making scheduling an exam easier, with an online appointment scheduler called RegisterBlast.

Every student, is required to schedule an appointment. We suggest scheduling your appointment on RegisterBlast a minimum of 24hrs in advance and sooner for midterms and finals! The latest a student will be allowed to begin an exam is one hour prior to close or the length of their exam if less. Students will be reminded at that time what time the testing center closes and the student must be confident they will be completed with their exam by the end of business or will be asked to reschedule.

Questions? Please call the USD Testing Center at 605-658-6143 or email us at

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If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact us at, call us at 605-658-6143, or stop by in person.


Testing Center Resources

Remember to bring your photo ID. Students without a photo ID will not be permitted to take the test.

Acceptable Photo ID:

  • Student ID
  • Driver's License or government issued ID card
  • Passport
Prohibited Items must be stored in your bag or with the proctor.

They Include:

  • Cell phones and any other Electronic Devices
  • All Watches and Fitness Trackers
  • Backpacks, Handbags, and Briefcases
  • Books, Notebooks and USB drives
  • Notes (unless specifically allowed by your instructor)
  • Dictionaries or Translators
  • Weapons and Firearms

Change to College Composition CLEP Credit

Students enrolling during the Summer of 2021 or Fall of 2021 may earn credit for ENGL 101 & 201 if they obtain the established cutoff score for the College Composition CLEP exam.  Enrolled students taking the CLEP College Composition exam in Spring 2022 and beyond may earn credit in only ENGL 101.

Advanced Placement (AP)

Advanced Placement guidelines are available from the South Dakota Board of Regents. Acceptance of credit is governed by BOR policy 2:5 Transfer of Credit.

Advanced Placement Guidelines (SDBOR)

CLEP Credit

You may receive credit for selected courses by earning satisfactory scores on the appropriate College Level Examination Program (CLEP) subject examinations.

Administered by the USD Testing Center, the CLEP exam tests your skills on the coursework for which you would like to receive credit. The USD Testing Center is located in the North Commons, room 107. CLEP exams are offered by appointment Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

To schedule an appointment, use the online appointment scheduler at RegisterBlast.

USD Policies Regarding CLEP Examination

  • You must provide a picture I.D. (driver's license, student I.D. card) at the time of testing.
  • You may apply up to 30 semester hours of CLEP credits toward a degree from USD.
  • USD allows students to retake CLEP tests after a period of three months.
  • USD CLEP policies, prices and score requirements are subject to change.
  • Before scheduling a CLEP appointment, talk with your advisor to see if CLEP is the right option for you.

If you have questions about CLEP testing, contact the USD Testing Center at or 605-658-6143.


  • $40 administration fee is paid to USD at the time the appointment is scheduled online.
  • $89 registration fee is paid directly to CLEP when registering for the exam(s).

Please check the list below for professional testing centers in your area.

List of National Testing Centers:

IMPORTANT: Remember to mail, fax, or email your proctor form at least one week before your test date. Most of these locations also require you to schedule your proctoring sessions two weeks to three days in advance.

Some of these locations may charge fees or only serve patrons with library cards. Please call ahead to make certain that they can accommodate you.

If you have any questions about finding a Proctor, please contact the USD Testing Center at 605-658-6143 or by email at

How to Identify your Proctor and Testing Location

You may receive credit for selected languages by earning satisfactory scores on the appropriate Language Testing International (LTI) subject examinations.

The LTI exams test your skills on speaking, listening, reading, and writing for the selected language. The exams are administered at the USD Testing Center located in the North Commons, room 107. LTI exams are offered only by appointment. Please email us at for further information.

OPI - The ACTFL Oral Proficiency Interview, or OPI, is a live, 20 to 30-minute telephone conversation between a certified ACTFL tester and the candidate. It is a valid and reliable test that measures how well a person speaks a language. The procedure is standardized in order to assess global speaking ability, measuring language production holistically by determining patterns of strengths and weaknesses. Through a series of personalized questions a sample of speech is elicited and rated against the proficiency levels described in ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines 2012 – Speaking, Interagency Language Roundtable Language Skill Level Descriptors – Speaking, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), depending on the type of language proficiency certification that is needed.

The primary goal of the OPI is the efficient elicitation of a ratable sample. To be ratable, a speech sample must clearly demonstrate the highest sustained level of performance of the speaker (known as the "floor") and the level at which the speaker can no longer sustain the performance (known as the "ceiling"), over a variety of topics. The OPI resembles a conversation, but in fact, the tester follows a strictly controlled structure and protocol.

WPT - The ACTFL Writing Proficiency Test (WPT) is a standardized test for the global assessment of functional writing ability in a language. The ACTFL writing proficiency test measures how well a person spontaneously writes in a language (without access to revisions and/or editing tools) by comparing his/her performance of specific writing tasks with the criteria stated in the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines – Writing, Interagency Language Roundtable (ILR) Skill Level Descriptors – Writing, or the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR), depending on the type of language proficiency certification needed.

The ACTFL WPT is a carefully constructed assessment with four to five requests for written responses dealing with practical, social, and/or professional topics that are encountered in informal and formal contexts. The tasks and contexts presented represent the range of proficiency levels on the ACTFL Proficiency Guidelines - Writing. The tasks and prompts are written in English with the expectation that the responses be written in the target language.

The ACTFL WPT assesses writing proficiency in terms of the ability of the candidate to write effectively and appropriately for real-life writing purposes. They do not address when, where, why, or the way in which an individual learned to write. The ACTFL WPT is not an achievement test assessing a writer's acquisition of specific aspects of course and curriculum content, nor is it tied to any specific method of instruction. The ACTFL WPT does not compare one individual's writing to that of another, but rather evaluates each individual's writing according to the assessment criteria of the rating framework.

*Students must receive adequate scores on both the OPI and WPT exams to earn USD credit

USD Policies Regarding LTI Examination:

  • You may take an LTI exam only if you have graduated from high school or successfully completed the GED examination.
  • USD credit will be given only to students who have adequate scores on “both” the OPI and the WPT exams in order to earn USD credit.
  • Payment must be made to USD on RegisterBlast when scheduling an appointment. The cost of this exam is $285 total for both the OPI ($185) & WPT ($100). Check/Cash will NOT be accepted. You must pay at time of signing up at RegisterBlast using a debit or credit card
  • You must provide a picture I.D. (driver's license, student I.D., etc.) at the time of testing.
  • For more information regarding LTI testing, you may visit:

*USD LTI policies, prices, and score requirements are subject to change.

If you have questions regarding LTI testing or wish to schedule an appointment, please contact the USD Testing Center at 605-658-6143 or by email at

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