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Rapid City Area Schools
Course Equivalency Exam (Test-Out) Program

Course Equivalency Exam (Test-out) sessions are now being set up for students who will be enrolled in grades 9-12 during the 2017-2018 school year.  Any student enrolled in the district may challenge (test out of) courses approved by the South Dakota Department of Education subject to the conditions outlined in Rapid City Area Schools District Code: IHH. The tests are comprehensive and assess factual knowledge as well as process and performance skills appropriate to the subject.

Special Notice to Middle School Students and Parents/GuardiansMiddle school students (grades 6th through 8th) who have completed the high school course Integrated Math 1 at their middle school will take the appropriate end-of-course exam and score an 80% or better for graduation credit.  Students will have two opportunities to achieve an 80% on the exam.  These tests will be administered in your student’s middle school classroom prior to the end of the current school-year. The grade from the course (not the exam) will then be recorded as a letter grade on their high school transcript and calculated into the student’s grade point average (GPA).  Those students not achieving an 80% will be placed in Integrated Math 1 as a 9th grader.

 Due to the adoption of new course standards and new courses by SD and RCAS, courses that were previously available to test out of are no longer offered as a test out option.  The SD Dept. of Education no longer has tests available for the following courses: World History, U. S. History, Biology, Chemistry, Geography, and Physics. 


The following exams are full-year course exams and one (1) full credit will be awarded if the student successfully challenges the course:  Integrated Math 1, Integrated Math 2, Physical Science, Spanish 1, and English 9.

The following exams are semester courses and a .5 credit will be awarded if the student successfully challenges the course:  Computer Applications (formerly: ICT 1) and U.S. Government.

Students will be allowed to challenge a specific course only once.  A score of 85 percent or better will successfully challenge a course and a credit will be awarded. Successfully challenged courses will be recorded as a pass on official student transcripts and will not affect the student’s official grade point average.  Attached is District Code: IHH-P1 outlining the procedure to obtain a letter grade for scholarship purposes.  The letter grade will not affect the student official grade point average and class ranking per South Dakota Department of Education.

There are also circumstances where a student will not be allowed to take a Course Equivalency Exam. According to the SD Department of Education (SDDOE) guidelines, students who have spent “seat time” for a class can no longer take the Course Equivalency Exam. This would include but is not limited to: attempting to raise a non-failing grade, or attempting to raise a failing grade in a course in which a student is currently enrolled, or testing out of a class that the student has already failed.

This year RCAS will offer two (s) testing sessions:

Test Session Dates:  TBD (please check back after April 10, 2017)

There are no study guides for any of the tests.  The tests are comprehensive, and blueprints and content/curriculum standards for the tests are available for both state-created and district-created tests.

State Created Exam Information is located at the following website:
Guidelines for Calculator Use

Formula Sheets and Periodic Table
SD State Content Standards

Rapid City Area Schools Pacing Guides are located at the following website:

English 9 Course Equivalency Exam (Test Out) Requirements

Rapid City Area Schools Created Exam Blueprints:

English 9
Computer Applications
Integrated Math 1
Integrated Math 2