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College Readiness Coursework

College readiness courses are 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.

College Readiness Courses for High School Seniors

(provided by DIAL)

Students who successfully complete the college readiness courses 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 course program is intended for students with skill gaps (1-4 points below an institution’s ACT benchmark).

Students must register for the college readiness courses through their local school district. Payment for the courses 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 courses are 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.

Information for School Districts

The college readiness courses are recommended for students with modest skill gaps in English, reading, and math. Students who have scored more than three points below the ACT college readiness benchmarks should consider additional skill development outside of the college readiness courses program offered through the South Dakota Virtual School.

Students must register for coursework through their local school district through the South Dakota Virtual School.

Payment for coursework is required upon registration either by the student or the school district. Reimbursement for payment will be made to either the student or the school district upon completion of the coursework within the registered timeframe.

School district personnel may be asked to proctor student exams at the start and end of the program at the local site.

Frequently Asked Questions

Please click here for a list of frequently asked questions.

For more information

Please contact the South Dakota Virtual School at DOESDVirtualSchool@state.sd.us