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 2020-2021 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/Guardians:

Middle 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.


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*

English 9 (Additional requirements listed below)


Spanish 1


*Be aware High School math courses are changing in the fall of 2020.


The following exams are semester courses and a .5 credit will be awarded if the student successfully challenges the course:

Computer Applications

Physical Science 1
Physical Science 2

U.S. Government

World History

World Geography

U.S. History I

U.S. History II

U.S. History III



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 testing sessions. Not all subjects will be offered at all sessions, so please pay close attention to the dates / times when the tests will be offered.


Test Session Dates:

Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and Wednesday, July 29, 2020


All testing will be held at:

Rapid City High School

Room TBD

601 Columbus Street

Rapid City, SD 57701


Two testing sessions will be offered each day:

8:30 AM – 10:30 AM

12:00 PM – 2:00 PM


Registration will be limited and will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. Pre-registration for these test sessions will be held from:

June 15 – July 10, 2020


Link will be activated June 15, 2020


REGISTRATION is not open until June 15, 2020

Click on link to register:



Test pre-registration will be coordinated through the Office of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation. No registrations will be accepted after the closing date. Walk-ins will not be allowed the day of the tests. There is no cost to the student to challenge a course.


Please complete the online form, which will be available from June 15th through July 10th for all sessions. You can submit through the website; or download, fill-out, and hand-deliver, mail or fax to:


Rapid City Area School District
Office of Teaching, Learning, and Innovation

625 9th Street, 7th Floor

Phone: (605) 394-4053
Fax: (605) 394-2271


Test Dates and Times:

Tests offered on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and Wednesday, July 29, 2020 at either 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM or 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM:

Integrated Math 1*

Integrated Math 2*

World Geography

US History I, II, III

US Government

World History

Physical Science



*Be aware High School math courses are changing in the fall of 2020.


Tests offered on Tuesday, July 28, 2020 and Wednesday, July 29, 2020 only at 8:30 AM – 10:30 AM:

Computer Applications (This test often takes longer than 2 hours. Students should be prepared to stay until finished.)

English 9  (Students must come prepared with additional items listed in the link below.)



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.


English 9 Course Equivalency Exam (Test Out) Requirements


State Created Exam Information

Course Equivalency Exam Information – South Dakota Department of Education
Guidelines for Calculator Use
Formula Sheets and Periodic Table
South Dakota State Content Standards


Rapid City Area Schools Created Exam Blueprints

English 9
Computer Applications
Integrated Math 1
Integrated Math 2


An alternative test date MAY be offered on a single earlier date if needed- no other test dates will be made available.