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What are Developmental Courses?
Developmental courses are required as prerequisites for higher level English and Math courses, they do not count as credit toward graduation, and they do not impact college GPA. Students in developmental courses must earn a "C" or higher in order to take the next level course. The developmental courses qualify for Financial Aid.

What Scores Require Developmental Courses?

What should I do next?
If you feel your current ACT or SAT score(s) is not an accurate measure of your ability, you will want to consider taking the COMPASS (Math/English Placement) exam.


The COMPASS exam is a measuring tool for Math and English placement. Why would you take the COMPASS exam:

You will have the opportunity to take the COMPASS exam when you come to CONNECT Orientation; however, if you would like to take the exam in advance, you may schedule an appointment by contacting the MSU Testing Center at 701-858-3990. If you have further questions please feel free to contact the Registrar's Office at 1-800-777-0750 ext. 3345.