PLACEMENT TESTING FAQs
DO I HAVE TO TAKE THE ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT TEST?
Alabama Community College System requires placement testing for all entering students enrolling in associate degree or certificate programs, and those who enroll for more than seven credit hours. You may be exempt from all or part of the placement test based on recent ACT, SAT, and/or GED scores, prior college level math and English credits, or other factors. If you are uncertain whether you are required to take the placement test, please Click Here to review testing guidelines.
CAN I TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST BEFORE I APPLY FOR ADMISSIONS?
All students must be assigned a Gadsden State Student ID# prior to testing. This is accomplished by submitting an online application. Whether you will be an incoming freshman, a high school dual-enrollment student, or a transfer student, you must have a student G# in order to register for a test appointment and to access the test on test day.
IF I TOOK THE ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT TEST AT ANOTHER COLLEGE, CAN I USE THOSE SCORES AT GADSDEN STATE?
Yes, if your scores meet all of the following criteria:
- Test scores must be within three years at the time you register for classes.
- Scores must be for the Accuplacer placement test; we do not accept other placement test scores (Exception: Compass test scores may be transferred if within three years).
- Your previous college may fax or e-mail a copy of your score report to Gadsden State's Testing office directly; we do not accept hand-delivered test scores. Our fax number is 256-439-6810, or e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Gadsden State’s testing center does proctor remote Accuplacer tests that are scheduled by testing offices at other colleges. Contact your primary college’s testing center and request to schedule a remote Accuplacer test to be taken at Gadsden State. Once they complete this online registration for you, an email will be sent to you that will include your remote voucher ID# and our contact information. Call or email our office to confirm we have received your remote registration information and to schedule an appointment. There is a $15 administrative fee for remote test proctoring, payable upon arrival for testing.
IF I LIVE FAR FROM GADSDEN STATE CAMPUSES, CAN I TAKE THE ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT TEST SOMEWHERE CLOSER TO ME?
Gadsden State's Testing office will be happy to register you for remote testing at another college if a college in your area offers this service. You should contact college testing centers in your geographic region to inquire if they allow scheduling for remote Accuplacer tests, that they can accommodate your timeframe for testing and that you are agreeable to their testing requirements (i.e., administrative fee). If so, complete the Remote Placement Test Request Form and email or fax to Gadsden State's Testing Services office. Once Gadsden State schedules your remote test, you will receive an e-mail from Accuplacer listing your registration number which you are required to bring to the remote test site on your scheduled test day. You are also required to contact your remote test center to schedule an appointment. Upon completing your remote placement test, please contact the Gadsden State testing office to confirm your scores have been received and entered into the student system.
HOW LONG DOES THE PLACEMENT TEST TAKE?
The Accuplacer placement test is not timed but is usually completed within three hours, estimating one hour per subject area. Please be certain to allocate enough time on your testing day.
WHY DO I HAVE TO TAKE A PLACEMENT TEST?
The placement test is a test assessment to evaluate a student's skill level in math, reading, and writing. Scores are not assessed as Pass/Fail, but rather as indicators to help place each individual student in courses at a level appropriate for the student’s current knowledge and abilities. By preparing for the placement test, you increase your chances of a better score which can affect the following:
- The number of English and math classes you are required to complete.
- The amount of time and money you will spend to obtain your degree.
- The semester in which you can start taking certain required classes for your specific major.
WHAT'S ON THE PLACEMENT TEST?
The Accuplacer placement test has sections in Writing, Reading and Math. The writing test is in essay format; a 300-600 word essay on a provided topic. Reading and math are multiple-choice. Scratch paper and pencils are provided; handheld calculators are not allowed. However, an electronic calculator is available within the testing software. Accuplacer provides a free web-based study app. Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for testing using various practice testing resources.
WHAT DO I NEED TO BRING TO THE TEST?
A current photo ID (i.e., Driver's License or other governmental ID) is required in order to be seated for testing. You will also need your student G#. Please Click Here to review a list of what's required and what's prohibited related to testing.
WHAT IF I NEED ADA ACCOMMODATIVE TESTING?
Students who wish to request testing accommodations based on a documented disability must contact the campus ADA Coordinator for testing assistance and to schedule a test appointment. Click Here to review the Gadsden State Disability Services (ADA) webpage, along with contact information.
WHEN WILL I GET MY TEST RESULTS?
A score report will be given to you upon test completion. Your test scores will determine your placement in English, reading, and math courses. You can review the test score/course placement chart on our Testing Exemptions & Course Placement Score Charts webpage. All students are encouraged to review placement test scores and associated course placement with an advisor.
WHAT DO I DO AFTER I TEST?
Once you complete testing and have been given your score report, you will be directed to speak with an advisor to review your scores and prepare your class registration based on courses required for your major.
CAN I RETEST IF I'M NOT HAPPY WITH MY SCORES?
A student may choose to retest on all or part of the placement test after reviewing their score report with an advisor. Only ONE placement retest is allowed within an academic year, along with a $10 retest fee. Students will be required to confirm they have prepared for a retest using subject area resource materials.
HOW SHOULD I PREPARE FOR THE TEST?
Preparing well for the placement test often results in better scores which can save you both time and money. Testing Services provides a list of recommended practice websites on our Practice Test Recommendations webpage.
WHEN AND WHERE CAN I TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST?
Placement testing is offered on four campuses, East Broad in Gadsden, Ayers in Anniston, McClellan in Anniston, and Cherokee in Centre. Students may view testing appointment schedules based on test center campus location on the Schedule A Placement Test webpage.
IF I TOOK THE ACCUPLACER TEST AT GADSDEN STATE IN THE PAST, CAN I REQUEST TO TRANSFER THOSE SCORES TO ANOTHER COLLEGE?
Yes, you can either make a transfer request in person at one of our testing center offices, or you can print and complete the Placement Test Score Report Transfer Request form. Fax completed form to 256-439-6810, or scan, attach and email to email@example.com. As stated on the form, only forms with complete information will be processed.