Admissions & Aid
Welcome to Gadsden State's Testing Services!
IMPORTANT: An unexpired governmental photo ID is REQUIRED to be shown for any test administration. Please leave all other items, except car keys, at home or in your vehicle. Please review additional Testing Services information and requirements below.
Gadsden State’s Test Centers on the East Broad and Ayers campuses are currently operating at a lower seat capacity due to continued precautions for social distancing. If you are a new student and have not taken and passed college-level English and/or math, please contact your advisor to ask if you are required to take the Accuplacer placement test. If you have not been assigned an advisor, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. Be sure to include your name, student number (A#) and declared major in the email and you will receive a response regarding placement test requirements, or if you qualify for test exemption.
If you have been informed that you are required to take the Accuplacer writing and/or math placement test, please continue to the Find Your Test section below to review Accuplacer information and to access the online appointment scheduling system. Walk-In testing is not allowed at this time. Students must have a confirmed scheduled appointment through the appointment webpage. If you have any questions after reviewing the information below or about placement test scheduling, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
In addition to administering Gadsden State’s Accuplacer placement test, Testing Services also administers ACT On-Campus (Residual) to students who will be Gadsden State Health Science program applicants; the ACT-WorkKeys to community members whose potential employer requires this basic abilities test series; and the ASE certification tests to community members in the auto service industry. Please refer to the Find Your Test section below for specific test information, practice resources, test scheduling and fees.
Gadsden State test center locations are in the One Stop Center, Room 132 on the East Broad Street Campus (256-549-8497) and in the Administration Building, Room 107 on the Ayers Campus (256-832-1241).
Find Your Test
All incoming students must submit an online application for Admissions, complete Admissions requirements and consult with an assigned advisor for assistance in making the determination whether or not placement testing is required. Preparation/practice testing is highly recommended prior to sitting for the placement test, which includes multiple-choice questions in math and an essay test to assess writing skills. Some preparation/practice recommendations are listed below. Please note that this is not a complete listing of practice and review resources.
There is no charge for the initial writing and/or math placement test administration. One retest is allowable for writing, math or both. The Alabama Community College System guidelines allow for ONE retest per academic year with a $10 retest fee, payable upon arrival for the test appointment. Before retesting, a student must confirm subject area resource study materials have been reviewed to assist with test preparation. Preparing well for the initial test often results in better scores which can save both time and money.
QAS - Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics
Next Gen - ACCUPLACER
|Accuplacer Study App||Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra & Statistics||Accuplacer Sample Essay Guide|
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|Union Test Prep||Accuplacer WritePlacer Essay Guide|
|Khan Academy||Accuplacer Writing Prep - Mometrix|
|Math TV||Union Test Prep|
|Accuplacer Essay Writing Guidelines|
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For admission to Gadsden State Health Science Programs, an ACT composite score of 18 or greater must be achieved and an official score must be received by Gadsden State no later than the program’s application deadline. If a prior ACT composite score is to be used, Gadsden State must have an official record of the test score. Please note an ACT score is only official when documented on a high school transcript that has been sent to the Admissions and Records Office by the high school, or an ACT score record is sent to Gadsden State by ACT.
There is no expiration to the age of the ACT score for applying to Gadsden State’s Health Science Programs. However, those who have not taken the ACT, or do not wish to use a previous ACT score for applying to one of the health science programs can take the ACT National Test (administered at area high schools and colleges on various Saturday dates) or the ACT On-Campus Test (administered at the East Broad Campus test center on various weekday dates).
ACT National allows students to select up to four two-year and/or four-year colleges as recipients of your scores. ACT National test scores are posted to your personal online ACT account, and a score report is mailed to your address on file with ACT. The ACT National test fee is $55. Test information and registration is via ACT.org. Note: ACT National scores do not auto-upload to your Gadsden State student account once received electronically from ACT. It is imperative that you follow up with the Admissions Office two or more weeks after testing to confirm receipt of scores and request posting of your scores to your student account.
The ACT On-Campus administered at Gadsden State is strictly limited only to students applying to one of Gadsden State’s Health Science programs (an A# is required). The ACT On-Campus test fee is $60. ACT On-Campus does not allow adding college codes for multiple college recipients. Scores will only be recorded to your Gadsden State student account for review by the College’s health science program advisors. Each test registrant must have a current, up-to-date admissions application on record with Gadsden State or be a currently-enrolled Gadsden State student.
ACT On-Campus scores are not posted to your personal online ACT National account nor does ACT create or mail a formal ACT On-Campus score report to the registrant. Gadsden State’s Testing Services office will contact you approximately two weeks after testing via your Gadsden State student email to report your ACT On-Campus scores. Your ACT On-Campus scores will also be posted to your Gadsden State student account in OneACCS.
IMPORTANT: ACT requires a 60-day waiting period between taking multiple ACT On-Campus tests otherwise, ACT will void/cancel the second test score results with no refund. There is no waiting period between taking ACT National tests, or between taking an ACT National and an ACT On-Campus test.
Whether choosing to take ACT National or ACT On-Campus, Gadsden State health science program applicants are strongly encouraged to register for ACT at least one to two months prior to the program’s application deadline. If choosing to take ACT National, register only for the test titled ACT, No Writing. The optional writing test (with added fee) is not a requirement when applying to Gadsden State’s health science programs
Upcoming ACT National Test Dates:
LATE FEE REQUIRED
|October 23, 2021||September 17||September 18 – October 1|
|December 11, 2021||November 5||November 6 – November 19|
|February 12, 2022||January 7||January 8 – January 21|
|April 2, 2022||February 25||February 26 – March 11|
|June 11, 2022||May 6||May 7 – May 20|
|July 16, 2022||June 17||June 18 – June 24|
To register for ACT National, click here.
Upcoming ACT On-Campus (Residual) Test Dates:
Registrants for ACT On-Campus are restricted to GADSDEN STATE HEALTH SCIENCE PROGRAM APPLICANTS only (all registrants must have an A#). Tests are administered on the East Broad Campus in the One Stop Center. Pre-registration and pre-payment are required.
Online registration is required. Registration opens 30-45 days prior and closes two days prior to test date. Dates listed are subject to change based on unusual or unavoidable circumstances. Be certain to list an actively checked email address and phone number during the registration process. ACT On-Campus test fee is $60. Payment is due at time of registration and is non-refundable (unless test day cancellation is announced by Gadsden State and a reschedule date cannot be accommodated).
IMPORTANT: Late arrivals WILL NOT be admitted to the testing room. Those without an unexpired governmental photo ID or those not on the test day roster WILL NOT be admitted to the testing room. Admittance will also be denied if first and last names listed on the test day roster DO NOT match the first and last names on your photo ID. All registrants receive an email confirmation at the time of registration and payment. Be certain to verify that you have received the email confirmation once the online test registration process is complete.
ACT ON-CAMPUS TEST DATES*
New test dates to be posted by November 15, 2021
* Dates may be subject to change prior to registration opening, or subject to cancellation due to inclement weather and/or pandemic guidelines requiring closure of all or specific college operations. If cancellation occurs, every effort will be made to reschedule the affected test date(s) or a refund will be issued.
To register for ACT On-Campus, click here.
Gadsden State's Testing Services offers administration of the ACT WorkKeys assessments to community members as required by potential employers. Often called a basic abilities test (or BAT), the assessment is a series of three ACT WorkKeys tests titled Graphic Literacy, Applied Math and Workplace Documents. Each assessment allocates 55 minutes to answer approximately 35-40 multiple-choice questions. There is a $45 assessment fee payable to Gadsden State Community College upon arrival for testing. An unexpired governmental photo ID must be presented at check-in.
ACT WorkKeys assessments are administered at the One Stop Center on the East Broad Campus and on the Ayers Campus in Anniston. Both locations are by appointment only. Please contact Testing Services at 256.549.8497 (Gadsden) or 256.832.1241 (Anniston) to schedule an appointment.
Law enforcement applicants can review related testing requirements under Question #17 of the APOSTC FAQ webpage.
Gadsden State's testing center on the East Broad campus in Gadsden is an approved test site for ASE test administration. After you complete the registration process through ASE (see information below), please contact our testing center to schedule an appointment. You will be required to show a current photo ID upon your arrival for testing and you must also have your ASE Registration ID# which is listed at the upper left side of your test registration confirmation. Please also review Testing Requirements at the bottom of this webpage.
CLICK ASE TO REGISTER AND MAKE PAYMENT FOR YOUR CERTIFICATION TESTS. Then, contact Gadsden State’s Testing Services at email@example.com to schedule an appointment, or call 256-549-8497. Testing takes place at the One Stop Center in Room 132 located at 424 Cardinal Dr., Gadsden.
Each Gadsden State test center strives to provide a comfortable and accommodative testing environment. Students who wish to request testing accommodations based on a documented disability must contact Pam Clough, ADA coordinator, at 256-549-8462 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Testing Services staff will work in good faith to meet the needs of all students and community members requiring accommodative testing services.
Upon arrival for testing, test registrants must have the following:
- Unexpired government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license
- Gadsden State student number (A#), if applicable.
- Testing fee payment receipt, if applicable.
The following items are prohibited while testing:
- Cell phones or Bluetooth devices
- Digital, alarm or calculator watches
- Wristwatch smartphones
- Non-approved calculators
- Photographic or copying devices
- Listening or recording devices, such as media players with headphones/earbuds
- Food or drinks
- Unattended children
- Coats, hats, hoodies or head scarves (unless being worn for religious or medical reasons)