Welcome to Gadsden State's Testing Services!
IMPORTANT: A valid photo ID, temperature screening and protective facial mask covering are REQUIRED for admittance into the testing area at this time. We ask that students leave all other items, except car keys, at home or in your vehicle. Please review all other Testing information and requirements below.
Gadsden State is currently operating on a modified schedule due to COVID-19. If you think you may need placement testing, please contact your advisor. If you have not been assigned an advisor, please contact email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. Be sure to include your name and student number (A#) in the email and you will receive a response regarding placement requirements and options available.
If you have been informed that you are required to take the English and/or math placement test, please continue to the Find Your Test section below to review Accuplacer information and to access our online appointment scheduling system. Walk-In testing is not allowed at this time; you must have a confirmed scheduled appointment through our appointment webpage.
ACT-Residual testing for applicants to Gadsden State’s Health Science programs will resume in Fall 2020. A new testing schedule is being determined.
Gadsden State’s Testing Services provides proctored test administration for Accuplacer placement testing, ACT-Residual for Gadsden State Health Science programs and for community members whose potential employer may require ACT-WorkKeys exams or MSSC Certification exams. 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).
Please review specific test information and scheduling procedures below:
Find Your Test
All incoming students must submit an online application for Admissions, complete Admissions requirements, and consult with their 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 section to assess writing skills. Some preparation/practice recommendations are listed below. (Please note that this is in no way a complete listing of practice and review resources.)
Please be aware that the Alabama Community College System Guidelines allow for ONE placement retest within an academic year with a one-time fee of $10.00.
Before retesting, a student must confirm subject area resource study materials have been reviewed to assist with test preparation. Preparing well for your initial test often results in better scores which can save you 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|
|Union Test Prep||Practice Typing Words - Numbers|
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. 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 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 a Health Science Program, can take the ACT National Test or the ACT-Residual Test. Gadsden State does not administer the ACT National Test.
The ACT-Residual test is strictly limited only to students who have officially applied, have been admitted or have been enrolled at Gadsden State. It’s only for students applying to one of Gadsden State’s Health Science programs and those who have been assigned a student number (A#). It is typically offered during the week at one of the Gadsden State Test Centers. However, the ACT-Residual testing will resume in Fall 2020. A new testing schedule will be determined.
Scores from residual testing are reported only to your institution for admission, course placement and advising purposes. The test fee has not been determined at this time.
ACT sends test results electronically to Testing Services five to six weeks after test administration. Once received, the scores will be recorded to you myGadsdenState student account. ACT requires a 60-day waiting period between taking the ACT Residual Tests otherwise ACT will cancel the second test score results with no refund.
Like the ACT National Test, students are urged to register for the ACT-Residual at least two months prior to the program’s application deadline. To schedule an appointment to take the ACT-Residual, click here.
Gadsden State administers the ACT WorkKeys test to community members as required by potential employers. There is a $45 assessment fee payable to Gadsden State Community College upon arrival for testing. A current photo ID must be presented at check-in.
Click here for test preparation on the ACT WorkKeys website.
Please contact Testing Services at 256.549.8497 or 256.832.1241.
WorkKeys exams can be administered in Gadsden at the One Stop Center and in Anniston at the Ayers Campus.
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. Test Center staff will work in good faith to meet the needs of all students, employees and community members requiring accommodative testing services.
Upon arrival for testing, students must have the following:
- Unexpired government-issued photo ID, such as a driver’s license
- Gadsden State student number (A#)
- 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)