Testing & Assessment Services

Welcome to the Testing and Assessment Center

Lawson State has two testing centers, one on each of its campuses.  The Testing Center is located in the Leon Kennedy Building (2nd floor) on the Birmingham campus (West ) in Room 220, and in Building A, Room 183A on the Bessemer Campus. These student focused  facilities are designed to provide computer-based as well as paper and pencil testing in a secure environment. Our mission is to provide opportunities for students to meet their educational goals by offering assessments for course placement, program acceptance and/or college admittance and other exam services.

The Lawson State Community College Testing and Assessment Center offers a variety of testing services:

  • COMPASS Placement Exam
  • American College Testing (ACT) 
  • TEAS V
  • GED
  • CAAP 
  • Ability To  Benefit (ATB)


General Policies

All students must show an official, current, photo ID in order to test. 

All fees, with the exception of the TEAS V exam, must be paid in the Business Office on the Birmingham or Bessemer Campus. TEAS V exams are paid at the time of registration at www.atitesting.com. 

Calculators are allowed on the COMPASS math placement if approved by ACT. Prior to testing, visit COMPASS acceptable calculators. Four function calculators are provided by the Testing and Assessment Center. 

Cell phones may not be used in the Testing Center.

Children are not allowed in the Testing Center. 

With prior approval from the Office of Disability Services, testing is available for students with disabilities.

All testing services are by appointment only.

Scheduling Information:

For scheduling, please feel to visit the testing center on either campus.  The Testing Center is located in the Leon Kennedy Building (2nd floor) on the Birmingham campus (West ) in Room 220, and in Building A, Room 183A on the Bessemer Campus.
Or contact by us phone:

Birmingham Campus:
 (205) 929 - 2113 

Bessemer Campus:
(205) 929 - 3418