Placement Assessment

 

 
                       
  

 

If you need to make your ACCUPLACER assessment appointment by telephone, please call 205-929-6385 or 2113 (Birmingham) or 205-929-3418 (Bessemer).  


ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment Information 

(Scroll down to see the assessment administration schedule, important information, and to make your ACCUPLACER assessment appointment.)

High School and GED Graduates entering college, MUST either take a ACCUPLACER Placement Test or present a valid (no older than 3 years) previous ACCUPLACER score report to the College's Admissions & Enrollment Management Office.  Assessment results guide the college in determining if the student should be placed in college-level (100+ level courses) or in developmental (remedial) courses (under 100 level courses).  Thus, one's placement and performance on the ACCUPLACER assessment is very important and plays a key role in where a freshmen student begin course work in math, English, and Reading.

NOTE:  Certain students are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER assessment.  See exemptions below.


What is the ACCUPLACER Placement Test?

ACCUPLACER tests your knowledge in math, reading, and writing. Over 1,500 institutions administer ACCUPLACER tests as part of the enrollment process. These tests help identify your strengths and needs in each subject area. ACCUPLACER interactive online learning tools are available to help you sharpen your skills. The academic advisers and counselors at your college or technical school will use your ACCUPLACER test results along with information about your academic background, goals, and interests to help you take courses that match your skill level and give you the best opportunities for success.  You are encouraged to visit a counselor after receiving your results. A counselor will help you understand the meaning of your placement scores.

Increase Your Performance on the ACCUPLACER Assessment.

Supplementary ACCUPLACER Study Guide  (Downloadable as a PDF file) Click on the icon below.


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reparation for the ACCUPLACER is important. Participate in the ACCUPLACER Boot Camp by clicking on the icon below.  It is free and online.  Download a study app for your mobile device.  Click here.  


Must I take the assessment before I register for classes? 

If you wish to enroll as a full-time or part-time student, you may have to complete the entire placement assessment unless exempt.  Exemptions are listed below:

  • High school students who have a grade of "C" or higher in English IV and/or Algebra II.  High school grades cannot be older than 5 years.
  • A student who completed ACCUPLACER elsewhere and the scores are less than 3 years old from the intended LSCC entry term.  Please complete an ACCUPLACER Score Report Request form and submit it to our office.  See Admissions Information / Forms.  
  • A student who has an associate degree or higher;
  • A student who transfers degree-creditable, college-level English or mathematics courses with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited institution;
  • A student who has successfully completed required developmental coursework at another Alabama Community College System college or an accredited college within the last three years. Course descriptions from institutions outside of the Alabama Community College System must be reviewed;
  • A student enrolling to audit a course;
  • A student who scores 165 or higher on the Mathematical Reasoning or Reasoning Through Language Arts subject tests of the 2014 series GED;
  • A transient student with documentation;
  • A student enrolling for personal enrichment purposes only;
  • A student whose valid ACT scores (no older than three years) are 20 or higher composite, 20 or higher in mathematics, and 18 or higher in English.  However, students who wish to improve their course placement must take the state placement assessment;
  • A student whose SAT English / writing score (before 2016) is > than 440 and whose math score (before 2016) is > than 480.  New SAT test scores must be > 25 in English / Writing (new SAT section English / writing scores must be > 510) and > 25.5 in math (new SAT section math scores must be > 510).  However, students who wish to improve their course placement must take the state placement assessment. 


Is there a fee for taking this assessment?

There is no fee for an initial ACCUPLACER assessment.