Southern Union State Community College

Placement Testing

Southern Union’s Assessment Center accommodates students in gaining access to Southern Union through offering a broad range of testing services to enhance success in their chosen program of study.

Placement Testing

Click here to schedule your Accuplacer Test

No tests are required for general admission to Southern Union but are required for placement in college-level courses. First-time college students are requested to have the results of their ACT or SAT forwarded to the college to be used for advisement in placing students in appropriate courses and curricula. First-time students without ACT or SAT scores or those with scores below the established guidelines are administered the Accuplacer placement examination in English, reading, and mathematics.  Students who transfer from regionally accredited colleges without a C or better in a degree-creditable English and math will be required to take part or all of the placement test. 

Testing for Accuplacer

No appointments are necessary for the walk-in testing dates for the placement test. Additional testing times are available by appointment and are scheduled upon request. Students desiring to take the placement test by appointment should click here to schedule the Accuplacer Test.   Students requesting special ADA test accommodations should call the appropriate campus to make arrangements to take the test:

  • Wadley Campus (256) 395-2211, Ext. 5416 (Robbie Whaley)
  • Valley Campus (334) 756-4151, Ext. 5204 (Robin Brown)
  • Opelika Campus (334) 745-6437, Ext. 5416 or 5488 (Assessment Center)

TESTING LOCATIONS

  • Wadley Campus:  Room 119 in the Science and Technology Building (STC) (building 2 on map)
  • Valley Campus: Main Office in John R. Carmichael Building (building 2 on map
  • Opelika Campus: Assessment Center, Room 120, Business Technology Center (BTC) (building 8 on map)

Because of limited seating in the testing sessions, students are encouraged to take the placement test at their earliest convenience. New students must complete the placement test or document exemptions before registering for classes at Southern Union.

What is the Accuplacer Test?

ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that evaluates a student's current skill level in reading, English, and math so that student can be assigned to the appropriate college classes. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area.  Test scores or college transcripts documenting successful completion of English composition and college algebra must be available when meeting with an advisor to enroll in classes.

Who has to take the Accuplacer Test?

  1. Anyone who has not taken the ACT OR SAT
  2. Anyone whose ACT or SAT scores are more than 3 years old
  3. Anyone whose ACT score is: English <18; math <20; and/or reading <20
  4. Anyone whose SAT score is below 510 in math and/or verbal
  5. Anyone who cannot document their Accuplacer test at another institution within the last three (3) years
  6. Transfer students: Anyone who does not have transfer credit for freshman English Composition and college algebra from a regionally accredited institution.
  7. GED Test Takers: Anyone whose GED score is below 165 in Mathematical Reasoning and/or Reasoning Through Language Arts-RLA (2014 series GED)

What ACT or SAT score is needed to exempt the Accuplacer Placement test?

Please review the Course Placement Guidelines to see ACT and SAT score requirements for test exemption.

 

When can I take the Accuplacer test?

Southern Union is now using RegisterBlast to schedule Accuplacer Tests.  To schedule your Accuplacer Test please click on the link below:

Click here to Schedule Accuplacer Test


The test is administered on all of Southern Union’s campuses either by appointment or on its designated walk-in days (no appointment needed):

ACCUPLACER TESTING SCHEDULE

What do you need to bring when you come to take the test? 

Please bring valid photo identification (ex. school ID, driver's license, state issued ID, military ID) when you report for testing. We will provide a calculator, scratch paper, and a pencil for use during testing.

Who is eligible to take the Accuplacer test?

Individuals who have filled out and turned in an SUSCC application for admission.
Currently enrolled students who have not begun a class sequence: For example, once you have taken Math 090, you cannot retake the math portion no matter your grade in the class.

Will SUSCC send my scores to another institution?

No. Southern Union will not fax or mail test scores or discuss test scores over the phone with any other institution.

I live out of town, can I take my Accuplacer test for Southern Union at a college near me?

Please call the Assessment Center.  In most cases, the Assessment Center staff may be able to set up a remote test with a campus near you. Please be advised, that there may be a fee associated with testing on a different campus. 

What can I do to prepare for the Accuplacer test?

Brush up on your skills: review any class notes, old tests, or papers you may have.
Visit https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf  or  https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org for the Accuplacer Study App.
 

When will I get my results?

Mathematics and reading test scores are available immediately once testing is complete; however, the writing section takes a bit longer. Students must submit a writing sample that will have to be scored separtedly. These are generally ready with 24-48 hours. Test takers will be notified by a Southern Union representative and advised when they would need to see their advisor to select their classes for the upcoming semester. 

How many times can I take the test?

Students can take the test twice (includes initial test and one retest) per academic year. After the initial test, if students wish to retest to improve scores, they are allowed to retest provided there is evidence that additional test preparation activities have been completed. Additional preparation includes but is not limited to academic boot camps, online pre-tests, and placement test applications.

I heard there is a class that will help me test out of developmental or remedial courses. Where can I find more information?

Academic Boot Camp is a session for students who have tested one time on the Accuplacer and would like to improve their math, reading and/or writing skills before testing one final time on the Accuplacer test.  Students will find more information about Academic Boot Camp by clicking here.

Listed below are links to provide additional information and resources for Accuplacer.

Placement and Exemptions Guidelines

If you have any additional questions on the services offered by the Assessment Center, please contact a member of our staff:

Robbie Whaley (rwhaley@suscc.edu)
Coordinator of Testing Services
334.745.6437, Ext. 5416

Cydney Mathews (cmathews@suscc.edu)
Asst. Coordinator of Testing Services
334.745.6437, Ext. 5488

Debra Todd (dtodd@suscc.edu)
Testing Center Staff
334-745-6437, Ext. 5557