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Placement Tests

The ACCUPLACER placement assessment at Wallace State is:

  • used to measure a student's readiness for college level courses
  • a computerized assessment of skills in math, reading and writing
  • a tool we use to help enroll students in the class which corresponds to individual skill levels

Do I need to take the Placement Assessment?

First of all, this is not a TEST! There is NO pass or fail! Second, not everyone needs to take a placement test. You are exempt if you: 

  • Already have an Associate Degree or higher
  • You are transferring college-level English or math courses with a grade of "C" or better
  • You are not seeking a degree, takign classes for personal enrichment only
  • You have completed required developmental coursework at another Alabama College System institution within the last 3 years
  • You are an audit student
  • You can provide documentation of assessment (ACCUPLACER, COMPASS or ASSET) within the last 3 years
  • You are a transient student
  • You have the following scores on the ACT: 18 in English, 20 in Reading and 20 in Math
  • You have the following scores on the SAT or newly revised SAT (started 2016): >440 in English/Writing prior to 2016 and > 480 in Reading and Math; New SAT: >510 in English, Reading and Math 

Any student scoring at or above the established ACT or SAT scores for either English/Writing, Reading or Math within three years of enrollment is exempt from the subject specific placement assessment. 


What if I'm just not good on the computer? No problem! Can you just "point and click?" Can you type with at least one finger? Don't worry, the test is untimed. 

To prepare for the assessment visit: or

The Testing Center is located on the 8th floor of the James C. Bailey Center. Regular testing hours are Monday - Thursday from 8 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., and on Fridays between 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Every second Tuesday of each month we have extended testing hours from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.  

You are required to bring a driver's license or other form of identification the day of your test, plus scratch paper and pencil. Calculators are on the computer, so you don't need to bring one. for math calculations. 

The test is not timed, but individuals should allow approximately 2 hours for completion. Results are generated automatically when you finish the assessment. 

You may take the test more than once, but there is a $10 fee for every new attempt. 

For more information, call 256.352.8248 or email 

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