Each institution in the Alabama Community College System requires all students who enroll in an associate degree or certificate programs and those who enroll for more than seven credit hours or fourteen weekly contact hours, be assessed using a comprehensive assessment instrument. As mandated by the Alabama Community College System, the assessment instrument is ACCUPLACER. The purpose of the placement test is to determine the math and English course level in which the student is eligible to enroll. Test results can be challenged once per academic year, and the student can retest for a fee of $10.00. Review of resource materials is required prior to retesting. Test results are valid for a period of three years. For further information, students should contact one of the following test centers: Gadsden, telephone 256.549.8497; Ayers, telephone 256.832.1241.
For additional information on placement testing, students should review the Testing Services page contained in the Gadsden State Community College website https://www.gadsdenstate.edu/students/testing-services.cms.
The following students are exempt from the assessment requirement:
- Those who have acceptable ACT, SAT or GED scores; consult with an advisor for recommended course placement.
Those who have an associate degree or higher
- Those who transfer degree-creditable, college-level English or mathematics courses in which they earned a grade of “C” or better
- Those enrolling for personal enrichment purposes only
- Those enrolling in short certificate programs having no English, reading or mathematics requirements
- Those who have completed required developmental coursework at another Alabama Community College System institution within the last three years
- Those enrolling to audit a course
- Those who can provide documentation of assessment by the placement test within the last three years
- Those who are transient student
See Appendix K for additional information regarding placement guidelines.
Some persons may delay taking the placement test until or unless they plan to enroll in English or a mathematics course. These persons include the following:
- Senior citizens
- Anyone not seeking a degree or a certificate but taking courses for vocational reasons only
- Those in certain short certificate programs having no English or mathematics requirements
- Transient students