ACCUPLACER® Placement Assessment


The Testing Center is now open. Wallace State values the health and safety of students. In order to control the number of students testing concurrently, an appointment is strongly encouraged. Please call (256)352-8248 to make an appointment. Walk-ins will be tested on a space available basis.

Schedule Accuplacer Testing Appointment

Wallace State uses ACCUPLACER® to place students into the correct math and English classes. This test is not for a grade, nor does it go on your academic transcript. The test includes two parts: Next Generation Writing and Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics. ACCUPLACER is administered on a computer and the test is not timed.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I have to take ACCUPLACER?

We want our students to be successful, and correct course placement is foundational to a successful college experience. ACCUPLACER places students into the correct English and math class. Without it, students could enroll in a class containing content that has already been mastered. Conversely, without the test, students could enroll in a class containing content for which they may not be ready.

How can I prepare for the Assessment?  
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Where do I go to take the ACCUPLACER?  
The testing center is locating on the 9th floor of the Bailey Building, Room 902.

When can I take the ACCUPLACER?  

Monday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Wednesday 8:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Friday 8:00 AM – 11:00 AM

*Appointments are strongly encouraged. Please call 256.352.8248 to schedule an appointment.

Who can take ACCUPLACER?

Any student who has completed the application for admission. Students will not be permitted to test if an application for admission has not been submitted.

Can I be exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER?

Students are exempt from ACCUPLACER if:

  • ACT subject score of 17 in English and math.  This allows for placement into ENG 101 & ENG 099 and/or MTH 100 & MTH 099, where the 099 courses provide one hour each week of built-in support. A subject score of 18 or higher allows for placement directly into ENG 101 and/or MTH 100. For this exemption, ACT score is valid for five years.
  • If the ACT score is below 17 or if no ACT scores exist, students can be exempted through their high school GPA and coursework. An overall high school GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of C in 12th Grade English and Algebra II provides direct placement into MTH 100/099 and/or ENG 101/099. An overall high school GPA of 2.75 or higher, and a grade of B or higher in 12th Grade English and Algebra II provides direct placement into MTH 100 and/or ENG 101.  For this exemption, GPA and course grades are valid for five years.
  • If ACT and high school GPA and grade markers do not meet the above requirements, Accuplacer assessment must be taken to determine placement for English and Math.

What do I need to bring with me?  
You will need some form of picture ID, such as a driver’s license. Calculators are on the computer, so you will not need to bring one.

Can I bring a parent, friend, or other family member?

While they are welcome to visit campus with you, they will not be allowed in the testing area and will be asked to wait downstairs in the lobby. Keep in mind that knowing someone is waiting on you to finish can cause you to unnecessarily rush through your test.

How long does it take?
It is not timed, but you should allow about 2 hours.

When will I know the results?
Immediately! Results are generated automatically when you finish.

May I take the Assessment again?
Yes, you may test as many times as necessary, but there is a $10 fee for each re-test. Please pay the cashier– bring only the receipt to the computer lab.

Do I have to take both sections?

Not always. You may be exempt from one section, meaning you would only need to take the section for which an exemption does not apply.

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

Remember…Our wish for you is SUCCESS. We are here to help you obtain your goals!

For additional information contact the Advising Center at 256.352.8040 or