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.
Preparation 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 must complete the entire placement assessment unless exempt. Exemptions are listed below:
- 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.
Must I make an appointment to take the assessment?
Yes. Please use the online information below to *schedule your ACCUPLACER assessment. Simply click the icon for the campus you wish to primarily attend and complete the online form, then click submit.
Due to spring break (March 27-31, 2017), we will not offer ACCUPLACER testing March 27-31, 2017. Also, ACCUPLACER testing will not be offered April 17-21, 2017.
*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 Schedules & Locations:
Test dates are scheduled on a regular basis through the Assessment Center at each campus.
Mondays – 9:00 a.m.
Mondays – 1:00 p.m.
Tuesdays – 1:00 p.m. &
Tuesday – None
Wednesdays – 1:00 p.m.
Wednesdays – 9:00 a.m.
||Thursday-1:00 p.m. & 5:00 p.m.
Saturdays– The first Saturday of each month
Leon Kennedy Student Center,
Room F 221 (2nd floor)
Building A, Services Center
Room A 182
(205) 929-6385 or
Returning Students--Retesting Requirements:
All returning students whose placement scores are older than three (3) years must retest unless they have already completed English Composition I (ENG 101) and Intermediate Algebra (MTH100).
There is no fee for initial placement tests. However, students must have submitted an application for admission to the Admissions and Enrollment Management Office and must present photo identification at the time of testing. Students needing special accommodations for testing should contact the Counseling and Assessment department at the campus on which the testing is taking place at least two weeks prior to testing. There is an $11 fee to take the assessment a second time.
ACCUPLACER Retest Policy:
Pursuant to guidelines of Board Policy 902.01, students are given one opportunity to retest. There is a charge of $11.00 to retake the ACCUPLACER test. Students placing in developmental courses are advised to register for those courses and consult with the developmental education faculty for retest recommendations. Students should complete at least one semester of a development class prior to retesting. The re-test fee is payable by check, cash, money order, or major credit cards. (See test administrator.)
Contact information / ACCUPLACER assessment locations by campus:
Birmingham Campus Map / (205) 929-6385 / Leon Kennedy Student Center - room F-221
Bessemer Campus Map / (205) 929-3418 / Student Services Suite, Building A, room A-182
What is meant by developmental course sequences?
Based on your ACCUPLACER assessment results, you may be required to take one or more developmental college preparatory classes.
developmental tracks begin at MTH 090 or MTH 098 and lead to MTH 100 and beyond.
For some programs, the track begins at MTH 090 or MTH 091 and leads to MTH 116 (non-transferrable track for some select majors). Use caution when following this track. MTH 116 does not transfer to a state four year college / university.
developmental tracks begin at ENG 092 or ENG 093 and lead to ENG 101 and beyond.
- Lawson State Community College no longer requires students to take developmental reading courses.
However, all students must take RDG 114 (a college level critical thinking course). All students anticipating graduation from Lawson State must
take this course.
Must I take the ACCUPLACER placement assessment if I only want to take courses as a non-degree (occupational enhancement or personal enrichment) admission status?
You may enroll in 1-7 credit hours during your first semester. You must take the placement assessment if you enroll the following term if you enter a program of study leading to an associate degree or wish to take courses creditable towards an associate degree.
When may I get my ACCUPLACER results and how do I interpret what they mean?
Results are provided to you when you complete the exam. You are encouraged to visit a counselor after receiving your results. A counselor will help you understand the meaning of your placement scores.