Remote Testing Options


Individuals interested in applying to Shelton State Community College may take the ACCUPLACER placement test at approved testing sites nationwide.   ACCUPLACER remote testing allows students to complete their ACCUPLACER placement exam quickly and conveniently at certified testing centers.  This service is ideal for two particular types of students: the non-local SSCC student, currently living some distance away from Shelton State Community College in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, and the local non-SSCC student. 


Non-local SSCC Student – This individual wishes to be an SSCC student but is currently not living in the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, area.  SSCC students with distance, travel, or scheduling concerns are encouraged to use the remote testing service. For distance students interested in taking ACCUPLACER placement test(s) at a remote test site, you must register in advance with the Testing and Assessment Office at SSCC.  To start the registration process for a remote test site, please proceed with the following steps:
  1. Application for admission to SSCC has to be submitted before the scheduled remote testing session.  You will receive your SSCC student ID information when you complete your admission application.  To submit an online application for admission, visit Shelton State Community College Office of Admissions website.
  2. Locate a remote testing center location where you would like to take your test. 
  3. Contact SSCC Testing and Assessment Services by email and include the following information:
    1. Full name
    2. Shelton State ID
    3. Contact phone number
    4. Date of birth (month, day, and year)
    5. Complete address (street, apt. #, city, state, zip)
    6. Email address
    7. Test(s) you wish to take (Reading, Writing, and/or Math)
    8. Name of test center where you wish to test
  4. When we receive your email with the above information, Testing and Assessment Services will register you to test at the selected test center.
  5. Within twenty-four hours, or one business day (excluding weekends and holidays), you will receive an email from the College Board ACCUPLACER exam with your registration number and instructions for contacting your selected test center for an appointment. The following information will be included in the email:
    1. Your assigned registration number you will need to register for the test will be included in the email. The registration number is valid for forty five days after the registration date.
    2. Instructions and contact information for scheduling your testing appointment. You are responsible for making your own appointment. 
    3. If applicable, fee information will be noted in the email.  You are responsible for paying any fees for testing.
    4. The selected testing center instructions, policies, and procedures will be detailed in the email.
  6. Print the email to take with you to your appointment.
  7. For admittance to the testing site, you must bring a print copy of your email registration, photo ID, and any additional materials as requested by the Remote Test Center.

Local non-SSCC Student:  Shelton State Community College is a ACCUPLACER remote testing site for other institutions requiring students to complete the ACCUPLACER placement test.  
Contact your institution to see if they can set up a remote test at Shelton State Community College; if they have questions about this, direct them to 205.391.2231.
  1. Once your institution has set up this test, you will receive an email outlining your next steps.
  2. To schedule your ACCUPLACER session, send an email to
  3. A $30 fee must be paid in the SSCC Cashier’s Office prior to the testing session.  You must bring in paid receipt with you to the testing session. 


SSCC will not release any placement scores over the phone.  SSCC students testing at a remote test center location should receive a copy of their scores immediately upon completion of the exam.  However, if the selected remote testing center location has a policy against providing a copy of the scores, the student can contact and a copy will be mailed to you.  
Non-SSCC students testing at Shelton State will receive a copy of their scores immediately upon completion of the exam, unless their institution requests that the student contact them for a copy of their scores.   


For your convenience, we are providing some additional information about ACCUPLACER Placement Testing, Remote Test Centers, and Accessibility/IEP Accommodations.  

  • Selected ACCUPLACER Remote Test Center Policies and Procedures:  SSCC has no jurisdiction over ACCUPLACER Remote Test Centers, and SSCC students must adhere to ACCUPLACER Remote Test Center policies and procedures as stated in the email notification and/or posted on-site. 
  • ACCUPLACER Math Placement Test 
    • The math section allows calculators only on certain problems via an online calculator provided in the testing software. No outside calculators are allowed.

Review for Placement Assessment

Students are strongly encouraged to study before testing.  Please note the official ACCUPLACER Sample Test includes multiple sub-tests.  Students should prepare to take the following sub-tests:  Sentence Skills, Reading Comprehension, Elementary Algebra and College Level Math.

Placement Assessment Help Sessions:  Free ACCUPLACER Help Session offered at the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College

  • Free placement assessment help sessions offered through Shelton State Community College are for students taking the placement assessment for the first time or for students wishing to retake a portion of the assessment.


The free ACCUPLACER Web App has been developed by the College Board and is intended to familiarize students with the basic content areas of the ACCUPLACER test.

 College Readiness Online Course:

  • March2Success provides a customized learning path to help students improve performance on college placement exams and take college level coursework.


  • EdReady can help students to identify knowledge gaps and then prepare them to do their best on these types of tests.

 ACCUPLACER Study Guides & Resources: