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Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment Information

The Testing & Assessment Centers offer two different options for students who need to take the placement exam. Walk-in testing and scheduled sessions are both available.  To schedule an appointment, visit schedule a placement assessment.

  • Students must bring an official, unexpired, photo ID to the assessment. Failure to do so will result in students not being admitted to that particular session.
  • The math section allows calculators only in designated sections.  An online calculator is provided in the testing software. No outside calculators are allowed.
  • The assessment is computerized and not timed.
  • There is no cost for the first time a student takes the placement assessment.
  • For students wishing to retest, fees will be charged.   More information about retesting is listed below.
  • Upon completion of the placement assessment, students will immediately receive scores and course placement information.

Students are strongly encouraged to study before testing. Please note the official Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Sample Test includes multiple sub-tests. Students should prepare to take the following sub-tests: WritePlacer, Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and College Level Math.


Placement Assessment Help Sessions:

Free Next-Generation 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.


Next-Generation ACCUPLACER Study App:

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


Khan Academy: Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom.

Individuals interested in applying to Shelton State Community College may take the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER placement test at approved testing sites nationwide. Next-Generation ACCUPLACER remote testing allows students to complete their Next-Generation 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 a 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 Next-Generation ACCUPLACER placement test(s) at a remote test site, advance registration with the Testing and Assessment Office at SSCC is required.  To start the registration process for a remote test site, please proceed with the following steps:

  1. Application for admission to SSCC must 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. Contact SSCC Testing & Assessment at to request a remote test.  Include a daytime phone number in the email.  A representative from Testing & Assessment will contact the student to complete the registration process.
  3. Within twenty-four hours or one business day (excluding weekends and holidays), you will receive an email from the College Board Next-Generation 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 needed to register for the test will be included. The registration number is valid for forty-five days after the registration date.
    2. Instructions and contact information for scheduling your testing appointment will be included. 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.
  4. Print the email, and take it to your appointment.
  5. 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 an Next-Generation ACCUPLACER remote testing site for other institutions requiring students to complete the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER placement test.

Contact your institution to determine if a remote test at Shelton State Community College can be scheduled; questions may be directed to 205.391.2231.

  1. Once your institution sets up this test, you will receive an email outlining your next steps.
  2. To schedule your Next-Generation 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 your receipt of payment  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.

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.

Retesting is allowed one time every calendar year.  Evidence of preparation must be provided before being allowed to retest.  The preparatory activities can include academic boot camps, help sessions, online pre-tests, and placement test applications.  Please request documentation for any tutoring, boot camps, or workshops that can verify that a review has been completed.  For online preparation, be prepared to provide web addresses of any sites visited for review, and, if possible, print an audit log of time engaged or any review material completed online.  An official photo ID must be provided on the retest date.  A retesting fee of $10 per subject must be paid in the Cashier’s Office.

Retesting Procedures:

Before exam day

  1. Complete preparation review for the subject.
  2. Prepare to provide exam preparation documentation to Testing & Assessment Center staff on the day of the exam.

On exam day

  1. Present evidence of exam preparation documentation.
  2. Pay retesting fees in the Cashier’s Office.
  3. Bring payment receipt to the testing session.
  • Martin Campus, Room 1826 and Fredd Campus, Room 116 – Get Directions

If you have a disability and need to complete the placement assessment, contact the Office of Disability Services.