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Placement Testing

Do I need a placement test (Accuplacer)?

All entering students are assessed through a 3-level screening process for placement in Math and English. Level 1-ACT Placement: all students who have taken the ACT within the last 5 years must make sure their scores are on file with the Admissions Office (251-580-2111). Level 2- High School GPA: (a) If students did not take the ACT test, (b) if students’ scores are over 5 years old, or (c) if students’ scores do not meet guidelines, then the students must make sure that the Admissions Office has their official high school transcript. Level 2 screening is based upon high school GPA and course of study. Level 3- Accuplacer Placement: if students do not meet placement requirements pursuant to the new guidelines for Level 1 and Level 2 screenings, then they will need to schedule a date to take the ACCUPLACER test. 

What to expect?

  • Test Prep: Access practice questions and practice tests at this link.
  • No charge for the first-time students take the ACCUPLACER test.
  • The test is not timed but cannot exceed 3 hours.
  • Student will be required to show a government-issued picture ID at the beginning of the testing session. 
  • For a virtual test, students should have access to a desktop or laptop computer with the following minimum requirements:
    • Computer with 1GB of RAM or higher o High-speed internet connection (3 Mbps)
    • Webcam with 640x480 video pixel resolution
    • Computer speakers
    • Computer microphone
    • Flash player version 7 or higher
    • Browser compatibility: Google Chrome required
  • After 3 weeks, a student can pay a $25 retest fee to challenge their test.
  • All placement test results are valid for five years.

How do I schedule a test?

  • You will need to log into your Admissions Portal. (The login information you created when making an application to the College.)
  • Once you have logged in, click on the link that says Events. (You can narrow the results down by selecting the Event Type: Placement Testing.)
  • You will then be able to choose a date, time, and campus that best fits your schedule
  • Virtual test options are also available using this process. 

What other services are offered through the Coastal Alabama testing office?

  • Proctoring services for students and faculty
  • University proctoring services
  • GED and professional testing services

If you have any questions or problems with the links below, please contact the following individuals:

Coastal Alabama’s Testing Center offers proctoring services for any student needing this service.