Southern Union’s Assessment Center accommodates students in gaining access to Southern Union through offering a broad range of testing services to enhance success in their chosen program of study.
Accuplacer Remote Proctoring Information
In alignment with campus and state COVID-19 policies, the Assessment Center at Southern Union is now offering remote placement testing for our Accuplacer Math and Writing tests via Zoom. Please review the information below to ensure that your device is compatible with the Zoom system. If you do not have the necessary technology to test remotely, please email us at email@example.com.
Please follow these steps before registering for your remote testing session:
- Download and install Zoom Client for Meetings
- Test that Zoom was setup correctly. Please use the option to join with video.
- Check that your computer can run Accuplacer.
To setup your remote testing appointment you will need to follow the instructions below:
Students will need to schedule an Accuplacer appointment by clicking on the link below:
After you schedule your appointment you will receive an email with your testing information.
The day of your remote testing session, your proctor will need to see that your computer “passes” all of the Accuplacer system requirements. Please make sure to have tested this in advance. If you fail to pass the system requirements, we will be unable to test you.
No tests are required for general admission to Southern Union but may be required for placement in college-level courses.
First-time college students may have ACT, SAT or GED (2014 series) scores considered for placement in college-level English and math if those scores have been earned within 5 years. If test scores are not available or not at the appropriate level, students who have graduated high school within 5 years with a 2.75 grade point average (GPA) may have their grades in English IV (senior English) and Algebra II considered for placement in college-level English and math. Students must have the results of their ACT, SAT or GED and high school transcripts** forwarded to the college to be used for placement purposes.
First-time students without proof of appropriate ACT, SAT or GED scores, those with scores below the established guidelines, or those without proof of a 2.75 grade point average or higher on their final high school transcript, must obtain an Assessment Center Testing Card from the Admissions Office and make arrangements to take the ACCUPLACER placement examination in writing and mathematics prior to meeting with an advisor to enroll in courses.
Students who transfer from a regionally accredited college without a C or better in a degree-creditable English composition and college-level algebra and without exemptions as listed below, will be required to take one or both parts of the placement test.
Students who meet one of the following guidelines are exempt from taking the ACCUPLACER placement test for writing and/or math. Students placed into ENG101 with ENG099 may take the ACCUPLACER Writeplacer to attempt to exempt ENG099. Students testing in MTH 100 with MTH099 may take the ACCUPLACER Math to attempt to exempt MTH099 or place into a higher level math.
Eligibility to take ENG 101
To be eligible to register for English 101 , students must meet one of the following requirements:
- Proof of ACT English score of 18 or higher taken within five (5) years
- SAT Verbal score of 510 or higher taken within five (5) years
- High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and an A or B in English IV (Senior English) within five (5) years***
- WritePlacer (ACCUPLACER) score of five (5) or higher taken within five (5) years
- Proof of GED score of 165 in Reasoning Through Language Arts - RLA (2014 series GED)
- Proof of completion of development level English requirements from another accredited postsecondary institution
Eligibility to take ENG 101 with ENG099 corequisite
If you do not meet one of the eligibility requirements for English 101 listed above, you may still qualify to take ENG 101 with a corequisite course if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Proof of ACT English score of 17 within five (5) years
- High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of C in senior English within 5 years***
- ACCUPLACER (WritePlacer) score of four (4) within five (5) years
Eligibility to take MTH 100 Intermediate Algebra
Note that a student with an ACT score of 20 or above or SAT score of 510 or above is eligible to register for Math 110 or 112 or higher*
To be eligible to register for Math 100 , students must meet one of the following requirements:
- Proof of ACT math score of 18 or higher taken within five (5) years
- High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and an A or B in Algebra II within five (5) years***
- ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra (EA) score of 60 - 79 or College Level Math (CLM) score of 20 - 49, or ACCUPLACER Next Generation* Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) score of 253-266 or Advanced Algebra and Functions (AAF) score of 200-235 taken within five (5) years
- Proof of GED score of 165 in Mathematical Reasoning (2014 series GED)
- Proof of completion of development level math requirements from another accredited postsecondary institution
Eligibility to take MTH 100 Intermediate Algebra with MTH099 corequisite:
If you do not meet one of the eligibility requirements for MTH 100 as listed above, you may still qualify to take MTH 100 with a corequisite course if you meet one of the following requirements:
- Proof of ACT math score of 17 within five (5) years
- High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of C in Algebra II within 5 years***
- ACCUPLACER Elementary Algebra (EA) score of 50 - 59 or ACCUPLACER Next Generation* Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics (QAS) score of 243-252 taken within five (5) years
*Test Scores, GPA and high school grades must be no more than 5 years old.
^ACCUPLACER Next Generation test implemented in January 2019.
**Students should request an official copy of his or her high school transcript with graduation date be sent to the SUSCC Admissions Office at P.O. Box 1000, Wadley, AL 36276.
*** To document high school GPA and avoid having to take the ACCUPLACER, we recommend that you bring a copy of your high school transcript at the time you come to register in person as a new student.
Accuplacer testing has been postponed until further notice.
To schedule your ACCUPLACER Test click on the campus below:
- Wadley Campus: Ensminger Room, ground floor, Resource Center (building 6 on map)
- Valley Campus: Main Office in John R. Carmichael Building (building 2 on map)
- Opelika Campus: Assessment Center, Room 120, Business Technology Center (BTC) (building 8 on map)
Before arriving at the Testing Center, please go by the Admissions Office to receive an Admission Card. This Admission Card will indicate which test sections you are required to take.
Because of limited seating in the testing sessions, students are encouraged to take the placement test at their earliest convenience. New students must complete the placement test or document exemptions before registering for classes at Southern Union.
ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests that evaluates a student's current skill level in reading, English, and math so that student can be assigned to the appropriate college classes. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area. Test scores or college transcripts documenting successful completion of English composition and college algebra must be available when meeting with an advisor to enroll in classes.
- Anyone who has not taken the ACT OR SAT within 5 years
- Anyone whose ACT score is: English <17 and/or math <17
- Anyone whose SAT score is below 510 in verbal and/or math
- Anyone who cannot verify a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of an A or B in senior English must take the Writeplacer (Accuplacer) exam.
- Anyone who cannot verify a high school GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of an A or B in Algebra II or higher math must take the math portion of the Accuplacer exam.
- Anyone who cannot document appropriate Accuplacer or COMPASS placement scores from another institution within the last five (5) years
- Transfer students: Anyone who does not have transfer credit for freshman English Composition (grade of C or higher required) and college algebra from a regionally accredited institution.
- Transfer students: Anyone who cannot verify successful completion of college-level developmental English and math from a regionally accredited institution.
- GED Test Takers: Anyone whose GED score is below 165 in Mathematical Reasoning and/or Reasoning Through Language Arts-RLA (2014 series GED)
* Students should request a copy of his or her high school transcript with graduation date be sent to the SUSCC Admissions Office at P.O. Box 1000, Wadley,AL 36276.
* To document high school GPA and avoid having to take the Accuplacer, we recommend that you bring a copy of your high school transcripts at the time you come to register in person as a new student.
A VALID PHOTO ID AND ADMISSIONS CARD WITH SU STUDENT ID NUMBER ARE REQUIRED TO TAKE THE PLACEMENT TEST. Admissions cards can be obtained in the Admissions Office*. Scratch paper and pencil will be provided during testing. For students taking the math section, the web-based calculator provided by ACCUPLACER will be available. No other calculators will be allowed.
If you have not had your official high school transcripts sent to the Records Office, it is strongly recommended that you bring a copy with you to the Admissions Office for test verification purposes.
Individuals who have filled out and turned in an SUSCC application for admission.
Currently enrolled students who have not begun a class sequence: For example, once you have taken Math 090, you cannot retake the math portion no matter your grade in the class.
No. Southern Union will not fax or mail test scores or discuss test scores over the phone with any other institution.
Please call the Assessment Center. In most cases, the Assessment Center staff may be able to set up a remote test with a campus near you. Please be advised, that there may be a fee associated with testing on a different campus.
Brush up on your skills: review any class notes, old tests, or papers you may have.
Visit https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf or https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org for the Accuplacer Study App.
Mathematics and reading test scores are available immediately once testing is complete; however, the writing section takes a bit longer. Students must submit a writing sample that will have to be scored separtedly. These are generally ready with 24-48 hours. Test takers will be notified by a Southern Union representative and advised when they would need to see their advisor to select their classes for the upcoming semester.
Students can take the test twice (includes initial test and one retest) per calendar year. After the initial test, if students wish to retest to improve scores, they are allowed to retest provided there is evidence that additional test preparation activities have been completed. Additional preparation includes but is not limited to academic boot camps, online pre-tests, and placement test applications.
Additional information and resources for ACCUPLACER.
- ACCUPLACER Website
- ACCUPLACER Test and Question Information
- WritePlacer Guide (Written portion of the test)
- ACCUPLACER iPhone or web based App
- Placement and Exemptions Guidelines
- Wadley Campus (256) 395-2211, Ext. 5416 (Dr. Fred Williams)
- Valley Campus (334) 756-4151, Ext. 5204 (Robin Brown)
- Opelika Campus (334) 745-6437, Ext. 5488 (Cydney Mathews)
If you have any additional questions on the services offered by the Assessment Center, please contact a member of our staff:
Robbie Whaley (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Coordinator of Testing Services
334.745.6437, Ext. 5416
Jamie Brazell (email@example.com)
Assessment Center Associate
334.745.6437, Ext. 5563
Debra Todd (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Assessment Center Associate
334.745.6437, Ext. 5557