Assessment Center Overview

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 accuplacer@suscc.edu.

Please follow these steps before registering for your remote testing session:


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:

Schedule Remote Testing Appointment

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.


Placement Testing (ACCUPLACER)

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. 


ACCUPLACER Exemptions:

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:

  1. Proof of ACT English score of 18 or higher taken within five (5) years
  2. SAT Verbal score of 510 or higher taken within five (5) years
  3. High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and an A or B in English IV (Senior English) within five (5) years***
  4. WritePlacer (ACCUPLACER) score of five (5) or higher taken within five (5) years
  5. Proof of GED score of 165 in Reasoning Through Language Arts - RLA (2014 series GED)
  6. 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:

  1. Proof of ACT English score of 17 within five (5) years
  2. High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of C in senior English within 5 years***
  3. 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:

  1. Proof of ACT math score of 18 or higher taken within five (5) years
  2. High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and an A or B in Algebra II within five (5) years***
  3. 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
  4. Proof of GED score of 165 in Mathematical Reasoning (2014 series GED)
  5. 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:

  1. Proof of ACT math score of 17 within five (5) years
  2. High School GPA of 2.75 or higher and a grade of  C in Algebra II within 5 years***
  3. 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.

 


FAQs

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.

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. 

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.

Students requesting special ADA test accommodations should call the appropriate campus to make arrangements to take the test:
  • 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 (rwhaley@suscc.edu)
Coordinator of Testing Services
334.745.6437, Ext. 5416

Jamie Brazell (jbrazell@suscc.edu)
Assessment Center Associate
334.745.6437, Ext. 5563

Debra Todd (dtodd@suscc.edu)
Assessment Center Associate
334.745.6437, Ext. 5557