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Placement Testing


Wallace Community College requires a comprehensive assessment of students upon admission to the College and prior to enrollment in associate degree or certificate programs. All first-time students are assessed in the areas of English, mathematics, and reading through administration of the ACCUPLACER® and placed at the appropriate level as indicated by the assessment results.

Students who are not satisfied with their placement in assigned developmental courses may retake the ACCUPLACER®. Students must pay $10 per subject area to retest and must wait two weeks before retesting. Students may retest only once per academic year, and testing must be completed in one session. Students testing into developmental courses must remain in those courses unless they satisfy requirements by retesting. Placement test scores will be valid for three years from the date of the original or retest assessment. After three years, scores become invalid, and students must retest. No fee is charged to retest if scores are invalid.

Exemptions

Students are exempt from assessment requirements in a specific subject area if they meet one of the following criteria:
  • Students with acceptable ACT or SAT scores as designated in the Placement Score Chart and enroll within three years of high school graduation.
  • Possess an associate degree or higher.
  • Transfer degree-creditable, college-level English or mathematics courses with a grade of C or better.
  • Be a student who is enrolling for personal enrichment purposes only.
  • Be enrolled in a particular short certificate program having no English, mathematics, or reading requirements.
  • Have completed required developmental coursework at another Alabama Community College System institution within the last three years.
  • Be an audit or transient student.
  • Be able to provide documentation of assessment (ACCUPLACER®) within the last three years.

Placement Score Chart

Any student scoring at or above the established ACT or SAT scores for either English/Writing, Reading or Math within three years of enrollment is exempt from the subject specific placement assessment.

 

 

ACT

SAT (prior to 2016)

New SAT  (Section

Score)

New SAT

(Test Scores)

English/ Writing

≥ 18
(English)

≥ 440

(Writing)

 

≥ 510

(Evidence

Based
Reading and
Writing)

≥ 25

(Writing and
Language)

 

Reading

≥ 20

≥ 480

≥  510 

(Evidence

Based
Reading and
Writing)

≥ 26

Math

≥ 20

≥ 480

≥  510

≥ 25.5

Students may enroll in college-level courses while enrolled in developmental courses only if the discipline is different from the discipline in which they score below the standard placement score. Students who score below the standard placement score of Wallace Community College are placed into a developmental course of instruction in a given discipline(s) and must remain in the discipline(s) until academic competencies are developed. Students enrolled in developmental courses in two or more of the discipline areas of English, mathematics, and reading will receive specialized advising focused on their unique academic needs.

For testing dates and times click here.