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Frequently Asked Questions

What should I know before testing?

It is recommended you complete an application for admission prior to testing. Placement testing is generally required of all students who apply for admission to a diploma or associate degree program. Students planning to enroll in EDU courses (excluding EDU 119) will be required to take or submit Reading and Writing placement scores prior to registering. The tests measure your skills in the fundamentals of reading, writing, and mathematics. Your scores are used to appropriately place you into courses that will enable you to succeed.

What is the ACCUPLACER Placement Test

Stanly Community College uses the ACCUPLACER for placement testing. ACCUPLACER is a suite of tests developed by College Board that determines your knowledge in math, reading and writing as you prepare to enroll in college-level courses. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help your Academic Advisors and Counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.

ACCUPLACER test questions are based on your responses to previous questions. Questions will either increase or decrease in difficulty depending on how you respond. ACCUPLACER tests are untimed; however, it is important to allow yourself enough time to complete the test since test results are a key factor in determining the course(s) you can enroll in. ACCUPLACER test results are available immediately following your test. Before you take ACCUPLACER, make sure to review the SCC Admissions Placement Test Policy.

Do I need to take a placement test?

Yes, although under certain conditions, your test may be waived. Please refer to our Admissions Placement Test Policy for more information.

I qualify for Multiples Measures, but am applying to an Allied Health program. Do I need to take the placement test?

Multiple Measures = recent NC high school graduates are exempt from college placement testing when they have a cumulative, un-weighted GPA of 2.6 or higher AND a Future Ready Core (high school course of study) code of 1, 2, 3, or 4.

Applying to Associate Degree Nursing: Multiple measures will NOT exempt a student from taking the placement test for admission into the program. Even if a student has non-course credit on STAC for the developmental courses, they DO need to take the placement test and meet required scores for ADN.

Applying to Medical Assisting, Medical Laboratory Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Radiography, Pharmacy Tech: If a student meets multiple measures and places into ENG 111 and a college level math, they must complete the ENG and MAT with a “C” or better to be considered for acceptance. The acceptance for these programs is on a first come basis; therefore, the student would need to complete the ENG and MAT classes with a “C” or higher and meet all other admission requirements before being accepted into the program. If the student takes the placement test and places out of all developmental ENG and MAT, they can be considered for acceptance before completing ENG 111 and the college level math.

Can I take the placement test more than once?

Please refer to our Admissions Placement Test Policy for more information.

How do I prepare for the placement test?

Prior to taking ACCUPLACER, it is recommended that student applicants complete a practice placement test. The purpose of the practice test is to provide a sampling of the types of questions found on the placement test and to help students identify specific academic areas that should be reviewed prior to taking ACCUPLACER. The placement test determines your placement in math and English courses so preparation is critical.

Practice Makes Perfect! More practice is available by clicking on the links below. These links will open in a new browser and take you to websites that are not part of the SCC website.

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What should I bring to the placement test?

Students are advised to arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled testing time. Valid picture identification must be presented at check-in to the test administrator. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided during the testing session. External calculators are not permitted. Students will need to know their current student ID for testing.

Calculators, cellular phones, pagers, and other electronic devices are not permitted during testing (if device is needed for disability accommodations prior approval and documentation is required).

How long will the test take?

The length of time for testing depends on how many parts of the test you need and your testing pace. If you are taking all four parts of the test you will need to plan for minimum of two hours.

I have a disability, can I make special arrangements?

Please refer to our Admissions Placement Test Policy for more information.

How do I send scores from or to another college?

SCC can accept ACCUPLACER, ASSET and COMPASS scores from another accredited college or authorized testing site if they are fewer than five years old.

To send scores from another college they must be received in a sealed envelope from the school to be considered, or must be faxed from the school on official letterhead. Scores brought by students cannot be accepted as official and used for placement.

To send scores from SCC to another college you need to fill out a written request for placement test scores, or submit a written request including student’s full name, last four digits of social security number, where they would like scores sent, their signature, and the date of request.

How can I view my placement scores?

You can view your placement test results on line by logging into your SCC webadvisor account:

  • Click on Log In.
  • Enter your WebAdvisor user name and password to log in (For help with your user ID, click What’s My ID?)
  • At the Main Menu, click on the Curriculum Students menu, and then click on the Test Summary link located in the Academic Profile section.
  • A summary of your test scores will be displayed.