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All new, degree seeking students, or those who wish to take a general education course, a math, English or ESL course must take a placement examination.

Why test?

Placement testing is just one of the first steps to start on the road to academic success. Proper assessment leads to higher success in your academic courses.

  • STEP 1 Admission
  • STEP 2 Placement testing
  • STEP 3 Advising/Counseling
  • STEP 4 Registration

What type of test is required?

Accuplacer is the testing instrument used to place students in the appropriate classes. The subjects covered are: Reading, Sentence Skills, Arithmetic, Elementary Algebra and College-level Mathematics.

Test Locations

Placement tests are offered at any AWC testing site. Students interested in taking the full placement exam should allow approximately two hours of testing time.

What is the cost for this test?

The first placement test is provided at no cost to the student. Students who are not satisfied with their test results may re-test again after a 24-hour waiting period. Re-tests are assessed a $20.00 fee.

Students who are still not satisfied with the re-test scores may, after a 90-day waiting period, take the placement test again. There is no charge for the third examination.

How are scores computed?

Once the assessment is completed, students receive a printed report with the scores and course placement. Students then visit an academic advisor who will help them interpret the scores and select their courses.

All testers are required to present a valid and current picture identification card before testing.

Acceptable forms of ID

Students will need a valid form of identification in order to take the desired test.

Students with unacceptable identification will not be able to test.

Below are examples of acceptable and unacceptable forms of photographic identification for placement testing.


  • Valid Driver's License with Picture
  • Valid Department of Public Safety Identification Card
  • U.S. Military Identification Card
  • AWC Picture Identification Card
  • U.S. Alien Registration Card
  • Valid Passport
  • High School Photo Identification Card
  • Valid U.S. Border Crossing Card
  • Original Notarized Letter with photo (no photocopies)
  • Birth Certificates
  • Charge or credit card with a photo
  • Diploma
  • Fishing or hunting license
  • Organization membership card
  • Learner's driving permit, if it does not include a photograph
  • Police report of a stolen wallet or purse
  • Report Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Traffic ticket, even with physical description and signature

How can I prepare for this test?

Prior to testing:

During test:

  • Be prepared and well rested
  • Read the questions carefully
  • Use scratch paper to experiment with answers
  • Take your time

Can I fail this test?

The Accuplacer placement test is not designed to establish a passing or failing score. This test assesses the student's proficiency skill in the areas of reading, english and math. Results are primarily used for placing students in the appropriate courses. Test data may be also be used for research purposes with special precaution taken to ensure student privacy and maintain a confidential student identity.


AWC Course Placement Test Requirements

AWC ESL Course Placement Test Requirments

Accuplacer Course Placement

ACT and SAT Course Placement

Request for distance testing: Proctor selection/guidelines

Accuplacer test administration request form

Request to send scores: Test Verification

Faculty request:
Make-up / Online test form


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