Placement Testing at SCC

  • What is the Accuplacer test?

    The placement test administered at Spartanburg Community College is called the Accuplacer exam.  Developed by College Board, Accuplacer is an untimed computer based placement test which measures skills in reading, writing, and math.  Even though Accuplacer is a computer based exam, very little computer skills are necessary to complete the test.  Accuplacer is not a pass/fail test.  Accuplacer scores are used to determine initial course placement levels in English and math. 

    You can read more about the Accuplacer exam at this link below: 

    Are sample questions available for the Accuplacer test?

    Yes, click here for sample questions or download the Accuplacer Web-Based Study App available on the Accuplacer website,

    In addition, the following websites may be beneficial:

    Who is required to take the Accuplacer test?
    All students (except transient students) must take the Accuplacer exam, unless you qualify for an exemption.  You may be exempted from taking the placement exam if you have completed college courses in English and/or math at the 101 level or higher with a minimum “C” grade or if you have previously taken Accuplacer, COMPASS or ASSET at your high school.  Placement test scores are valid for five years.  If you are unsure if you need to take the Accuplacer exam, please contact Admissions at (864) 592-4800 to determine if placement testing is required.

    Can SAT or ACT scores be substituted for Accuplacer?

    Yes, SAT and ACT scores may be substituted for the Accuplacer exam, provided you test above a certain range.  The required scores for SAT are 480 in Math and 480 in Critical Reading.  The required scores for ACT are 19 in Math and 19 in Verbal.  

    Is there a fee to take the Accuplacer test?

    Provided you have completed an application for admission and paid the application fee, there is no charge for initial placement testing.

    Is an appointment required to take the Accuplacer test?

    No appointment is necessary to take the Accuplacer test at the Central Campus, however we prefer that you make an appointment at any other location.  Please see the times that Accuplacer testing is available and contact phone number for each Admissions Center below:

    SCC Central Campus Admissions Center:
    Student Services Building, Room 184
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am – 2:00 pm
    Call (864) 592-4800 for more information.

    SCC Cherokee County Campus, Cherokee Business Training Center:
    Highway 11, Gaffney, SC
    SCC Foundation Business Training Center, Room 202
    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 206-2723 for more information.

    SCC Downtown Campus, Evans Academic Center:
    East Kennedy Street in downtown Spartanburg
    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 592-4050 for more information.

    SCC Tyger River Campus, Tyger River Building:
    Highway 290, Duncan, SC
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 am- 7:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 592-6121 for more information.

    SCC Union County Campus, Union County Advanced Technology Center:
    Furman L. Fendley Highway, Union, SC
    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 466-1060 for more information.

    How much time should I allow for Accuplacer testing?

    Accuplacer is an untimed test; however, most students require 2 hours to 2 and a half hours to complete the test.

    What should I bring with me for Accuplacer testing?

    A picture ID is required for placement testing.  Acceptable forms of identification include a state-issued ID (a driver’s license for example), a military ID, or an official school ID (high school or college).  Scratch paper will be provided by the testing proctor. Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during testing.  Children may not accompany students during placement testing. 

    When will placement test results be available?

    Placement test levels are available immediately following the completion of testing.  After completing placement testing, you will receive further instructions from the admissions office concerning your next step.  The interpretation of placement test levels in relation to course requirements will be covered during your meeting with your enrollment advisor.

    What accommodations are provided for students with disabilities? 

    If you have a documented hearing, learning, physical, psychological, and/or visual disability that will prevent you from taking the test under standard conditions, you may request reasonable accommodations.  For more information, contact Student Disability Services at (864) 592-4818 or

    How can I have my test scores sent to another institution?
    You may request to have your placement test scores sent to another institution at no cost. Please print and complete the Assessment Scores Release Form.  The form can be faxed to Admissions at (864) 592-4564, emailed to or brought in person to the Admissions Center. You must provide a copy of a state-issued ID (such as a driver’s license) before the test scores will be released.  Scores will be sent no more than one business day after the form and ID are received.

    How can I contact Admissions if I have further questions?
    Please call our admissions center at (864) 592-4800 for any other questions.

  • Admissions Center

    AddressSCC Central Campus, Student Services Building
    Mail to: PO Box 4386, Spartanburg SC 29305

    Phone: (864) 592-4800

    Toll Free: (866) 591-3700

    Fax: (864) 592-4564

    Mon - Thu | 8:00am-6:00pm

    Friday | 8:00am-5:00pm


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