Placement Assessment

  • 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?

    View sample questions (PDF) 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 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 ACT are 22 in Math and 19 in English. The required scores for SAT are 580 in Math and 510 in Evidence Based Reading and Writing.

    Are there any other placement options available?
    Yes, please click here for additional placement options.

    Is there a fee to take the ACCUPLACER test?

    Provided you have completed an application for admission online, 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 Giles Campus. However, if you prefer to test at any other campus location, making an appointment is strongly encouraged. For additional questions or special assistance, please contact our Admissions team via email at or by phone at 864-592-4800.  Please see the times that ACCUPLACER testing is available and contact phone number for each Admissions Center below:

    SCC Giles Campus Admissions Center:
    Student Services Building, Room 184
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    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 am - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 206-2723 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    SCC Downtown Campus, Evans Academic Center:
    East Kennedy Street in downtown Spartanburg
    Monday - Thursday 8:00 am - 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 592-4053 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    SCC Tyger River Campus, Tyger River Building:
    Highway 290, Duncan, SC
    Monday-Thursday 8:00 am- 3:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am - 11:00 am
    Call (864) 592-6121 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    SCC Union County Campus:
    Furman L. Fendley Highway, Union, SC
    Call (864) 466-1060 for more information and to schedule an appointment.

    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 Enrollment Services concerning your next steps. The interpretation of placement test levels in relation to course requirements will be covered during your meeting with Enrollment Services.

    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.