The campus testing centers offer the placement test, residual ACT testing, distance education testing, and the Phil Campbell center also offers GED testing.

You can now schedule your testing center appointments online using the below links!

Hours of Operation

The Shoals Campus Testing Center is open Monday – Friday. 
(Students MUST have an appointment!!)

Monday and Thursday: 8:30 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (last appt at 6:00 p.m.)
Tuesday and Wednesday 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last appt at 3:00 p.m.)
Friday: 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. (last appt at 3:00 p.m.)

The Phil Campbell Campus Testing Center is open Monday – Friday.
(Students MUST have an appointment!!)

Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Thursday:  10:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Friday:  7:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Distance Education Testing

Most distance education courses require at least one on-campus exam. These exams may be taken in the Competency Testing Center on either the Shoals or Phil Campbell campus (in-person or virtually). The Shoals Campus Testing Center is located in Building 127, between Building 112 and Building 107 (the Child Development Center). The Phil Campbell Campus Testing Center is located in the Administration Building (301). Students should make an appointment at least two days in advance to take exams.  Current distance students may schedule appointments by using the links below or in their Moodle classes.

The Shoals campus testing lab will not keep any personal items in the lab office while you are testing.  You should leave any personal items in your vehicle.  This includes phones, smart watches, backpacks, hats, headphones, purse/wallet, flash drives, or books/notes (unless specified by your instructor).  You also cannot bring children to the testing center.  The only items you should have with you at the lab are your Photo ID, items allowed by your instructor such as books, notes, or calculator, and car keys.  Your photo ID can be your NWSCC BankMobile Disbursements ID Card, Driver’s License, Military ID, or Passport.  The ID must not be expired and must be a hard copy; no paper ID will be accepted.  You also need to make sure that you have your ‘A’ number (student number) memorized or with you.

Competency Testing Center
Shoals Campus Building 127
(256) 331-5282

Schedule an appointment online:
Phil Campbell Campus –
Shoals Campus –
Virtual Testing –


Kenda Rusevlyan
Shoals Campus
(256) 331-5282


Kelli Johnson
Phil Campbell campus Building 301
(256) 331-6297

Placement Testing

All newly enrolled students who have not successfully completed college-level English and mathematics courses or who have not attained sufficient ACT scores are required to take the placement test before registering for classes. This test indicates the beginning levels of math, English and reading courses.

Please contact the Advising Center Office at or 256-331-5221 for the latest placement score requirements.

Students may practice for the placement test using the link below.
Accuplacer Practice Tests

The competency testing center gives the Placement Test. You must have an appointment! Contact information is listed above.

Accuplacer Retest Form – to be completed each time you would like to retake the placement exam to improve your scores.  Note that you must complete one of the remediation options listed on the form and bring the form with you to the testing center when you retest.  There are unlimited retakes, but there is a $10 per part fee paid at the Cashier’s Office.  There is no charge for the first attempt of the placement test.

GED Testing

For information on preparing for the GED, contact the Adult Education Department at (256) 331-5440 or visit the Adult Education page.