Compass / Placement Testing
GED Testing
CLEP Testing
Hours of Operation

Shoals Campus Testing Center

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

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 6:45 pm
Friday Call for an appointment

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

Monday - Thursday
8:00 am - 3:00 pm
Friday Call for an appointment

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. 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 Lab is located in the Administration Building (301). Students should make an appointment at least two days in advance to take exams on the Shoals campus and one week in advance for the Phil Campbell campus. Appointments for the Phil Campbell Campus are scheduled by calling (256) 331-6297. Appointments for the Shoals Campus are scheduled by calling (256) 331-5482 or online through the ACCUTRACK scheduling system.

Competency Testing Center Shoals campus (256) 331-5282 Building 127 Email
Rita Thorne Shoals campus (256) 331-5482 Email
Carolyn Fincher Phil Campbell campus (256) 331-6297 Building 301 Email
Ed Carter, (256) 331 5277 Advising Center (256) 331-5375 Email

Compass / Placement Testing

All newly enrolled students who have not successfully completed college-level English and mathematics courses "nor scored 20 or above on the math and English portions of the ACT exams" must take the COMPASS placement test before registering for classes. This test indicates the beginning levels of math, English and reading courses.

The competency testing center gives the Compass Placement Test and has copies of COMPASS test guides available. You must have an appointment! Contact information is listed above.

Click for a comprehensive list of Frequently Asked Questions about the Compass Test. For more information, and practice tests, please visit the ACT website.

GED Testing

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

CLEP Testing

CLEP (College Level Examination Program) CLEP is a National System of credit by examination. The College is an open test center. Credit earned through examinations will be accepted provided appropriate scores are achieved and certain conditions are met. A minimum score at or above the 50th percentile on both general examinations and subject examinations is required for specific course credit.

NW-SCC currently awards CLEP credit in the following subject areas:
American Government
American History I & II
American Literature
Calculus with Elementary Functions
College Algebra
College Composition (with essay)
College Composition (without essay)
Computers and Data Processing
Development Psychology
English Literature
General Chemistry
General Psychology
Intro to Business Management
Introduction to Accounting
Introduction to Business Law
Intro to Macro and Micro economics
Introduction to Marketing
Introduction to Sociology
Spanish I & II
Western Civilization I & II
Principles of Management

Contact Carolyn Fincher at the Phil Campbell campus for additional information. (256) 331-6297