Once you have completed your application, the next step in the admissions process is to take the ACCUPLACER placement test. This assessment was developed by the College Board to provide information on your reading, sentence skills, arithmetic, and elementary algebra skill level.
Minimum skills are necessary for success in college. By assessing your ability levels in these areas, we can determine which of our English, mathematics, and reading courses are most appropriate for you. We also administer a typing assessment that gauges your typing ability. All applicants must test unless they have satisfactory SAT or ACT scores and/or transcripts (when applicable) documenting proper degrees, allowing testing exemption.
ACCUPLACER placement tests may be scheduled on the following days:
Monday through Thursdays, 8:30 am, 11 am, 1:30 pm and 5:30 pm
Click HERE to register for the ACCUPLACER test at RCC.
Richmond Community College offers remote testing for students and future students not currently living in the service area. Since all placement testing must be completed in a secure and proctored setting, the remote testing must be conducted in a college or university test center, high school, or library.
Applicants interested in remote testing must contact a local education institution to secure a proctor to administer the ACCUPLACER tests. Once a proctor has been located, the applicant must complete the Student Request for Remote Testing form.
After the Director of Counseling has received the form, the prospective proctor will be contacted. If the person meets the qualifications, then a Proctor Security Agreement Form and the Proctor Information Form will be sent to the prospective proctor. Once this form has been returned, the Director of Counseling will send the Instructions for Administrating ACCUPLACER Tests form to the proctor and send an ACCUPLACER Test Voucher to the applicant. The applicant will present this voucher to the proctor at the approved site.
ACCUPLACER scores are valid for five years. Applicants may repeat all or part of the ACCUPLACER placement test once in a twelve month period. Additional information concerning retesting is located under Placement Testing Policies in the Richmond Community College Student Handbook.
The cost of the initial assessment is free. Retest fees are $2 per section and subject to change. Arrangements for payment of retest fees can be made by calling the RCC Business Office at (910) 410-1801.
If you require accommodations for the ACCUPLACER placement test, please contact Debbie Spurlin, Disability Services Coordinator, at (910)410-1867 or stop by Student Services prior to your testing date. Documentation of your disability may be requested.
Prepare for the ACCUPLACER by enrolling in free College Readiness course by calling 910-410-1786.
Prepare for the ACCUPLACER placement test by enrolling in a free College Readiness course by calling 910-410-1786, or by reviewing for the test with the links on our Academic Success Center page, or the links posted on NCLOR’s ACCUPLACER Study Guide links created by our Math Lab Coordinator.
SAT or ACT scores may be accepted in lieu of ACCUPLACER. You may have SAT or ACT scores sent to the Admissions Office, or have them included as part of your high school or college transcript. Applicants who earn a score of 500 on the SAT Critical Reading will be exempt from the reading and sentence skills portions of the test. Applicants who earn a score of 500 on the SAT Math will be exempt from the math portion of the placement test. The SAT scores must be within the past five years. Applicants who earn an ACT score of 20 on Reading or 18 on English will be exempt from the reading and sentence skills portions of the test. Applicants who earn an ACT score of 22 on Math will be exempt from the math portion of the placement test. The ACT scores must be within the past five years. If you have questions concerning your SAT or ACT scores, or exemption from ACCUPLACER, please contact any of the counselors at Richmond Community College at 910-410-1730.
Students who have received an associate or higher degree are exempt from testing with an official transcript from a regionally accredited institution.
The final steps in the admissions process are to talk to a counselor about your ACCUPLACER results and your educational goals. We recommend that all steps of the admissions process be completed no later than a month before the semester you would like to begin your matriculation.