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Testing Information

The Drake State Assessment and Testing Center provides opportunities for students to meet their educational goals by offering assessments for course placement, program acceptance, and/or college admittance, as well as other exam services in an environment conducive to productive testing. The Testing Center is committed to creating a positive atmosphere where students feel comfortable and confident that they will receive services in a relaxed environment. Testing is by appointment only, however, same day appointments are available. Please contact the Testing Center at 256-551-3116 or to schedule an appointment.

Tests offered

ACCUPLACER Placement Assessment

Drake State uses ACCUPLACER to place students into the correct math and English classes. The test includes two parts: Next Generation Writing and Next Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics. ACCUPLACER is administered on a computer and the test is not timed.

Commonly Asked Questions

Why do I have to take ACCUPLACER?
We want our students to be successful, and correct course placement is foundational to a successful college experience. ACCUPLACER places students into the correct English and math class.

How can I prepare for the Assessment?
Visit this website.

Where do I go to take the ACCUPLACER?
The testing center is locating in Building 700, Room 705.

When can I take the ACCUPLACER?
*Appointments are strongly encouraged. Please call 256-551-3116 to schedule an appointment.

Who can take ACCUPLACER?
Any student who has completed the application for admission. Students will not be permitted to test if an application for admission has not been submitted.

What do I need to bring with me?
You will need a picture ID, such as a driver’s license. Calculators are on the computer, so you will not need to bring one.

How long does it take?
It is not timed, but you should allow about 1.5 hours.

When will I know the results?
Immediately! Results are generated automatically when you finish.

May I take the Assessment again?
Yes, you may retest once per academic year, but there is a $10 fee per subject for each re-test. Placement test scores are valid for three years from the date of original or retest assessment.

For additional information contact the Testing Center at 256-551-3116 or

ACT On-Campus Testing

The ACT On-Campus Testing is for application to the Drake State Nursing Program. Scores from the ACT On-Campus exam given at Drake State may be applied to other Alabama Community College System (ACCS) Schools only. To register, contact the Testing Center 256-551-3116

  • Registration fees are non-refundable.
  • Testing candidates must arrive on time; there is no late entry.
  • Candidates must provide an unexpired photo ID that matches their registration name. Options include: Driver’s License, Drake ID, Passport, or other government issued ID.
  • ACT On-Campus Test candidates may bring an ACT approved calculator, number 2 (non-mechanical) pencils and a watch that is not internet connected.
  • Number 2 pencils and scratch paper will be provided
  • No personal items will be allowed. No cell phones. Lockers are available.
  • Scores are generally available 10-14 days after the exam.
  • Scores from ACT On-Campus Testing are reported only to Drake State. No Student Reports will be generated and the score will not appear on your transcript.
  • ACT® requires that individuals re-taking the ACT On-Campus exam wait 60 days between tests.
  • Covid precautions may be in place.
WorkKeys® Assessments

WorkKeys® is a job skills assessment system measuring real world skills that employers believe are critical to job success. Drake State offers computerized WorkKeys assessments in the following areas:

  • Applied Math
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Workplace Documents
  • Business Writing
  • Applied Technology

WorkKeys® assessments are offered during regular test center hours. Please contact the Testing Coordinator for scheduling and fee information.

Alabama Peace Officers’ Standards and Training Commission (APOSTC)

APOSTC applicants can take the WorkKeys (BAT) exam at Drake State.

The applicants will be assessed in the following skill areas:

  • Workplace Documents
  • Graphic Literacy
  • Applied Mathematics

Minimum Scores for Law Enforcement and Correctional Officer applicants:

Law Enforcement Officer

  • Applied Mathematics – Level 3
  • Graphic Literacy – Level 4
  • Workplace Documents – Level 4

Correctional Officer

  • Applied Mathematics – Level 3
  • Graphic Literacy – Level 3
  • Workplace Documents – Level 3

  • Applicants should allow approximately three hours for the assessment.
  • Applicants are required to show a driver’s license photo ID.

The GED Examination is administered at Drake State by appointment only. For information on the GED Classes offered at Drake State, please visit Adult Education on the college website or call 256-551-5211

To register for the GED exam, go to Students may take any or all parts of the test at their option and convenience.

Duplicate Transcripts & Diplomas

If you have already taken and passed the GED test, here are instructions for obtaining duplicate transcripts and diplomas.

  • Go to
  • Carefully read and follow instructions
  • Pay the fee with a debit or credit card.

To place an order by phone call Parchment Exchange Customer Support at 888-906-4031.

Pearson Vue Exams

Drake State is a Pearson Vue Authorized Test Center.

All Pearson Vue exams are scheduled on the Pearson Vue website

What happens when I arrive to take an exam?

When candidates arrive for an exam, they go through a standard admissions process. Candidates are asked to provide two forms of identification, to agree in writing to a set of exam rules, and to sign a log sheet. In most cases, your photo and signature will be digitally captured as they would appear on your results report. Some exam sponsors may have other identification or check-in requirements.

Testing Center Guidelines

The following guidelines have been developed to ensure that our services are provided in a secure, confidential, and efficient manner:

  • Students must present an unexpired picture ID (no test will be given without proper ID).
  • Closed-circuit cameras are used to monitor all activity in the testing center.
  • Any item not required for your exam including notes, books, purses, calculators, and/or cell phones must be left outside of the testing room. Lockers are provided for your convenience. All electronics will need to be turned off.
  • The Testing Center assumes no responsibility for personal belongings.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the testing room.
  • No phone calls are allowed while taking an exam.
  • Respect others by remaining quiet during your exam.
  • Only students taking an exam are allowed in the Testing Center – no children or pets.
  • When your exam is completed, all materials, including scratch paper, must be given to the Testing Center staff.
  • Any accommodation requests will need to be made in advance through the Student Success Specialist.
  • Testing Center personnel may end a test session if all directions and procedures are not followed.

If you have any questions or concerns before, during, or after your exam, please notify Testing Center personnel.


Donyale Jones

Testing Coordinator

Testing Center Hours

  • Monday – Thursday
    9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
    2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • Friday
    8:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.

Appointments are strongly encouraged. Please call 256-551-3116 or email to schedule an appointment.


Assessment & Testing Center
Building 700 Room 705