GTCC is committed to an open-door admissions policy in order to
provide access to quality educational programs to everyone,
regardless of previous educational preparation. GTCC believes
that the College has the responsibility to provide the necessary
course work and support services for students to be successful in
their chosen educational programs. Placement testing is the
first step in providing those services. Placement tests are
given to applicants in order to place them into the entry-level
courses in which they can be successful.
GTCC subscribes to theCode of Fair Testing Practices in
Education, a statement to test takers of the obligations of
those who develop, administer, or use educational tests and
PROGRAM PLACEMENT TEST REQUIREMENTS
Each department chair is responsible for setting placement test
requirements for his/her program and test score prerequisites for
individual courses taught by his/her department. The Learning
Evidence Committee, the Developmental Education faculty, and the
departmental faculty provide input into setting placement test
GTCC uses the Computerized-Adaptive Placement Assessment and
Support Services (COMPASS) test developed by American College
Testing (ACT). The following specific tests are used
for placement into entry level courses at GTCC:
The Assessment of Skills for Successful Entry and
Transfer (ASSET), developed by ACT, may be used as an
accommodation for students with special needs when appropriate (see
Section VI). The following are the components of ASSET:
GTCC will accept placement test results from other colleges if
COMPASS, ASSET, or ACCUPLACER was taken within the past three years
(see Section IV).
Applicants must complete an application for admission to the
college before they may be tested. The Admissions Office
staff will determine which components of the placement test are
needed and will refer students with completed applications to the
Assessment Center for placement testing.
Placement testing is offered on a walk-in basis daily at the
Jamestown campus and at the Greensboro and High Point campuses on
specific days throughout the year. Students are encouraged to
review their reading, writing, and math skills before arriving for
the test. Students must present the COMPASS Card (obtained
from the Admissions Office and a photo I.D. (such as a driver's
license) to a member of the Assessment Center staff before
placement tests will be administered.
Placement testing will not be waived for applicants to the
Dental Hygiene program. Placement tests may be waived for
applicants to all other programs under the following
When placement testing is optional and the applicant chooses to
take placement tests, the results will be used only for advising
and institutional research purposes.
Applicants may qualify for appropriate testing accommodations
(such as, separate room; extended time; Closed Circuit TV (CCTV);
audio tape; large print; reader; interpreter; scribe) on the basis
of a documented disability. Applicants with an obvious
disability may not need to submit documentation in order to receive
appropriate testing accommodations.
PROCEDURES FOR ACCESSING PLACEMENT TEST
B. English as a Second
Applicants for whom English is a second language may
qualify for extended time on the ASSET placement
test. The applicant must talk to the International Student
Advisor/Counselor to receive permission for extended
Retesting represents a great cost in terms of time and money to
both the college and to the examinees. Therefore, applicants
should be encouraged to prepare so they may do their best when
taking placement tests.
A counselor or advisor may authorize a retest by initialing the
retest authorization on the COMPASS Card. The student must
present a photo I.D. and submit the Compass Card to the Assessment
Center staff upon arrival for testing.
A student may retest only once in a six month period. An
exception may be made if the student provides documentation that
he/she has been involved in tutoring or other forms of
remediation. This documentation must be presented to a
counselor in order to obtain authorization to retest. A copy
of the documentation must be attached to the retest authorization
form in order for the third test score to be valid. The
student must present the retest authorization with the attached
intervention documentation when he/she arrives for the test.
The Assessment Center will maintain a file for the documentation to
be held for three years.
A student enrolled in a Developmental Studies course may retest
in that subject only with authorization from the instructor.
PLACEMENT TEST RESULTS TO/FROM OTHER COLLEGES
Applicants who have taken ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER placement
tests at other colleges within the past three years may have their
test scores transferred to GTCC. The applicant should request
that his/her placement test scores be sent directly to GTCC's
Admissions and Records Office. The Admissions and Records
Office provides a form which applicants may use to facilitate the
process. Copies of placement test results delivered by an
applicant will not be accepted unless the report is signed by an
official of the sending college and delivered in a sealed envelope
with the college official's signature across the seal.
Applicants who have taken ASSET or COMPASS placement tests at
GTCC may have their test scores transferred to other colleges by
making a request in writing to the Admissions and Records
Office. The Admissions and Records Office will provide a form
to facilitate the request. The Admissions and Records Office
will mail the test score report to the college or will provide the
report to the student in a sealed envelope with the college
official's signature across the seal.
Applicants to other colleges who wish to take ASSET or COMPASS
at GTCC may do so by contacting an admissions representative.
The admissions representative will have the examinee complete a
special credit application and a request to have test scores sent
to another college. The admissions representative will
contact the other college, if necessary, to clarify which tests are
to be given to the examinee. The admissions representative
will provide the examinee with a COMPASS card with the appropriate
tests to be taken indicated on the card.
The examinee must bring a photo I.D., the COMPASS card, as well
as the form to request the transfer of GTCC COMPASS or ASSET
scores, to the Assessment Center at the time of testing. The
Assessment Center staff will give the examinee a copy of the
student score report and will send the test scores to the other
college. The Assessment Center staff will keep a record of
those tested for other colleges.
Approved by the Assessment Committee on 1/11/93
Updated by the Learning Evidence Committee on 2/14/2007
Page Last update 02/24/2014