Placement Testing

Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student’s academic proficiency levels, which help determine the most appropriate courses in English, reading, and math. Placement test scores will indicate whether or not a student needs any or all of the pre-curriculum math and/or English modules.

  • Typically, placement test scores are valid for five calendar years after the year the student tested. However, they can be accepted up to 10 years if scores are available in a student record or paper format.
  • Placement tests do not give credit for course work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Placement tests may be waived for applicants under the following conditions:

  • High School graduation less than 10 years ago.
  • ACT or SAT scores that are less than 10 years old.
  • College level English or Math at another institution that is accepted by this College.
  • Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Other placement scores that have been taken within the last 10 years and have a crosswalk.

 Most placement test scores are currently valid for five years: however, we will accept them up to 10 years if scores are available in a student record or paper format.

Please read the Assessment Center Policies to ensure you are in compliance while testing.

Assessment Center Policies

  • A Photo ID is required for identification.
  • Cell phones should be powered off; not on silent or vibrate.
  • No food is permitted in the testing area.
  • No drinks are permitted in the testing area.
  • Test takers are not permitted to wear hats or sunglasses.
  • Children are not allowed in the testing area.

You will be advised of additional test procedures upon your arrival at the Assessment Center.

Lockers

Prior to beginning any test you will be provided with a locker. All personal property; cell phones, hats, purses, book bags, etc. must be stored in the provided locker.

Restroom Breaks During Test

  • Faculty tests – no breaks permitted unless authorized on the instructor form.
  • Correspondence testing – no breaks permitted unless authorized on the proctor form.
  • Placement test – breaks are allowed.
  • TEAS test – one authorized break; others are allowed but are included within test time.

Please note that any violations of the above policies will result in the test being stopped and the faculty member notified of an incomplete test.

GTCC uses the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement test, which consists of two components; English and math.

RISE Placement Test – English

There are two RISE English placement tests; Tier 1 and Tier 2. Students must earn a 75% on each test to advance to the next level. That is, if a student earns a 75% or higher on Tier 1, then he/she will move on Tier 2. If the student does not earn a 75% or higher on Tier 1, then he/she cannot take Tier 2.

Student performance on each RISE English test corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support.

Students may take the RISE English placement test a maximum of two times (one original and one retest).

RISE Placement Test – Math

There are three RISE math placement tests. Students must earn a 75% on each test to advance to the next. That is, if a student earns a 75% or higher on Test 1, then he/she can take Test 2. If the student doesn’t earn a 75% or higher on Test 2, then he/she cannot take Test 3.

Student performance on each RISE math test corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support.

Students may take the RISE math placement test a maximum of two times (one original and one retest).

  • Applicants must have a completed application for admission on file with GTCC and have created their EdReady testing account 24-48 hours before they may be tested.
  • Obtain a blue testing Card from the Admissions Office.
  • The Blue Card and a valid photo ID is required for testing (GTCC student ID, driver’s license, military ID, or passport). A photo or photo copy of id is not acceptable.
  • Student provided calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during placement tests. The Assessment Center will provide calculator and formula sheet for the RISE Math Placement Test.
  • The Assessment Center will provide pencils and scratch paper.
  • Upon completion of the placement tests, students will receive their test results and should meet with a student success professional to discuss the results and next steps.

GTCC Retest Policy

A student must complete the placement test review if they want to retest. At the end of the review the student must print the completion certificate and bring it to the Assessment Center in order to retest. A student must have their testing card signed by an adviser and may retest only once within six months.

 If the student has already begun the Developmental Education sequence, they may not retest and must complete the sequence appropriate for their program of study.

Steps to Retest 

  1. Complete the online review. Print certificate.
  2. Meet with an adviser in the Student Success Center to obtain their signed permission to retake the placement test.
  3. Report to the Assessment Center with certificate and signed testing card.

 Required Online Review prior to Retesting

  • Log into Moodle.  Use your Titan account for your username/password.
  • Use the Search Courses text box to look for “Placement Test Review”.
  • Select “Placement Test Review” then “Enroll Me”

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 Accommodations

  1. Admissions staff should refer applicants who request testing accommodations to disAbility Access Services.
  2. Documentation will be requested.  A disAbility Access Services counselor will review documentation to determine appropriate accommodations.
  3. A disAbility Access Services counselor will complete a Placement Test Accommodations Referral Form and give it to the applicant. Applicants must contact the Assessment Center and make an appointment to reserve a separate room for testing if one is needed. The disAbility Access Services counselor will coordinate interpreter, scribe or reader accommodations.
  4. Applicants must present the Placement Test Accommodations Referral Form at the time of testing. No testing accommodations will be made without a completed Referral Form.
  5. Assessment Center staff will refer the applicant back to the disAbility Access Services counselor upon test completion for advising.
  6. The Assessment Center staff will maintain a file of all Placement Test Accommodations Referral Forms. All records will remain confidential.

Please complete the Transcript Request form, indicating on the form that the placement test scores are to be included in the request and to which school. The form can be found in the Student Success area or the Assessment Center. The individual will then pay the $5.00 fee at the Cashier’s office. After that the form and receipt are turned into the Records Office. Staff there will ensure the request is completed in a timely manner.

There is no charge if you are a GTCC student or are applying to attend GTCC. There is a $5.00 charge if you will not be a GTCC student and need your scores sent to another institution.

RISE placement test tiers take approximately 50 minutes to complete. As always, some students finish quicker and some take longer to complete the test.

GTCC allows you to retest once on the placement test.

You will need to talk with an advisor to receive authorization to retest.

Yes, the placement test review is available in Moodle. Here are instructions on how to access the review.

  1. Log into your Moodle account.
  2. Check your courses (located on the left side of screen) if Placement Test Review is listed just click on title to open it.
  3. If Placement Test Review is not listed among your courses, scroll down until you see the search bar.
  4. Type in placement test review and click GO
  5. There should be 1 search result listed - Placement Test Review
  6. Click on the title Placement Test Review
  7. Click on the enroll me button. This adds the Placement Test Review to your list of courses. Just click on the title to open the course.