Testing Center Most Commonly Asked Questions
Appointments are not necessary for placement tests or instructor tests on the Jamestown Campus. However, it is best to call ahead to the other campuses to arrange a specific time to take your test, this way you can be sure that accommodations will be in place for you.
All other tests are administered by appointment or during certain blocks to time during the year.
Please contact Assessment Center staff for more information.
You will need to file an application for admission and speak with an admissions representative who will provide you a placement test card. Once you have your placement test card, you will need to schedule your placement test. To do so please click here to find more information. On the day of your test, you will need to bring your testing card as well as a photo id to the testing center.
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.
The placement test is given on the computer and is not timed.
Most people can complete the test in 2 hours, although some people finish much sooner and some take much longer.
There is a book titled, Chart Your Success on the COMPASS that you may use to prepare for the test. It is available for purchase from the GTCC Bookstore; it may be checked out for 3 nights from the GTCC Learning Resource Center; and you may go to the Tutoring Center in the Health Careers Building to use it. GED, SAT, or ACT examination preparation materials are also helpful and are available at most libraries and commercial bookstores.
Sample items that illustrate the types of questions you will encounter in the COMPASS placement test
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You may not take a test without some form of photo identification. In addition to a driver’s license, we will accept a work ID with photo, a passport, credit card with photo, a school ID with photo, school yearbook, church directory, or ID issued from the Department of Motor Vehicles.
No. Children also may not be left unattended anywhere on campus.
You will talk with an advisor about your test results and about registering for classes.
GTCC allows you to retest once on the placement test.
You will need to talk with an advisor to receive authorization to retest.
There are 34 exams for which you may receive college credit by taking a CLEP (College Level Examination Program) exam. GTCC will only accept a 26 of the CLEP exams for course credit. You may get a list of those courses in the Assessment Center. Learn more about CLEP exams.
The TESTING MATRIX
Contact the department requiring the test to
- find out the test dates
- Obtain testing form, if necessary
Depending the class you are testing for the test may be reading only or one that requires reading and math.