Placement Testing

Compass Placement
In order for students to enroll in classes at the appropriate academic level, students are evaluated in three areas: reading, writing, and mathematics. The methods for establishing the academic level are as follows. All students (entering freshmen and transfer students) must meet these criteria.
Placement examinations in reading, English, and math skills assist GMC to best advise a student so skills can be developed to help ensure a successful academic career. Placement examination schedules are available at each GMC campus. Students are permitted to take each section of the placement exam only once.
Any incoming student needing an accommodation based on a disability should make their request known prior to scheduling the examination by contacting the Manager of Disability Services at (478) 387-4902 or kjohnson@gmc.cc.ga.us .

The Reading Skills Placement Exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following with scores no more than 5 years old:

• SAT Critical Reading score of 510 or greater
• ACT Reading score of 23 or greater
• Regents' Reading exam score of 61 or greater
• Transfer credit for ENG 101
• Successful completion of RDG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years
• COMPASS scores (without any course attempts) may be used for up to two years from test date

The GMC Writing Skills Placement Exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following with scores no more than 5 years old:

• SAT Essay score of 560 or greater
• SAT Essay score of 500 or greater AND SAT Critical Reading score of 510 or greater
• ACT combined English/Writing score of 24 or greater
• ACT reading exemption score of 23 or greater AND ACT combined English/Writing score of 22 or greater
• Transfer credit for ENG 101
• Successful completion of ENG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years
• Successful completion of ENG 097 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years places the student in ENG 099
• COMPASS scores (without any course attempts) may be used for up to two years from test date

The GMC Mathematics Placement Exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following:

• SAT Math score no more than 5 years old of 450 or greater
• ACT Math score no more than 5 years old of 18 or greater
• Transfer credit for MAT 106/109 or higher
• Successful completion of LSS MAT sequence at a regionally accredited collge within two years from date of application.
• COMPASS scores (without any course attempts) may be used for up to two years from test date.
Areas of deficiency are identified by scores students achieve on the Placement Exam. Students who place in Learning Support Services courses must earn a passing grade in each course before enrolling in credit courses in that subject area.

Please review prior to your testing day.
For Compass Review:
http://www.testpreview.com/compass_practice.htm
http://www.act.org/compass/sample/index.html
Click here to watch videos for basic Math Reviews
For more information: Please refer to the GMC College Catalog policy for Placement Examinations .