Placement Testing

The placement test is designed to identify a student's skill level in reading, writing, and math at the time of admission to ensure the best opportunity for continued academic success.

Georgia Military College utilizes the COMPASS Test by ACT.

About The Test

The test is divided into three parts:  Writing Skills (English grammar), Reading Skills, and Math.  Students may exempt some or all parts of the test with recent test scores and/or transfer credit. The test is multiple choice and is not timed.  The full test usually lasts about 90 minutes, but can be longer or shorter depending on the student's pace of work.  All materials are provided, including pencils, scratch paper, and calculator.  Students may bring their own calculators, but graphing calculators and cell phones are not permitted.  ACT's COMPASS Test web site provides sample questions in each area.

Test Schedule

The test is taken on a computer, so seating is limited and an appointment is required. 

If you are taking Online Campus classes, please contact your Online Campus advisor as soon as you complete the test.

To schedule your test, you may contact your admissions counselor, or you may request a test time by email or phone.   Please provide your name as it is written on your application for admission.  If you have not yet applied for admission, you cannot take the GMC Placement Exam.

Test Locations

Each campus has dedicated testing facilities. For online students, please work with your admissions counselor to schedule your test.

How To Request A Test Score Report

Each student is given a copy of the score report upon completion of the test.  If you misplaced your copy or need to provide an official copy to another institution, you may request one from the Testing Center.  The request must be made in writing, including the student's name, specific mail or pickup instructions, and signature.  (The student may also request a score report in person, but older test results may not be immediately available.)

Exempting The Test

To exempt the Writing Skills placement test, a student must have earned one of the following:

  • ENG 099 grade of "C" or better within the last 2 years
  • COMPASS Writing Skills score of 60 or higher within the last 2 years
  • SAT Writing score of 560 or higher within the last 5 years *
  • SAT Writing score of 500-550 if SAT Critical Reading score is 510 or higher
  • ACT English score of 24 or higher within the last 5 years
  • ACT English score of 22 or 23 if ACT Reading score is 23 or higher
  • Completion of or transfer credit for ENG 101

To exempt the Reading Skills placement test, a student must have earned one of the following:

  • RDG 099 grade of "C" or better within the last 2 years
  • COMPASS Reading score of 78 or higher within the last 2 years
  • SAT Critical Reading score of 510 or higher within the last 5 years
  • ACT Reading score of 23 or higher within the last 5 years
  • Completion of or transfer credit for ENG 101

To exempt the Math Skills placement test, a student must have earned one of the following:

  • MAT 099 grade of "C" or better within the last 2 years
  • COMPASS Algebra score of 37 or higher within the last 2 years
  • SAT Math score of 450 or higher within the last 5 years
  • ACT Math score of 18 or higher within the last 5 years
  • Completion of or transfer credit for MAT 106, MAT 109, or higher

Retaking The Test

Students who are dissatisfied with their placement may opt to retest according to the following guideline:

  • The highest score achieved will be used for placement
  • A non-refundable fee of $15.00 per test must be paid in advance of retesting
  • You must wait a minimum of one week after initial testing
  • Retesting to impact placement for a given term must be completed no later than the first week of that term
  • Retesting in more than one area need not be accomplished at the same time
  • Retesting must occur prior to student’s taking an LSS course in that area