GNTC uses the COMPASS test for admission and placement.
This is a requirement for enrollment into most GNTC programs of study.
What are the score requirements for my program?
The following link will take you to some charts that include information on score requirements. Included are the ACT/SAT requirements that will exempt you from taking the COMPASS placement test; placement in learning support classes if you score below program ready levels; and the program ready cut scores for each program of study. Note that the cut score list is divided into three sections: Associate Degrees, Diplomas, and Certificates. Be sure that you select from the category that you plan to pursue as your program of study. Scores below these levels will require that you take learning support classes in those subjects.
The following is required when you come to test:
- A completed application for admission must be turned in.
- The $20 non-refundable Application Fee (one time fee) must be paid.
(This is payable at Administrative Services on the Floyd, Gordon and Polk campuses and at the reception desk on the Walker Campus.)
- You must show a picture ID (driver’s license, learner’s permit, official state ID, military ID, or passport.)
When is the test administered?
Click on one of the following links to get a schedule of testing times. No appointment is required.
- Floyd County Campus: 706-802-5381 - Schedule for FCC
- Walker County Campus: 706-764-3581 - Schedule for WCC
- Gordon County Campus: 706-624-1112 - Schedule for GCC
- Polk County Campus: 770-684-5696 - Schedule for PCC
- Whitfield Murray Campus: 706-272-2971 - Schedule for WMC
Can I earn credits by taking examinations?
Yes. GNTC now offers CLEP exams from The College Board. Passing an exam on a
subject you have mastered allows you to earn college credits without taking the course. Both the
Floyd Campus and the Walker Campus offer CLEP. Click on the following link for more details about how to register and a list of courses for which you may receive credit:
When can I take the exit tests for my learning support class?
If a learning support class requires an exit test, your teacher will inform you in your syllabus. On-campus classes normally test as a group and the teacher makes arrangements. For retesting, however, and for online learning support classes, the attached schedule will give you the available dates and times.
What subjects does the COMPASS test cover?
- Writing Skills
- Reading Skills
- Math Skills - For a list of prohibited calculators, access this web site: http://www.act.org/compass/student/calculator.html.
NOTE: All associate degree programs require an algebra test.
How can I prepare to take the COMPASS test?
On-line web sites can be helpful. If you don’t have a computer, you can use one at a public library. Some of the testing centers may also have free computer time. Their phone numbers are above. Click on this link to see a copy of the Study Guide and a list of the web sites that include both practice tests and tutorials.
What if I need special ADA accommodations for taking the test?
Get approval ahead of time by requesting an appointment with the ADA coordinator on the campus you will be attending. They will require some kind of documentation from the place where you were diagnosed. The person you should be contacting is:
- Floyd College Campus, Sheila Parker
- Walker College Campus, Michael Walters
- Gordon College Campus, Sheila Parker
- Polk College Campus, Sheila Parker
- Whitfield Murray Campus, Kevan Watkins
Do the GNTC testing centers proctor tests for other colleges?
Are you unsure about your career path? Are you ready to make a career change but are unsure of what direction to take?
You can take a free interest/aptitude assessment at home by following the directions for the Georgia Career Information System. This site also offers extensive information about Georgia occupations and how to prepare of them. If, after going through the activities, you need further assistance, call the testing office on your chosen campus and ask for an appointment with a counselor.