Piedmont’s assessment program helps new students entering the college succeed in their educational goals. The results will help with your placement into appropriate courses so that you will be successful in the coursework you choose to take at PTC. You will learn about your skills and how they compare with the skills you will need as you pursue your chosen major courses.
Testing or exemption from testing is required prior to advisement and registration for classes. Plan to complete testing requirements in advance of registration to avoid any delay in your enrollment. For details, please call the Admissions Office at the Greenwood Campus at (864) 941-8369 or one of the County Campuses.
COMPASS is scheduled regularly at all campuses.
Although appointments aren't required, please check our testing hours online. When you've picked a time, call Admissions at (864) 941-8369 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org to let us know when you're coming, and stop by our office in Room 103B on the Greenwood Campus when you arrive to check in.
To schedule a placement test at a county campus, call your county campus to learn about testing times.
If you need special assistance because of a physical limitation or a disability, please contact Brenda Dailey, Student Disability Services Counselor, in the Career Planning and Counseling Center at (864) 941-8356. Click here for information about PTC's Student Disability Services.
Need to know information:
Students in the following categories may not need to take the placement test:
You may use a calculator on upper-level math tests (elementary algebra and intermediate algebra) of the ASSET but NOT on the basic numerical skills test. You may use a calculator on all of the COMPASS mathematics tests. Calculator use is not required; all problems on the upper-level math tests can be solved without using a calculator. Calculators are not provided; you must bring your own and may not share.
You should not try to learn new skills before taking the test, but if you have been out of school for a year or more, a review of the subjects may prove to be helpful. You may find materials to help you in public libraries and local bookstores.
The writing portion consists of choosing whether a passage is written correctly or should be rewritten according to an alternative paragraph or sentence. The reading portion consists of passages to read and questions to answer about the content. The math portion includes addition, subtraction, division, multiplication of fractions, decimals, whole numbers and integers, word problems and basic algebra.
You may choose to review on your own by working the sample exercises at the links below:
After taking the placement test, you will be given a report with your scores and a sheet about Placement Test Score Guidelines as they relate to the required English and mathematics course or courses required for your program of study. Your scores will be reviewed in detail when you meet with a New Student Advisor after you complete your final admission steps to the college. If you wish to meet with someone immediately after the test to review your scores, contact the New Student Advising Center on the Greenwood Campus or any County Campus Advisor.