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- Why do you need placement testing?
- How do I schedule a test?
- Can I be exempt from taking the placement test?
- Can I study for the placement test?
- When will I receive my results?
Piedmont Technical College’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 are more likely to 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 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.
Placement Testing 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 the Admissions Office 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.
Students Needing Special Assistance
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, 101A, or call (864) 941-8378. Click here for information about PTC's Student Disability Services.
- Testing usually takes approximately two-three hours. On the day of your assessment, you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
- Bring a picture identification (a current driver’s license or a valid passport) with you. Also, you should know your social security number.
Students in the following categories may not need to take the placement test:
- Some non-degree and non-diploma seeking applicants.
- Applicants who have completed college level English composition and math with a grade of "C" or higher. Portions of the test may be waived according to courses taken.
- Applicants who hold an associate or bachelor's degree or higher.
- Applicants who have completed the college placement test within the past five years.
- Applicants who have earned a minimum SAT score of 480 on Verbal (or Critical Reading after Mar. 2005) and 480 on Math before March 2016. After March 2016, a score of 510 on Critical Reading and 510 on Math.
- Applicants who have earned a minimum ACT score of 20 on English and Reading and a score of 19 on Math.
- Some applicants for Career Development status (non-degree seekers who take individual courses for personal or career enrichment.)
- Applicants for transient status (students at other colleges who have approval from the home institution to take a course at Piedmont Technical College for credit toward degrees at the home institution.)
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:
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Placement Testing Tips
- Have a positive attitude!
- Placement tests are not Pass/Fail.
- Review before testing will improve your scores.
- Try to do your best so that you will be properly placed.
- You can take courses to brush up on areas where you need help.
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.
If you would like to have your placement scores transferred to another college or university, complete the Request for Transferring Placement Scores form. There is a $30 processing fee per transfer. This fee can be paid in the PTC Business Office, Room 151A, or by calling (864) 941-8322. The fee also can be paid at one of our county centers (Abbeville, McCormick, Saluda, Laurens, Newberry or Edgefield). Test scores will not be sent until the fee is paid.