Placement Testing



Why do you need placement testing?

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.

To Schedule a Test

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. To schedule your testing, go to and complete the "Ready to Take the Placement Test" form. If you have any questions, please contact the Admissions Office by phone at 864-941-8369 or by email at

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 to let us know when you're coming, and stop by the Admissions Office on the Greenwood Campus when you arrive to check in.

County Campuses

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.

Important information:

  1. Testing usually takes approximately two-three hours. On the day of your assessment, you should plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early.
  2. Bring a picture identification (a current driver’s license or a valid passport) with you. Also, you should know your social security number.


Placement Test Exemptions

The Placement Test may be waived when a student meets one or more of the following criteria:

  • A High School GPA of at least 3.0 and a C or better in Algebra II or higher for South Carolina applicants.
  • A C or higher in a college level English and Math course from a regionally accredited or approved institution.
  • Earned an associate, bachelor's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution. 
  • A minimum score of 19 on ACT Math waives the Math portion; and a minimum score of 20 on ACT English and Reading waives the Writing and Reading portion. 
  • A minimum SAT score of at least 510 on Verbal (or Critical Reading) waives the Writing and Reading portion; and a minimum score of 510 on Math waives the Math portion. 
  • A minimum GED score of 165 for Reasoning Through Language Arts and Mathematical Reasoning beginning with the 2016 GED. 


Can you Study for the Test?

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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Sample Questions for Accuplacer

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.



When do You Receive the Results?

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 141B, or by calling (864) 941-8322. The fee also can be paid at one of our county campuses (Abbeville, McCormick, Saluda, Laurens, Newberry or Edgefield). Test scores will not be sent until the fee is paid.