Placement testing for admission to Gaston College is administered by the Testing Center . The Testing Center administers Accuplacer for most new students. Students who may be uncomfortable with a computerized test may contact the Testing Coordinator for information on ASSET, a written placement test. The Accuplacer provides the College with an assessment of a student’s skills in Writing, Reading , and Mathematics/Algebra.

Effective April 6, 2015, CollegeBoard Accuplacer has added a component to testing called WritePlacer. The essay gives you an opportunity to show how effectively you can develop and express your ideas in writing. You will first read a short passage and an assignment question that are focused on an important issue. You will then write an essay in which you develop your own point of view on the issue. You should support your position with appropriate reasoning and examples. The position you take will not influence your score. Sample essays are available on the following link.

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Scheduling a Testing Appointment:

After submitting an Application for Admission online, students may schedule to take the Accuplacer at the Dallas (Main), Lincoln or Kimbrell Campus by clicking on the Schedule NOW! button below.
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Testing Calendars: Common testing calendar for Dallas, Lincoln and Kimbrell campuses:

Placement Test Waivers:

The placement test is required of all students seeking a degree, diploma or certificate. The placement test is waived only for students who meet any of the following criteria:

SAT/ACT Scores:

Students with SAT scores of at least 500 on Reading will be exempt from the reading and English portions of the placement test. SAT scores of at least 500 in mathematics will exempt students from the math sections of the placement test. Students with a minimum score of 22 on the Reading OR an 18 on the English portions of the ACT are exempt from the reading and English portions of the placement test. Students with a minimum score of 22 on the mathematics portion of the ACT are exempt from the math sections of the placement test. Official SAT or ACT scores are needed to qualify for this waiver.

High School Unweighted GPA:

Students who have graduated from high school in the last 5 years, have an unweighted grade point average of 2.6 or higher AND have completed four eligible high school math courses will be considered for placement testing waiver. Students that demonstrate the necessary criterion will be waived from reading, English, and math portions of the placement test. Official high school transcript (in a sealed envelope) is needed to qualify for this waiver.

Transfer Credit:

Students who have completed a college level math and/or English at another regionally accredited institution. College-issued transcript from institution is required for transfer credit to be awarded and waiver to be issued.

Test Scores:

Appropriate Advanced Placement, College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams, or the following placement test scores from another institution: ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET. Official test scores are required for this waiver.


Students may also contact the Katherine Harper Testing Center in the Craig Arts & Science Building, Room 209, to schedule an appointment for the Accuplacer:

  • Dallas (Main) Campus: 704-922-2433
  • Lincoln Campus: 704-748-5217
  • Kimbrell Campus: 704- 825-3737, ext 321

Students who apply for admission in person will receive information about placement testing dates/times upon receipt of their application. Children may not stay in the testing center while you are testing and may not be left unattended outside the center. Please make childcare arrangements for the day and time you plan to test. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR TEST DATE.  Students are not allowed to test without photo identification.