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

FAQs

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Q. How do I sign up to take the Accuplacer test?

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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Q. I’m not comfortable with the computer or computerized tests. Can I take a written test instead?

All students are expected to try the Accuplacer computerized test. The test only requires basic computer skills, and most students who are unfamiliar with a computer successfully complete the test. However, if a student still has a concern about using a computer after attempting Accuplacer, other arrangements can possibly be made for a written ASSET test administration. The decision to do so is made on an individual basis. Contact the Gaston College Testing Coordinator for further information at (704) 922-2230.

Q. If I’ve taken the test at another school, do I have to take it again?

Students will not need to take the test again if they have taken a college placement test within the past five years. They will just need to contact the school through which they took the test and arrange for official scores to be sent to the Gaston College Office of Admissions. If the test was taken over five years ago, students will need to take the test again.

Q. How do I know if I am waived from placement testing?

Students will be eligible for a placement testing waiver if:

  1. SAT/ACT Scores:
    Student has SAT scores of at least 500 on Reading will exempt students 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 20 on the Reading OR a 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.
  1. GPA & FRC Code:
    Student graduated from high school in the last 5 years and has an unweighted grade point average of 2.6 or higher AND has a FRC code of 1, 2, 3, or 4. Students with FRC codes of 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9 are not eligible for waiver regardless of GPA. Students that demonstrate this 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.
  1. GPA & No FRC Code:
    Student graduated from high school in the last 5 years and has an unweighted grade point average of 2.6 or higher and the transcript does not indicate a FRC code. Students that demonstrate this 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.
  1. Transfer Credit:
    Student has completed a college level math and/or English at another regionally accredited institution. College-issued transcript from institution required for transfer credit to be awarded and waiver to be issued.
  1. 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.

How much time is needed to take the test?

How long it takes depends on the person taking the test. The average time for taking College Placement Test is 1 ½ to 3 hours. The test is un-timed.

Q. When will I receive my test results?

Students will receive a printed copy of their test results immediately following the completion of the test.

Q. I’ve taken the ASSET test before. Can you use my scores from that test?

Yes, as long as the test scores are less than five years old.

Q. I wasn’t pleased with my test results. Can I re-test?

You can retest one time for any reason within 12 months of the first test attempt. Students can also retest thereafter once every 12 months. Test scores are valid for 5 years.

Q. Where do I go? Do I need to bring anything with me?

Students must bring a photo ID to the Katherine Harper Testing Center, located in Room 209, on the 2nd floor of the Craig Arts & Science Building.

Q. What kinds of questions will be on the test?

(A) https://accuplacer.collegeboard.org/student/practice provides a number of sample questions for College Placement Test.  Please note that, on the Mathematics test, all students will begin on a pre-algebra level.  Depending on how they answer questions on that level, they may or may not progress to higher mathematics levels.

 (B) https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login for the College Placement Test.  These are exactly the same direction screens that students see before they begin each test.