Placement Testing Waiver

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Placement Testing Waiver

New Admissions Placement Criteria may exempt you from testing. Review the criteria below before you make an appointment to test.

TEST EXEMPTIONS FOR FALL 2019

Starting March 2019, Gaston College has a new placement policy called RISE that uses unweighted high school GPA to determine placement, instead of testing. Any student who graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years is exempt from taking the RISE Placement Test and will be placed into college courses based on high school GPA.

Any student who graduated from high school more than 10 years ago may still be exempt from taking the RISE Placement Test if meeting any of the criteria for exemption listed below:

SAT EXEMPTION

  • SCORES MUST BE LESS THAN (10) YEARS OLD AT THE TIME YOU APPLY TO GASTON COLLEGE
  • OFFICIAL SAT SCORES ARE NEEDED TO QUALIFY FOR THIS WAIVER 

ACT EXEMPTION

Scores must be official and less than 10 years old at the time you apply to Gaston College.

For anyone that has taken the ACT since March 2014:
Math: 20 or higher and
Reading: 20 or higher or English: 16 or Higher

For anyone that took the ACT between January 2012 and February 2014:
Math: 22 or higher and
Reading: 21 or higher or English: 18 or Higher

For anyone that took the test prior to January 2012:
Math: 22 or higher and
Reading: 22 or higher or English: 18 or Higher

TRANSFER CREDIT:

Students who have completed a college level math and/or English at another regionally accredited institution will be considered for a placement testing waiver. An official college-issued transcript (in a sealed envelope) from the institution is required for transfer credit to be awarded and waiver to be issued.

TEST SCORES: (WITHIN LAST 10 years)

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.

Questions

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.