Yes, prospective students are required to take a placement test unless you exempt testing for one of the following reasons.
Placement testing at MTC is available on a walk-in basis in the Assessment Testing Centers at Airport and Beltline campuses during the hours listed in the Placement Test Schedule. Placement testing is also available at the Batesburg-Leesville and Fort Jackson campuses by appointment only. Follow the instructions included in the Placement Test Schedule. Tests are not given on holidays when the college is closed. To verify available times, please contact the Student Assessment Center.
Airport Campus – (803) 822-3659
Special arrangements may be made for persons with disabilities. A request form for special testing (requires Adobe Acrobat) is available through the Disabilities Resource Center. The request form must be completed and returned with documentation before final test arrangements can be made.
On the day you are tested, you should know or bring your social security number and bring a picture identification card (such as a driver’s license, work ID or passport). Plan to be on campus for approximately 3 to 3 ˝ hours.
No special preparation is necessary as the tests are designed to measure skills acquired through high school, work experience or previous college work. It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the test by reviewing the sample questions and any time limits associated with each section. If you feel your skills are rusty, you want to do more intense study. Several study guides are available for use. One guide you may find helpful is Chart Your Success on the COMPASS. You may purchase this book from the Midlands Technical College Bookstore. In addition, study guides for use with college entrance exams are excellent to use and are available through local bookstores.
No matter how you choose to prepare, keep in mind that the main purpose of the skills assessment portion of the Midlands Technical College Placement Test is to help you identify your present strengths and needs. The results help you and your advisor determine where you need to begin studies in mathematics, reading and English. Sometimes this test will indicate that you might need to review basic skills in order to be successful in your educational goal.
First and foremost, the Midlands Technical College Placement Test is not pass-fail. It is used for course placement. Your scores will indicate where your strengths and weaknesses are in relation to college level work for your chosen major. If you need assistance in meeting academic requirements, we offer classes in math, reading and English, as well as tutoring for those who qualify.
Most of the scores from the test you take will be available immediately following testing. For students taking the written portion of the test (the Writing Sample), the Writing Sample scores are generally available about 7 working days after testing. These scores should be available through MyMTC and will be assessable through your student login. Completed application for admission is required before a MyMTC account can be set up. See MyMTC.
Although COMPASS, the college's primary placement test, is not timed, most students who take the entire test will need about three hours to complete the test. If you only take one or two parts of the test, you should not need as much time as you would if you took the entire test.
However, for students who take the ASSET exam, it is timed. Listed below is the order and actual testing time for the ASSET Test.
In order to take the Intermediate Algebra section, you must make a required score on the Numerical Skills (NS) and Elementary Algebra (EA) sections of the test.
COMPASS is user-friendly and was designed for individuals with little or no computer experience! Testing Center staff will help you get started. COMPASS is self-directed. You will use a few keyboard “keys” such as the “TAB”, the “ARROW”, the “RETURN” and the “SPACE BAR” keys to select or highlight your responses as you move through the different tests. You will be given a practice test as well as mouse practice to help you become comfortable with the keys used during the test. One of the Study guides available for use may also have a practice test that simulates the COMPASS exam so inexperienced computer users may get a better feel for what the test is like. Relax and do the best you can. COMPASS is untimed.
Yes. Part-time students are required to take the test just as full-time students. However, some students may be exempt from the placement test process because of their major. For clarification, please contact the Admission’s Office at (803) 738-8324..
The scores on each test section of COMPASS have a score range from 0-99. A score of 99 is the highest score a student can make. Although there is a cut off score for enrolling in certain courses at MTC, COMPASS is not a pass-fail test. It was developed to assist in college academic advising and course selection. The results will help trained personnel decide where you should begin your academic coursework and will help you make appropriate career decisions. In other words, your scores will indicate where your academic strengths and needs lie in relation to college level work for your chosen major. Should you require assistance in meeting academic challenges, MTC offers special courses in mathematics, reading, and English in our Developmental Studies Department, as well as tutoring for those who qualify.
See Essay Writing Sample information for answers about the writing sample.
Bring a photo identification (driver’s license, military I.D., or employment I.D.) which is required of all examinees. Calculators are allowed during the advanced math testing. You will be given scratch paper to work out the problems.
Once you have submitted an application for admission to the college and completed the required placement test, wait for a letter from the Office of Admissions notifying you of your admission status and your next step.