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Placement Testing Schedule
Test for Success Workshops
Students applying for admission to Greenville Technical College’s associate degree, diploma or certificate programs may be required to take the placement test, which includes reading, writing and math skills. The purpose of the placement test is to ensure that each student is academically prepared to enter his or her chosen field of study. Based on placement test scores, a student may be placed in one or more transitional course(s) designed to prepare him or her for entry into the chosen field of study.

Applicants transferring from an approved, regionally accredited postsecondary institution may exempt the writing and reading placement tests if they are transferring credit for a college English course. They may exempt the math placement test if they are transferring credit for an acceptable college math course.

Non-degree seeking students who plan to enroll in a math or English course may be required to take the college’s placement test or submit an official college transcript showing acceptable English and/or math credits from an approved, regionally accredited postsecondary institution.

Entry into the college does not guarantee admission to the program desired by the applicant. Placement in a specific course is based on standards that will help to ensure the applicant’s success.

The college reserves the right to modify admission policies and procedures as needed.

Applicants must take the ASSET or COMPASS test to help determine placement into Greenville Tech courses. Students may be exempt from portions of the test if they have:

  • Taken the SAT within the past three years and scored 480 on the math section (waives math placement) and/or 480 on the verbal/critical reading section (waives reading and English placement).
  • Taken the ACT within the past three years and scored 19 on the math section (waives math placement) and/or 19 on the English section (waives reading and English placement).
  • Transferred from a regionally accredited college or university, having at least 12 academic university transfer-level semester credit hours with a minimum grade of "C" waives the reading portion of the placement test. Contact Admissions or the Testing and Orientation Center.


The Placement test is not a pass/fail test. It is a test which is designed to help determine whether you are ready to immediately enter your program or if you need some additional preparation. Retesting is not permitted for 6 months without taking the "Test for Success" workshop or you may pay a $10 retesting fee to retest one additional time.

We offer two placement tests for you to choose from. Both tests evaluate your skills in writing, reading, and math.

  1. COMPASS (computerized test) is untimed. The average testing time is approximately 2 hours. If a student does not have time to finish the test, COMPASS has the ability of being saved for completion at another time.                                                                 
    Remote testing available
    : If you live more than 50 miles from one of our Greenville Tech campuses, you may take you COMPASS placement test at a COMPASS remote test site located near you. To make arrangements to do so, please call our Testing Center at (864) 250-8799 or 250-8402, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm EST, Monday - Thursday.
  2. ASSET (paper and pencil test) is timed. Allow approximately 2 hours for testing. There are four 25 minute sections.

    Review COMPASS and ASSET Sample Test Questions                                       COMPASS:                                          ASSET: (click on ASSET Student Guide)
                                                                                                                            Additional Help

Admissions and Registration Center at McAlister Square
 Testing and Orientation, Room 210
(864) 250-8350/ 250-8402/ 250-8799

COMPASS and ASSET Testing Schedule
Testing on a walk-in basis.  An appointment is not needed.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday - 8:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday - 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Friday- 8:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Testing with accommodations is available for students with disabilities.  Call Student Disability Services at 250-8202, 250-8408 or the V/TTY at 250-8353.

Brashier/ Greer/ Northwest Campuses

Due to limited computer availability, please call to make an appointment to take the COMPASS test.

  • Brashier Campus (864) 228-5000
  • Greer Campus (864) 848-2000
  • Northwest Campus (864) 250-3600


Why should I prepare for the placement test?
Doing well on COMPASS, Greenville Tech's placement test, is the surest way to move directly into the program you've chosen. The Test for Success Workshop is a 3-hour course that will review skills and prepare you for the COMPASS test. There are 3-workshops available: Test for Success Reading and Writing, Test for Success Math and Test for Success Algebra PLUS.

Isn't my previous education enough preparation?
Many students have difficulty with tests even though they know and understand the information in the questions. The workshop will let you know what to expect so that the test is a true measure of your knowledge. The goal is not to "teach the test" or sacrifice any courses you need to strengthen your basic skills before you take courses in your major. The workshop is simply designed to help you "test your best."

What does each workshop cover?
Each workshop covers the format of the exam and basic test-taking techniques along with a review of either English, reading and math skills. Remember the purpose of the workshops is to review skills not to learn new skills. Below is a sample of topics covered in each workshop.

Reading and Writing Topics
Common Errors in Word Choice
Essay Format
Errors in Writing
Key Words and Phrases
Major Errors in English
Main Idea
Paragraph Format
Supporting Details
Math Topics
Beginning Algebra
Mean, Median, Mode
Order of Operations
Scientific Notation
Signed Numbers
Algebra Plus Topics
Complex Numbers
Pythagorean Theorem,
Quadratic Equation
Radical Expressions
Rational Expressions
Slope & Y Intercept
Systems of Equations

How much does it cost?
The cost is $15 per workshop, payable when you register for the workshop. This fee includes your workbook, three hours of review in a small class setting, an opportunity to address your specific questions and concerns, and an introduction to Greenville Tech.

How do I sign up?
To register for a workshop call the Buck Mickel Center at 250-8800. For specific information about the workshops, please call Sharyn Phillips at (864) 250-8799.

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