Spring Semester 2021 Catalog

Placement Testing

Applicants for a degree, diploma, and technical certificate of credit programs must take the ACCUPLACER Next Generation placement test. The ACCUPLACER Next Generation placement test is a series of placement tests in the areas of sentence skills, reading comprehension, arithmetic, and elementary algebra. It is a computerized multiple-choice format test and is not timed. Calculators are provided for some sections of the test. For more information on the ACCPLACER Next Generation placement test visit the College Placement Exam webpage.
The following tests may be used in lieu of the ACCUPLACER Next Generation placement test:
  • The Standardized Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • American College Test (ACT)
  • College Placement Exam (CPE)

The following may be used in lieu of testing for placement into any certificate, diploma or degree program: 

  • HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher
  • High school GPA of 2.0 for approved Entry Level Workforce Certificates
  • Completion of GED® with a score of 145 or higher on each section
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited postsecondary institution recognized by the United States Department of Education documenting equivalent program-level English and math coursework successfully completed (C or better) may also be used in lieu of placement exams.
  • A completed TCSG form documenting two years of work/career related experience for approved Entry Level Workforce Certificates. 
  • Possessing an Associate’s degree of higher from a regionally accredited institution 



Applicants with a learning or physical disability that may require testing accommodations must notify Counseling Services on the Augusta Campus or Student Services on the Thomson, Waynesboro Campuses, and the Columbia County Center at least two days prior to the scheduled tests to arrange testing accommodations. Appropriate documentation will be required before allowing test accommodations.


Scoring below provisional cut scores:

Applicants who score below the provisional cut scores in English, math, or reading on the ACCUPLACER Next Generation tests are referred to Adult Education for remediation. When remediation has been completed, as determined by Adult Education, the applicant will be eligible to retest.