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Placement Examinations

In order for students to enroll in classes at the appropriate academic level, students are evaluated in three areas: Reading, Writing, and Mathematics. The specific methods for establishing the academic level are found in the Placement Scores and Evaluation section of the Catalog below. All students must meet these criteria.

Placement examinations in Reading, English, and Mathematics skills assist GMC in advising students, so they can develop skills to help ensure a successful academic career. Placement examination schedules are available at each GMC campus.

Incoming students who require an accommodation for Placement testing based on a disability should make their request known prior to scheduling the examination by contacting the Manager of Disability Services at (478) 387- 4902 or the local campus disability coordinator.

Retesting Guidelines- for students entering GMC as college students.

1. A student may retest if their score in an area is within the following point range of placing in college level courses:

  • 5 points in mathematics
  • 10 points in reading  

2. If a student has attempted an LSS course in the subject area of testing the option to retest is forfeited.

3. The highest score achieved will be used for placement.

4. Students must wait a minimum of one week after initial testing. This week is required to provide students with study time in preparation for the retake.

5. A non-refundable fee of $10/area must be paid to the Business Office in advance of the testing session. The retesting fee is $10 for one area, $20 two areas or $30 for all areas.

Placement Scores and Evaluation

Areas of deficiency are identified by scores students achieve on the Placement Exam. Students may elect to use placement scores for up to two years from the test date that are from another institution or from GMC. Students who place in Learning Support Services courses must earn a passing grade in each course before enrolling in credit courses in that subject area.

The Reading Skills Placement exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following:

SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or greater within five years from date of application

New SAT (after March 2016) Reading score of 26 or greater within five years from date of application

ACT English score of 20 or greater within five years from date of application

- Transfer credit for ENG 101

Successful completion of RDG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years. (Unsuccessful attempt of RDG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years places the student in RDG 099.)

The GMC Writing Skills Placement Exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following:

SAT Critical Reading score of 480 or greater within five years from date of application

New SAT (after March 2016) Reading score of 26 or greater within five years from date of application

ACT English score of 20 or greater within five years from date of application

- Transfer credit for ENG 101

Successful completion of ENG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years. (Unsuccessful attempt of ENG 099 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years places the student in ENG 099.)

Successful completion of ENG 097 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years places the student in ENG 099. (Unsuccessful attempt of ENG 097 or its equivalent at a regionally accredited college within the past two years places the student in ENG 097.)

The GMC Mathematics Placement Exam is administered to all entering freshmen unless they satisfy one or more of the following:

SAT mathematics score of 440 or greater within five years from date of application

New SAT (after March 2016) Math score of 24 or greater within five years from date of application

ACT mathematics score of 18 or greater within five years from date of application

Transfer credit which satisfies the Quantitative Skills (Area A2) group in the core curriculum

Successful completion of LSS mathematics sequence at a regionally accredited college within two years from date of application

Placement scores (without any course attempts) may be used for up to two years from test date.