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16- 1-7 Admissions, Entrance & Placement Test Criteria
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ADMISSIONS, ENTRANCE AND PLACEMENT TEST CRITERIA 16 - 1 - 7 1-10-00
 
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16-1-0 ADMISSIONS

PURPOSE: To ensure the academic preparedness of applicants for admission to Trident Technical College.

  1. ENTRANCE EXAMINATION
    Applicants must demonstrate academic preparedness by providing adequate scores on one of the following entrance examinations.  Entry-level placement test score requirements are subject to change and are available on the College website on the Admissions Requirement web page, and in the following College publications:  On Course schedule of courses for each semester, the Admissions Application and the TTC Catalog.

     
    1. Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT)
      SAT scores are valid for five years from the date of testing.

    2. American College Test (ACT)
      ACT scores are valid for five years from the date of testing.

    3. ACT's COMPASS Placement Test
      COMPASS scores on the Writing and Reading components are valid for five years from the date of testing.  

      Compass math component scores are valid for two years from the date of testing.  Applicants without 
      qualifying scores on the SAT or ACT must take the ACT COMPASS Placement test.
      Applicants taking COMPASS are admitted to curriculum or developmental courses based on the level of
      performance in the subject area test.  Applicants must attain a minimum score of 36 on the reading skills
      component of COMPASS for admittance to the College.  TTC refers applicants with reading scores below
      the minimum requirement to the Adult Education or Literacy Program in the appropriate county.  The 
      Academic Affairs division determines the minimum test level required for each academic program.  To 
      inquire about the minimum test level by academic program, contact the Admissions Office.

        Note: Entrance examination requirements for certificate programs vary depending upon the nature of the program.

    D.  ACT's ASSET Placement Test
          ASSET scores on the Writing and Reading components are valid for five years.  Math component scores
          are valid for two years from the date of testing.

          High school applicants or applicants with approved ADA accommodations without adequate SAT or ACT
          scores may use ASSET placement test scores.  The College admits applicants with ASSET scores to
          curriculum or developmental courses based on the level of performance in the subject area.  Applicants
          must attain a score of at least 31 on the Reading skills component of ASSET for admittance to TTC.  TTC refers
          applicants with a reading score below the minimum requirement to the Adult Education or Literacy Program
          in the appropriate county.  The Academic Affairs division determines the minimum test level required for each
          academic program.  To inquire about the minimum test levels by academic program, contact the Admissions
          Office.

      Note:  Entrance examination requirements for certificate programs vary depending upon the nature of the 
                 program.

  2. RETESTING ON THE COMPASS PLACEMENT TEST

    When a student is dissatisfied with COMPASS test scores that indicated placement into a developmental studies course (0-level courses), the student may opt to retake the placement test.  For initial retesting, the test scores do not have to fall into a specific retest range, and Academic Affairs division approval is not required.  The student is required to pay a $25.00 retest fee.  If a student remains dissatisfied with the retest scores, the student may retest a second time only when the test scores are within the specific retest range and the Academic Affairs division advisor, department head, dean, assistant vice president or the vice president approves and signs the student's Retest Approval/Payment form.  An additional $25 retest fee applies. 

  3. TRANSFER STUDENTS

    Applicants transferring from approved regionally accredited postsecondary institutions may exempt the English and Reading comprehension components of the COMPASS if they are transferring credits of "C" or better for an equivalent college English course. Applicants may exempt the math component of COMPASS if they are transferring credit of "C" or better for an equivalent college math course.

  4. NON-DEGREE SEEKING STUDENTS

    Non-degree seeking students must provide evidence of minimum reading skills through one of the following tests which are valid for five years from the date of testing:  SAT Critical Reading score of 480, ACT English score of 19, COMPASS Reading score of 36, ASSET Reading score of 31, a level 4 score on the WorkKeys Reading for Information subtest, a grade report showing successful completion of college-level coursework, or an approved transient/cross registration form/letter from another college.  For admission purposes, unofficial documents are acceptable.  For registration purposes, students may need to provide additional test scores or transfer credit documents to register in courses with pre-requisites.  Nondegree students are ineligible to received federal financial aid, veterans' benefits or South Carolina lottery tuition assistance.


Updated June 28, 2010

 

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