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16-1-7 Admissions, Entrance and Placement Test Criteria

 

NUMBER:  16-1-7          APPROVED DATE:  01-10-2000

BASED ON POLICY NUMBER AND TITLE:  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, and in the following College publications: On Course 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. College Board’s ACCUPLACER Placement Test
      ACCUPLACER scores on the Sentence Skills and Reading Comprehension components are valid for five years from the date of testing. ACCUPLACER 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 College Board ACCUPLACER Placement test. Applicants taking ACCUPLACER 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 50 on the Reading Comprehension component of ACCUPLACER 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.
    4. 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 must attain a minimum score of 42 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.

  2. RETESTING ON THE ACCUPLACER PLACEMENT TEST
    When a student is dissatisfied with ACCUPLACER 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.  Students have a maximum of three testing attempts per section per 12-month period. For special circumstances, a student can appeal to TTC’s Counseling Services for permission for a fourth attempt. If approved, this attempt must be taken on a TTC Campus.  
  3. TRANSFER STUDENTS
    Applicants transferring from approved regionally accredited postsecondary institutions may exempt the Sentence Skills and Reading comprehension components of the ACCUPLACER if they are transferring credits of "C" or better for an equivalent college English course. Applicants may exempt the math component of ACCUPLACER 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, ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension score of 50, Compass Reading  Score of  42, 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: 06-28-2010

Updated: 03-07-2016