Assessment of Program Readiness
The ability of a student to succeed in an occupational program at Lanier Technical College is greatly determined by the math and language skills possessed by that student. Lanier Technical College is committed to assisting each student to achieve at his/her maximum potential. It is the philosophy of this school that a student is not helped by admitting him/her to a program in which he/she does not possess the basic education skills needed to succeed. Therefore, all students applying for degree, diploma and certificate programs must be tested prior to acceptance to a program of study at Lanier Technical College.
- Effective November 1, 2016, a technical colleges must utilize ACCUPLACER or
COMPANION, the TCSG-approved assessment instruments when evaluating
students’ readiness for diploma, degree and certificate programs. However, in the
place of ACCUPLACER or COMPANION, or General Education Development (GED®)
scores of 165+ on English or Math, technical colleges may accept a student’s official
entrance score on a validated assessment instrument (such as SAT or ACT) if the
scores meet the college program’s required minimums. If a student’s SAT or ACT
scores do not meet the college’s program minimums for regular admission, a student
must be assessed using one of the TCSG-approved instruments.
- Assessment results will be valid for any current or previous tool utilized for placement
purposes for a period of 60 months from the date of testing and are transferable to
any TCSG college. Each technical college will develop its own retesting policy and
charges may apply.
- 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
be used in lieu of completing the corresponding portion of the TCSG-approved
- Subjective criteria such as, but not limited to, written or oral interviews, personality
assessments, and letters of reference shall not be utilized as part of the evaluation for
program readiness or admission. All criteria should be published and applied
consistently to all applicants for a program.
Students who have submitted an application for admission and their $25. application fee are eligible to schedule admissions testing. The student should contact the Office of Admissions to schedule a time for testing. It is the responsibility of the applicant to contact the Office of Admissions to reschedule their test date if necessary.
ACCUPLACER STUDY GUIDE
To help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER test, you may review the ACCUPLACER online study guide. The information on the free study guide is available on our website home page under Resources. The study guide provides interactive practice test questions.
A pencil/paper version of ACCUPLACER practice questions can be found at the following link: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-sample-questions-for-students.pdf
TEST SCORE RESULTS
Each student will receive an interpretation of his or her test scores prior to beginning their program of study. Test results and an explanation of test score and course placement levels are provided to the applicant at the end of the testing session. The results of the test, including the applicant's admission status and Learning Support recommendations, will be sent to each applicant. The applicant may contact the Office of Admissions for further discussion and interpretation of the test results. Assessment results will be distributed to the appropriate department instructor, to be used for advisement when the student comes to registration.
TESTING FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
Provisions will be made for the assessment of students with disabilities who need special assistance and considerations. These special provisions may include computer adaptive testing, extended time, untimed testing, testing with large print booklets, and testing with audio equipment. The applicant should provide documentation of the disability and a recommendation of the special provisions needed.
Students may request a retest on the ACCUPLACER exam. Only one retest is allowed after a wait period. There is a retest fee of $15. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information.