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Admissions Testing - ACCUPLACER

Assessment Policy

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.

Assessment of Program Readiness

Effective November 1, 2016, all 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, Lanier Technical College will accept the following for program readiness:

  • General Education Development (GED®) scores of 165+ on English or Math
  • Validated assessment scores on SAT, ACT, or PSAT if the scores meet the college program’s required minimums. Inquire with the Office of Admissions as to the college’s minimum score requirements.
    • If a student’s SAT, ACT, or PSAT scores do not meet the college’s program minimums for regular admission, a student must be assessed using one of the TCSG-approved instruments.
  • 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 assessment instrument(s).
  • Georgia Milestones Literature & Composition or Georgia Milestones American Literature & Composition (English admission requirement only) of a 235 or higher.
  • HOPE GPA after completion of 10th grade of 2.6 or higher
  • High school GPA of 2.0 for approved Lanier Technical College’s defined Entry Level Workforce Certificates. Inquire with the Office of Admissions for these programs.

All program readiness information must be validated and sent in an official manner. Please contact the Office of Admissions for questions regarding submission of program readiness information.

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.


To help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER Next Generation Placement Test, you may review the ACCUPLACER online guide via the app or visit the links below.

Study Guide App Information: ACCUPLACER Study App

Please see the following pdf study guides for ACCUPLACER Next Generation:


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 meets with their advisor for registration.


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. One retest per academic year is allowed. There is a 30 day wait period between the initial test and retest that is required. A retest fee of $10 per section will be assessed. Contact the Office of Admissions for further information. Complete procedure can be found here.

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