Testing Services

MTC uses a variety of methods to place you in the best courses for your success. For some students, the college’s placement test will be the place to start. Other students may qualify to exempt all or part of the test.

After you apply to MTC, the Admissions Office will let you know what, if any, placement tests you need to take. Need more info? Contact Admissions at 803.790.7578 or admissions@midlandstech.edu.

Can I exempt the MTC placement test? Show

You may qualify to exempt all or part of the MTC placement test if you meet certain criteria. Examples include qualifying SAT®/ACT® scores or high school GPA (for recent high school graduates), qualifying previous college credit, and certain advanced standing exams.

After you apply to MTC, the Admissions Office will let you know if you qualify to exempt any placement tests. Need more info? Contact Admissions at 803.790.7578 or admissions@midlandstech.edu.

Qualifications to Exempt the MTC Placement Test

If you can meet at least one of the following criteria, you may be able to exempt the MTC placement test.

  1. Earned College-Level Courses

You have completed college-level math and English courses from a regionally accredited institution with a grade of “C” or higher.

  1. Earned College Degree

You have graduated from a regionally accredited institution with an associate degree or higher.

  1. Advanced Standing Credit

You have earned credit in English and math on CLEP® and/or Advanced Placement® exams that are recognized by the college. Visit the Advanced Standing page for more information. This exemption may not apply to specific academic programs.

  1. Qualifying Standardized Test Scores or High School GPA/Transcript
    (Recent High School Grads Only – Within the Last Three Years)

If you can meet at least one of the following criteria, you may be able to exempt the MTC placement test.

  • Qualifying SAT® or ACT® Scores* (taken within three years of application)

SAT® Scores
(On or after March 5, 2016)

  • EBRW Score: 500
  • Math Score: 580

SAT® Scores
(before March 5, 2016)

  • CR Score: 440
  • Math Score: 560

ACT® Scores

  • Math: 24
  • English: 19 and 
    Reading: 22
  • Qualifying Grade Point Average**
    • You have a weighted GPA of 3.25+ with courses in college prep, honors, AP®, IB®, or dual enrollment.
  • Fourth-Level Math Class
    • You have a weighted GPA of 3.25+ and have earned at least a grade of “C” in a fourth-level math class in college prep, honors, AP®, IB®, or dual enrollment. A fourth-level math class is usually a course beyond Algebra 2.

Note: If you qualify for a placement test waiver in only math or English (not both), you will need to complete the placement test for the area not exempted.

* The MTC Placement Test will be required to place above MAT 110.

How are transcripts evaluated for multiple measures?

Mid-year transcripts

If you apply to MTC before graduating from high school, your placement will be based on your high school GPA at the end of your first term of 12th grade. Please ask your high school counselor to send your mid-year transcript to MTC Admissions to the attention of our Multiple Measures Coordinator. We will evaluate this transcript automatically. 

Final high school transcripts

If you would like to have your final high school transcript evaluated for possible multiple measures placement exemptions, you must officially request a multiple measures testing exemption by completing and submitting a Multiple Measures Exemption Form before your advisement appointment. Please send the completed Multiple Measures Exemption Form AND official final high school transcript to the Admissions Office at Midlands Technical College, Admissions, PO Box 2408, Columbia, SC 29202; or turn them into one of our office locations at our Beltline or Airport campus.

Note: Admissions will convert any unweighted, non-S.C. Uniform Grading Scale GPAs to the equivalent S.C. Uniform Grading Scale GPA.

Not sure if you qualify to exempt the MTC placement test? Don’t worry. The MTC Admissions Office will let you know what you need to do after you apply to the college.

What tests will I need to take? Show

While some students will qualify to exempt the MTC placement test, some will not. And that’s OK – placement test results help you and your advisor determine which freshman entry-level courses you should start with to be successful in college.

The MTC Admissions Office will let you know if you need to take any placement tests.

What tests are available?

The main placement test used by MTC is called ACCUPLACER® – it measures your abilities in reading and math. You can practice for the test by reviewing sample questions and practice tests through the free Study App for Android or iPhone at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login.

Writing Placement Test – MTC’s Writing Placement Test is an in-house, essay-based test that measures your actual writing skills. Your score on this test along with your reading placement test score identify the English course you should start with at MTC.

Tests for Certain Majors – Depending on your major, you may also need to take the Foreign Language Placement Test or a Keyboarding Assessment. Health Science students may have additional testing requirements. See your academic program page for more information.

WorkKeys® Assessments – WorkKeys® assessments are usually not necessary for academic course placement, but they can be helpful for other reasons. WorkKeys® assessments give you and potential employers reliable information about your workplace skill levels so you can make better career and educational decisions. 

Visit Advanced Standing for more information about placing out of classes.

Need more info? Contact Admissions at 803.790.7578 or admissions@midlandstech.edu.

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Student Assessment Office

The Office of Student Assessment provides a broad range of testing services to support college enrollment, student advanced placement in courses and classroom instruction. 

803.790.7522 
testctr@midlandstech.edu

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