Placement FAQs

MTC Placement Test

If you are a prospective MTC student, you may need to take placement tests. They measure what classes you're ready to take here at MTC, and they help you and your advisor determine which courses you need for math, reading, and English. 

You can prepare for the test

You can practice for the test by reviewing sample questions and practice tests.  These can be accessed through the Study App for Android or iPhone at https://accuplacerpractice.collegeboard.org/login.  It is suggested that you prepare for testing as well as retesting. 

Additional review and practice test may be found at https://www.khanacademy.org/.

You could be eligible to exempt the placement test if you meet certain criteria.

You do not need an appointment

Placement testing is available on a walk-in basis during the hours listed below in the Placement Test Schedule

You need to bring this with you

Bring your social security number and a picture ID (such as a driver’s license, work ID, or passport). 

Placement Test Schedule

The entire test may take up to 3 to 3 ½ hours; therefore, please allow enough time to complete the test.

Airport Campus
Room Location – Airport Student Center Room 262
Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following days and times.

 

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Batesburg-Leesville Campus
Room Location – Room 110
Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following days and times.

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Monday 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Beltline Campus
Room Location – Wade Martin Hall - Room 249
Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following days and times.

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.
Saturday 9:00 a.m. 9:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Harbison Campus
Room Location – Harbison Hall - Room 203
Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following days and times.

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Monday 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.
Tuesday 5:00 p.m. 5:30 p.m. 8:30 p.m.

Northeast Campus
Room Location – Engineering Technology Science Building - Room 164
Testing is available on a walk-in basis during the following days and times.

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Tuesday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Thursday 9:00 a.m. 1:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.
Friday 9:00 a.m. 10:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Fort Jackson
Placement Testing is available at Fort Jackson by appointment only during the times listed below.
Please schedule by calling 803.782.3213.

Testing Days

Beginning Time

Latest Start Time

End Time

Thursday 9:00 a.m. 10:30 a.m. 12:30 p.m.

Fairfield Campus
Please call the Fairfield Campus for information on Placement Testing.
803.815.2933.

Important notes and numbers:

Tests are not given on holidays when the college is closed. To verify available times, please contact the Student Assessment Center.

Airport Campus – 803.822.3659
Beltline Campus – 803.790.7522
Batesburg-Leesville – 803.604.1601
Fort Jackson – 803.782.3213
Northeast – 803.691.3949
Harbison – 803.732.5366

Special arrangements may be made for persons with disabilities. Please contact the Disability Services Coordinator at 803.822.3505 (Airport Campus) or 803.738.7636 (Beltline Campus) or via email at disability@midlandstech.edu if you have any questions or concerns regarding accommodations and services for students with disabilities.

Other testing FAQs

Do I need to study or prepare for the placement test?

No special preparation is necessary as the tests are designed to measure skills acquired through high school, work experience or previous college work. It is recommended that you familiarize yourself with the test by reviewing the sample questions at the ACT website

No matter how you choose to prepare, keep in mind that the main purpose of the skills assessment portion of the MTC Placement Test is to help you identify your present strengths and needs. The results help you and your advisor determine where you need to begin studies in math, reading, and English. Sometimes this test will indicate that you might need to review basic skills in order to be successful in your educational goal.

What If I fail the test?

You can't fail the test, because it is not pass-fail. The test results are mostly used for course placement. Your scores will indicate where your strengths and weaknesses are in relation to college-level work for your chosen major. If you need assistance in meeting academic requirements, we offer classes in math, reading and English, as well as tutoring for those who qualify. Some MTC programs of study have a minimum reading score required on the MTC Placement Test. It is recommended that you discuss this with your advisor or with an admissions staff person. MTC policy allows for a limited retest on all or parts of the placement test as recommended by your advisor or the Admissions Office.

When will I receive test results?

Most of the scores will be available immediately following testing. For students taking the written portion of the test (the Writing Placement Test), the Writing Placement Test scores are generally available about 7 working days after testing. These scores should be available through your MyMTC account. A completed admissions application is required before a MyMTC account can be set up.

How long is the test?

Although the college's placement test is not timed, most students who take the entire test will need about three and a half hours to complete the test. 

Do I have to know how to use a computer?

The test is user-friendly and was designed for individuals with little or no computer experience. The test is self-directed. 

You will use a few keyboard “keys” such as the “TAB”, the “ARROW”, the “RETURN” and the “SPACE BAR” keys to select or highlight your responses as you move through the different tests. You will be given a practice test as well as mouse practice to help you become comfortable with the keys used during the test. The test will require that you confirm each answer before you submit it. Relax and do the best you can. The test is not timed. The Testing Center staff will help you get started.

Do I need to take these tests If I'm only a part-time student?

Yes. Part-time students are required to take the test just like full-time students. However, some students may be exempt from the placement test process because of their major. For clarification, please contact the Admission’s Office at 803.738.8324.

What do the scores mean?

Although there is a cut-off score for enrolling in certain courses at MTC, the placement test is not a pass-fail test. It was developed to assist in college academic advising and course selection. Your scores will indicate where your academic strengths lie in relation to college-level work for your chosen major. Should you require assistance in meeting academic challenges, MTC offers special courses in math, reading, and English in our Developmental Studies Department, as well as tutoring for those who qualify.

How can I do my best?

  • Relax! The tests are designed to help you succeed in college. Once your academic strengths and weaknesses have been identified, we will help you select the right courses and get the help you need to improve underdeveloped skills.
  • Arrive a few minutes early, so you can locate the Testing Center, visit the rest room, and “gather your thoughts” for testing.
  • Ask questions if you do not understand the process for the test. Testing Center Staff are available to assist you!
  • Remember that test questions may increase in difficulty.
  • Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking.
  • Respond to ALL the items presented to you, even if you are not certain of the answers. The test requires that you answer the question(s) you are on before you can go on to the next question.
  • Try to do your very best on this test.

What do I do once I complete my test?

Once you have submitted an application for admission to the college and completed placement testing, you're all set! We'll send you a letter notifying you of your admission status and your next steps. Check out Steps to Enrollment for more information.

Fast Fact

89.4% of MTC graduates are employed or continuing their education within six months of graduation.

Contact Us

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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