Freshman Priority Registration Information
Are SAT and ACT scores accepted in place of Assessment at GWC?
SAT and ACT scores are not accepted at the community college level as an exemption from placement testing. However, Advanced Placement Test scores are still accepted and must be sent to the Records office. If you have taken an Early Assessment Program (EAP) from CSU, and have a ready status for CSU English and or Math, you must submit the result to the Assessment Center for clearance.
Which test should I take?
There are 2 English tests to choose from. Sample tests are available and require Acrobat Reader for viewing and printing.
- COMPASS computerized test, the Native Speaker of English Test
- COMPASS/ESL computerized test, the Non-Native Speaker of English Test You should take the Native test if English is your first language OR if you have completed most of your education taking regular English courses. (Some students speak another language at home but have taken at least four years of high school English courses not ESL. Those persons should take the Native Speaker of English test.)
There are 3 Math tests to choose from.
- Elementary Algebra Test
For students who have taken 1 year of high school algebra with a “C” grade or better.
- Intermediate Algebra Test
For students who have taken at least 2 years of high school algebra and 1 year of geometry with a “C” grade or better in all courses.
- Precalculus/Calculus Test
For students who have taken at least 2 years of high school algebra, a semester of geometry and trigonometry with a “C” grade or better in all courses.