Assessment and Testing

If required as a part of the admission process, students who have not taken the SAT, ACT, COMPASS, or ASSET within the last five years will be scheduled to take the state-approved placement test.

Prior to taking the placement test at NGTC, prospective students must submit an application for admission and obtain an admittance ticket. The student must present an admittance ticket and a picture ID to the test proctor on the testing date. Students who do not meet minimum program entrance scores will be scheduled for the necessary learning support courses. Upon presentation of appropriate documentation of disability, provisions will be made for the assessment of a student with disabilities who needs special assistance and consideration.

What are the Compass and ASSET Placement Tests?

North Georgia Technical College uses the ASSET and Compass placement tests to identify academic skills and needs. These tests include sections on reading comprehension, writing skills, and basic math. Elementary Algebra is required for some programs. ASSET tests will be with pencil and paper, with a 25 minute time limit for each section. Compass tests are taken on a computer and are not timed.

If required, you will take EITHER the Compass test OR the ASSET test. You do NOT take both.

How do I prepare for the tests?


COMPASS Test Taking Review Workshops

October 7 2:00 p.m. Blairsville Room 207
October 7 2:00 p.m. Clarkesville, Visual Tech Bldg. Room 237
October 7 2:00 p.m. Currahee Room 202
November 18 2:00 p.m. Blairsville Room 207
November 18 2:00 p.m. Clarkesville, Visual Tech Bldg. Room 237
November 18 2:00 p.m. Currahee Room 202

How do I schedule my test?

Please select a testing date and time from the schedule provided. Then call the appropriate campus and reserve your testing slot. If you cannot find a time and date that works with your schedule, please call 706-754-7700 and speak with a Career Planner. Friday morning testing is available by appointment.

Clarkesville:Report on test day to the Clegg Center South to the Auditorium for the ASSET test or the EXCELL Center for the Compass test. Bring your test ticket and Photo ID. Call (706) 754-7700 to schedule a test.

Blairsville: Report on test day to the Blairsville Campus. Call (706) 439-6300 to schedule a test. Bring your test ticket and Photo ID to test.

Currahee: Report on test day to the Currahee Campus. Call (706) 779-8100 to schedule a test. Bring your test ticket and Photo ID to test.


  • A TEST TICKET from the Admissions Department and a PHOTO I. D. are REQUIRED TO TEST.
  • Plan to arrive at least 15 minutes early the day of the test! This will allow you time to sign in and be seated before the test begins.

When can I get the results?

Your ASSET test results will be mailed to you within 10 days. Compass Test results are available immediately after testing is finished. This is not an acceptance letter. Acceptance letters will be mailed by the Admissions office upon completion of your Admissions file.