College-Level Course placement

The Accuplacer (formerly the COMPASS exam) is a standardized entrance exam provided by College Board and designed to assess a Dalton State applicants' knowledge in Mathematics, Reading, and Writing.  Accuplacer scores are used by admissions for college-level course placement. The Math and Reading sections of the Accuplacer are not timed, while the Writing section has a 1 hour time limit.

You should bring the following items to the Testing Center on your exam date:

  • A current photo ID, such as a driver's license, passport, or student ID

The Testing Center will provide scratch paper and pencils. Calculators are not permitted, but the Accuplacer software includes an on-screen digital calculator for the Mathematics section.

Your Dalton State Student ID number (900#) is required for signing into Accuplacer testing software. If you do not know your DSC ID number, check your NEST Portal or Dalton State's Check my Admission Status Tool in Banner.

Dalton State provides one attempt on the Accuplacer  for all prospective and entering students free of charge. A $30 proctoring fee is required for all subsequent attempts, and students re-taking the Accuplacer must schedule their appointment as an Accuplacer Retest. Failure to schedule correctly will invalidate re-take scores.

For first time Accuplacer testing candidates, click here to schedule your exam. Select Entrance Exams > Accuplacer.

For re-taking the Accuplacer, click here. From the drop-down menu, select Entrance Exams > Accuplacer Restest.

The ACT On-Campus test is an alternative to the national ACT test that enables colleges to proctor and immediately self-score an ACT test form any day of the week, on their campus.  ACT On-Campus results may be used only at the college that administers the exam. Score results are not transferable to other institutions.

The  ACT On-Campus Exam is a 3 1/2 hour standardized exam. It measures English, Mathematics, Reading, and Science skills that students have developed and needed to be academically successful.  Dalton State Admissions requires all students entering a transfer degree program that have been out of high school for less than 5 years have up-to-date ACT scores.

To help prepare you for the ACT On-Campus, please visit  ACT's preparation page here.

The ACT On-Campus is administered at Dalton State College on dates set by the college. If you plan to apply to any other institution, you must take the National ACT (not offered at the DSC Testing Center). Unlike the National ACT,  ACT On-Campus scores are used solely for DSC admissions and course placement. This exam may only be taken once every 60 days and a total of 12 times.

If you receive accommodations for the ACT On-Campus, please contact the Testing Center at 706-272-2606 to schedule your test.

You should bring the following items when taking the ACT On-Campus:

  • Current photo ID such as a driver's license or passport
  • A permitted calculator for the mathematics section of the exam. Please review the permitted list of calculators. If your calculator is not listed, the Testing Center can provide you with a permitted calculator free of charge.

You must pay the required exam fees when scheduling your appointment via the Dalton State Testing Center's scheduling page.  The $65 ACT On-Campus fee is nonrefundable. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early for check-in.

Click here to schedule your ACT On-Campus at Dalton State's Testing Center.




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