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Testing Center

The Testing Center has locations on each campus: Conway, Myrtle Beach, and Georgetown. Some programs do not require testing; your Advisor or the Admissions Office can advise you if you need placement testing for your program.

Testing Center Announcements:

IT Systems maintenance: Due to scheduled IT services maintenance outage, the testing centers will be unable to provide any computerized testing services on Monday, March 28. We will serve students as walk-ins and based on what we have access to. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.  If you have any questions, please contact the testing center at 843-349-5248.

If you are attempting to schedule a computerized final exam and you are unable to do so, please select the paper/pencil link and schedule your appointment. Upon arriving at the testing center, inform the staff of the actual test you need to take. If you are unable to schedule your appointment at all, please report to the testing center of your choice at time you need and we will work you in. Please note, no exams will be administered 45 minutes prior to closing. Thank you, Testing Center Staff

Recommended Testing Browsers
HGTC recommends that students using our testing center scheduler use the following browsers:

Mozilla Firefox - version 27 or later, Google Chrome - version 33 or greater, Microsoft Internet Explorer on Windows 7 - version 11 or later, Apple Safari - version 7 or later

Types of tests administered

Placement testing is designed to help you get in the right classes so you can get the skills you need to succeed.


The COMPASS test is a computerized adaptive testing system that helps place students into appropriate courses. It is designed to help determine a student's strengths and weaknesses in the basic skills of reading, writing, and math.

The testing system is easy to use: computer experience is not needed and the TESTS ARE NOT TIMED. 1 1/2 or 2 hours is the average time required to complete COMPASS, but do not rush. You may take as long as you need.

COMPASS is not a pass-fail test, but is used for appropriate course placement to ensure successful completion of your academic program goals.

*NOTE: ALL students must participate in The Start Right Experience before registering to take the Compass, which is offered in-person or online. The Start Right Experience is designed to ensure success in placement testing and prepare you to enter the college environment. Visit WaveNet Central for in-person sessions, or complete The Start Right Experience online.

What type of questions can be expected? There are three sections: Reading Skills, Writing Skills, and Math Skills. The Reading Skills portion consists of passages that are read and questions are answered about the content. The Writing Skills portion consists of choosing whether a passage is written correctly or should be rewritten according to an alternative paragraph or sentence. The Math Skills portion includes addition, subtraction, division, multiplication, fractions, word problems, and basic algebra.

Where can I find sample questions?
Download sample questions.  Sample question booklets are also on reserve in all campus libraries.

CLEP - College-Level Examination Program

The Conway Campus Testing Center is approved by The College Board as an official CLEP Testing Center site. Computerized CLEP exams are administered at the Conway Campus Testing Center only.

By taking CLEP computerized exams and receiving approved scores, students can receive exemption credit for specific HGTC CLEP courses. In addition, approximately 3,000 colleges nationwide grant credit for approved CLEP exams. CLEP Information for Candidates brochures are available in all campus Testing Centers, and information on CLEP study guides is available on The College Board website at:

The CLEP fee is $80 per exam, payable by debit or credit card (Visa MasterCard, Discover). This fee is nonrefundable and cannot be transferred to another administration date. CLEP fees are subject to change by The College Board without prior notice. A $30 administrative fee is also required payable to HGTC.

Pearson Vue Certification Exams

The Conway and Grand Strand Testing Centers are also official Pearson VUE Certification Testing Centers and are authorized to offer certification exams in many areas, including Computer and Health Science technologies. Exam fees vary. For additional information and to register online, visit the Vue website.

READI, Online Readiness Assessment

If you are you interested in taking Online or Hybrid Classes at HGTC, your first step is to take our READI assessment and score 70or higher in order to register for Online Classes, or you must have successfully completed CPT 101, AOT 105 or CPT 170.

The assessment will take approximately 15 minutes to complete.

To take the assessment:
  1. Be sure that you are already admitted as a student at HGTC. (If not, submit your HGTC application and application fee, submit high school, GED and college transcripts, if available, and take the HGTC Placement Test, unless you meet other Placement requirements).
  2. Register to take the READI Test at any of our Testing Centers.
  3. Go to the HGTC Testing Center on any campus and have your H-Number and photo identification with you.

The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The TEAS Test is a scholastic aptitude assessment that can be used as one component of the selection process for admitting students into the Nursing or PTA program

The TEAS Test is a four-option, 170-question, multiple-choice assessment with a time limit of 209 minutes.

The sections are broken down as follows:
Reading Section is 58 minutes with 48 questions
Mathematics Section is 51 minutes with 34 questions
Science Section is 66 minutes with 54 questions
English and Language Usage Section is 34 minutes with 34 questions

Students must register with ATI prior to scheduling for the TEAS test. Scheduling is not permitted without pre-registering.


WorkKeys® assessments measure workplace skills critical to job success. It measures the “real world” skills employers believe are critical to job success. WorkKeys® will measure your skills and compare them to the requirements of the jobs that you want. A growing number of businesses in our area are adopting WorkKeys® to ensure that all of their workers have needed skills.

To earn the WorkReady SC Career Readiness Certificate (CRC), you must take these three assessments and score at least a 3 on each:

Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information.

Other WorkKeys® assessments available are Applied Technology, Teamwork, and Observation. Read more about WorkKeys® here.

Register for WorkKeys®

External Testing: Other Colleges & Agencies

HGTC Testing Centers are members of the National College Testing Association Consortium of College Testing Centers. Time and space permitting, HGTC's Testing Centers offer Internet and paper/pencil proctored testing services for students attending other colleges and students sitting for various certification exams. A $30 external exam fee is required for each exam.

Testing Center Rules and Regulations

  • Students must make their appointments 24 hours in advance. Same day appointments are NOT accepted. To schedule your appointment please select desired campus to the right under “REGISTER FOR A TEST” heading. Students requesting accommodations must contact desired campus to request approved accommodations.

  • Student must present a photo ID prior to testing.
  • Students must provide the course name, number, and instructor's name for each test they take.
  • Basic function calculators are allowed for the math test.
  • Scratch paper, pencils, and an online calculator are also available.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the Testing Centers.
  • Children are not allowed to accompany students into the Testing Centers and may not be left unattended in the lobby or hallway while the student is testing.
  • Books, dictionaries, calculators, notes, etc., are not allowed in the testing room unless specified by the instructor.
  • NOTE: Absolutely no test/exam will be administered 45 minutes prior to the Testing Center closing time.

Special Accommodations

Testing Services for students requesting accommodations are provided by The Coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities on the Conway, Grand Strand, or Georgetown Campuses.

Contacts, Hours & Locations

Hours are subject to change without prior notice.

Conway Campus
Building 1100, Room 125

Hours: Monday - Tuesday: 8 a.m.-7  p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday 8 a.m. -12 p.m.

For information contact the Conway Testing Center
843-349-7593  or 843-349-5248

Georgetown Campus:
Building 100, Room 129

Hours: Monday - Thursday: 10 a.m.-5  p.m.
Friday: closed

For information contact the Georgetown Testing Center

Grand Strand Campus:
Building 200, Room 101

Hours: Monday & Tuesday: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m.-12 p.m.

For information contact the Grand Strand Testing Center

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