Test your best with Test For Success


Why should I prepare for the placement test?
Greenville Technical College offers students several opportunities to prepare for the COMPASS placement test. Doing well on the placement test is the surest way to move directly into the program you've chosen.

Isn't my previous education enough preparation?
Many students have difficulty with tests even though they know and understand the information in the questions. Preparing for the test will let you know what to expect so that the test is a true measure of your knowledge. The goal is not to "teach the test" or sacrifice any courses you need to strengthen your basic skills before you take courses in your major. Test for Success options are simply designed to help you "test your best."

Test for Success - EXPRESS!

Test for Success EXPRESS, a free, open lab staffed by faculty and tutors, welcomes students to practice COMPASS-style questions and brush up on basic math, English, and reading skills. The lab is located in the Testing Center.  Faculty are also available to answer questions about Transitional Studies course options.

For more information, call (864) 250-8636 or e-mail TSExpress@gvltec.edu

Faculty members are regularly in the lab between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m.  Call or email ahead for specific times.

Test for Success Workshop

The Test for Success workshop is a three-hour course that will review skills and prepare you for the COMPASS test. Greenville Technical College offers Test for Success workshops in Basic Math and Reading and Writing.

What does each workshop cover?
Each workshop covers the format of the exam and basic test-taking techniques along with a review of skills tested by the COMPASS. Remember the purpose of the workshop is to review skills, not to learn new skills. Below is a sample of topics covered in each workshop.

Reading and Writing Topics
  • Common Errors
    in Word Choice
  • Major Errors
    in English 
  • Supporting Details 
  • Essay Format 
  • Main Idea 
  • Transitions 
  • Errors in Writing
  • Paragraph Format 
  • Vocabulary 
  • Key Words
    and Phrases 
  • Punctuation 
  • Inferences 
  • Summarizing 

Math Topics
  • Terms and Definitions
  • Formulas
  • Measurements
  • Metric Conversions
  • Decimals
  • Fractions
  • Exponents
  • Percents
  • Order of Operations
  • Scientific Notation
  • Word Problems
  • Signed Numbers
  • Mean-Median-Mode
  • Algebra

How much does it cost?
The cost is $15 per workshop, payable when you register for the workshop. This fee includes your workbook, three hours of review in a small class setting, an opportunity to address your specific questions and concerns, and a coupon to retest.

When and where are the workshops?

Math and Reading/Writing Workshops

  • Workshops are located in Building 104, Room 127, Barton Campus.
  • Reading and Writing workshops are held from 9 a.m-12 p.m.
  • Math workshops are held from 1:30-4:30 p.m.


How do I sign up?
For specific information about the workshops, or to register for a workshop, call (864) 250-8800.