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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.

Types of tests administered [top]

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 insure successful completion of your academic program goals.

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.

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.

> Register for TEAS here

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.

> See external testing guidelines

Testing Center Rules and Regulations [top]

  • Students must make their appointments 24 hours in advance. Same day appointments are NOT accepted. Please contact desired campus to make appropriate appointment.
  • 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.

Contact Us, Hours & Locations [top]

Conway Campus:

2050 Highway 501, East Conway, SC 29526
Building 1100, Room 125

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Karol (Kim) Morgan, Testing Assistant

Leah Smith, TEAS Coordinator/Testing Assistant

Georgetown Campus:

4003 South Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440
Building 100, Room 129

Monday - Thursday: 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Lisa Church,Testing Assistant

Grand Strand Campus:

743 Hemlock Avenue, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577
Building 200, Room 101

Monday & Tuesday: 8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Wednesday & Thursday: 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Roger Cushwa, Joyce Daniel, Arlene Jerdon, Testing Assistants

Director of Testing Services
Sharon J. Beaty

Information for Instructors[top]

> Testing Center Information