Meeting Competency Standards

Two ways for students to meet the GGC writing and reading competency standards

  • Successful completion of the GGC Online Competency Test, or
  • Meeting the exemption criteria described on this page.


Those students who are exempt from taking the GGC Online Competency Test must meet one of the following criteria:

  • Successful completion of the Regents’ Writing and Reading Skills Test,
  • Exemption from taking the Regents’ Writing and Reading Skills Test based on criteria stated in the USG Academic Affairs Handbook, or
  • Successful completion of English 1101 or English 1102 with a final grade of “C” or better at Georgia Gwinnett College.

Georgia Gwinnett College Competency Test

Georgia Gwinnett College has established standards and criteria for demonstrating competency in writing and in reading. The criteria and the procedures for each of these methods are described in detail below.

GGC Online Competency Test Guidelines

  • Students are required to successfully complete the Online Competency Test with a score of 70% or greater before the completion of 90 earned semester hours OR within two (2) semesters of transfer with 55 or more hours of earned semester credits.
  • Students can take the test up to three (3) times.
  • If the student is not successful, he/she will be required to enroll in a 1-credit online course at GGC. The student will be financially responsible for payment of the 1-credit course.
  • There will be no fee for the initial test.
  • The fees for each of the subsequent two tests, which students are allowed to take if they do not successfully complete the first test, will be $10 for each test.
  • Students who are not exempt from the test based on the criteria stated above will not be awarded their degrees unless they have successfully completed the GGC Online Competency Test.

Learning Outcomes of the GGC Online Competency Test (subject to change)

  • Students will demonstrate proficiency in analyzing and evaluating forms, arguments and rhetorical strategies of texts within discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to identify and use appropriate tone, diction, style and format for diverse audiences within discipline.
  • Students will demonstrate the ability to argue a stance, support a position, answer a question or solve a problem using sound and relevant evidence appropriate to purpose and audience within discipline.

GGC Online Competency Test Format 

  • It is an untimed test taken on computers in Testing Services.
  • The scenarios to which the student will listen and the scholarly articles that the student will read are discipline-specific. That is, the student may be administered an exam which corresponds to the academic major or program of study in which he/she is enrolled. The student will provide written responses to the prompts/questions.
  • Use of dictionary and spell-check is permitted.
  • The student must score at least 70% or above; the grade will be a Pass/Fail grade.
  • The test is administered by the Testing Services.
  • There will be three (3) versions of the test.