Testing Information-Early College

ACT/PLAN Score Requirements

As a 10th grader in Tennessee, you may have taken the PLAN test in your high school. These scores may be used to show college readiness as well as the National ACT test.

Early College can admit you based on your test subscores as they relate to the course(s) you want to take. In general, Humanities, Social/Behavioral Sciences, and Business Information Technologies courses require a 19 in reading and an 18 in English. For math, engineering, and science courses, you must score a 19 in reading and a 19 in math. For higher level math courses and other pre-requisites, please contact the Early College Office for more detail.

What is the Residual ACT Test?

If you do not have PLAN, ACT, or SAT test scores available at time of application, you may take the Residual ACT test; this test is administered only to students who need the test to enroll at Chattanooga State. Currently enrolled high school students are eligible to take this residual ACT test by special permission through the Early College Program. All students must have an admission application on file before testing. Scores from this test cannot be transferred to any other institution (good only at Chattanooga State).

Testing Details

  • When? Tuesdays at 9:00 A.M. est
  • Where? Chattanooga State Main Campus Testing Center

Students must obtain a permission slip from the Early College office by 8:45 a.m prior to reporting to the testing center. Students should bring the following items: picture I.D., $45 testing fee, #2 pencils and a calculator. Students reporting after 9:00 a.m. will NOT be allowed to take the test.

Secondary Test Option

If you have taken the PLAN, ACT, or SAT but your scores do not qualify you for admission to the Early College Program, you may take the Compass test to bring up your scores. This is a free, computerized test administered at the testing center, which may be taken only once per term. You must have an application packet on file with our office that includes a copy of your primary test scores in order to take the Compass test. Please contact your counselor or the Early College Office for more information.