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Placement Tests and Transfer Credits

Career Ready 101

All new students will complete the Career Ready 101 assessment test to determine their current skill level in math, reading, language and communication. (Students in health-related programs will complete a different assessment test.) The results of the test will determine whether you need to attend Technology Foundations classes to improve your math, reading, language, or communication skills before beginning your program coursework. If you participate in Career Ready 101, you will work at your pace and exit the program once you achieve a designated skill level.

Students who seek exemption from the Career Ready 101 requirement must submit an official transcript showing college-level math and English credit. The transcript will be evaluated against the curriculum.

Credit for Previous Training/Work Experience

Training completed in high school or at technical institutes, colleges and other training situations, such as business, industry, and the military, will be evaluated toward completion requirements where applicable. In order to request credit for previous training, students may be asked to provide one or more of the following:

  • Testing: The program instructor may request that the student demonstrate proficiency through oral or written exams, and/or skill performance.
  • Transcripts: The program instructor will review the student’s official educational transcripts and grant credit for previous coursework as appropriate.

Policy on Student Transfers and Prior Credit Awards

TCAT Jackson students requesting to transfer to another program within the college must first discuss the request with the Coordinator of Student Services. The Coordinator of Student Services can approve the transfer request, if space is available in the program. Relevant courses completed in the original program, including Technology Foundations, can be applied for credit in the new program.

Previous educational training and/or experience at other accredited institutions will be evaluated (via official transcript) by the Student Services Coordinator and the receiving program’s instructor. TCAT Jackson reserves the right to require a competency test to validate the competencies learned/earned at another (non-TCAT) institution. The student will then be enrolled in training at the student’s proficiency level.

Training completed at other Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology (verified via official transcripts) will be accepted and relevant course credit will be applied to the student’s TCAT Jackson training program and the student’s transcript.