Darton State College Policies and Procedures
Regents' Testing Program
A test required by the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia to assess the competency level in reading and writing is administered to all students enrolled in degree programs, regardless of the method of delivery. The Regents' Test is administered through the Darton State College Testing Center.
The requirements for taking the Regents' Test and the standards for passing are the same for distance learning students as for students on the Darton campus. Distance learning students residing outside the Darton College service area may arrange to take the Regents' Test by proctor at an approved testing site. Distance learning students are eligible to take the Regents' Test after they have completed their required basic core English composition courses (ENGL1101 in some programs, ENGL 1102 or BUSA 2105 in others) with the grade of C or better and either have earned 30 degree credit hours or have a 2.0 (or higher) cumulative grade point average. However, students must take the Regents' Test in their first semester after earning 30 semester college credit hours regardless of their progress through the English sequence. The course objectives in ENGL 1101 prepare distance learning students for the Regents' Test and the final exam for the course includes a Mock Regents' Test, also available by proctor. Distance learning students scoring poorly on the Mock Regents' Test are contacted by the Director of the Darton College Writing Lab for advising and referral to the Regents' Test Workshop. The free Regents' Test. Workshop is offered to help students review before they attempt the Regents' Test and is available to distance learning students via e-mail and fax communications.
Students who have earned 45 semester degree credit hours and either have not passed the Regents' Test or have not taken the Regents' Test may not enroll in any credit courses without concurrently enrolling in RGTR0198, Regents' Test Review: Reading and RGTE 0199 Regents' Test Review: Essay. RGTR0198 is available each semester as an online course and RGTE 0199 is available as a telecourse. Discussions are underway to develop RGTE 0199 online. Students with a baccalaureate or higher degree from a regionally accredited college are exempted from taking the Regents' Test.