Placement Testing at Cleveland Community College, Shelby, NC
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Diagnostic Assessment & Placement Testing

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We use a variety of diagnostic assessment and placement tests to determine your appropriate beginning level of courses. Unless you already have college credit or appropriate SAT or ACT scores on file with our Admissions Office you should plan to take the diagnostic assessment and placement test prior to registering for your courses at CCC. Click for a list of testing exemptions.

What tests are offered?

COMPASS® measures your skills in reading, writing, and advanced mathematics. COMPASS® is a computerized test and is untimed. * Note: students who are trying to place into MAT 263 (Brief Calculus) or MAT 271 (Calculus I) may also be asked to take the math portion of COMPASS to determine eligibility.


NC DAP® (NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test), a state version of Accuplacer® by College Board, is our new state math diagnostic test. NC DAP is a computerized test and is untimed. * Note: students who are trying to place into MAT 263 (Brief Calculus) or MAT 271 (Calculus I) may also be asked to take the math portion of COMPASS to determine eligibility,
as long as a student has successfully exempted out of all DMA modules 010-060.

Computer Placement Test- our college administers a computerized placement test for placement into CIS 110 (Introduction to Computers). The test measures skills in Windows 8 and Office 2013.

How can I prepare for the test(s)?

What should I do before I take the test(s)?

How long are the tests?

COMPASS® and NC DAP are both untimed. Most students will need to test over a two day period. COMPASS® Reading and Writing generally takes an hour and half, and the NC DAP test generally takes students two to three hours. The Computer Placement Test is timed at 55 minutes.

When are the tests offered and how do I schedule?

The testing schedule can be found at the top of this page, see “View dates/times for Placement Test(s)”.

Testing dates/times are limited to 25 students at a time, so be sure to contact us for your scheduled appointment(s): 704-669-4168. If you have a documented disability and would like to request special accommodations for the placement test(s), please contact Emily Hurdt, at 704-669-4321 or hurdte@clevelandcc.edu prior to making your testing appointment.

We highly recommend that students test over a two-day period. Common practice would be to schedule the COMPASS® Reading and Writing test and Computer Placement Test on one day and the NC DAP (math) on another day.

What do I need to bring with me on testing day?

You will need to bring a photo ID. Calculators are not permitted for use on the NC DAP. A calculator will be provided for you during the actual test administration of the NC DAP. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled test appointment. Children are not permitted in the testing area or left unattended while testing.

Where should I arrive to take the test(s?)

Arrive to the Student Success Center located on the second floor of the Jack Hunt Campus Center. The Student Success Center is located in Room 2102 (above the College Store.

When will I receive my test score results?

You will receive your score reports for all tests immediately after you complete the testing process. Any student who needs official placement scores sent to another college must complete a Transcript/Placement Test Release Form. Score processing may take up to 48 hours.

What if I’m not happy with my scores? Can I take it again?

Students will be permitted the opportunity to re-test one time, per subject, per year based on the original test date. Exceptions to this policy must be made with justification in writing by the academic dean of the student’s major division.

Friday, August 8, 2014 08:32:35 AM