Diagnostic Assessment & Placement Testing
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?
Effective April 6, 2015, all NC community colleges began using the NC DAP Test in English and Reading, a computerized state version of Accuplacer® by College Board. Students earn a composite score which consists of 50% from the Reading multiple choice test, 20% from the Writing multiple choice test, and 30% from the WritePlacer essay test. The Reading and Writing portions of the test are untimed, but the essay portion has a two-hour time limit.
NC DAP (NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test), a state version of Accuplacer® by College Board, is our math diagnostic assessment and placement test. NC DAP Math 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 be asked to take the advanced math portion of COMPASS® Math to determine eligibility, as long as they are exempt from all DMA modules 010-060/065. COMPASS® is a computerized test and is untimed. See Testing Exemptions for additional information about placement options directly into MAT 271.
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)?
- NC_DAP Combined Mathematics & English/Reading Sample Questions Guide
- WritePlacer Sample Essays
- Instructions on accessing a free Introductory Algebra Review on udacity.com.
- The Accuplacer Web-Based Study App (FREE!) features practice tests in the NC DAP Math and English multiple-choice components. This app can be accessed from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone (IOS version 5.0 or later or Android version 2.3 or later)
- Sample ACCUPLACER Practice Tests
- The Computer Placement Test Study Guide.
- Sample Math COMPASS (for placement into MAT 263 and MAT 271) sample questions
- Whyu.org (Math Review)
- Mathispower4u.com (Math Review)
What should I do before I take the test(s)?
- Complete the Cleveland Community College Online Application.
- View sample questions and test-taking tips.
- Make appointment for testing by calling 704-669-4168.
- Be sure to know your CCC Student ID number. This number will be required of you when you take the NC DAP. Your Student ID number is located on your acceptance letter to the College. It can also be located in your MyCleveland account via cccConnect.
How long are the tests?
NC DAP is untimed (except for the essay portion which has a two-hour time limit). Most students will need to test over a two day period. NC DAP English and Reading generally takes two to three hours, and the NC DAP Math test generally takes students two hours. The Computer Placement Test is timed at 1 hour.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org prior to making your testing appointment.
We highly recommend that students test over a two-day period. Common practice would be to schedule the NC DAP English and Reading test and Computer Placement Test on one day and the NC DAP Math test on another day.
What do I need to bring with me on testing day?
You will need to bring a photo ID. Personal calculators are not permitted for use on the NC DAP Math. A calculator will be provided for you during the actual test administration of the NC DAP Math. 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. On occasion, the essay portion may take 24 to 48 hours which may delay receipt of the NC DAP English Composite score. 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.
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