Because we want you to be successful, we use assessment and placement tests to determine which courses you should take first.

If you think you might be exempt from testing, read College Placement Scores for a list of exemptions and placement scores. Your scores must be on file in the Admissions Office.

What tests are offered?

  • NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement test (NC DAP) English and Reading is a computerized test. There are three parts to the test – Reading (multiple choice), Writing (multiple choice) and Essay. The Reading and Writing portions are untimed, but the Essay portion has a two-hour time limit.
  • Students earn a composite score:
    • Reading multiple choice test – 50%
    • Writing multiple choice test – 20%
    • WritePlacer essay test – 30%
  • 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 Accuplacer College Level Math test to determine eligibility, as long as they are exempt from all DMA modules 010-060/065. See Testing Exemptions for additional information about placement options directly into MAT 271.

How can I prepare for the test(s)?

Use the following resources to access sample questions and essays.

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

  • Complete the application process for CCC. Find all of that information at How to Apply.
  • Make an appointment for testing by calling 704-669-4210 or 704-669-4081 or by clicking Book Now.

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  • Find your CCC Student ID number. It is on your acceptance letter from the College, and in your MyCleveland account, which you can access from the For Students page. This number is required to take the NC DAP.

How long does it take to complete the test(s)?

NC DAP Math is untimed. The essay portion of NC DAP English and Reading has a two-hour time limit. The other sections are untimed.

Most students take about three hours to complete the NC DAP English and Reading, and about two hours to complete the NC DAP Math.

We highly recommend that you test over a two-day period. Most students schedule the NC DAP English and Reading on one day, and the NC DAP Math on another day.

When are the tests offered and how do I schedule?

Check the testing schedule by clicking View Dates/Times for Placement Tests.

Testing is limited to 20 students per session, so be sure to make an appointment.

Call 704-669-4210 or click Book Now.

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If you have a documented disability and need to request special accommodations for the placement test(s), please contact Brinson Blanton, at 704-669-4096 or blantonb@clevelandcc.edu prior to making your testing appointment.

What do I need to bring on testing day?

  • Photo ID
  • Student ID Number

Personal calculators are not permitted for use on the NC DAP Math. A calculator will be provided for your use.

Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled test appointment. Children are not permitted in the testing area and cannot be left unattended while testing.

Where do I go to take the test(s)?

You will go 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 scores?

You will receive your score reports for all tests immediately after you complete the testing process. The essay portion may take 24 to 48 hours, which can 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 a test again?

You are permitted 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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