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Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Testing

Placement and diagnostic tests in English (writing and reading) and mathematics are given to all students who are entering a program, or who are taking courses with a placement test prerequisite. Students with test scores over five years old will be required to take diagnostic assessment and placement tests if they have not already successfully completed a developmental course prerequisite. Students taking diagnostic assessment and placement tests 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. Students may not voluntarily choose to enroll in developmental English or mathematics courses without taking the College’s placement test. Students may be exempt from placement testing and enrollment in developmental English or math by meeting one of the following requirements:

Placement

Testing

Exemption

Developmental English

Developmental Math

Developmental Computer Course

(CTS 060)

Un-weighted

HS GPA

*2.6 or higher and successful completion of four high school math courses identified below

*2.6 or higher and successful completion of four high school math courses identified below

 

PLAN

15 English Or

18 Reading

19

 

PSAT (2014 and earlier)

45 Writing Or

47 Critical Reading

47

 

PSAT (2015 and future)

26 English Or

26 Reading

24.5

 

Compass

A combined Writing + Reading score of 151 or higher

47 Algebra for

MAT 110,

MAT 121,

MAT 143,

and MAT 152

66 Algebra

for MAT 171

 

NC DAP

151 or higher

English/Reading

Composite score

Must score a 7

or higher on all

DMA modules

010-060/065

 

 

Accuplacer

A combined Sentence Skills + Reading score of 166 or higher

55 Arithmetic

and

55 Elementary Algebra for

MAT 110,

MAT 121,

MAT 143, and MAT 152

75 Elementary Algebra for MAT 171

 

SAT (Pre-March 2016)

500 Writing Or

500 Critical Reading

500

 

SAT (March 2016 and future)

410 Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

520

 

ACT

18 English Or

22 Reading

22

 

CCC’s Computer Placement Test

 

80 or higher

 

Career and College Promise (CCP) students must satisfy benchmarks as described in the Career and College Promise Operating Procedures.

*Multiple Measure requirements: The high school GPA measure applies only to students who graduate in 2014 or later. Placement for students who apply before they graduate from high school will be based on the unweighted high school GPA at the end of the fall semester of the applicant’s senior year. Applicants must enroll within 5 years of high school graduation and have successfully completed four high school math courses, including Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and one of the following: Advanced Functions and Modeling, Analytical Geometry, AP Statistics, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Pre-Calculus, Integrated Mathematics IV, International Baccalaureate Mathematics, Mindset, Probability & Statistics, Trigonometry, MAT 143, MAT 151, MAT 152, MAT 155 & MAT 155A, MAT 161, MAT 162, MAT 165 & 165A, MAT 167, MAT 171 & MAT 171A AND MAT 172 & MAT 172A, MAT 175 & MAT 175A, MAT 200 or above.

Other exemptions from diagnostic assessment and placement testing and enrollment in developmental English or math include:

  1. Students who have earned a four-year degree or higher from a regionally and/or nationally accredited institution. Other prerequisites may still be required and official transcripts must be submitted to Student Services.
  2. Applicants who transfer in college-level mathematics and English Composition courses with a "C" or better may not be required to take the math, English (writing) and reading portion of the diagnostic assessment and placement tests.
  3. Applicants who have successfully completed and transferred their required developmental math, English, or reading courses at a regionally and/or nationally accredited college or university are not required to take the placement test in those areas or enroll in developmental English or math courses.
  4. Established diagnostic assessment scores on the NC DAP.
  5. For placement into CIS 110, a student must score 80 or higher on the College’s Computer Placement Test, or provide proof of successful completion of CTS 060 or CIS 113, or achieved a "B" or better in Computer Apps I or Digital Communication or MS Word, PowerPoint & Publisher, or Multimedia & Website design in high school within the past five years. Students who have successfully completed CTS 060 or CIS 110 longer than five years may be required to take the College’s Computer Placement Test if deemed necessary by their academic department.

Criteria for Direct Placement into MAT 271 (Calculus I) – A student may place directly into MAT 271 if the student has met at least one (1) of the following criteria within the past five (5) years:

  1. A score of 2 or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam.
  2. A grade of "C" or higher in an AP Calculus course and an unweighted HS GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  3. A score of 90 or higher on the Accuplacer College-Level (CLM) test.
  4. A score of 46 or higher on the trigonometry section of the ACT COMPASS Math Placement test.
  5. A score of 580 or higher on the SAT Math and a grade of "C" or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  6. A score of 27 or higher on the ACT Math and a grade of "C" or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  7. A score of 560 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2.

Special Credit students (those who are not pursuing a degree, diploma, or certificate) are not required to take diagnostic assessment and placement tests. Some individual courses do, however, require prerequisites, testing, or exemption from testing. If the applicant/student does not pass the appropriate placement test(s) or meet exceptions as stated above, the applicant/student must enroll in and successfully complete the applicable developmental course(s) prior to enrolling in courses that have a developmental course (s) as prerequisites.

After submitting an application for admission to the College, schedule your diagnostic assessment and placement tests by phone at 704-669-4210 or 704-669-4081 or online at clevelandcc.edu. Sample test questions are available.