What is the Placement Test and how will it impact my college career?
The placement test includes sections on math, English, and computer skills. The
placement test determines where you will start your coursework at PCC. We offer
a variety of classes to meet the needs of every student who enrolls. It is
important that each student begins coursework where they will be most
successful. The placement test can help us to determine which class will best
meet your needs.
It is important to take this test very seriously and to do your best. Your starting point will affect your graduation date, so take some time to explore the information about the placement test:
- NC DAP Test Information (including study materials)
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Schedule a Placement Test/Testing Hours
PCC Placement Testing administers the NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC-DAP) test, which is used by North Carolina’s community colleges to identify student readiness for college-level courses. The NC DAP assesses students’ general understanding of general English and math skills and determines which English and math courses students should be placed into as they begin their college education.
The NC DAP test consists of the following sections:
Things to know about the NC-DAP math test
- Multiple Choice
- Computer Adaptive – questions are selected based on your skill level; in other words, your response to one question determines the difficulty level of the following question.
- Students are prohibited from using their own calculator on the NC-DAP math test; however the test does display a calculator button for certain questions. For these
questions, students may click on the calculator button and use the calculator provided by the test. The calculator button does not pop up for every question.
- Scratch paper will be provided by PCC Testing; students may not bring their own scratch paper
- Placement Test Official Study Guide
- Official Placement Test NC-DAP Study APP – It’s FREE!!
- Pre-Algebra at free-ed.net
Would you like extra assistance preparing for the placement test? The Achieving College Entry (ACE) Lab is available to help all high school graduates prepare for the placement test. Students work with an instructor to refresh skills and information that will help them do their best on the placement test. To learn more about this valuable service, contact Belinda Grubbs at 252-493-7560
The NC-DAP English test is comprised of three sections:
- Essay Section
- Reading Multiple Choice Section
- Revising and Editing Writing Multiple Choice Section
Things to know about the NC-DAP English test:
- The test is computerized. This includes the Essay portion.
- The Essay section has a 2 hour time limit
- All Multiple Choice sections are untimed
- The Reading Multiple Choice section is comprised of 30 questions.
- The Revising and Editing Writing Multiple Choice section is comprised of 20 questions.
- Placement Test Official Study Guide
- Essay Guide with Sample Essays
- Official Placement Test NC-DAP Study App – It’s FREE!!
Would you like extra assistance preparing for the placement test? The Achieving College Entry (ACE) Lab is available to help high school graduates prepare for the placement test. Students work with an instructor to refresh skills and information that will help them do their best on the placement test. To learn about this valuable service, contact Belinda Grubbs at 252-493-7560.
PCC requires students to complete a computer skills placement test. The computer skills placement test is a short 25 multiple choice question test. This test was designed by the PCC Information Systems Technology Department to determine students’ computer skills readiness. The computer skills placement test determines if a student will be required to take CIS-070-Fundamentals of Computing before enrolling in further computer courses.
While there is no study guide for the computer skills placement test, since the test is designed to determine your current computer skills, students may refresh their computer skills by clicking on the links below:
Placement Testing is administered by appointment only. Students should utilize the the PCC Online Scheduler below to schedule their appointment. Students should schedule their testing appointment ASAP upon receipt of their acceptance letter, since testing appointments are limited. Students who wait until summer, which is Testing’s busy period, to schedule an appointment may find that all testing appointments are already booked. Students will NOT be able to register for classes until they complete their placement test.
*Students who require testing accommodations are required to contact PCC Disability Services prior to scheduling a testing appointment.
** Students testing for other institutions are required to obtain a Remote Testing Voucher from their home institution (see PCC Testing Appointment Policy).
It is the student’s responsibility to read the PCC Testing Appointment Policy and take appropriate steps as needed prior to their testing appointment.