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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)


Do I need to take the placement test?

Most students need to take the placement test but there are some exceptions. If you have successfully completed (grade "C" or better) developmental work at another NC community college under the semester system OR you are transferring college level work, you may be exempt from the placement test. Our Admissions Counselors can help you answer questions about transferable courses.

Students may also be waived from placement testing based on their SAT/ACT scores.  To see if you qualify for a SAT/ACT testing waiver, click here.

When should I take the placement test?

Students should schedule their placement test ASAP upon receipt of their PCC acceptance letter. Students who wait until summer, which is Testing's busy period, to schedule an appointment may find that all testing appointments are already booked.  This is important because students cannot register for classes or attend orientation if they have not completed placement testing, so scheduling your appointment early is crucial to a smooth registration.

To view more information about the placement test, including testing hours, click here.

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What if I live out-of-town?

If it is not convenient for you to take the placement test in Greenville, NC, you may contact a community college in your area to see if you can take the placement test with their testing center.  Students who are not taking the placement test at another NC community college will need to fill out paperwork prior to testing. For more information about taking the placement test at another school please visit the Distance Learning portion of the PCC Placement Testing Website.

What is the test like?

To view more information about the placement test click on the link below that applies to you:

Curriculum Programs - Associate Degree, College Diploma or College Certificate

Continuing Education Programs - BLET,Cosmetology,  Nursing Assistant, and/or Phlebotomy.

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What if I have taken the SAT or ACT?

We offer waivers for the placement test based on your SAT or ACT scores. You must provide proof of the score(s) to either an Admissions Counselor or the Testing Coordinator. A waiver will exempt you from one or both parts of the placement test and you will be able to start in the college level course(s) required for your curriculum. Cut scores for waivers are as follows:

SAT ACT
Verbal section: a score of 500 or more will exempt you from our English placement test English and reading section : an averaged score of 20 or more will exempt you from the English placement test.
Math section: a score of 500 or more will exempt you from our math placement test. Math section: a score of 23 or more will exempt you from our math placement test.
Minimum scores are subject to change without notice.

What if I have a disability or require special accommodations? 

If you have a condition that may warrant special testing accommodations (for example: extended time, large print, a reader, or interpreter) that includes but is not limited to visual, hearing, physical impairments, and learning disabilities, you should contact the PCC Disability Services Office at (252) 493-7557. They will work with you to determine the best accommodations for you. All testing accommodations must be approved by the PCC Disability Services Office prior to test administration; accommodations can not be granted without approval from the PCC Disability Services Office.

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What if I took the placement test at another school?

If you took the NC-DAP placement test at another North Carolina community college, you may have your test scores sent to PCC Placement Testing.  Students should contact the institution that administered their test to find out how to have a copy of their scores sent to PCC Placement Testing.  Official scores may be faxed, mailed, or hand delivered (in a sealed envelope) to PCC Placement Testing

Fax Scores -

ATTN: Placement Testing

252-321-4592

Mail Scores -

Placement Testing

Pitt Community College

PO Drawer 7007

Greenville, NC 27835

Hand Deliver -

PCC Main Campus: Warren Building, room 2402

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Should I study for the test?

Students are encouraged to review study resources before taking the placement test. Not taking the placement test seriously can cause a student to be misplaced into developmental courses that they may not need. Starting in courses below your skill level can cost a student time, money, and delay a student's graduation date by up to a year or more.  It is important that students start with the courses that meet their needs; reveiwing study resources before testing will ensure student's are placed according to their current skill level and facilitate student success.

Students should refresh skills that they may have forgotten, but not teach themselves new skills.  Students who place higher than their current skill level may struggle in their upper level course work, which could cause them to fail/repeat a course, costing them time, money and fustration.

How should I prepare for the placement test?

To obtain study resources, click on the link below that applies to you:

Curriculum Programs - Associate Degree, College Diploma or College Certificate

Continuing Education Programs - BLET,Cosmetology,  Nursing Assistant, and/or Phlebotomy.

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What score do I need to be placed into the class I want ?

 To view the minimum required scores for each class, please click the links below:

Curriculum Programs - Associate Degree, College Diploma or College Certificate

Continuing Education Programs - BLET,Cosmetology,  Nursing Assistant, and/or Phlebotomy.

For more information regarding your English, math or computer skills placement contact your academic advisor.

What if I experience test anxiety?

For most people, test taking can be pretty stressful. However, some stress is good because it makes your body more alert, thus possibly enhancing your performance. But, too much stress can be debilitating and can cause a prepared person to freeze during the test, resulting in decreased concentration and difficulty understanding the test questions. There are ways to minimize stress during the test. Keep the following things in mind:

What if I fail the test?

The placement test is not a pass or fail test. The test is used to place you into classes that will challenge you as a student while allowing you to be successful. This test will not deny your admission to PCC, however your scores may impact your graduation date, so it is important that you take the time to prepare for the test.

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What is developmental course work?

Developmental course work is designed to help students gain the skills and knowledge that they will need to be successful in college level classes. Students must pay tuition on developmental coursework, and the grades earned are calculated in the student’s GPA, but the classes will NOT count towards graduation or transfer to other institutions.

Identifying Developmental Courses: Developmental courses have course codes that begin with a zero.  CIS-070, DRE-096, DMA-010, and BIO-094 are all examples of developmental courses. Notice that each of these classes has a course number that begins with a zero.

Identifying College Level Courses: Developmental courses have course codes that begin with a one hundred or higher.  ENG-111, MAT-172 , CIS-110, and SOC-210 are all examples of college level courses. Notice that each of these classes has a course number that begins with a one hundred or higher.

The placement test will determine if students are required to complete developmental courses before enrolling in college level courses.

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