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:
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
- 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.
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:
To view the minimum required score to place out of CIS-070 and testing waiver policies, please click here.
Placement Testing is administered by appointment only. 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.
What Information do I need to know before I schedule my appointment?
- Students who arrive late by 15 minutes or more of their scheduled appointment time will forfeit their testing appointment and be required to reschedule testing.
- Students who require special testing accomodations, including, but not limited to, large print, a reader, or a separate testing room, must contact PCC Disability Services prior to scheduling their testing appointment. All testing accommodations must be approved by PCC Disability Services. PCC Disability Services will work with a student to determine the best accommodations for them.
- Students who will not be attending PCC, but who would like to take their exam at PCC for another NC Community College are required to contact their home institution to have their placement test set-up to be remotely proctored at PCC. The student will still be required to schedule a testing appointment with PCC Testing. It is the student's responsiblity to bring their Remote Testing Voucher to PCC on the day of their appointment or to ensure that their home institution sends PCC Testing their Remote Testing Voucher prior to their testing appointment.
What do I need to bring the day of testing?
- All students are required to show a photo ID in order to test - No exceptions
- Students who will not be attending PCC, but will be taking their placement test at PCC for another NC Community College must bring their Remote Testing Voucher or ensure that their home institution sends PCC their Remote Testing Coucher prior to their testing appointment.
- Students are not allowed to bring calculators
- Students should not bring cellphones or other personal items into testing
- Scratch paper and pencils will be provided by PCC; students may not bring thier own scratch paper.
How do I schedule an appointment?
Students may schedule an appointment online via the PCC Online Scheduler.