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PCC Offering Free Placement Test Prep Class

A placement test preparatory class will meet in the G.H. Leslie Building on PCC's main campus.

WINTERVILLE—Recent high school and High School Equivalency/GED graduates planning to enroll at Pitt Community College this fall can prepare for placement testing through a free, five-week course.

The college’s Achieving College Entry Plus (ACE+) class is designed to help participants brush up on their math and English skills before taking or retaking the N.C. Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP) test. It meets from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays in the G.H. Leslie Building (Room 202) through Aug. 11.

In order to take the course, Laurie Weston, chair of the PCC Transitional Studies Department, said students must be a high school or High School Equivalency (HSE) graduate or be nearing completion of the High School Equivalency program with appropriate assessment scores.

Though the ACE+ course actually began July 5, Weston said PCC is offering a late-start opportunity July 11 at 6 p.m. in Leslie 217.

“Performing well on placement testing can reduce or eliminate developmental coursework for students,” she said. “The goal of ACE+ is to help students recall the math, reading and writing instruction they’ve previously received, so they can do well on the placement test and save themselves time and money completing a program of study at PCC.”

Weston said students who take advantage of the late start opportunity will be assessed Monday by PCC staff to determine their skill levels for appropriate placement.

In addition to placement testing preparation, Weston said ACE+ instructors will assist class participants with filling out PCC admission applications and federal financial aid (FAFSA) forms and will provide them with details on the college’s New Student Orientation requirement and additional opportunities for study. They will also help students schedule and take the NCDAP as well as the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE).

For more details, call (252) 493-7439 or (252) 493-7560.