Placement Testing Overview
Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student’s academic proficiency levels, which help determine the most appropriate courses in English, reading, and math. Therefore, it's very important you do the best you can when taking the placement tests!
Please note that placement testing is now mandatory for all new curriculum students unless exempt by a waiver. Please view the policy, here.
What Placement Test Does CPCC Administer?
Central Piedmont Community College administers the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test. The NC DAP test is taken via computer and contains four assessments (WritePlacer Essay, Reading, Revising/Editing, and Math). A fifth assessment, College-Level Math, may be administered depending on your math score and will be determined by an academic advisor. With the exception of the WritePlacer essay, each placement test section is untimed, allowing you to relax, concentrate, and take as much time as you need. The WritePlacer is timed for two hours. The average testing time for all four sections is 3 hours, so please plan accordingly.
Please note that the mathematical symbols used on the NC DAP placement tests conform to symbols used in North America.
- A valid photo ID is required for testing (CPCC student ID, driver's license, military ID, or passport).
- Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during the placement tests.
- The Testing & Assessment Center provides pencils and scratch paper.
- Upon completion of the placement tests, students will receive test results and attend their advising appointment, which was made during orientation.
How to Prepare for the Placement Tests
Rest and preparation are two of the most important things you can do to improve your scores.
- Review all testing videos!
- Take all practice tests!
- Be well rested and nourished!
- For students in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services.
Note: Permission to retest is not automatic. Please review our retest policy prior to testing. If you are not feeling well on the day of your testing appointment, you should reschedule.
SPECIAL SATURDAY PLACEMENT TESTING SESSIONS
CENTRAL CAMPUS TESTING CENTER
CENTRAL HIGH BUILDING ROOM 248 (use Elizabeth Ave. entrance)
BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
SPACE IS LIMITED
RESERVE YOUR SEAT BY CALLING 704-330-6886
DON'T FORGET TO VIEW THE REVIEW VIDEOS AND PRACTICE TESTS.
*If taking a retest (select CPCC NC DAP Retest Policy on left column), retest fee MUST be paid in advance and receipt must be brought to Testing Center on day of retest. Cashier's Office is not available on Saturday.
If you have taken the NC DAP (DMA & DRE) at another school within the last five years, have an official copy of your scores mailed or faxed to CPCC, C/O: Testing Center. Scores must be sent from the educational institution where test was taken. Only College-Level Math from the old ACCUPLACER battery of tests will still be accepted.
Mail: CPCC Testing & Assessment Center, Central High 248, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235
PLEASE DO NOT FAX OR MAIL THEM YOURSELF - WE CANNOT ACCEPT UNOFFICIAL COPIES