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Placement Testing

Sampson Community College administers the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP) test or the ACCUPLACER placement test as a standard part of the admissions process. The NCDAP and ACCUPLACER are computerized tests that determine proficiency in math, reading and writing as students prepare to enroll in college-level courses. The results of the assessment are used by admissions counselors to help place entering students in courses and programs that are appropriate to their individual aptitudes and abilities. Because students achieve at varying proficiency levels, developmental courses may be required during the first one to two semesters of enrollment. Prospective students who have completed the NCDAP or other North Carolina Community College System approved entry assessment (ASSET, COMPASS, ACCUPLACER) within the past five years may have their official test scores sent to the SCC Admissions Office.

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Test Waiver

Applicants who present proof of having met ONE of the following criteria may be exempted from taking the placement test:

  • Completion of a college level Mathematics and English course with a grade of “C” or higher.
  • Achieved Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) scores of the following: Writing 500 or Critical Reading 500; Math 500 or higher. SAT scores over five years old are not accepted by the college.
  • Achieved a composite American College Test (ACT) score of Reading 20 or English 18; Math 22 or higher. ACT scores over five years old are not accepted by the College.
  • Graduation from an accredited institution with an associate degree or higher.

Disability Accommodations for Placement Testing

Students who have a documented disability or handicap that prevents them from taking the placement test under standard conditions may request reasonable accommodations. Requests for special arrangements or audio/visual implements should be presented to the Disability Services Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the date scheduled for testing.

Retest Policy

If a student has made an initial attempt at taking the placement test and has not begun developmental courses/modules, the College allows students to repeat Placement Testing one time within a semester. There is a two-week minimum waiting period between the initial attempt and any scheduled retest. The waiting period may be waived at the discretion of the Director of Admissions if extenuating circumstances warrant a retest. The following conditions apply to retesting:

  • Students may elect to retake the entire test or individual sections (reading, writing, or math) where college-level placement was not achieved. If the retest is for two sections, i.e. reading and math only, both tests must be completed during the same session.
  • Only one attempt is allowed for each subject area. The highest scores earned in each section from the initial test and the retest will be used for placement.
  • No second retest will be granted unless a documented technical failure such as a power outage interferes with the testing process.
  • Students who have not been enrolled in any college classes for five years or more may request to retake the placement test.

Prepare for ACCUPLACER

Improve your academic skills by taking advantage of the learning tools that ACCUPLACER offers.  To ensure that test scores accurately represent your skill levels, you may wish to review basic concepts in reading, grammar, arithmetic, trigonometry and algebra before taking ACCUPLACER, especially if you have been away from school for more than a year.  ACCUPLACER sample questions are available for students in a downloadable PDF document that provides you with a few examples of the types of questions you will see on your ACCUPLACER assessment.


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