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Placement Testing

RCC requires placement assessment prior to registering for courses.


What are the placement assessment hours?

Assessment is available at two locations, Asheboro and Archdale.
The Asheboro Campus assessment is conducted on a walk-in or first-come, first-served basis. Students may walk-in for testing Monday & Tuesday from 1-3 p.m.,Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. and Thursday from 8:30 a.m.-7 p.m. If you are taking all three parts of the assessment (reading, math and writing), you must begin your test no later than 3 p.m. on Monday & Tuesday and no later than 7 p.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.

July 2012 extended hours: July 16, 17, 18 23, 24, 25.  On those dates, testing will begin at 9:00 am.  Students should check in at the Welcome Center.
Asheboro Campus Assessment Center
The Archdale Center assessment requires an appointment.  Call 336-862-7980 to schedule your appointment.
Archdale Center Assessment Center

What are Placement Tests?

The College currently uses the ASSET/COMPASS as a series of short placement tests covering the areas of English, reading, and mathematics developed by American College Testing (ACT). New tests are being created and may be implemented within the academic year.

Who Takes the Placement Test?

All students applying for an associate degree or diploma program* at Randolph Community College are required to take the ASSET/COMPASS assessment unless determined to be exempt. Possible exemptions are listed below.

1. Students who have attended another accredited postsecondary institution and have earned credit for

• entry-level English composition (exempt from Reading and Writing Skills),

• math (exempt from Numerical Skills), or

• college algebra (exempt from Numerical Skills, Elementary & Intermediate Algebra).

2. RCC will accept ASSET/COMPASS, SAT, ACT or Accuplacer assessment scores from another school taken within a three-year period.These scores should be received prior to tests at RCC

3. Students who have taken the SAT within the last three years will be placed into appropriate college-level English and math courses if their scores are

• 480R (new score) or above on the verbal portion (exempt from Reading Skills),

• 480W (new score) or above on the writing portion (exempt from Writing Skills),

• 480 (new score) or above on math portion (exempt from Numerical Skills & Elementary Algebra), or

• 520 (new score) or above on math portion (exempt from all developmental math requirements).

4. Students who have taken the ACT within the last three years will be placed into appropriate college-level English and math courses if their scores are 21 on writing, reading, and numerical and 23 on elementary algebra


*The Cosmetology, BLET, and Nursing Assistant certificates also require placement testing.


When Do You Need to Take ASSET/COMPASS?

Students required to take ASSET/COMPASS must do so before they register for their first semester at RCC. Students required to take the placement assessment and unable to test before the term begins will not be able to register.

Why Do You Need to Take ASSET/COMPASS?

RCC counselors and advisors use assessment scores as an evaulation of an applicant’s skill level in reading, English, and math. Students’ scores on ASSET and COMPASS determine placement into or exemption from Developmental Studies courses. The test scores for exemption from Developmental Studies courses follow:

Developmental Studies Courses




ENG 085 Reading & Writing Foundations
ENG 090 Composition Strategies
MAT 060 Essential Mathematics
MAT 070 Introductory Algebra
MAT 080 Intermediate Algebra
RED 090 Improved College Reading
*Indicates combined scores of reading and writing.      


Retest Procedure

Retesting is allowed in many community colleges in North Carolina. At RCC, a student may retest one time. He/she may not retest after enrolling in the Developmental Studies course(s) recommended by the original test score. Students must wait at least two weeks from the original test date before retesting. Students must successfully complete their Developmental Studies course work before enrolling in English and/or math classes required for their program. Should a student be required to enroll in ENG 085, an additional retest may be given after successful completion of ENG 085.

Special Needs & Accommodations for Testing

Testing accommodations for students with special needs are available upon advance request and with appropriate documentation. Contact the disability counselor at 336-633-0246 before scheduling placement testing.