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Placement Assessment

TestingA placement assessment evaluates a student’s academic skills in reading, writing and math. The score a student receives from each assessment determines which level of Math and English classes is needed to be successful in college classes. Your scores will not keep you from becoming a student at Randolph Community College.

RCC uses the Computerized Adaptive Assessment and Support System (COMPASS) assessment and the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) assessment to determine whether students have met developmental studies prerequisites for Arts & Sciences courses.

Placement assessment is given as part of RCC's admissions process. In place of the College's assessment, students have multiple options to fulfill this admissions requirement as listed in the "Who takes the placement assessment?" section below.  Students are encouraged to contact a counselor for placement assessment interpretation.

Scheduling a Placement Assessment
(Before you make an appointment, please read this section carefully)

Some students are exempt from the placement assessment. Please review this page carefully prior to scheduling a placement assessment to see if you qualify for an exemption. If you have questions, please be sure to ask your RCC counselor.

Please note that you will need to allow approximately two business days once you have completed your RCC admissions application before your appointment. During this time, you are encouraged to complete some of the placement preparation materials. We encourage all students to complete placement assessment preparation prior to taking each assessment. To learn about preparation resources please click here.

Also note that your appointment is simply a reservation of a seat in the Assessment Center for placement assessment. If you are unable to arrive at the beginning of the appointment, you are still allowed to enter and begin the assessment. Since the assessment can take at least a few hours, if you find that you will not be able to arrive until later in the reservation slot of time, you may want to schedule an appointment for the next time slot as well or for multiple days. For example, if the two available appointments for a day are 11:00am and 2:30pm, but you cannot arrive until 12:30pm, you may want to reserve a seat for the 11:00am appointment time and the 2:30 appointment time so that you can continue taking the assessment until you are done. Likewise, if you cannot arrive until 4:00pm each day, you may want to schedule 2:30pm appointments over multiple days. This will allow you to arrive at a time that works for you, but ensure you have a reserved seat each time and provide enough time to complete the assessment.

To make an appointment to take a placement assessment, please click here and make an appointment.

Who takes the Placement Assessment?

All students applying at Randolph Community College are required to take the placement assessment unless determined to be exempt.  The college uses the following measures to assess curriculum students' readiness for college-level courses.

Measure Placement
High school1 GPA2 equal to or greater than 3.0 and completion of four high school math courses.3 Student may enroll in any gateway math course, ENG 111, and any course that has a DMA or DRE prerequisite.
High school1 GPA2 equal to or greater than 2.6 and less than 3.0 and completion of four high school math courses.3 Student may enroll in any gateway math course, ENG 111, and any course that has a DMA or DRE prerequisite. For Math courses, students will enroll in corresponding supplemental Lab.
ACT Reading score4 equal to or greater than 20, ACT English score4 equal to or greater than 18, SAT Writing score4 equal to or greater than 500, or SAT Critical Reading score4 equal to or greater than 500. Student may enroll in ENG 111 and any course that has a DRE prerequisite.
ACT Math score4 equal to or greater than 22 or SAT Math score4 equal to or greater than 500. Student may enroll in any gateway math course and any course that has a DMA prerequisite.
Transfer credit for ENG 111. Student may enroll in any course that has a DRE prerequisite.
Transfer credit for college level math. Student may enroll in any course that has the same DMA prerequisite as the transferred college level math course.
Students without a qualifying high school GPA, ACT scores, SAT scores, or qualifying transfer credit. Student will take the subject-area diagnostic assessment(s) to determine placement.
  1. The student must be a graduate of a Valid High School according to RCC policy. GED is not valid for this measure. For students who apply prior to high school graduation, the cumulative GPA at the end of first semester of the 12th grade, ACT/SAT scores, or qualifying transfer credit may be used.
  2. GPA is unweighted and within five years of the date of high school graduation.
  3. Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, (or the Common Core equivalents) and a fourth math as listed on the NCCCS document: Eligible 4th High School Math Courses for Multiple Measures Placement.
  4. ACT and SAT scores must have been earned within five years of the date tested.

When do you need to take the Placement Assessment?

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

Why do you need to take the Placement Assessment?

The college strives to place students into courses when they are ready to be successful. To accomplish this goal, the college uses multiple measures: the above exemptions, the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) assessment and/or COMPASS to asses students’ math, English and reading skills. All students applying for a program without a qualifying exemption will take the subject-area diagnostic assessment(s) to determine course placement. The NC DAP and COMPASS scores determine exemption from developmental education courses. The required minimum assessment scores for exemption from developmental education courses are listed below.

Mathematics

Developmental Math Course Minimum NC DAP score1
DMA 010 – Operations With integers 7
DMA 020 – Fractions and Decimals 7
DMA 030 – Proportions/Ration/Rate/Percent 7
DMA 040 – Expressions/Lin Equation/Inequalities 7
DMA 050 – Graphs/Equations of Lines 7
DMA 060 – Polynomial/Quadratic Applications 7

1 - NC DAP scores are valid for 5 years.

English and Reading

Developmental English/Reading Course Minimum COMPASS score1
DRE 096 – Integrated Reading and Writing I 85
DRE 097 – Integrated Reading and Writing II 112
DRE 098 – Integrated Reading and Writing III 151

1 - COMPASS scores are valid for 5 years.

How long are my Placement Assessment scores good for?

Placement assessment scores are valid for five (5) years.

Reassessment Procedure

Reassessment is allowed in many community colleges in North Carolina. At RCC, a student may reassess one time. He/she may not reassess after enrolling in the developmental studies course(s) recommended by the original assessment score. However, should a student be required to enroll in DRE 096, an additional reassessment may be given after successful completion of DRE 096.  Students must wait at least two weeks from the original assessment date before reassessing. It is recommended that students meet with a counselor to discuss and review options prior to reassessing.

Special Needs and Accommodations for Assessment

Assessment accommodations for students with special needs are available upon advance request and with appropriate documentation. Contact the coordinator of students with disabilities at 336-633-0200 before scheduling placement assessment.

Times and Locations

Students are encouraged to allow approximately 2 hours for completing the placement assessment. It is possible to finish in less time and the assessments can be taken over multiple days instead of one seating. We will work with students who need additional time to identify other opportunities to complete the assessment. 

Asheboro Campus
Placement assessment is held in the Assessment Center located behind the Campus Bookstore, on a first come, first-served basis.  Students should arrive within the hours noted below:

Monday and Tuesday     
11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Wednesday 8:30 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Thursday 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Archdale Center
Placement assessment is by appointment. Students should call (336) 862-7980 to make an appointment.

Costs

There is no fee for placement assessment.

Preparation

To prepare for placement assessment, please see these websites for sample questions:

Students are NOT required to complete placement assessment preparation.

 

Important Reminders

  • Review for the test!
  • Make sure you are well rested on test day.
  • The test is not timed.  It may take approximately two to three hours.
  • The test is computerized.
  • Use of cell phones or other electronic devices is not allowed.  A calculator is built into the test and will appear when appropriate.  We will supply you with scratch paper and pencils.
  • To be allowed to take the placement assessment, a student needs to show a valid picture ID.
  • Short breaks are allowed while taking the placement assessment.
  • Unfortunately, RCC does not have a facility for child care. Please plan accordingly.
  • Be sure to speak with a counselor to help you understand the assessment scores and any remaining admissions requirements.