Who takes the Placement Test?
All students applying at Randolph Community College are given the option to take the placement assessment unless determined to be exempt (see chart below for details). Students who are NOT exempt from the placement assessment and would prefer to take developmental courses instead, may opt to do so by submitting the Placement Assessment Waiver Signature Form. Students who choose to complete the placement test may setup an appointment to talk with their counselor or make an appointment to take the test.
How long are Placement test scores good?
Placement test scores are valid for ten (10) years.
Am I able to retest?
Students may retest once during the 10 years in which their scores are valid. It is recommended that students meet with a counselor to discuss and review preparation options prior to retesting. If the student is already enrolled in pre-college level courses at the time he or she retests and if the scores on the retest place him or her out of pre-college level, the student will follow the college's standard withdrawal and refund procedures for tuition and books if he or she chooses to exit the pre-college level course.
Are individuals with disabilities able to request testing accommodations?
Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodations for placement testing. Official documentation verifying the disability and the need for reasonable accommodations should be submitted to the Disabilities Coordinator at least two weeks prior to the placement testing appointment. Accommodations include but are not limited to extended time and/or testing using audio or visual enhancing software.
What is the cost for Placement test?
There is no fee for placement testt.
I'm running late for my appointment. Can I still take the test?
In almost all cases, yes. If you have time to call, we can let you know if we can still have time for the test. In the rare case where we cannot, we can reschedule you for another time that works better for your schedule.
I just realized I missed my appointment! What now?
Call 336-633-0223 or 336-633-0321 and schedule another appointment.
I am really comfortable with my personal calculator. Can I use it on my math test?
A calculator is provided and is imbedded in the computer program. This is the only calculator that can be used.
How long will the Placement test take?
The amount of time the test takes varies with each individual. The average time is about 4.5 hours, but some people have taken much less time, and others will take 6-7 hours. There is no time limit so you can take as long as you feel you need. If you do not have enough time available in one session to complete the test, you can schedule for another session and pick up where you left off.
Do I need to bring anything with me?
A picture ID is required. The Assessment Center will provide pencils and scrap paper.
Is there a way to prepare in advance for the test?
RCC's College and Career Readiness department offers ongoing College Prep Math classes (free) that prepare students for the problems you will see on the math test. If you Google "Preparing for the Accuplacer" you will find several sources of information.
What happens if I don't do well on the test?
You cannot fail the test. Its purpose is to ensure you enroll in a class that you need, and not in one that will frustrate you. Your score may indicate that you need a developmental class to ensure you are prepared for the college-level class when you take it. The best plan is to take the test early, well in advance of registration. Then if you do not do as well as you had hoped, you have time to work on those skills you need to develop. You can only re-take the placement test once during the 10-years in which your scores are valid. It is recommended that you meet with a counselor to discuss and review preparation options prior to retesting.
Can I complete the placement test before I submit my admissions application?
You need to submit your application at least 24 hours prior to taking your test so we have a student ID number in which to attach your scores. Additionally, you should submit your transcripts (from high school and any prior colleges) prior to taking your assessment. The grades you earned elsewhere may keep you from having to take the placement test.
Can I take my Placement test at another college?
In most cases, yes. However, there are some schools outside of the North Carolina Community College System that will not transfer your scores if the test is taken there.
Do I have to have an appointment?
We strongly encourage students to make appointments because otherwise, we cannot guarantee a computer will be available for you to use. However, we know that sometimes life gets in the way and a student needs to take the test. We will take walk-ins on a space-available basis. It's a good idea to call to ensure we will be able to support you. Unless all computers are occupied, we will get you started on your test as soon as possible.
When is the best time to take the test?
You should definitely take the test at least 2 weeks before you plan to register for classes. That leaves you with enough time to pull up your scores if you need to. If you feel you might need extra help, take the test as early as possible, then take a prep course before you take it again. Take the test when you feel you are ready, but definitely do not wait until the last minute.