Mandatory Placement Testing Policy and Waiver Information
Effective May 1st, 2012, Assessment and Placement is required of all new curriculum students unless exempt by a waiver. The Accuplacer Placement Test assesses a student’s skills in English, Reading, and math and identifies which class or classes’ best fit the student’s skill level.
Assessment for both English and math is mandatory. However, you may qualify for a placement test waiver for one (or both) of these areas by the following means:
- SAT scores of at least 500 on Reading will exempt the student from the reading and English sections of the placement test. SAT scores of at least 500 in mathematics will exempt the student from taking the math sections of the placement test. A minimum score of 21 on the Reading and a 21 on the English portions of the ACT will exempt the student from the reading and English portions of the placement test. A minimum score of 21 on the mathematics portion of the ACT will exempt the student from the math sections of the placement test. Documentation needed: Official SAT or ACT scores
- Non-degree, special credit students registering for a course that has no prerequisite (e.g., golf, keyboarding, etc.) Check the college catalog for course prerequisites. Documentation needed: Approval by Campus Registrar, Counselor, or Advisor.
- Successful completion (with a grade of “C” or higher) of a college-level math and/or English course from a regionally accredited institution. Documentation needed: College-issued transcript
- Successful completion in Developmental level courses in English and/or math from another North Carolina Community College. Documentation needed: College-issued transcript from another North Carolina Community College
- Appropriate scores on Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB), or College Level Exam Program (CLEP) exams, or the following placement tests: ACCUPLACER, COMPASS, or ASSET. Documentation needed: Official test scores or official transcript showing IB and request for transcript evaluation.
Students that qualify for a waiver must see a Campus Registrar, Counselor, Advisor, or Transfer Resource Center staff member. Students who qualify for a waiver in either math or English-but not both- will need to complete the Accuplacer assessment for the skill area not exempted. Students must present all appropriate documentation when requesting a waiver.