Placement Testing

Placement testing is now mandatory for all new curriculum students unless exempt by a waiver. Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student’s academic proficiency levels, which help counselors and advisors determine if a student’s English, reading, and math skills are ready for college-level courses and to determine the most appropriate courses in English, reading, and math for you.

Central Piedmont administers the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test. The NC DAP test is taken via computer and contains four assessments (WritePlacer Essay, Reading, Revising/Editing, and Math). A fifth assessment, College-Level Math, may be administered depending on your math score and will be determined by an academic advisor. You will need to complete your Central Piedmont admissions application prior to scheduling your placement test.

Placement Testing Overview

  • Placement Testing Guidelines

    With the exception of the WritePlacer essay, each placement test section is untimed, allowing you to relax, concentrate, and take as much time as you need. The WritePlacer is timed for two hours, but the majority of students complete this section in 30-45 minutes.The average testing time for all four sections is 3 hours, so please plan accordingly. Please note that the mathematical symbols used on the NC DAP placement tests conform to symbols used in North America.

    • it's very important you do the best you can when taking the placement tests
    • a valid photo ID is required for testing (Central Piedmont student ID, driver's license, military ID, or passport)
    • calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during the placement tests
    • the Testing and Assessment Center provides pencils and scratch paper
    • upon completion of the placement tests, students will receive test results and meet with an academic advisor
    • if retesting, please review our retest policy, carefully, and bring a copy of your practice test scores with you to the testing center

    Rest and preparation are two of the most important things you can do to improve your scores:

    • study and take all practice tests
    • be well rested and nourished
    • for students in need of special accommodations, please contact Disability Services

    If you have a documented disability or received academic accommodations in high school or at another college/university, please visit Disability Services prior to taking your placement test to discuss services available and process of approval. Contact Disability Services at 704.330.6621 or email if you have questions.

    Permission to retest is not automatic. Please review our retest policy prior to testing. If you are not feeling well on the day of your testing appointment, please consider rescheduling. An email explaining how to do this was sent to the email address you used to schedule your appointment.

  • Placement Test Retest Policy

    Central Piedmont Community College has been using the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement test (NC DAP) since 2013, and considers it to be a very reliable and accurate assessment for placing students into English and math courses, or courses with English, reading, or math prerequisites. Accordingly, Central Piedmont makes every effort to provide students with a thorough understanding of the importance of the placement testing process, as well as provide students with the opportunity to take realistic practice tests before taking the actual placement tests. Research conducted by the College Board concludes “… that students be allowed to retest only after they have done a thorough review of the subject matter being tested.” As a result, Central Piedmont has adopted this placement test restest policy (PDF).

  • Students Who Have Taken the NC DAP Placement Test Within the Last Five Years

    If you have taken the NC DAP Placement Test at another school within the last five years, have an official copy of your scores mailed, faxed, or emailed to Central Piedmont, C/O:Testing Center. Scores must be sent from the educational institution where test was taken. Only College-Level Math from the old ACCUPLACER battery of tests will still be accepted.

    • mail: Central Piedmont Testing and Assessment Center, Central High 248, P.O. Box 35009, Charlotte, NC  28235
    • fax: 704.330.6620
    • email:

    Please do not fax or mail scores yourself - we cannot accept unofficial copies.

  • Screening Tests - EMT and Dietary Managers

    Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and Dietary Managers programs require that all applicants take a Screening Test. These Screening Tests are comprised of: Writing, Reading, English, and Mathematics. There is no time limit. Please allow ten days to receive your score report via email.

    Screening Tests are available at the Cato, Central, Levine, and Merancas Campus testing centers by appointment Monday - Friday at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

    To complete screening tests:

  • Take the Central Piedmont Placement Test at a Remote Location

    Students unable to take the placement test at a Central Piedmont campus may arrange for remote testing by following the following steps. Fees for remote testing (if any) are the student’s responsibility.

    • if you have taken the placement test for Central Piedmont before, verify you are eligible to retest by viewing our retest policy
    • contact a local educational institution or military facility to determine if qualified* test center personnel are willing to administer the placement test to you in their testing center. Because the Central Piedmont placement test is administered online, it is not necessary for that college or facility to be a user of the Central Piedmont placement test.
    • complete the “Request to Take the Central Piedmont Placement Test at a Remote Location” form
    • Central Piedmont will provide the designated proctor with a security agreement form to be completed and returned.
    • after receiving the proctor security agreement, Central Piedmont will provide the proctor with instructions for administering the placement test
    • test at the date and time mutually-arranged between you and the proctor
    • advise us when you have completed your test.

    Proctor Qualifications:

    • familiar with accepted practices for administering standardized tests
    • has no vested interest in the student’s scores
    • is not related to the student
    • is employed by an educational institution or military facility

Placement Testing Steps

Placement Test Scores