NC DAP Accuplacer, ASSET and COMPASS Placement Testing
NC DAP Accuplacer, ASSET and COMPASS placement tests are a series of tests that are designed to indicate a student’s academic readiness in the areas of English, reading, mathematics and algebra. Academic advisors use the student’s test results to determine appropriate course placement. Appropriate placement helps to ensure students' success in reaching their educational goals.
NC DAP Accuplacer and COMPASS are a series of un-timed computerized tests. ASSET is a series of timed paper-and-pencil tests consisting of four sections; 25 minutes are allowed on each section. Talk to your advisor, the Admissions Officer, or the Counselor prior to testing if you have questions about which sections of NC DAP Accuplacer, or ASSET you need to take.
Who Takes NC DAP Accuplacer / ASSET / COMPASS?
|Taxidermy students||Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|BLET students||Writing & Reading|
|College Transfer students
General Education students
|Writing, Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra, & Intermediate Algebra|
|Dental Assisting applicants
Practical Nursing applicants
|Writing, Reading & Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|Other degree-seeking students||Writing, Reading, Numerical/Pre-Algebra, & Elementary Algebra|
|Special Credit students||Dependent upon course selection|
When do you need to take NC DAP Accuplacer / ASSET / COMPASS?
It is reccomended for you to take the placement tests before you register on your first term at MCC. Please contacthe Counseling and Career Development Center at 910-576-6222, extension 223, to make an appointment for a test session. You must bring a photo ID to the session. To find out more information about the admissions process please contact the admission's office at 910-576-6222 extension 220.
Applicants for Allied Health programs (Dental Assisting, Medical Assisting, and Practical Nursing) should discuss retesting with the Admissions Officer. Students in non-allied health programs may retest based upon recommendation of the Counseling & Career Development Center.
Who is exempt from taking the placement test?
|A. Transfer students who have earned a "C" or better on a college credit course from an accredited post-secondary institution:|
|English composition course||exempt from Writing Skills & Reading Skills|
|Reading course||exempt from Reading Skills|
|Math course||exempt from Numerical/Pre-Algebra|
|Algebra||exempt from Numerical/Pre-Algebra, Elementary Algebra, & Intermediate Algebra|
|B. Students who have completed the ASSET, COMPASS, SAT, ACT, or NC DAP Accuplacer and scored the minimums as listed on the chart below are exempt from placement testing.|
|PLACEMENT TEST CUT-OFF SCORES
(Testing must have been completed within the past 5 years.)
|TEST||ASSET||SAT||ACT||COMPASS||ACCUPLACER||NC DAP Accuplacer|
|Nurmerical||41||500||21||47||55||7 (in each of the DMA modules)|
ASSET/COMPASS ADVISING GUIDE
|TEST||ASSET||COMPASS||*COURSE PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATIONS|
|Writing Skills||23 - 32||0 - 25||ENG 070 – Basic Language Skills – (non-credit course)|
|33 - 37||26 - 51||ENG 080 - Writing Foundation - (non-credit course)|
|38 - 40||52 - 69||ENG 090 - Composition Strategies - (non-credit course)|
|41+||70 - 100||ENG 101 – Applied Communications I; ENG 111 - Expository Writing|
|Reading Skills||23 - 33||0 - 45||RED 080 - Intro to College Reading - (non-credit course)|
|34 - 40||46 - 80||RED 090 - Improved College Reading - (non-credit course )|
|41+||81 - 100||Proficiency for associate degree, diploma, and certificate programs|
|Writing Skills||33 - 37||41 - 51||ENG 085 – Reading and Writing Foundations – (non-credit course) (Placement based on combination of both Writing and Reading Skills scores)|
|Reading Skills||31 - 33||35 - 45|
|Writing Skills||38 - 40||60 - 69||ENG 095 - Reading and Composition Strategies – (non-credit course) (Placement based on combination of both Writing and Reading Skills scores)|
|Reading Skills||36 - 40||65 - 80|
|Numerical Skills / Pre-Algebra||23 - 35||0 - 25||MAT 050 - Basic Math Skills - (non-credit course)|
|36 - 40||26 - 46||MAT 060 - Essential Math Skills - (non-credit course)|
|41+||47 - 55||MAT 101 - Applied Math|
|Elementary Algebra||23 - 40||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|41+||MAT 120 - Geometry & Trigonometry; MAT 140 - Survey of Math|
|Intermediate Algebra||23 - 35||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|36 - 40||Math 080 - Intermediate Algebra - (non-credit course)|
|41+||Math 151 - Statistics; MAT 171 – Pre-calculus Algebra|
|Algebra||0 – 45||MAT 070 - Introductory Algebra|
|46 - 65||MAT 080 - Intermediate Algebra - (non-credit course); MAT 120 - Geometry & Trigonometry; MAT 121 - Algebra/Trigonometry I; MAT 140 - Survey of Mathematics|
|66 - 100||MAT 151 - Statistics; MAT 171 – Pre-calculus Algebra|
* Students who score below minimum cut-off scores must enroll in foundational courses in order to ensure academic success in future college level English and mathematics courses.
Students may take the placement test twice. (Exceptions: Dental Assisting and Practical Nursing applicants may take the placement test twice each academic year.)
To make an appointment for NC DAP Accuplacer/ASSET testing please call 910.576.6222 ext 223. When you call, be sure to leave your name, telephone number and email so we will be able to reach you if a session must be canceled.
Special Accomodations and additional questions may be directed to the Counseling & Career Development Center at 910.576.6222, ext. 210.
The day of your appointment you will need to bring a valid picture I.D. (example. driver’s license) and arrive 10 minutes early to the Counseling & Career Development Center. We will provide you with scratch paper and pencil and an I.D. number. For the math portion of the test, a computarized calculator is provided for you by the test. There is no reason to bring your own calculator as you will not be permitted to use it.
There is no fee for the placement test.
Placement test may take at least 4 hours. Please plan accordingly.
Visit the following websites to enhance your basic math and writing skills before testing:
www.accuplacer.org (go to "Information for students" then "free sample questions" or download the accuplacer web-based study app, fees apply)
www.montgomery.edu (Library Link: online references, test practice and study guide)
ASSESSMENT INVENTORIES (PLACEMENT TEST)
The American College Testing (ACT) Service COMPASS and NC DAP ACCUPLACER assessment inventories are given to new students in associate degree programs to determine academic readiness. The results are used for advising and placement purposes.
All associate degree students will be assessed in reading skills, writing skills, numerical skills, and algebra skills. Stand-alone diploma and certificate students may be assessed in reading and numerical skills. BLET students are required to take the reading assessment only. Special credit students are assessed only when necessary to satisfy a prerequisite course requirement.
Students should complete the assessment inventories prior to registration for proper advising and placement. Information about score requirements is available in the Student Services Office. After testing, each student will receive a copy of his/her COMPASS/NC DAP Accuplacer Student Advising Report listing scores obtained and course recommendations based on these scores.
Students needing additional educational preparation will be advised regarding removal of deficiencies. For students enrolled in associate degree programs, deficiencies in writing, algebra, reading, or numerical skills must be removed prior to taking any course work in English composition or mathematics respectively. Additionally, the removal of any reading deficiency must begin immediately or no later than the first term of work after assessment. A reading competency is required for graduation from associate degree programs.
Students meeting the following criteria may be exempted from taking specified sections of COMPASS:
Students may retest on COMPASS or NC DAP ACCUPLACER based upon recommendation of the Counselor, Special Programs Assistant, or Enrollment Coordinator. A student may test only twice while enrolled at the College.
Applicants to any Allied Health Program must take the required assessment inventories to meet entrance requirements. Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Practical Nursing applicants are not exempt from taking COMPASS/NC DAP ACCUPLACER.
Special assessment accommodations for students with special needs are also available upon request along with appropriate documentation. Students with special needs should contact the Counselor prior to scheduling their placement test to ensure that appropriate accommodations will be provided.