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What is Placement Testing?

 

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
Testing accommodations for students with special needs is available upon request and with appropriate documentation. Call the Counseling & Career Development Center at 910-576-6222, extension 210 or 223, for more information. Distance learning students taking online courses may also contact the counselor at the number above or by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

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
Writing 41 500 21 70 86  
Reading 41 500 21 81 80  
Nurmerical 41 500 21 47 55 7 (in each of the DMA modules)
Elementary Algebra 41 520 23 46 55  
Intermediate Algebra 41 520 23 66 75  

 

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.)

2014 - 2015 Placement Test Schedule

 

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.testpreppractice.net/compass/

             www.montgomery.edu (Library Link: online references, test practice and study guide)

            

 

 

 

Testing

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.

What is Placement Testing?

2014-2015 Placement Testing Schedule

2014-2015 Placement Testing Schedule (PDF version)

pdfCOMPASS Practice Test

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 with a score of 500 or above on the verbal portion and a score of 500 or above on the math portion of the SAT may be exempt from applicable section(s) of COMPASS/NC DAP ACCUPLACER.
  • Students who have taken the ACT will be advised on the appropriate sections to take.
  • Students who have taken English composition, reading or math courses at another college or university that are equivalent to the entry level courses at Montgomery Community College and received a grade of "C" or better may not be required to take the related assessment inventories.
  • Students who have taken COMPASS/ACCUPLACER may transfer their scores to MCC and will be advised on the appropriate sections to take.
  • Students with a score of 3 or higher on the CEEB Advanced Placement English exam may be exempt from the Writing and Reading Skills sections.

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.

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