Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Who is required to take the placement test?
  2. How do I know if I am exempt from testing?
  3. What are the placement tests?
  4. When can I take the test?
  5. How do I schedule my testing session?
  6. I had accommodations in high school. How can I arrange this for the placement test?
  7. Do I have to pay to take the test?
  8. How much time does it take?
  9. Should I prepare for the test?
  10. What’s on the test? What is the test format?
  11. What do I bring to the test?
  12. When will I receive my scores? What happens after I take the test?
  13. Can I retake the placement test?
  14. Can I take the placement test if I’m not an ACC student?
  15. Do you proctor exams besides the placement test (i.e. final exams, mid term exams, general exams for any college level course) from other schools and community colleges?
  16. How do I receive a copy of my test scores?

1. Who is required to take the placement test?

You do NOT need a placement test if you meet any of the following criteria: (1) You have graduated high school within the past ten years, (2) You have taken the GED since 1/1/14 and have a score of 170 on all areas, or taken the HiSET with a score of 15 or higher on all areas, (3) You have successfully completed a college level English/mathematics course already, or (4) You have taken the ACT or SAT and met the minimum score requirements.  Click here for the minimum score requirements.

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2.  How do I know if I’m exempt from the test requirement?

You are exempt from the placement test if you meet any of the criteria listed above in question #1. 

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3. What are the placement tests?

Placement tests may be used for students who have graduated more than ten years ago who haven’t already taken college level English and math courses.  The placement test assesses your skills in English and mathematics and is used to determine if remediation is needed.

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4. When can I take the test?

Appointments are required for placement testing.  Test sessions are limited and will fill up during peak admission periods. Students are encouraged to schedule their test sessions several weeks before a semester starts. Please refer to the academic calendar and plan accordingly.

On average, it takes between three to five hours to complete both the  English/Reading and math sections when taken together. Students may choose to take the English/reading and math sections on a different day.

Test session days and times are as follows:

Monday             9:00am and 1:00pm

Tuesday            9:00am, 1:00pm, and 5:00pm

Wednesday        9:00am and 1:00pm

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5.  How do I schedule my testing session?

The placement test is administered by appointment only. Students must have an active admissions application on file before they are allowed to test. A 7-digit ACC student identification number is required to register for the placement test. Test sessions are limited and will fill up during peak admission periods. Students are encouraged to schedule their test sessions several weeks before a semester starts. Please refer to the academic calendar and plan accordingly.  Students may schedule their appointment online.

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6.  I received accommodations in high school.  How can I arrange this for the placement test?

Students with a disability (permanent or temporary) that will affect taking the test under standard conditions, should contact Monica Isbell, the Coordinator of Special Needs at least three weeks prior to scheduling the placement test. Reasonable accommodations may be provided with appropriate documentation of a disability.

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7.  Do I have to pay to take the test?

Currently, there is no fee to take the placement test at ACC.

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8.  How much time do I get to complete the test?

There is no time restriction when taking the placement test.

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9.  Should I prepare for the test?

It is highly recommended that, prior to the test, all students review basic concepts in mathematics, reading, and writing in order to perform at their best. The Placement Testing Office has created a list of review resources. Students may access these resources by visiting the Test Preparation page.

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10.  What is the test format?

The placement test is a computerized diagnostic test. There is no time restriction when taking the test.

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11.  What do I bring to the test?

Arrive 20 minutes early and sign-in at the Student Success Placement Testing desk located in the first floor lobby area of the Wallace Gee Building, Carrington-Scott Campus in Graham, North Carolina.

Parking is available in any of the student parking lots. Students are encouraged to leave their personal belongings at home or in their car.

  • Arrive at least 20 minutes early to complete the sign in process. Late arrivals will not be admitted.
  • A photo ID is required. Students will not be allowed to test without a photo ID. Examples of proper ID include:
      • A driver’s license
      • A state approved ID
      • A high school ID
      • A college ID
      • A current state or Federal ID card
      • A passport
      • A tribal ID card
      • A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
      • A work ID with photo
      • A credit or debit card with photo
  •       ACC Student ID number
  • A signed Retest Referral Form if you are taking the test for a 2nd time in a 12-month period.
  • Cell phones must be turned off and not visible during the test administration.
  • Dictionaries, calculators, electronic devices, written or audio resources are prohibited.
  • Bring a sharpened pencil. Paper is provided.
  • Food and drink are prohibited in the testing lab.

Students may want to consider bringing a sweater or light jacket as the testing lab temperature can become cool.

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12.  When will I receive my test scores?  What happens after I take the test?

In most cases, you will receive your test results immediately after you have completed and submitted your test. However, for some selected exams, the written essay portion may be audited and a “pending” score is issued. Students with a pending score may have their results delayed for up to 48 hours.

Once you have received your test results, you may schedule an appointment with your assigned academic advisor to review your program of study requirements, semester plan, and course registration options.

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13.  Can I take the retake the placement test?

If it has been more than 12 months since you last took the placement test, you may be eligible to retest.

If it has been less than 12 months since you last took the placement test you must receive an authorized referral from an ACC faculty/staff member or CCP advisor. Interested students should consult with their academic advisor and complete the Retest Referral Form for eligibility requirements.

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14.  Can I take the placement test if I’m not an ACC student?

As long as you have a voucher number from the community college you’re attending, you can take the placement test at ACC. 

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15.  Do you proctor exams besides the NC DAP placement test (i.e. final exams, mid term exams, general exams for any college level course) from other schools and community colleges?

No, ACC does not proctor exams besides the placement test.

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16.  How do I receive a copy of my test scores?

ACC strictly follows the protections under Federal confidentiality regulations (FERPA) as it relates to student records.  Test scores may be viewed in your ACC student account. 

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