Do I Have to Take a Placement Test?

FTCC Placement Testing

Most people cringe at the idea of taking a placement test. Fayetteville Technical Community College offers a customized version of the ACCUPLACER known as the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test (NC DAP). The goal is to accurately place students and reduce the time to complete developmental courses.

There are six DEI (Development Education Initiative) states (Connecticut, Florida, North Carolina, Ohio, Texas, Virginia) with customized placement tests. However, not everyone has to test.

Testing Exemptions

A student is exempt from taking the placement tests if:

  • Completed Math or English comparable to FTCC and can provide documentation.


  • Graduated from high school within the past five years and:
    • Taken four English classes
    • Taken four math classes, one being higher than Algebra II
    • Have an unweighted GPA of 2.6 or higher

Students who do not fall into this category must take the NC DAP.

Test Format

The NC Dap is computer based. The multiple-choice sections of the NC DAP are considered “computer adaptive”, meaning that the difficulty level of the test is based on the student’s responses. The test consists of two parts, English and math, but each part has a subsection. The entire test can take up to three hours.

The English portion has 50 multiple-choice questions that focus on reading comprehension and sentence editing. The English test also has an essay portion. Students are given a topic to write about, and the test is scored by the computer. Sometimes it may take a day to receive a student’s writing score, but fortunately most of the time, the score is generated quickly.

The math section consists of 72 questions. As previously mentioned, the math portion is computer adaptive, with questions selected based on a student’s skill level. Students are provided a pencil and scratch paper. The test displays a calculator for certain questions. Students should allow two to four hours to test.

Practice Before you Test

Students are encouraged to practice before they test. Fayetteville Technical Community College offers NC DAP prep in the Student Learning Center. FTCC also provides students with online resources to help them prepare.

Practice Resources

How to Take the Placement test

The NC DAP can be taken at the Tony Rand Center at the Fayetteville Campus or at the Spring Lake Campus and Fort Bragg Center located at the Bragg Training and Education Center. Testing is offered daily and students can schedule an appointment, but most prefer to walk-in. Accommodations for students with special needs are available with appropriate documentation. Testing is also available for our distance student population. For more information please call 910-678-8417.

What to Bring:

Make sure you have a current application on file and bring a photo ID.

Acceptable forms of ID are:

  • State driver’s license
  • Military ID
  • Passport
  • Tribal ID
  • Student ID

Adrienne Murphy, Academic Placement & Assessment Coordinator.
FTCC Academic Placement and Assessment Office

Scaled for You: New 10 Point Grading Scale

Have you ever had a class where you teetered on the line between a B and an A you desperately wanted? In the past, Fayetteville Technical Community College operated on a seven point scale, which means you would have to make a 93 or higher to get an A. This fall, FTCC has moved to a ten-point scale which will make getting that A more obtainable.

Why the Change?

With the majority of North Carolina universities already operating on a ten point scale we wanted our students to be competitive when transferring to a four year institution to continue their education.

What does the new grading scale really mean for you?

  1. When transferring to a four year university you’re on a level playing field with other applicants.
  2. Ten point grading scales are easier to understand and calculate.
  3. You can raise your GPA
  4. Older grades cannot be changed and there is no grade forgiveness for previous failing grades that may now be passing.

New 10 Point Grading Scale

Numerical     Grade   Letter Grade Equivalent  Grade Point Equivalent
90 – 100 A – Excellent 4 grade points per credit hours
80 – 89 B – Good 3 grade points per credit hour
70 – 79 C – Average 3 grade points per credit hour
60 – 69 D – Below Average 1 grade point per credit hour
0 – 59 F – Failure 0 grade point

Previous 7 Point Grading Scale

Numerical      Grade  Letter Grade Equivalent Grade Point Equivalent
93 – 100 A – Excellent 4 grade points per credit hours
85 – 92 B – Good 3 grade points per credit hour
77 – 84 C – Average 3 grade points per credit hour
70 – 76 D – Below Average 1 grade point per credit hour
0 – 69 F – Failure 0 grade point

5 Ways to Have Your Best Semester Yet

Campus FunWhether you’re adopting new habits or reaffirming old ones, a new year and the start of a new semester is a good time to re-energize, get motivated, and stay on track to achieve your goals. As you embark on the 2015 Spring Semester at FTCC, check out the following tips for enjoying your best semester yet!

1. Get Involved
Did you know FTCC has 35 clubs and organizations and over 15 intramural sports teams? Joining a club can open the door to new friendships, fun, and even professional networking opportunities. After all, your college experience is more than just the knowledge and skills you acquire; it’s also the connections and memories you make that stay with you well beyond the 2-4 years you spend pursuing a degree. This semester, put the excuses aside and think seriously about becoming more involved on campus.

If your schedule simply will not allow for another commitment, that’s okay! You can still enrich your college experience by attending one of the many events on campus*Hint, they’re almost always free!

2. Use the Buddy System
At the start of the semester, find a friend (or make one!) in each class and exchange information:

  • phone numbers
  • email addresses
  • social media accounts

The next time you forget when an assignment is due or miss some of the notes from yesterday’s lecture, you will be glad you did!

3. Intern Early & Often
You never truly know what a job will be like until you experience it first-hand. Job shadowing and internships are essential to learning about your desired career path, gaining valuable experience that will set you apart from the competition upon graduation, and making contacts within your industry that could potentially land you a job later on.

At FTCC, our Work-Based Learning program offers eligible students the opportunity to earn college credit for an internship. Find out if you are eligible.

4. Stay Ahead of the Game
Two years will go by quickly, so it is never too soon to figure out your next steps. Do you have your eye on a bachelor’s degree? Research schools and talk to a transfer counselor to ensure your transition will be smooth. Are you heading into the workforce upon graduation? Use the Career Coach tool to research the local job market and prepare a list of potential employers. It is also a good idea to start making connections, either in person or over the web. You can do so by:

  • attending an industry networking event,
  • talking to someone in the field,
  • following companies or industry organizations on social media, and
  • making a LinkedIn profile.

5. Don’t Fall Behind
If at any time during the semester you feel like you could use some help understanding a concept or need a quiet place to study, stop by the new and improved Student Learning Center on our Fayetteville campus.


Biggest Moments in 2014

Each year brings exciting new challenges, but time moves so fast that sometimes we forget to take a moment to appreciate all of the accomplishments that are a direct result of the hardworking faculty and staff at FTCC. We are counting down some of our biggest moments in 2014 and would like to thank all involved in making these moments possible!

10. Saor Patrol Takes FTCC by Storm

Saor Patrol

Organized by the Student Government Association (SGA), Saor Patrol came all the way from Scotland to entertain the FTCC community with Scottish rock and battle demonstrations.

9. New Classes at the Re-Store Warehouse 

UpholsteryThe Continuing Education Department partnered with the Re-Store Warehouse to offer new upholstery and sewing classes at the facility.

8. Cumberland Hall Auditorium Gets a Facelift

AuditoriumThe updates included new seating and technology in order to better accommodate the community events and meetings held there.

7. New Facility in Tallywood Shopping Center

Tallywood Shopping CenterThe facility provides a new space to offer Esthetics courses through the Continuing Education Department.

6. Inaugural All-American Marathon

MarathonFTCC Military Programs led the way in organizing volunteers for the FTCC sponsorship of the first ever All-American Marathon.

5. New Motion Capture Room

Motion Capture RoomThe room features the latest in motion capture technology, allowing our Simulation and Game Development students to receive the very best training.

4. 13th Annual NC Defense and Economic Development Trade Show

Defense Trade ShowEach year, the trade show organized by the North Carolina Military Business Center at FTCC brings together military, government, and vendors.

3. Industry and Education Join Forces

Collision Repair CenterFTCC collaborated with the collision repair industry to create a new state-of-the-art Collision Repair and Refinishing Technology program. A brand new building was purchased, the inaugural “Team 1” class of students have begun their studies, and a building dedication is set for early 2015!

2. Opening of the All American Veterans Center

Vets CenterIn May, Dr. Keen officially cut the ribbon on the brand new All American Veterans Center. The center is housed on the second floor of the General Classroom Building and the staff make it their mission to help all veterans, not only the student vets that attend FTCC.

1. Graduation

GraduationAfter all, that is why we are all here. There is no greater joy than seeing the pride beaming from the faces of the graduates and their families at the Crown Complex each May.

What to Know When it Snows

With winter upon us and many weather forecasters predicting another eventful season, it is important to be prepared. After you check off all your boxes to ensure your home and vehicle will be safe havens during inclement weather, you can also take steps to prepare for any potential school closings or delays.Icicles

1. Sign Up for Text Alerts
FTCC’s TextCaster “FayText” is a system that will contact you based on the information you provide in the event of inclement weather or other emergency. By providing your phone number, you are guaranteed to receive text alerts with important information as quickly as possible. You also have total control over the types of information you opt to receive, with options including:

  • Weather Alerts
  • Emergency Alerts
  • Registration Info
  • Financial Aid Info
  • Counseling
  • Student Activities

*Important: Even if you signed up for FayText in the past, make sure you update your preferences to ensure all information in the system is accurate.

2. Follow FTCC on Social Media
As soon as information about closings, delays, or emergencies becomes available from the FTCC administration, it is shared on the College’s website and various social media accounts. Following FTCC on Facebook or Twitter is another way to be sure you will be in-the-know in the event of inclement weather. The last thing anyone wants is for a student to drive to campus in dangerous conditions, only to find out that the College is closed due to weather. Sharing the updates on your own social media accounts helps to spread the word as well.

*Closing and delay information will also be distributed through local news and radio outlets.

3. Check Blackboard
Any time classes are canceled due to inclement weather, it is important to sign into Blackboard for each of your classes to check in and complete any work assigned. This will be counted toward your attendance which is important because it prevents classes from having to schedule make-up days.

4. Safety First!
All decisions regarding closings and delays are made with the safety of students, faculty, and staff as the #1 priority. However, everyone’s commute is different so it is important to always use your best judgment and keep your professors informed.


13th Annual NC Defense and Economic Development Trade Show Brings NC Companies and Military Contractors Together to Talk Business

Tuesday, August 5, from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on FTCC’s Campus

  • Show hosted on campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College with NC Military Business Center
  • United States Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan will participate on site as co-hosts
  • Northrop Grumman, Raytheon among top military contractors attending
  • Robotic, Canine, Tactical Weapon and Vehicle live demonstrations throughout the day
  • 100+ businesses to display manufacturing, technology, consulting and industrial services
  • Annual show is the largest gathering of military contractors in the state
  • Department of Defense has annual impact of $48 billion and is second largest sector of NC’s economy

2013 DTS CollageThe 13th Annual North Carolina Defense and Economic Development Trade Show, the only show of its kind in the state, will take place on the campus of Fayetteville Technical Community College on Tuesday, August 5.  The show provides opportunities for North Carolina businesses to network with major defense contractors and DoD buyers, as well as learn more about defense procurement processes.  Technology, manufacturing, logistical support and diverse service providers will find a ready audience among DoD buyers and major defense contractors, seeking businesses and partners to equip the nation’s military and reinforce the business infrastructure critical to military bases and combat technology.  The trade show, which includes procurement workshops, live demonstrations, small business panels and “Lessons Learned” forums, will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014, at FTCC’s Horace Sisk complex (2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville) from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM.

The event will include a traditional trade show, static displays and demonstrations of military equipment, informal networking opportunities, structured teaming sessions, government procurement workshops and extensive networking opportunities for both prospective and current federal contractors.  Fort Bragg will provide several military static displays with accompanying military personnel to include M142 High Mobility Artillery Rocket System, an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Team with equipment and robots, a Long Range Surveillance Detachment Team demonstrating their equipment, a parachute rigger team with parachute packing demonstrations, and an Airborne infantry squad with weapons and equipment.  At 11:15 AM, K2 Solutions, Inc. will provide a special demonstration of their canine security and explosive detection training dogs.

United States Senators Richard Burr and Kay Hagan will be present as co-hosts for the event.  “Partnerships between North Carolina’s military bases and our state’s businesses – large and small – are a win-win alliance,” said Senator Hagan, adding “The Defense Trade Show provides an opportunity for our military, whose needs are constantly changing, to connect with North Carolina’s businesses and manufacturers.”  Senator Richard Burr added, saying, “North Carolina proudly hosts a large military presence in our state, and it is important that our state’s businesses get connected with defense contractors and DoD officials.”

According to a 2013 report from the NC Department of Commerce, the DOD has an annual impact of $48 billion and is the second largest sector of NC’s economy, behind agriculture.  This includes payroll, veteran payments and procurement, including prime and subcontracts with North Carolina businesses.  Federal agencies executed some $4.9 billion in prime contracts alone in North Carolina during federal fiscal year 2013.

For More Information and to Register for the Event: