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.
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.
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.
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
- Tribal ID
- Student ID
Adrienne Murphy, Academic Placement & Assessment Coordinator.
FTCC Academic Placement and Assessment Office