Placement Testing

The placement test is important and can have a major impact on the cost of education and how long it takes a student to complete his/her program.  It is strongly recommended that all students spend time reviewing before taking the placement test. 


Testing Process

An Application for Admission must be submitted before scheduling your placement test. Students with disabilities who require special arrangements and/or accommodations should contact Laura Walker-Andrews, by phone (828) 694-1813 or email: at least two weeks prior to the date of test. Accommodations cannot be provided without prior approval from the Disability Services office.

Click the links below for more information:

Appointment for Test

Information for Day of Test

Resources for Preparation for Test

Retest Policy

Placement Test Waiver Policy

Request copy of Test Scores


Appointment for Test

You can sign up for a placement testing appointment at   Select a highlighted date to view available times.  Once you have signed up for a time for the test a member of the Student Services team will reach out to confirm the portions of the test that you need to take.   Please call (828)694-1800 if you have questions or trouble signing up online.

You must bring a photo ID to the testing session.  No one will be allowed to test without a Photo ID.

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Information for Day of Test

  • Bring a photo ID and know your social security number. Everything else needed for testing will be provided. Calculators, dictionaries, or other aids are not allowed.
  • Come to the test session well rested, prepared to do your best, and arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • The only electronic devices allowed during testing sessions are those that have been approved for use by the Office of Disability Services.  Cell phones must be turned off during the test session.  Students found violating the no electronic use policy will be removed and not allowed to complete the scheduled test session. 

BRCC uses the North Carolina Diagnostic and Assessment Placement Tests (NC DAP) which is administered on a computer. The NC-DAP consist of the Developmental Reading and English Assessment (DRE) and the Developmental Math Assessment (DMA). The DRE has fifty multiple choice questions and a timed essay (WritePlacer). The essay portion has a two-hour time limit, unless the student has requested accommodations through the Coordinator of Disability Services. The DMA is 72 multiple choice questions.

Developmental Reading and English Assessment (DRE)

WritePlacer Essay – This section measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. The essay has a two-hour time limit (unless accommodations have been requested through the Coordinator of Disability Services). The six characteristics of writing that are considered in the essay scoring are:

1. Purpose and Focus: Presenting information in a unified and coherent manner; clearly addressing the topic/issue.
2. Organization and Structure: Ordering and connecting of ideas.
3. Development and Support: Developing and supporting the ideas contained within the essay.
4. Sentence Variety and Style: Crafting sentences and paragraphs that demonstrate control of vocabulary, voice, and structure.
5. Mechanical Conventions: Expressing ideas using standard English.
6. Critical Thinking: Communicating a point of view and demonstrating reasoned relationships among ideas.

Reading Comprehension – This section contains 30 multiple-choice questions. It is not timed. Topics covered include:

1. Identifying main idea/summary.
2. Supporting details/paraphrasing.
3. Vocabulary.
4. Organization.
5. Inference.
6. Point of view, fact-opinion, and bias (paired passages).
7. Purpose/Tone.
8. Author’s use of language.

Revising and Editing Writing – This section contains 20 multiple-choice questions. It is not timed. Topics covered include:

1. Transitions.
2. Sentence Combining.
3. Revising sentences, inserting sentences, and deleting sentences.
4. Topic sentences, thesis statements, and concluding sentences.
5. Grammar, mechanics, sentence structure, and word choice.

Developmental Math Assessment (DMA)

You are not allowed to utilize a personal calculator for any sections of the mathematics testing. If a calculator is allowed for the problem, then a calculator will be provided on the toolbar of your screen.

Operations with Integers (010) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Problem events that require the use of integers and integer operations.
2. Basic exponents, square roots, and order of operations.
3. Perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles.
4. Angle facts and the Pythagorean Theorem.

Fractions and Decimals (020) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Relationships between fractions and decimals.
2. Problem events that result in the use of fractions and decimals to find a solution.
3. Operations with fractions and decimals.
4. Circumference and area of circles.
5. The concept of π.
6. Application problems involving decimals.

Proportions, Ratios, Rates, and Percentages (030) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Conceptual application problems containing ratios, rates, proportions, and percentages.
2. Applications using U.S. customary and metric units of measurement.
3. Geometry of similar triangles.

Expressions, Linear Equations, and Linear Inequalities (040) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Graphical and algebraic representations of linear expressions, equations, and inequalities.
2. Application problems using linear equations and inequalities.

Graphs and Equations of Lines (050) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Graphical and algebraic representations of lines.
2. Interpretation of basic graphs (line, bar, circle, etc.).

Polynomials and Quadratic Applications (060) – This section is untimed and includes the following topics:

1. Graphical and algebraic representations of quadratics.
2. Finding algebraic solutions to contextual quadratic applications.
3. Polynomial operations.
4. Factoring polynomials.
5. Applying factoring to solve polynomial equations.

The DRE portion of the test could take up to approximately two to three hours. The DMA portion of the test could take up to approximately two hours depending on the number of math test modules required based on your program of study. The DRE and DMA can be taken in separate test sessions.

After you complete the test, your Individual Score Report will be available in Student Services where you will meet with a counselor for an explanation of your scores and course placement.

If you have questions about the test, feel free to schedule an appointment with a counselor in Student Services.

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Resources for Test Preparation

The following links are for resources that will assist in the preparation for the pre-enrollment placement test:

The Student Success Center (Official study guide)

NC DAP Sample Test

Test Descriptions 

Test Taking Tips

ACCUPLACER Web-Based Study App

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Retest Policy 

Retest Guidelines:

Retesting: A student wishing to retake any part of the Pre-Enrollment Placement Test for any reason is allowed one retest attempt in each developmental module area per semester. Students are encouraged to prepare for a retest by using all available resources including BRCC's College and Career Readiness Center. Students requesting a retest in a particular unit will be charged a fee for each unit in which a retest is desired. Fees are set annually by the College Trustees. Once the student has paid for the retest, he or she may schedule their retest with Student Services staff for a regularly scheduled placement test session. Students will be placed in a course according to the better of the two test scores. Students are not allowed to retest to attempt to place out of a developmental class in which they are currently enrolled. 

A student may be allowed to retest at his/her discretion in any or all of the subject areas assessed (Sentence Skills, Reading, Math) following their initial placement test based on the following guidelines:

  1. A student who chooses to retest must obtain a Retest Request Form from an Admissions Counselor.
  2. Students must pay $5.00 per test unit.  Each area constitutes a unit.  An entire test would be four units.  This is subject to change without notice.  .
  3. Retest fees must be paid in advance to the BRCC Cashier.  The paid receipt and Retest Request Form must be returned to an Admissions Counselor who will register the student for a retest.  An Admissions Counselor may be reached at (828) 694-1800.
  4. Retests must be taken during regularly scheduled placement test dates and times.
  5. Initial tests and retests include the ACCUPLACER taken at either BRCC campus or through a BRCC high school program (Career and College Promise).
  6. Students are not allowed to retest to attempt to place out of a developmental class in which they are currently enrolled once the class has started.

Test scores expire after three years if developmental coursework has not started.

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Placement Test Waiver Policy

Students may waive the placement testing requirements under the following conditions:

  1. Documentation of acceptable SAT or ACT scores: To be enrolled directly into first-level Curriculum English or Math courses, a student must have a minimum score of 500 on the applicable (Writing and Critical Reading or Mathematics) sections of the SAT, or a minimum of 18 on ACT English and 22 on ACT Reading, or minimum of 22 on ACT Mathematics. SAT and ACT examinations must have been taken within the preceding three years.
  2. Results of NC DAP tests taken at another institution within the preceding three years and that meet the BRCC cutoff scores will waive placement testing.
  3. Transfer credit (grade C or better) received from a regionally accredited institution for first-level curriculum English or Math will be accepted in lieu of placement testing. Developmental level courses may be considered for transfer credit if taken at a North Carolina Community College.  The student must submit an official transcript to receive transfer credit and to officially waive the need for placement testing.
  4. For certificate programs without developmental prerequisites, testing may be waived based on a passing score on the NC Competency Test, Test of General Educational Development, or Iowa Test of Basic Skills.

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Request a copy of Placement Test Scores

To request that an official copy placement of the test scores to be sent to colleges and universities, complete the Placement Test Scores Request Form. There is no fee for this request.

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