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About Placement Testing

Rowan-Cabarrus Community College currently utilizes the NC_DAP, which is an adaptive computer placement test. The NC_DAP consists of four assessments that measure your English/Reading and Mathematic skills: WritePlacer Essay, Reading Comprehension, Revising/Editing, and Mathematics. These assessments help place you in appropriate courses where you can confidently meet the demands of the classroom and realize your academic goals and objectives. Taking the placement test is mandatory for all curriculum students unless exempt by a waiver.

English and Reading

  • WritePlacer Essay – This section measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. The essay has a two-hour time limit. 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.


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.

Computer Skills Placement Test

The Computer Skills Placement Test (CSP) assesses knowledge of the Windows operating system and Microsoft Office applications. The basic version is administered with a 70-minute time limit and consists of 30 questions over three different content areas. The fundamental skills tested include using the computer and managing files, word processing, and information and communication within the online environment.

The CSP is currently required for admission into some Allied Health Occupations Programs, so review your Admissions Checklist to determine if you need to take this test.

Special Arrangements for Accommodated Testing

If you have a documented disability, reasonable testing accommodations can be provided with advanced notice. No variation of the placement exam can be made without prior approval. Please meet with a Disability Services Counselor prior to scheduling any testing or assessment services, as you might be eligible to receive such accommodations.

Other Information

Placement test sessions are scheduled in four-hour blocks. You will be asked to identify the areas of the test needed upon arrival for the session appointment. You will need to take the entire test, unless you have received placement testing waivers through the Admissions Office. Due to the assessments being administered on computers, space is limited; therefore, only pre-scheduled students will be able to participate in the session.

You must have an application on file before taking the NC_DAP for RCCC; however, placement test proctoring is available for students testing for other community colleges. There is a $20.00 fee for this proctoring.

On your test day, your will need to bring a valid photo ID, as well as your Student ID Number. Acceptable forms of identification include:

  1. An unexpired, State-issued driver’s license (temporary certificates are not considered a valid photo ID).
  2. An unexpired, State-issued identification card.
  3. A current, unexpired passport.
  4. A naturalization card or certificate of citizenship (must have a photo).
  5. An unexpired high school or College student identification card.
  6. Military identification card.