ACCUPLACER Placement Exam

The ACCUPLACER is an adaptive computer placement program. The placement test will measure your skill levels in reading comprehension, English, and mathematics, as well as your competency in basic computer skills. 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.

Exemptions from ACCUPLACER Placement Exam

You may be exempt from taking all or part of the ACCUPLACER exam. Exemptions are approved with appropriate transcripts or score reports. You might be eligible for exemption from taking all or part of the ACCUPLACER test if you:

  • Have an unweighted high school GPA equal to or greater than (= or >) 2.6 and graduated within 5 years of your college enrollment.
  • Have completed transferable college-level coursework in English, math, and computer applications with a grade of ‘C’ or better. Your official college transcript from the awarding college must be evaluated in order to determine any exemption.
  • Achieved SAT scores of Writing (500) OR Critical Reading (500) and Math (500) or ACT scores of Reading (22) OR English (18) and Math (22). Your official scores must be received from the testing agency to determine any exemptions. In addition, the ACT or SAT must have been completed within the past five years.
  • Have received an associate’s degree or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university. Your official college transcript showing the degree awarded must be received to determine any exemptions.

Test Administration (Scheduling & Test Day Information)

If you are a new student and you do not qualify for any of the exemptions outlined above, the state of North Carolina requires you to take an assessment (the ACCUPLACER). Due to the assessment being administered on computers, space is limited.  Therefore, only pre-scheduled students will be able to participate in the session.  Please keep in mind the following as you schedule your test:

  • You must have an application on file before taking the ACCUPLACER for RCCC; however, ACCUPLACER 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 government issued or Student ID card, as well as your Student ID Number.
  • Personal calculators are not permitted on the Mathematics section of the placement test. Instead, you will have access to a pop-up calculator for certain math questions.
  • There is no time limit to the assessment, so do not rush.
  • Remember…you cannot fail.
  • We will start your exam session with a brief orientation.
  • You will receive one copy of your scores after test completion.  Please keep these scores for meeting with an advisor. 

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.

Retaking the ACCUPLACER:

  1. It is important to note that you can only retest one time within 12 months of the original test date. In order to retest, you must have an active RCCC application on file.
  2. A $5.00 re-test fee is required per section in advance and can be paid at the RCCC Navigation Station during regular business hours. This fee is non-refundable. The retest fee does not apply if you are a part of Career and College Promise or Early College.
  3. In order to retest on any sections of the placement test, you must present a Navigation Station cashier’s receipt for your fee, a picture ID, and your Student ID Number.
  4. Any test scores obtained which are not in total compliance with the Re-test Policy will be invalidated.