Placement Testing

Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student’s academic proficiency levels, which help determine the most appropriate courses in English, reading, and math. Placement test scores will indicate whether or not a student needs any or all of the pre-curriculum math and/or English modules.

  • Typically, placement test scores are valid for five calendar years after the year the student tested. However, they can be accepted up to 10 years if scores are available in a student record or paper format.
  • Placement tests do not give credit for course work.

Frequently Asked Questions

Placement tests may be waived for applicants under the following conditions:

  • High School graduation less than 10 years ago.
  • ACT or SAT scores that are less than 10 years old.
  • College level English or Math at another institution that is accepted by this College.
  • Associate Degree or Bachelor’s Degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Other placement scores that have been taken within the last 10 years and have a crosswalk.

 Most placement test scores are currently valid for five years: however, we will accept them up to 10 years if scores are available in a student record or paper format.

Study before taking the NC DAP (Accuplacer) placement test for the first time!

The Community College System offers a free NCDAP Web-Base Study App to help students brush up before taking the placement test. Click here to download the app. The study app features practice tests in the NC DAP math modules and the reading/English multiple choice components. You can access the site from a computer, tablet, or Smartphone (see supported browsers & mobile O/S below) and familiarize yourself with the basic content areas of the NC DAP tests. The Study App includes the following features:

  • Sample Tests that help you experience the types of questions to be asked on test day
  • “Learn As You Go” feature that provides immediate feedback after each question is submitted and includes an explanation for the correct response
  • Save your work-in-progress, and resume practicing at a later time
  • Review your score history to identify areas of strength and weakness
  • 6 months of access to the NC DAP Web-Based Study App

Supported Browsers

  • Safari 6.0.x
  • Firefox 16.0.x
  • Internet Explorer 8.0.x or later
  • Google Chrome 22.x or later

 Supported Mobile Operating Systems

  • IOS version 5.0 or later
  • Android version 2.3 or later

Please read the Assessment Center Policies to ensure you are in compliance while testing.

Assessment Center Policies

  • A Photo ID is required for identification.
  • Cell phones should be powered off; not on silent or vibrate.
  • No food is permitted in the testing area.
  • No drinks are permitted in the testing area.
  • Test takers are not permitted to wear hats or sunglasses.
  • Children are not allowed in the testing area.

You will be advised of additional test procedures upon your arrival at the Assessment Center.


Prior to beginning any test you will be provided with a locker. All personal property; cell phones, hats, purses, book bags, etc. must be stored in the provided locker.

Restroom Breaks During Test

  • Faculty tests – no breaks permitted unless authorized on the instructor form.
  • Correspondence testing – no breaks permitted unless authorized on the proctor form.
  • Placement test – breaks are allowed.
  • TEAS test – one authorized break; others are allowed but are included within test time.

Please note that any violations of the above policies will result in the test being stopped and the faculty member notified of an incomplete test.

In the short term GTCC administers the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test. The NC DAP test is taken via computer and contains four assessments (WritePlacer Essay, Reading, Revising/Editing, and Math). A fifth assessment, College-Level Math, may be administered depending on your math score and will be determined by an academic advisor. With the exception of the WritePlacer essay, each placement test section is untimed, allowing you to relax, concentrate, and take as much time as you need. The WritePlacer is timed for two hours. The average testing time for all four sections is fourth hours, so please plan accordingly.

Please note that the mathematical symbols used on the NC DAP placement tests conform to symbols used in North America.

GTCC anticipates transitioning to the RISE Placement Test by the end of 2018. More information about this test will be forthcoming.

  • Applicants must complete an application for admission to the college before they may be tested.
  • Obtain a Blue Card from the Admissions Office.
  • The Blue Card and a valid photo ID is required for testing (GTCC student ID, driver’s license, military ID, or passport).
  • Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during the placement tests.
  • The Assessment Center provides pencils and scratch paper.
  • Upon completion of the placement tests, students will receive test results and will meet with an academic advisor.

Permission to retest is not automatic.

Please review the GTCC retest policy below prior to testing. If you are not feeling well on the day of your testing appointment, you should reschedule.

GTCC Retest Policy

A student must complete the placement test review if they want to retest. At the end of the review the student must print the completion certificate and bring it to the Assessment Center in order to retest. A student must have their testing card signed by an adviser and may retest only once within six months. If the student has already begun the Developmental Education sequence, they may not retest and must complete the sequence appropriate for their program of study.

Steps to Retest

  1. Complete the online review Print certificate.
  2. Meet with an adviser in the Student Success Center to obtain their signed permission to retake the placement test.
  3. Report to the Assessment Center with certificate and signed testing card.

Required Online Review prior to Retesting

If you have a GTCC Titan Account

  • Log into Moodle at  Use your Titan account for your username/password.
  • Use the Search Courses text box to look for “Placement Test Review”.
  • Select “Placement Test Review” then “Enroll Me”

If you do not have a GTCC Titan Account 

  • Go to Moodle at  Create your own account.  The last step is to confirm your account via an email message.
  • Return to to log in.  Use the Search Courses text box to look for “Placement Test Review”
  • Select “Placement Test Review” then “Enroll Me”.

Applicants may qualify for appropriate testing accommoda­tions (such as, separate room; extended time; Closed Circuit TV (CCTV); audio tape; large print; reader; interpreter; scribe) on the basis of a documented disability. Applicants with an obvious disability may not need to submit documentation in order to receive appropriate testing accommodations.

Procedures For Accessing Placement Test Accommodations

  1. Admissions staff should refer applicants who request testing accommodations to disAbility Access Services.
  2. Documentation will be requested.  A disAbility Access Services counselor will review documentation to determine appropriate accommodations.
  3. A disAbility Access Services counselor will complete a Placement Test Accommodations Referral Form and give it to the applicant. Applicants must contact the Assessment Center and make an appointment to reserve a separate room for testing if one is needed. The disAbility Access Services counselor will coordinate interpreter, scribe or reader accommodations.
  4. Applicants must present the Placement Test Accommodations Referral Form at the time of testing. No testing accommodations will be made without a completed Referral Form.
  5. Assessment Center staff will refer the applicant back to the disAbility Access Services counselor upon test completion for advising.
  6. The Assessment Center staff will maintain a file of all Placement Test Accommodations Referral Forms. All records will remain confidential.

Applicants who have taken NCDAP, ASSET, COMPASS or ACCUPLACER placement tests at other colleges within the past five years may have their test scores transferred to GTCC. The applicant should request that his/her placement test scores be sent directly to GTCC’s Admissions Office. Copies of placement test results delivered by an applicant will not be accepted unless the report is signed by an official of the sending college and delivered in a sealed envelope with the college official’s signature across the seal.

Applicants who have taken NCDAP, ASSET or COMPASS placement tests at GTCC may have their test scores transferred to other colleges by making a request in writing to the Assessment Center. The Assessment Center will provide a form to facilitate the request. The Assessment Center will mail the test score report to the college or will provide the report to the student in a sealed envelope with the college official’s signature across the seal.

Applicants to other colleges who wish to take NCDAP at GTCC may do so by contacting an Assessment Center representative. The student will pay the appropriate proctoring fee at the Cashier’s Office and sit for the exam. Assessment Center staff will provide the student with scores or mail them to the college of the student’s choice.

There is a $5.00 fee to have test scores sent to another institution.

There is no charge if you are a GTCC student or are applying to attend GTCC. There is a $5.00 charge if you will not be a GTCC student and need your scores sent to another institution.

The placement test is given on the computer and is not timed.

Most people can complete the test in two hours, although some people finish much sooner and some take much longer.

GTCC allows you to retest once on the placement test.

You will need to talk with an advisor to receive authorization to retest.