The NC DAP is the placement test used by community colleges in North Carolina to assess a student’s English, reading, and math college readiness and identifies which course or courses best fit a student’s academic skill level. Administered using the online assessment platform, ACCUPLACER by College Board, the evaluation measures skill levels in reading, English grammar, arithmetic, and elementary algebra. The test is divided into two sections, DRE English/Reading and DMA Math. There is no fee to take the NC DAP at a community college. ACCUPLACER is used to identify your strengths and weaknesses in each subject area and to help you improve your skills through interactive online learning tools. The results of the assessment, in conjunction with your academic background, goals and interests, are used by academic advisors and counselors to place you in the appropriate college courses that meet your skill level.
Placement Test Exemption
If a student meets one or more of the following criteria, they may be exempt from all or a section of the NC DAP Placement Test. Official documentation showing one or more of the following criteria must be submitted to the college in order to validate exemption status:
- An official NC high school transcript showing graduation within the past 5 years of enrollment with an un-weighted cumulative GPA of 2.6 or higher and completion of four math classes including Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry and a 4th math as determined by the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction.
- BEFORE MARCH 2016:
SAT scores of 500 or more in Critical Reading or 500 in Writing (waives DRE placement test).
SAT scores of 500 or more in Math (waives DMA placement test).
- AFTER MARCH 2016:
SAT scores of 480 or more in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing (waives DRE placement test).
SAT scores of 530 or more in Math (waives DMA placement test).
- ACT scores of 22 or more in Reading or 18 or more in English (waives DRE placement test).
ACT scores of 22 or more in Math (waives DMA placement test).
- Placement test results from a NC community college.
- College transcripts indicating enrollment in a college-level English and/or college-level math course.