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Placement Testing Rule

 Executive Leadership Team10-14-2015

Stanly Community College uses the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test as a measurement indicating a student’s readiness for college-level coursework.  Placement testing is one of the measures used within our college’s Multiple Measures Policy.  Unless a student has been placed into curriculum courses under the Multiple Measures for Placement Policy, students must satisfy all pre-requisites for curriculum courses by enrolling in and successfully completing all stipulated developmental courses or modules that they did not receive credit for through the NC DAP.

General Placement Testing Rules

  • SCC accepts Accuplacer, ASSET and COMPASS placement testing results in lieu of the NC DAP if the scores are less than 5 years old, at the time of registration.

  • Transferred testing results will only be accepted from the issuing institution, i.e., the community college at which the student completed the placement test must send the results in a sealed envelope or via college e-mail.

  • Officially transferred English or math courses may be accepted in place of the corresponding English or math NC DAP test.

  • NC DAP scores are valid for five (5) years.

  • NC DAP scores are transferable to other colleges with permission of the student.

  • Students must present a legible, photo ID at the time of testing.

  • Students must satisfy all developmental pre- or co-requisites as indicated by test scores.

    NC DAP Scoring

    Below are the scores used for placing students based on their NC DAP results.  For Accuplacer, ASSET and COMPASS score interpretation, please refer to the placement testing guides located on the college website, under placement testing.

    • Each developmental math module has a passing score of 7.

    • English placement is based on the following ranges:

      • DRE-096, composite score range of 104 – 116

      • DRE-097, composite score range of 117 – 135

      • DRE-098, composite score range of 136 – 150

      • ENG-111, composite score ≥ 151


Students may retest once during the five years in which their test scores are valid. (Allied Health applicants should refer to the admission requirements for these programs for more information regarding retesting). It is recommended that students complete remediation prior to retesting. If the student is already enrolled in developmental studies at the time he or she retests and if the scores on the retest place him or her out of developmental studies, the student will follow the college’s standard withdrawal and refund procedures for tuition and books if he or she chooses to exit the developmental course.

Placement Testing For Persons with Disabilities


Persons with disabilities may request special accommodation for placement testing. Official documentation verifying the disability and the need for special accommodation must be submitted to the Director of Counseling and Special Services at least sixty days prior to testing. Special accommodations include but are not limited to extended test time, enlarged print test material, and tests on audiotape.


Placement Testing For Online Students

Students registered in courses online are required to meet the same pre-requisite requirements as those registered for traditional methods of instructional delivery. However, students who find it inconvenient to complete the placement test on the campus of Stanly Community College may test at another college.