Frequently Asked Questions (T&A)

  1. Do I have to take the placement test?
  2. What kind of placement test does SCC use?
  3. Is an appointment required and how do I make one?
  4. Is there a fee to take the test?
  5. I had accommodations in high school, can I receive those same testing accommodations here?
  6. Are there any study materials?
  7. Where is the testing center?
  8. What do I bring on test day?
  9. How can I view my test scores?
  10. How can I request a copy of my scores?
  11. Can I take the placement test more than once?
  12. How long will the test take?

Do I have to take the placement test?
SCC uses multiple measures to determine course placement. One of those measures is placement testing. Placement testing is used if the student does not meet any of the other requirements under our multiple measures policy. Students may be exempt from taking the placement test if their course does not require a Math or English prerequisite. Students may also be exempt if they have official placement testing scores less than 5 years old. We accept NC DAP, Accuplacer, COMPASS, and ASSET. Please request an official copy of your scores to be sent to us from the issuing institution, if you have already completed a placement test and would like to use those scores. Please note that there are other requirements associated with admission to SCC’s limited enrollment programs. Please refer to the Admissions Checklists for those programs for more information.

What kind of placement test does SCC use?
SCC uses the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) test. It is a computer-based adaptive test measuring your skills in Math, English and Reading. Most of the test is multiple choice, but there is an essay component.

Is an appointment required and how do I make one?
Yes. Schedule your appointment.

Is there a fee to take the test?
There is no fee for students who have an active program status. Non-students and anyone without an active program status must pay a $20 testing fee in the Business Office prior to their testing appointment and will take the Accuplacer tests (Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Elementary Algebra and Intermediate Algebra). Non-students may also opt to take the NC DAP via remote testing for another institution. Please contact your institution for more information about this option.

I had accommodations in high school, can I receive those same testing accommodations here?
Yes. Please contact our Director of Counseling and Special Services prior to testing. The accommodations available are: extended test time, enlarged print, Braille, and sound.

Are there any study materials?
Yes, please select the link below for the study guide app or the .pdf version of the study guides.
NC DAP APP
NC DAP Study Guide
NC DAP Essay Samples
Online Study Guide (courtesy of Wake Technical Community College)

English Study Course

Math Study Course

Where is the testing center?
There are two locations. Please make note of which one you select on the appointment calendar.
Albemarle Campus: Patterson Building, Rm.116
Crutchfield Campus (Locust): Crutchfield Education Center, Rm.103

What do I bring on test day?

  1. A valid picture ID
  2. SCC Student ID number

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled testing time. Pencils and scratch paper will be provided during the testing session. External calculators are not permitted. There is a calculator available within the testing software for the math portion.

How can I view my test scores?
You can view your placement test results on line by logging into your SCC webadvisor account:

  1. Click on Log In.
  2. Enter your WebAdvisor user name and password to log in (For help with your user ID, click What’s My ID?)
  3. At the Main Menu, click on the Curriculum Students menu, and then click on the Test Summary link located in the Academic Profile section.
  4. A summary of your test scores will be displayed.

How can I request a copy of my scores?
Scores can be requested by completing the electronic form on the Stanly Community College website.  Under the Current Students heading, select Student Forms then look for the SCC Transcript Request form under the Records and Registration heading.  The form should be completed and submitted electronically to be processed by someone in Records.

Can I take the placement test more than once?
Please refer to our Admissions Placement Test Policy for more information.

How long will the test take?
The length of time for testing depends on how many parts of the test you need and your testing pace. If you are taking all three parts of the test you will need to plan for minimum of three hours.