NC DAP® (NC Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test), a state version of Accuplacer® by College Board, is our new state math test which we will begin administering the first of May, 2014. NC DAP is a computerized test and is untimed. You are highly encouraged to STUDY for this test.
STUDENTS SIGNED UP FOR THE EVENING ACCUPLACER MAY ARRIVE AS EARLY AS 4:00 PM AND NO LATER THAN 5:30 TO BEGIN THE NEW NCDAP/MATH AND ACCUPLACER TEST.
NC DAP/DRE, when implemented,is the new state Reading and English test and will include an essay.
Placement testing for admission to Gaston College is administered by the Testing Center . The Testing Center administers Accuplacer for most new students. Students who may be uncomfortable with a computerized test may contact the Testing Coordinator for information on ASSET, a written placement test. The Accuplacer provides the College with an assessment of a student’s skills in Writing, Reading , and Mathematics/Algebra.
The placement test is required of all students seeking a degree, diploma or certificate. The placement test is waived only for students who meet any of the following criteria:
Students who scored 500 or higher on the Verbal or Critical Reading portion of the SAT are not required to take the Reading portion of the placement test. Students who scored 500 or higher on the Writing portion of the SAT are not required to take the Writing portion of the placement test. Students who scored 500 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the SAT are not required to take the Mathematics portion of the placement test. Official test score results must be no more than 5 years old and they must be received and evaluated by the Office of Admissions.
Students who score a 18 or higher on the English portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Writing portion of the college's placement test. Students who score a 21 or higher on the Reading portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Reading portion of the college's placement test. Students who score a 22 or higher on the Mathematics portion of the ACT will be exempted from the Math portion of the college's placement test.
The Writing Skills part of the Accuplacer test will be waived for students who have completed the equivalent of ENG 090 or higher with a grade of “C” or higher at a prior college or university. (Must have been taken at a regionally accredited school.) Equivalent courses are determined by the Registrar's Office.
The Mathematics/Algebra Skills part of the Accuplacer will be waived for students who have completed the equivalent of MAT 080 or higher, with a grade of “C” or better at a prior college or university. (Must have been taken at a regionally accredited school.) Equivalent courses are determined by the Registrar's Office.
After submitting an Application for Admission online, students may schedule to take the Accuplacer at the Dallas (Main), Lincoln or Kimbrell Campus by clicking on the Schedule NOW! Button below.
Students may also contact the Katherine Harper Testing Center in the Craig Arts & Science Building, Room 209, to schedule an appointment for the Accuplacer:
Dallas (Main) Campus: 704-922-2433 Lincoln Campus: 704-748-1056 or 704-748-1051 Kimbrell Campus: 704- 825-3737, ext 321
Students who apply for admission in person will receive information about placement testing dates/times upon receipt of their application. Children may not stay in the testing center while you are testing and may not be left unattended outside the center. Please make childcare arrangements for the day and time you plan to test. PHOTO IDENTIFICATION IS REQUIRED ON YOUR TEST DATE. Students are not allowed to test without photo identification.
Frequently Asked Questions
(Q) How do I sign up to take the Accuplacer test?
(A) After submitting an Application for Admission online, students may schedule to take the Accuplacer at the Dallas (Main), Lincoln or Kimbrell Campus by clicking on the Schedule NOW! Button below.
(Q) I’m not comfortable with the computer or computerized tests. Can I take a written test instead?
(A) All students are expected to try the Accuplacer computerized test. The test only requires basic computer skills, and most students who are unfamiliar with a computer successfully complete the test. However, if a student still has a concern about using a computer after attempting Accuplacer, other arrangements can possibly be made for a written ASSET test administration. The decision to do so is made on an individual basis. Contact the Gaston College Testing Coordinator for further information at (704) 922-2230.
(Q) If I’ve taken the test at another school, do I have to take it again?
(A) Students will not need to take the test again if they have taken a college placement test within the past five years. They will just need to contact the school through which they took the test and arrange for official scores to be sent to the Gaston College Office of Admissions. If the test was taken over five years ago, students will need to take the test again.
(Q) How much time is needed to take the test?
(A) How long it takes depends on the person taking the test. The average time for taking College Placement Test is 1 ½ to 3 hours. The test is un-timed.
(Q) When will I receive my test results?
(A) Students will receive a printed copy of their test results immediately following the completion of the test.
(Q) I’ve taken the ASSET test before. Can you use my scores from that test?
(A) Yes, as long as the test scores are less than five years old.
(Q) I wasn’t pleased with my test results. Can I re-test?
(A) You can retest one time for any reason within 12 months of the first test attempt. Students can also retest thereafter once every 12 monts. Test scores are valid for 5 years.
(Q) Where do I go? Do I need to bring anything with me?
(A) Students must bring a photo ID to the Katherine Harper Testing Center, located in Room 209, on the 2nd floor of the Craig Arts & Science Building.
(Q)What kinds of questions will be on the test?
(A) http://www.accuplacer-test.com/provides a number of sample questions for College Placement Test. Please note that, on the Mathematics test, all students will begin on a pre-algebra level. Depending on how they answer questions on that level, they may or may not progress to higher mathematics levels.
All requests for College Placement test result copies must be made in writing and submitted to the Testing Center, or you may click here to print an College Placement Test Score Request Form. This form may be returned to the Testing Center via fax at (704) 922-8739. There is NO charge for this service. The following information must be submitted:
Your name (including previous names, if applicable)
Your date of birth (month, date and year)
The approximate test date (month and year)
A phone number where you can be reached
The name and address of the school or person where you need the score report to be sent
Indicate if you need an official or student copy of your test results