College Placement Test Preparation

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Welcome to the Gaston College Testing Center placement test practice page! Here you will find practice problems for the Mathematics and English/Reading sections, as well as worked out solutions and test-taking tips.

  •  These practice problems are not the same problems on the actual placement test, nor are they in the same order of what you may see on the actual test.
  •  Please note: This is only a review and not intended to teach the topics. If you do not know the topics, it is important that you take the appropriate classes to gain the skill, knowledge, and confidence you need in order to be successful.
  • Click on the following link to access additional English and Math test preparation materials:

Practice problems in both math and English within a game platform to assist you. Otherwise continue below for additional math and English practice problems.



Below you will find helpful information regarding the Math placement test.
We wish you the best of luck!

Math Placement Test Review


Below you will find helpful information regarding the English placement test.
We wish you the best of luck!

English Placement Test Review







Additional Tips and Study Material for the Placement Tests (click on links below)

• Take the placement test seriously

Your Placement Test results determine which classes you are eligible to enroll. Students are limited to one retest in a 12 month window, so do your best on your first attempt.

• Study and review the subjects you are testing

Study and review may help improve your placement in any subject for which you may not have recently practiced.

• Familiarize yourself with the type of test questions that are found on the tests

Sample test questions are available on the links above.

• Get a good night’s sleep and have a light meal or snack before arriving to the test session.

The English and Math test will take approximately 2 hours. We offer morning, afternoon and early evening test sessions. Take the test at a time when you are able to perform at your best.

• During the English and Math tests, work carefully.

The English and Math tests are computerized and are not timed. Read and re-read the questions carefully, and check each answer before submitting it. This will result in you receiving your highest possible score and highest course placement.

Still want additional help…

NCDAP Combined Mathematics & English/Reading Sample Questions Guide

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