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Placement Testing Overview

Placement testing provides an accurate and timely assessment of a student's academic proficiency levels, which help determine the most appropriate courses in English, reading and math. Therefore, it is very important that you do the best that you can when taking all placement tests!

Please note that the placement test is mandatory for all curriculum level courses with a developmental prerequisite.

Students may test only twice within a calendar year on all or part of the placement test.

There is a two-week waiting period between tests.

Placement testing may be waived under the following conditions:

  • The student receives transfer credit for appropriate developmental course work.
  • The student receives transfer credit for ENG 111 and the first required curriculum mathematics.
  • The student has taken the SAT with a score of 500 or higher in critical reading or writing and mathematics (please see admissions) within 5 years.
  • The student has achieved an ACT reading score of 22 or an ACT English score of 18 and an ACT math score of 22 within 5 years.
  • The student holds an associate's degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution in which English was the language of instruction.
  • The student has completed appropriate high school coursework and attained a minimum un-weighted grade point average with the last 5 years (see admissions).

Placement tests, SAT, and ACT scores are valid for five (5) years from the date of the test.

What Placement Test Does Beaufort County Community College Administer?

Beaufort County Community College administers the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) testing in the areas of reading, English and mathematics. The full test requires two testing administrations, ideally on two separate days. The NCDAP is taken via computer and contains four assessments (WritePlacer Essay, Reading, Revising/Editing, and Math). With the exception of the WritePlacer essay, each placement test is untimed, allowing you to take as much time as is needed. The WritePlacer portion of the placement test has a maximum time of 2 hours.

Exceptions will be made for programs requiring alternative testing.

Testing Guidelines

  • A valid photo ID is required for testing (examples include a valid driver's license, BCCC student ID, high school ID card)
  • Test will start promptly at the time stated. Allow ample time for travel.
  • Calculators and dictionaries are not allowed during the placement tests.
  • The test center will provide scratch paper and pencils.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for these tests. Study materials are available on the placement testing website and in admissions.

Testing Schedule:


View the Testing schedule and determine the date and time you prefer to test.

Click here to complete the Placement Test Reservation Form

"Please Submit once"

Email admissions@beaufortccc.edu with preferred appointment.

Be sure to include:
First & Last name
*last 4 digits of Social Security number.
Phone Number
Date & Time of preferred testing

8:30 a.m. 1:00 p.m. *5:30 p.m. (on select days)

Adaptive Testing:

Adaptive Testing: Each multiple choice test is designed using adaptive techniques. This means that the computer automatically determines which questions are presented to you based on your responses to prior questions. This technique "zeroes-in" on just the right questions to ask you without being too easy or too difficult. The greater your demonstrated skill level, the more challenging the questions that will be presented to you.

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