Placement/Assessment Exams are required for students who enroll in curriculum programs. The results of these exams can identify if you need to refresh your reading, writing, and/or math skills prior to enrolling in curriculum courses. Take this exam seriously! Preparing for these exams could provide you more course options, which may save you time and money. To learn more about our free math review sessions contact Academic Support by calling 910.755.7344. To learn more about placement/assessment exams, click on the topics below.
Do I need to take placement/assessment exams?
Applicants for technical and college transfer programs may be required to take placement/assessment exams as part of the application process. Placement/Assessment exams are not required for the following category of applicants:
- Applicants who apply to a certificate program (except Phlebotomy).
- Transfer students who earned a grade of “C” or better in one college-level English and math course at an approved college, university or technical institution
- Applicants who hold an associate or higher postsecondary degree from a regionally accredited institution.
- Non-degree seeking students subject to College policy requiring special students to take assessment exams to determine if they meet course prerequisites, unless they have professional or life experience, or provide written documentation from a peer/senior institution to enroll in a specific course.
- Applicants who recently graduated from high school within the last five years with an unweighted GPA equal to or greater than 2.6 and four eligible math courses.
- Applicants who received the following ACT and/or SAT scores:
ACT Reading 22 or ACT English 18
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing 480
ACT Math 22
SAT Math 530
What are placement/assessment exams?
Colleges often use placement/assessment exams to determine your readiness for college level coursework by measuring your reading, writing, and math skills. You cannot “pass” or “fail” these exams, but it is important that you do your best to assure you are placed into the appropriate courses. If you are college ready, you will be exempt from completing developmental education courses and may begin enrolling in college level courses in your first semester. If you need to refresh your reading, writing, and/or math skills there are several course options available to help you prepare for curriculum coursework.
What can I expect on these exams?
Brunswick Community College offers Accuplacer testing, which is a North Carolina Community College System Diagnostic and Placement Test that measures a student’s knowledge in reading, writing, and math. These exams are delivered in a multiple choice format with the exception of the written essay. The exam is untimed and computer-adaptive, which means that questions are selected based on your skill level and your response to one question determines the difficulty level of the next question. The Math Diagnostic and Placement Assessment contains 72 questions and measures proficiency in six areas:
- Operations with Integers
- Fractions and Decimals
- Expressions/Linear Equations/Linear Inequalities
- Graphs and Equations of Lines
- Polynomials and Quadratic ApplicationsThe reading and writing assessment consists of two parts: reading comprehension (30 questions) which measures your ability to understand what you read, how you identify main ideas, and make inferences. The Sentence Skills assessment contains 20 questions and measures your understanding of sentence structure — what makes a sentence complete and clear. The WritePlacer® assessment measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. Your 300-600 word writing sample will be scored on the basis of how effectively you communicate.
You cannot “pass” or “fail” these exams but it is important that you do your best to obtain the highest score possible.
Is there a fee for these exams?
There is no fee to complete any placement/assessment exam.
How long are the exams?
This is an untimed adaptive test. Thus, the length of the time varies based on the individual. We suggest that you allow a minimum of three hours to complete these exams.
Can I use a calculator?
The exam software contains a built-in calculator. Using personal calculators and the Windows Operating System’s calculator is not allowed.
When will I know my test results?
In most cases, scores are generated as soon as you electronically submit the test. However, a select number of exams across the State are audited daily. The Testing Center does not control which testing site is selected for audit. If your record is selected, you will immediately receive your math and reading scores. However, your writing score may be delayed for up to three business days, so it is important to take your assessment exams at least two weeks prior to the day you plan to register for college courses.
Can I retake an exam if I believe I can do better?
You can retake a placement/assessment exam twice in an academic year, with at least 30 days in between each session. However, you may not retake a placement/assessment exam after enrolling in developmental reading, writing, and/or math courses.
Make sure you are familiar with the types of exam questions prior to arriving at the testing center. Use the study guides to help you plan, prepare, and take the exam.
Contact BCC Student Services for any additional information on Placement/Assessment Testing, 910-755-7320.