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North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement (NC DAP) Assessment

Lenoir Community College (LCC) uses the NC DAP to assess students’ academic skills in English, reading, and math. The results help determine where a student should begin English and math courses at LCC. The NCDAP assessment may take up to four to six hours to complete. Students are encouraged to take the assessment in sections over two or three days because of the length of time required.

The entire NC DAP Assessment consists of:

Writeplacer (Essay)
Multi-paragraphed 300+ word essay on a prompt and corresponding question with a two-hour time limit. Students average taking about one hour to complete this portion of the assessment.

30 multiple choice questions with no time limit. Students average about 30 minutes to complete.

Revising/Editing Writing
20 multiple choice questions with no time limit. Students average about 30 minutes to complete.

DMA 010-030
36 multiple choice questions with no time limit. Students average about 45 minutes to complete.

If the student “masters” DMA 010-030, then they take DMA 040-060
36 multiple choice questions with no time limit. Students average about 45 minutes to complete.

How to qualify for a waiver
The placement assessment requirement may be waived by the Director of Admissions upon receipt of official documentation if the applicant meets one of the following:

  1. Has satisfactorily completed one college level English and mathematics course at or above the developmental or vocational level at a regionally accredited college or university
  2. Has a recent (within past five years) official transcript with an unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 2.6 or higher from a high school. Official transcripts must include final grades and graduation date.
  3. Has made the following minimum scores on the SAT or ACT®:
    • English: ACT® Reading 22 OR ACT English 18 OR SAT Writing 500 (prior to March 2016) OR SAT Critical Reading 500 (prior to March 2016) OR SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 (beginning March 2016)
    • Math: ACT® Math 22 OR SAT Math 500 (prior to March 2016) OR Math 530 (beginning March 2016)
  4. Has taken the ACCUPLACER, Asset, Compass, or North Carolina’s Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) test at another regionally accredited college within the past five years

Retesting Policy
Students may request a retake of the placement assessment based on the completion of additional study and preparation. An admissions counselor may recommend a single retest based on the student’s educational plan. Once a student enrolls in a developmental course, further admissions placement testing is not allowed.

Additional Information

  • The assessment will be given on a walk-in-basis Monday–Thursday (closed Fridays & weekends) with no appointment needed.
    8:30 a.m.–1 p.m. (closed from 1 p.m.–2 p.m., final testing begins at 11:30 a.m.)
    2 p.m.–5:30 p.m. (closing at 6:30 p.m., final testing begins at 5:30 p.m.)
    Testing will not be extended past hours of operation.
  • Students must present a valid photo ID to take the placement assessment.
  • Students may retake the assessment once in an effort to improve their initial scores.
  • Students requiring accommodations due to a documented disability should contact the ADA Counselor, at (252)-527-6223, ext. 331.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to review the study guide provided on LCC’s website under “Prospective Students” tab prior to taking the assessment.
  • The LRC’s circulation desk provides students with the opportunity to purchase a hard copy of the study guide (Reading/English $4.00, Math $2.00) or they may access it online (see link below)
  • Upon completion of the assessment, students will receive a summary of their results and will be directed to the Office of Admissions to speak with a counselor to discuss their course placement based on the assessment scores.
  • Students taking their placement test at Lenoir Community College for another institution, including another NC community college, are required to present a Remote Testing Voucher issued by their home institution. It is the student’s responsibility to bring their Remote Testing Voucher to Lenoir Community College on the day of testing or to ensure that their home institution sends Lenoir Community College’s Assessment Center their Remote Testing Voucher prior to testing. Contact your home institution to set up a Remote Testing Voucher. Students testing for other schools without a voucher will be charged $25 to test. This fee must be paid prior to testing.
  • Students that would like to take a refresher course to formally prepare prior to taking the NC DAP test are encouraged to enroll in the NC DAP Refresher Course. For more information about class dates & times, please select the link below or contact Dustin Walston at 252-527-6223 ext. 730.

Request to Release Test Scores

Study Guides

Frequently Asked Questions

For more information, please contact:
Rose Sullivan
Assessment Specialist

Learning Resource Center (Building 5), Room 201
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 398
Fax: (252) 233-6893

Or please contact Admissions:
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 395

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