About the Test:
- The MCC placement test (NCDAP) provides diagnostic information on a student’s skill level in Reading, English, Writing, and Mathematics and places them according to the state cut-scores. These scores will indicate if a student is college-ready or if the student will need developmental classes designed to build the student’s skills. Credits for developmental courses do not count toward the required number of credit hours for graduation.
- A student must meet with an Admissions/Retention Advisor prior to scheduling a placement test. Students should bring transcripts: high school/equivalancy as well as any post-secondary transcripts for evaluation and proper scheduling.
- The test is computerized.
- The test is untimed and divided into short sections (with the exception of the essay, it has a two hour limit).
- Students take the test in two sessions to avoid test fatigue. Taking it two separate days is suggested, but a student may do two sessions in one day.
- All sections, except the essay, are multiple choice.
The test sections include:
- Reading Comprehension
- Revising/Editing Writing
- Mathematics, which is divided into six sections:
- DMA 010 Operations and Integers
- DMA 020 Fractions and Decimals
- DMA 030 Proportions/Ratios/Rates/Percents
- DMA 040 Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
- DMA 050 Graphs and Equations of Lines
- DMA 060 Polynomials and Quadratic Applications.
- A student with a disability may request testing accommodations for the MCC placement test. He/she must present documentation to the Counseling Center and a counselor will determine if the accommodations are reasonable.
Before Taking the Test:
- Meet with an Admissions/Retention Advisor to get enrolled.
- Study before the test! Preparing for the test can reduce the number of developmental courses required of a student and his/her total cost of tuition.
- General Study Guides:
Reading Study Guide:
English Study Guides:
Mathematics Study Guides:
Students can work with an Instructor in Adult Education at the Spruce Pine Campus (828-766-1208), Avery Center (828-733-5017), or Yancey Center (828-682-2154). This service is free!
Schedule your Test:
- Call Student Development at 828-766-1234 to schedule two appointment times.
- Test Times:
- Main Campus (Located in Student Development)- Monday through Thursday @ 10 am & 2 pm, Friday @ 10 am
- Avery Center-Monday @ 8:30 am
- Yancey Center-Tuesday @ 8:30 am
On Test Day:
- Bring a photo ID with you to the testing site.
- Cell phones, laptops, I-pods, I-pads, calculators, and children are not allowed in the testing area.
- You will receive your results when you finish the test. Please keep this copy for your records.
- Please remember the placement test must be taken before you can register for classes.
- Welcome to MCC and Good Luck! ☺
The Accuplacer Placement Test
Mayland Community College uses several measures to determine a student's readiness for college-level courses. Recent graduates with specific course work and a GPA of 2.6 or higher, students who have recently taking the SAT or ACT and met minimum scores, and students who have previously completed college level English and/or mathematics courses may be exempt from the Accuplacer test. For more info, call the Admissions Office.
How to Take the Accuplacer Placement Test
Step 1) Prior to testing, each student must complete the Application for Admission and then schedule an appointment with a Mayland admission advisor.
Step 2) If required, schedule to take the Accuplacer test by calling the Admissions Office. Testing is available on the Main Campus and at both the Avery and the Yancey learning centers.
Step 3) Prepare for the test by accessing our study guide online or by working with a trained instructor in the Adult Education Department. Assistance is free and offered in all three counties.
To schedule an appointment or a test, call the Admissions Office.
Accuplacer Study Guide Links