Frequently Asked Questions
Developmental Reading and English (DRE) classes are a key component of College of The Albemarle’s (COA) open door admissions policy. To gain admission to an academic program, you may find that you need to strengthen your reading and writing skills. DRE classes offer an opportunity to improve your critical reading, reading process, and writing process skills to help prepare you to enter and successfully complete the curriculum of your choice.
The DRE NCDAP test is comprised of 30 reading multiple choice questions, 20 writing multiple choice questions (grammar) and the WritePlacer essay. You may retest on the combined multiple choice portion or the essay portion separately.
Placement Score Ranges
Permanent Cut Scores
|ENG 111||151 or higher||151 or higher|
All DRE classes are sequenced and must be taken from lowest to highest number.
A final grade of “P” means that you passed the DRE class. A final grade of “R” means that you didn’t pass, and you’ll need to re-enroll in the class. A final grade of “W” means you either withdrew or were dropped by your instructor and will need to re-enroll in the class.
Please note that you won’t be able to take the next DRE class before passing each prerequisite one.
Program Coordinator, Developmental Reading, English, and ACA; Assistant Professor, Developmental Reading and English
Elizabeth City Campus: A 243
252-335-0821 ext. 2406