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Testing Center

College of The Albemarle (COA) offers the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP) assessment for placement testing, measuring your skills in reading, writing and math. Test results are used in conjunction with other information to place you in the appropriate courses for your program of study. All full- and part-time students entering COA will need to take a placement test or qualify to have it waived. Depending on your placement test scores, you may need to complete developmental courses in English and reading (DRE), and math (DMA).

The placement test is scheduled at convenient times at each of our campuses. Please sign up for a COA Connect session to schedule a placement test, and don’t forget to bring a photo identification with you to your test.

In addition to placement testing, we also proctor:

  • Career Readiness Certification (CRC) exams.
  • High School Equivalency (HSE) readiness.
  • Pearson VUE testing.
  • DMA testing.
  • Distance Education midterms and finals.
  • Non-COA student testing.
  • Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) testing.
  • Computer Assisted Testing Service (CATS) testing.

Special Arrangements for Students with Disabilities

If you have a learning or physical disability that would prevent you from taking the test under standard conditions, separate testing and other special accommodations are available at no additional fee. For details, please contact the director of Disabilities Services at 252-335-0821 ext. 2277.

Placement Test Waiver Policy

The placement test may be waived using multiple measures or the placement test waiver policy. Associate in Science students may test out of precalculus by taking the COMPASS math test. Test results are used in conjunction with other information to place you in the appropriate courses for your program of study.

Visit the test exemptions policy web page for more information about placement test waivers.

Retest Policy and Fee

You may take one retest per subject area for a $10 fee. You may not retest once enrolled in that subject’s developmental course. However, you may retest after a course to test out of subsequent developmental courses in that subject.

For exceptions to this policy and for more information, contact the director of Student Success, or view our placement retest policy.

Placement Testing Help

Please see the links listed below for additional resources to help prepare for the NCDAP or COMPASS assessment.

NCDAP study application

COMPASS college algebra, geometry and trigonometry sample tests

NCDAP combined mathematics and English/reading sample questions

NCDAP sample writing essays