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Placement Testing
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COA offers the COMPASS and NC-DAP (a version of ACCUPLACER) assessment for placement testing. The Compass is a computerized adaptive assessment. COMPASS measures your skills in reading, writing, and math. The test results will be used in conjunction with other information, to place you in the appropriate college level course(s) for your program of study at COA.

Frequently Asked Questions.pdf

Who must take the test?

All full-time and part-time students entering College of The Albemarle must take a placement test unless they have the placement test waived - see Placement Test Waiver Policy below.

When and where is the test given?

The placement test is scheduled at convenient times on each our campuses. Please see the test schedule for each campus below.

Dare County Campus - Testing takes place in DC233. Register for one of the dates below.

Edenton-Chowan Campus - 
Placement testing is done by appointment only. Please contact the front desk at (252) 482-7900 to make your appointment.
Elizabeth City Campus - Register for one of the dates below.
Placement tests are held in the Library.

Special arrangements for students with disabilities:

If you have a learning and/or physical disability that would prevent you from taking the test under standard conditions, separate testing is available in conjunction with any other special accommodations. No fee is charged for these arrangements. For details, please contact the Director of Disabilities Services at (252) 335-0821 x 2277

Placement Test Waiver Policy

Students must take an assessment before their first term of registration. This requirement may be waived by Multiple Measures or by the placement test waiver policy. Students who want to take Calculus at COA must take the COMPASS college algebra assessment.

Retest Policy

Students have the option of taking one retest per subject area per the Re-Test Policy. Student retesting must pay a $10 retest fee. Placement Retest Policy.

Placement Testing Help

For additional sample questions and more help to prepare to take the COMPASSS assessment see links listed below.

Free downloadable/printable study guides (Wayne Community College web site)

Sample test questions (ACT web site)

Accuplacer Sample Questions

NC-DAP Math Sample Questions & Write Placer Sample Essays

For extra math (Pre-algebra and algebra) practice visit

www.math.com (Pre-algebra through college algebra)

www.khanacademy.org (Video math instruction)

Testing regulations

You may not use dictionaries or aids of any kind during the exam. Anyone who gives or receives help during the test, or uses any type of aids, will not be permitted to continue the test. The college will invalidate any test score if there is a reason to question its legitimacy.

The COMPASS Pre-algebra and Algebra and NC-DAP Math tests provide a built in calculator. Student can use their own approved calculator for the COMPASS math tests. Calculators that do algebraic equations are not approved for use on COMPASS or other alternate assessments.

Test scores

You will receive your test scores immediately after testing if taking the COMPASS and NC-DAP Math tests. We will be piloting the NC-DAP Reading & Writing and the scores will be available mid-May.

What you need on test day

  • Number 2 pencils
  • Approved calculator
  • A photo ID or two forms of non photo ID
  • Student Identification Number (ex. 012345 - found in you acceptance letter)

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