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Placement Testing

Welcome

Due to Covid-19, please contact advising@albemarle.edu before coming to campus to take a placement test.

College of The Albemarle (COA) offers the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) assessment for placement testing, measuring your skills in reading, writing and math. 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 classes in English and reading and math.

Students who place out of all DMA courses can self-elect to take additional placement tests to place out of MAT 171 Precalculus Algebra and/or MAT 172 Precalculus Trigonometry.

If you have questions about placement testing, contact us at advising@albemarle.edu or 252-335-0821 ext. 2253.

High School Students

If you need to take the placement test, contact the campus nearest you:

  • COA – Elizabeth City: 252-335-0821 ext. 2290
  • COA – Edenton-Chowan: 252-482-7900 ext. 6011
  • COA – Dare: 252-473-2264 ext. 7010

Proctoring

Do you need to take the placement test but plan to attend another college? You can request a proctor exam by emailing coa_proctors@albemarle.edu for instructions.

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 Accessibility Services at 252-335-0821 ext. 2277.

Placement Test Waiver Policy

The placement test may be waived using test exemptions or the placement test waiver policy. Test results are used in conjunction with other information to place you in the appropriate classes for your program of study at COA.

Associate in Engineering and Associate in Science students place directly into MAT 271 Calculus I if you’ve met at least one of the following criteria within the past five years:

  • A score of “2” or higher on the AP Calculus AB Exam
  • A grade of “C” or higher in an AP Calculus course and an unweighted high school grade-point average of 3.0 or higher
  • A score of “580” or higher on the old (prior to March 2016) SAT Math and a grade of “C” or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Precalculus course or an equivalent course from another state
  • A score of “600” or higher on the new (March 2016 and beyond) SAT Math and a grade of “C” or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Precalculus course or an equivalent course from another state
  • A score of “27 or higher on the ACT Math and a grade of “C” or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Precalculus course or an equivalent course from another state
  • A score of “560” or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2
  • Local diagnostic exam or challenge exam which demonstrates proficiency in Pre-Calculus course(s) competencies
  • An unweighted high school GPA of 3.5 or higher and a grade of “C” or higher in the North Carolina Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state

Retest Policy and Fee

You may retest only once within a ten-year period for the RISE assessment. There is no fee to retest. You may not retest once enrolled in that subject’s developmental class. Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) and continuing education students should contact the BLET administrator or continuing education personnel concerning retests.

Placement Testing Help

For RISE test preparation, log into College Board, click on “Change Test Version” and select “North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS).”

For upper-level math, Precalculus Trigonometry, Brief Calculus or Calculus test preparation, log into College Board, click on “Change Test Version” and select “Classic Practice Tests.”

NCDAP Free Study Application

Career, Jobs and Test Preparation

Scroll down and click on the last link: “Testing and Education Reference Center”.

For students while on campus — no login is needed.

For students while off campus — you’ll need to login; email Rodney Wooten at rodney_wooten91@albemarle.edu to request a password.