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Placement Testing

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 attend an online COA Connect session to learn about placement testing. Don’t forget to bring photo identification with you to your test.

Scantron Internet-Based Certification Testing

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, 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. Students may test out of Precalculus by taking the Accuplacer College-Level 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 class. However, you may retest after a class to test out of subsequent developmental classes in that subject.

  1. Every registered/enrolled student has the option of taking one retest per subject under the
    following conditions:

    1. The student must take the retest between semesters, during the drop/add period, or before initially registering for classes; see “Note” below. If the student is not currently enrolled in a developmental class(es) they have no restrictions on their testing times.
    2. A $10.00 fee per session will be charged for retest(s), students must see the testing administrator to obtain a Placement Retest Form and pay the cashier prior to retesting. The student will then be given a receipt attached to the Placement Retest Form that must be submitted to the testing administrator at the time of retesting.
      If the student does not place out of the course in which he/she was originally placed, the student must complete the developmental courses prescribed by the initial placement.
  2. After a student has successfully completed a developmental course, the student has earned the privilege to retake the placement test in that subject area. If the student does not achieve the appropriate score for that subject area, the student must complete the developmental sequence initially prescribed.
  3. The Developmental Instructor, with the approval of the Developmental Chair, may decide the student has not been placed correctly in a level and is ready for the next level in a subject area. The instructor would send a letter or e-mail to the Director of Testing either to allow the student to retest or to change the student’s level in a subject area. This letter will be placed in the student’s academic file and a copy will be forwarded to the Office of Scholarships and Student Aid.

Note: Students may not retest while enrolled in a developmental course or after an unsuccessful completion, unless they can document a special exception and submit it to the Director of Admissions, Testing, and International Students or the Vice President of Student Success and Enrollment Management and the Department Chair of Developmental Studies for approval.


  1. Students may retest if they have a “W” or an “R” in a course taken more than five years prior to the first day of classes.
  2. Basic Law Enforcement Training and continuing education students are allowed additional retests without documentation.

Placement Testing Help

For NCDAP test preparation, login to 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, login to College Board, click on “Change Test Version” and select “Classic Practice Tests.”

NCDAP Free Study Application


  • Thigpen, Sandra

  • Testing Center Coordinator

  • Elizabeth City Campus: B 209

  • 252-335-0821 ext. 2253