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Placement Testing (Overview)

Placement Testing (Overview)


An overview of placement testing requirements, waiving a placement test, placement test preparation, and re-testing

Placement Testing – EdReady

The purpose of placement testing is to be sure you're ready for the curriculum. If you're applying for any degree or diploma program, you are required to take the EdReady test (formerly NC-DAP or Accuplacer). If you are unclassified (not wanting to enroll in a program), you will need to take the placement test if you want to take a math, English, or reading course or any course for which math or English are prerequisites.

The EdReady test is NOT a timed test. It typically takes around two–four hours to complete the entire test. You will need to bring a photo ID with you when you take the placement test. Students are not permitted to bring their own calculators to the test. The test is administered through a computer, and a calculator will appear on the screen during the portions of the math section when it is allowed. Scratch paper and pencils are also provided. The Testing Center is located in the Simpson Building (#1 on our campus map).

EdReady scores are valid for five years.

Waive Placement Testing

We accept scores from alternate placement tests. You can waive placement testing if you submit acceptable SAT, ACT, Asset, or Compass test scores earned within the last five years. A-B Tech does not administer or facilitate any SAT or ACT testing on campus.

Transfer credit will also be accepted instead of placement testing. You must submit an official transcript.

Test Preparation

It's important to prepare before taking the placement test. A study guide is available at abtech.edu/placement. The sample questions are helpful in understanding test formats.

EdReady Appointment

Instructions for scheduling an appointment to take the EdReady are available in a separate article.

Other Testing Locations

Placement testing is available at A-B Tech's Madison Site and South Site. You must contact the site directly to schedule.

Cancel a Placement Test

To cancel a placement test, follow the link in the confirmation email that you received after registering for the placement test. You can also cancel a placement test by calling us at (828) 398-7900.

Adult Basic Education Placement

If you place into Adult Basic Education reading, you must complete that before you can enroll in college courses. If you test into both Adult Basic Education language and math, you must also complete that before enrolling in college courses. If you place into Adult Basic Education math only or Adult Basic Education language only, you will be allowed to take Developmental Studies and/or curriculum classes with approval of your academic advisor.

Re-Testing Procedure

Information about retaking the placement test is available in a separate article.


Key Words: placement, testing, register, cancel, preparation, re-testing, SAT, ACT, ASSET, COMPASS, adult basic education, Accuplacer, NC-DAP, EdReady

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