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Placement Testing

Call for placement test appointments at our other campus locations.
South Campus: 252-738-3507
Franklin Campus: 252-738-3636
Warren Campus: 252-257-1900

Call your preferred test center location to make an appointment.
It is recommended that students take the two parts in two separate sittings to avoid fatigue.
The placement test is free to prospective and currently enrolled students.
A proctoring fee of $25 will be assessed for individuals requesting to test for other colleges or agencies.

All new curriculum students pursuing a certificate, diploma, or degree program are required to take a placement test prior to initial registration unless exempt by a waiver. Vance-Granville Community College uses the North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement assessment (NC DAP) developed specifically for the NC Community College System by Accuplacer and College Board. The NC DAP evaluates a student’s current skills in reading, writing, and mathematics and is administered in two separate test sessions. Placement test scores are used for academic advising and correct course placement.

The good news is that you cannot fail! If test scores show the need to improve academic skills before entering college level courses, students will be given opportunities to build skills in the areas needed through developmental courses or with appropriate remediation through the Adult Basic Skills program.

The NC DAP placement test consists of two parts:


  • Essay: 300-600 Words. Timed – allowed 2 hours to complete.
    (30% of composite score)
  • Reading Comprehension: 30 multiple choice questions. Untimed.
    (50% of composite score)
  • Revising and Editing: 20 multiple choice questions. Untimed.
    (20% of composite score)

72 Multiple choice questions. Untimed. The test covers the six math modules listed below:

  • DMA 010 – Operations with Integers (Includes negative numbers)
  • DMA 020 – Fractions and Decimals
  • DMA 030 – Proportions/Ratios/Rates/Percents
  • DMA 040 – Expressions, Linear Equations, Linear Inequalities
  • DMA 050 – Graphs and Equations of Lines
  • DMA 060 – Polynomials and Quadratic Applications
NC DAP Combined Mathematics & English/Reading Sample Questions Guide
Official NC DAP Study App(FREE!)
WritePlacer Guide With Sample Essays
YouTube Instructional Videos (search by topic needed)
Khan Academy (search by topic needed)

DMA 10 – 30

Negative Numbers

DMA 40 – 50

Arithmetic properties
Factors and multiples
Negative numbers and coordinate plane
Ratios, rates, proportions
Equations, expressions, and inequalities
Exponents, radicles, and scientific notation

DMA 60

Introduction to algebra
One-variable linear equations
Introduction to polynomials
Polynomial factorization


Grammar Practice

Reading Comprehension

5 Paragraph Essay with Thesis

Additional Websites for Placement Test Prep:
General Accuplacer Preparation
Wake Tech MOOC Introductory Algebra Review.

Be Ready for the Placement Test:

  • Get accurate directions to the campus where you are testing
  • Eat before arriving at the test center
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes before the appointment time
  • A valid photo ID (see below for list) is required upon arrival for your testing appointment.
  • Do NOT bring phones, tablets, food, drinks, or children to your placement test appointment.
The ID must include the student’s name and a recognizable photograph. EXPIRED FORMS OF ID ARE NOT VALID. Acceptable forms of photo identification include:

  • Current driver’s license
  • Current state-approved ID
  • High School ID for current students or recent graduates (same calendar year)
  • Current college ID
  • Current state or federal ID
  • Current passport
  • Current tribal ID card
  • Current naturalization card or certificate of citizenship
The placement test may be waived under the following circumstances:

  1. Transfer students who have successfully completed transferable college or university-level courses in English and/or math from an accredited post-secondary institution.
    Documentation needed: Official college transcript.
  2. Applicants who have taken placement tests within five years at another NC community college may transfer those scores to VGCC.
    Documentation needed: Official Placement Test Scores.
  3. Applicants who meet the Multiple Measures for Placement Policy.
    Documentation needed: Official high school transcript and official SAT/ACT scores if applicable.
    CCP Students are NOT eligible to be waived from placement testing by Multiple Measures.
A student may place directly into MAT 271 Calculus I if the student has met at least 1 of the following criteria within the past five 5 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 HS GPA of 3.0 or higher. A score of 90 or higher on the ACCUPLACER College-Level Math (CLM) test.
    (Information about the test is below.)
  • A score of 46 or higher on the trigonometry section of the ACT Compass Math Placement Test.
  • A score of 580 or higher on the SAT Math 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.
  • 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 Pre-Calculus course or an equivalent course from another state.
  • A score of 560 or higher on the SAT Subject Test in Mathematics Level 2.
The College-Level Math test, comprised of 20 questions, measures your ability to solve problems that involve college-level mathematics concepts. There are five types of College-Level Math questions:

  • Algebraic operations: topics include simplifying rational algebraic expressions, factoring, expanding polynomials, and manipulating roots and exponents.
  • Solutions of equations and inequalities: topics include the solution of linear and quadratic equations and inequalities, equation systems and other algebraic equations.
  • Coordinate geometry: topics include plane geometry, the coordinate plane, straight lines, conics, sets of points in the plane, and graphs of algebraic functions.
  • Applications and other algebra topics: topics include complex numbers, series and sequences, determinants, permutations and combinations, fractions and word problems.
  • Functions and trigonometry: topics include polynomials, algebraic, exponential, and logarithmic and trigonometric functions.

Students must score a 90 or above on the CLM to place directly into MAT 271.
Students should talk with an Academic & Career Coach to schedule this test.