Placemetn Testing

Assessment and Placement Testing FAQs

1. Which placement test does Central Carolina Community College administer?
CCCC administers the Accuplacer Placement Test. This test is taken from a web-based site on a computer. We also accept the SAT, ACT, Asset, and Compass placement tests. You may have your official SAT, ACT, Asset, or Compass test scores sent to the Registrar's Office or have them included as part of your official high school or college transcript. Appropriate scores that are less than five years old may be used in lieu of placement testing. Students who have completed a degree may also be exempt from taking the placement test. If you have questions concerning your SAT, ACT, Asset, or Compass scores or exemption from placement testing, please contact the Lee County campus at (919) 718-7471.
2. How much does it cost to take the placement test?
We do not charge a fee to take our placement test or to retest.
3. How much time will I need to allot to take the placement test?
The Accuplacer Placement Test is an untimed test. Students can take as much time as needed to complete the test. The average time for testing will depend on how many sections of the test you need to take:
  • All three parts (Reading Comprehension, Sentence Skills, Diagnostic Math) = 3 hours.
  • Reading Comprehension and Sentence Skills = 1 hour
  • Diagnostic Math only = 2 hours
  • Reading Comprehension OR Sentence Skills = 1/2 hour
4. Where can I take the placement test?
We administer the Accuplacer test by appointment on all three campuses.
  • Lee County campus: Please contact (919) 718-7300 to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Chatham County Campus: Please contact (919) 545-8029 to schedule a testing appointment.
  • Harnett County Campus: Please contact (910) 814-8863 to schedule a testing appointment.
5. What material is on the test?
Most programs require you to be tested in three areas: (1) Reading Comprehension; (2) Sentence Skills; and (3) Diagnostic Math (Arithmetic and Algebra concepts)
6. What items do I need to bring to take the test?
The test is taken on a computer so you will not need any pencils or paper. You are required to bring a picture ID in order to test. Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your scheduled test time.
7. How should I study for the placement test?
Students should provide themselves an appropriate amount of time to study. There are several resources students can use to study for the placement test. These resources are:
8. Can I use a calculator on the placement test?
No. Students are not permitted to use a personal calculator during the placement test. The Accuplacer placement test has a built in calculator that will appear on the screen on the questions that deem it necessary.
9. What score do I need to achieve on the placement test?
Since each curriculum has different criteria, we recommend that you contact the appropriate Admissions Counselor for your curriculum.
10. When will I receive the results of the placement test?
Scores are calculated upon completion of the placement test. You will receive your results immediately after taking the test.
11. Can I take the placement test more than once?
Yes. Students are permitted to take the Accuplacer twice within five years.
12. Can I retest in just one section of the placement test?
Yes. Students can choose to retest in one section of the placement test.
13. Can I retest while enrolled in a developmental course?
No. Students are not permitted to retest until the developmental course in which they are enrolled is complete.
14. Do my test scores expire?
Your test scores will expire in five years per the testing policy. Please note that other colleges may have a different policy on acceptable length of time for testing scores.
15. How do I request my placement test scores to be sent to another institution?
You will need to complete the Placement Test Scores Release Form on the placement testing website. The signed form can be mailed, faxed, or emailed to the college. Please allow 2 business days for your request to be processed.
16. What should I do if I have a disability that requires special arrangements for test taking?
Please contact the Special Populations Coordinator at (919) 718-7416 to identify with the Special Populations Office. Once you are identified and have provided the appropriate documentation of your disability, we can provide you accommodations on the Accuplacer placement test.
17. Can I bring children to campus while I am taking the placement test?
Children are not permitted to be on campus or in the testing room while you take the placement test. Please make the appropriate arrangements for your children prior to your testing day.
18. If I have other questions, whom do I need to contact?
  • Lee County campus: (919) 718-7471
  • Harnett County campus: (910) 814-8863
  • Chatham County campus: (919) 545-8029