Preparing for and completing the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NCDAP, also referred to CPT) is an important step towards achieving your educational goals. We recommend spending at least three hours reviewing each test area – writing, reading, and math. Study resources can be found in the links sections below. All new students applying to a curriculum program are required to take the NCDAP unless they qualify for a CPT Waivers by submitting the appropriate documentation.

For 2019 Fall Applicants, you will likely not need complete placement testing. Beginning in early March 2019, SPCC Admissions will review all files for students who have applied for the 2019 Fall term. You will be contacted letting you know if you do need to take the RISE Placement Test to register for your fall courses. Make sure that all of your transcripts have been requested and received by the Admissions Office to allow that office to make a timely determination for you. 2019 Fall Applicants should not make an appointment for testing until they receive notification from the Admissions Office after March 1, 2019.

To begin making your testing appointment (excluding Pearson Vue), click here.

How to Contact Us:
Call: 704-272-5391

College Placement Test Study Guide
Web-Based Study App – North Carolina Community College System Diagnostic
Introductory Algebra MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)
Provided courtesy of Wake Technical College Community College.
Khan Academy

Math – Multiply Fractions
Math – Multiple Fractions with Mixed Numbers
Math – Fractions into Percents
Math – Changed Mixed Number into Improper Fraction
Math – Change Improper Fraction into a Mixed Number

If online preparation does not work for you, please contact Enrollment Services for other options at 704-272-5391.

CPT Retest Guidelines:
If you need to retest on the NCDAP for SPCC, you must complete the retest prior to April 30, 2019. If you fail to complete the retest by April 30, 2019, you will be placed according to your initial test results. 

Students can be granted CPT retest permission by the Testing Center staff if:

  1. Student took original test section within five years AND
  2. Student has completed one of the following remediation actions:
    1. At least 8 hours of tutoring documented by the Academic Support Center
    2. At least 4 content area modules in Khan Academy documented by log printout
  3. Student pays the retest fee for each section ($9.00 for DRE testing and $3.00 for DMA section)
  4. Student is permitted one (1) retest per test section (DMA or DRE) as long as the scores are valid (five years)
  5. Student may retest free-of-charge if appropriate test section was taken over five (5) years prior or a special circumstance exists

Students retesting must provide the Retest Authorization form, documentation of remediation, receipt of payment, and a photo ID at the time of the retest at which time the Testing Specialist will evaluate the documentation for eligibility. Testing Specialist and or the Director of Admissions and Testing reserve the right to disallow a retest if there are questions about the validity of a request. The  Director of Admissions and Testing (or designee) will determine if a special circumstance exists.