The North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test (NC DAP) is a custom version of College Board’s ACCUPLACER. This test is used to place students into the appropriate English and/or math courses. If the scores place the student into developmental course work (courses numbered below 100), the student must complete the developmental course work before enrolling in college level English and/or math courses. There are two major components of the ACCUPLACER NC DAP – Reading/English and Math. Both components are administered on a computer.

The Reading/English portion of the test assesses a student’s achievement level in reading comprehension, revising/editing writing, and an essay. A composite score will place students into Developmental Reading & English (DRE) or curriculum English courses. There is a two hour time limit on the essay portion of this test.

Skills assessed on the math portion of the test include: operations with integers, fractions and decimals, proportions/ratios/rates/percentages, expressions, linear equations, graphs, equations of lines, polynomials, and quadratic application. There is no time limit on this portion of the test.

The ACCUPLACER NC DAP is offered Monday through Thursday at 9am and 3pm in Student Services. Applicants must make an appointment for the test and can do so by calling (828) 627-4607. There is no fee for test. Tutoring is available to prepare for the placement test in the Career and College Readiness Department. NC DAP review questions, as well as online Placement Test Preparation resources, are available in Learning Support Services. After testing, the student will meet with a member of the Student Services staff to discuss test results. Please refer to the table below for the ACCUPLACER NC DAP cut scores.




151+ on Reading & English NC DAP



7+ on all portions of Math NC DAP


Please read carefully the HCC NC_DAP Placement Test brochure to learn how to you can prepare for the test,  schedule a placement test, check exemption status, test accommodations, retest policy, and remote testing process. If you have any questions regarding placement testing, you can call (828) 627-4607 or email


ACCUPLACER Free Web-Based Study App no longer requires students to “purchase” the free study app or provide an access code from the College Board store to activate their account.   Instead, students will be able to access the Web-Based study app directly by signing up for an account with an active email address at

Prerequisite Placement Testing for Chemistry

Students who wish to take CHM 151 must take the prerequisite placement test or transfer a course from other colleges with a grade of “C” or better.  Students must make appointments for prerequisite testing and may do so by calling 828.627.4607

If the scores place the student into developmental course work, the student must complete the developmental course work, CHM 090, prior to enrolling in college levels courses.

Credits earned in developmental courses do not count toward the required number of semester hours for graduation. Accommodations for testing are available for students with disabilities. Contact the Disability Counselor at 828.627.4504 in advance if accommodations are required.

A practice Chemistry placement test is available in Moodle in the Student Orientation Course under the heading Placement Testing. 

Testing for Nursing Admissions * TEAS

Haywood Community College requires the TEAS Admission Assessment Exam as a part of the nursing admissions process. Interested students should speak to a member of the Student Services staff for more details.

How to Prepare for the TEAS

The TEAS Study Guide, developed by the publisher of the exam, can be purchased from the publisher ( or the student bookstore. Online practice assessments are also available.  In addition, we recommend that you download the listing of Helpful TEAS Preparation Links by the Individualized Learning Center.


Test Prep Review by Mometrix (free practice tests)

Helpful TEAS Preparation Links (ILC)

To Request Placement Test Scores

If you need test scores mailed, faxed or emailed to another community college, you may download and complete the Placement Test Score Request Form.  Please fax the form to (828) 627-4513 Attention:  Enrollment Managment or mail the form to:  Enrollment Management Office, Haywood Community College, 185 Freedlander Drive, Clyde, NC 28721.


Debbie Rowland, Placement Test Administrator
Phone: 828.627.4607

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