Placement Assessment

The North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) test is the NC community college placement assessment that is delivered by the ACCUPLACER test engine.  The NC DAP test is designed to provide information about the academic skills of students in English, reading, and mathematics. The primary purpose of placement testing is to determine a student's preparedness for college-level coursework or to assess if a student would benefit from developmental courses. Placement testing is a valuable tool in ensuring that students are enrolled in courses that support student success.

As part of the admissions process, a student's NC DAP assessment scores are used for placement into basic English and mathematics classes. Not all students will need placement testing for their program of study. To ensure unnecessary placement testing does not occur, Johnston Community College requires all applicants to provide the following information before a placement test is scheduled:

Once the above items have been received, Admissions Coordinators will determine if a student requires placement testing or waive testing by using multiple placement measures and alternate assessments. High school transcripts and scores from alternate assessments previously taken must meet college minimums and be less than five (5) years old. Alternate assessments include the SAT, ACT, or EdReady test. Students with scores below the minimum requirements must take the placement test. If a student requires testing and waivers are not granted, an email will be sent to the student's email account (listed on the application for admission) and the student may schedule a placement test. Please visit the Admissions FAQ webpage for JCC's multiple measures policy for a placement test waiver.

Placement testing occurs on JCC's main campus by appointment only.  Appointments are made via the College's online scheduler, which is emailed to applicants after they have been approved for testing. You will be required to show valid photo identification before entering the Testing Center. Walk-in testing is not allowed.

Are you prepared to take the placement assessment?

By reviewing and taking practice tests, you can save lots of time and money because each pre-curriculum review course you take will cost you resources in pursuit of your certificate or degree. We strongly encourage all students to review available resources before taking Accuplacer.

What To Expect On Test Day

The Testing Center at JCC offers a testing environment exclusively dedicated to computerized testing. Twenty-five testing stations are available for student's testing needs. Expect your NC DAP assessment to take 2-4 hours for completion so plan your day accordingly.  Some students may take more than four hours to complete their placement test.

On your scheduled test date, please adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Arrive no later than 15 minutes before test time (arrivals more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to test)
  • Provide a current photo ID (driver's license, passport, military ID, Tribal ID, Naturalization Card, State, National, or Province ID)
  • Hand-held calculators are prohibited so please leave them at home
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the Testing Center
  • Cell phones must be turned OFF and stored out-of-sight during testing
  • Scratch paper and pencils will be provided but you may bring your own pencils if you desire.

If you any questions regarding placement testing, you can call (919) 209-2128 or email

 Retesting Policy

A student may take the placement test twice in a five-year period, retest each section only once, and must adhere to a minimum 10 day waiting period between tests.  Before retesting, students are highly encouraged to utilize all available study resources to include the College's transition programs. During registration, first-time testers will have priority over retest students.

Request for your placement Test Scores

If you need your test scores mailed, emailed, or faxed to another community college, you may complete the JCC  Release of Placement Test Scores online form.