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Frequently Asked Questions

What is on the placement test?
The parts of the test consist of an English Test with 2 levels  and a Math test with 3 levels.  Each level must be passed with a score of 75 before proceeding to the next level.

English Tier 1 covers:

Introduction to College Reading & Writing; Identifying Main Ideas; Discovering Implied Meaning; Interpreting Bias; Analysis through Definition; Learning Across Disciplines.

English Tier 2 covers:

Exploring Comparative Elements; Informed Opinions through Causal Chains; Applied Critical Analysis; Using Sources in Critical Reading & Writing.

Math Tier 1 covers:

Whole Numbers; Fractions & Mixed Numbers; Decimals; Ratios, Rates, & Proportions; Percents; Measurement; Geometry; Real Numbers.

Math Tier 2 covers:

Concepts in Statistics; Solving Equations & Inequalities; Exponents & Polynomials; Graphing.

Math Tier 3 covers: 

Factoring; Systems of Equations & Inequalities; Rational Expressions; Radical Expressions & Quadratic Equations; Functions

The parts you take depend on your program of study.

How can I study/prepare for the test?
Preparation information, tips, and sample questions may be found here .
Do I need to make an appointment to take the placement test?
Yes, please a schedule a time to take the placement test.
Is there a fee to take the placement test?
No. There is no charge to take the placement test.
What do I need to bring to the testing room?
You need to bring a photo ID (such as a driver license), and you must know your 7-digit CFCC student ID number. CFCC Student Services requires you to have an application on file in the Admissions Office before testing.
How long will the test take?
The length of time for testing depends on how many parts of the test you need.

Each level of the English Test takes about 1 hour to complete.

It will take about 1.5-2 hours to complete the Math Test.

When will I receive the results of the placement test?
Score results are generated as soon as you finish testing.
Do my placement test scores really matter?
Most definitely! Your scores determine whether you are proficient in English and math. If you are proficient in these areas, you can register for the first level English/math for your course/program. If you are not proficient, you must take the developmental course(s) listed on your advising report.
Can I take placement test more than once?
Applicants/students can take the placement test only twice – one initial test and one retest.
If I have a disability, can I make special arrangements?
If you are a student with a documented disability in need of accommodations during your placement test, please contact the Disability Services Office prior to scheduling. The Disability Services Office is located in Union Station–212 or can be reached at 910-362-7800 .
Do I need to keep my advising report?
Yes. For advising purposes, it may be helpful to have your report with you when you register for classes.
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