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Accuplacer Preparation

Placement Test Review
Students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the placement test.
  • Studying may help you skip one or more basic Reading/English or Math classes.
  • Some programs and courses have prerequisites, which means you must meet minimum scores to apply for a program or register for courses.
  • Accurate scores will place you into courses that are neither too easy nor too difficult.
Methods to prepare:
Free Accuplacer Prep Sessions Offered by SCC

Intensive test prep assistance is provided by the Educational Opportunities Department and available in SCC SMART Labs. Sessions are designed to be a “refresher” for students wanting to prepare for the placement test. Lab sessions are divided into Reading/English and Math.
Prep session data regarding retesting indicates that we have an 89.3% success rate for subject improvement. Upon retesting, 38.1% of students were able to meet college benchmarks to avoid taking developmental level courses. Students who attended sessions prior to taking the placement tests were able to meet college entry level subject benchmarks 55.4% of the time.      
Completion of a test prep session is mandatory for students wanting to retake a placement test. Students preparing to take the placement test for the first time are also encouraged to attend prep sessions. To register for a free Accuplacer Prep Session, contact Donna Wilson at 828.339.4272.

Resources for Placement Testing Preparation
Please use the recommended resources listed below for review and preparation for the Accuplacer placement tests:

Basic Computer Skills
  • Please click here to access the Basic Computer Skills Placement Guide
Diagnostic Reading, Revising and Editing, WritePlacer, and Math (NC-DAP)
• Review sample questions from the College Board.
• Review sample essays for WritePlacer from the College Board.
• Click here for College Board Math Study Guide.

Highly Recommended and Free!
Use the free ACCUPLACER NC-DAP web-based study app. This study app is designed for the ACCUPLACER test used by Southwestern Community College. It offers free sample tests and the ability to learn as you go by subject area.  Follow these instructions to login:
  • Click Here
  • Create a free account
  • Choose one of the following options under the "Change Test Version" drop down menu at the top of the page (dependent upon the type of test you are taking):
    • If you are taking the NC_DAP test needed to satisfy the placement test requirement for admission into the college, choose the “North Carolina Community College System (NCCCS) Practice” option. 
    • If you are taking the College-Level Math test to place into a higher level math class such as Calculus I, choose the "Classic Practice Tests" option. Scroll through the options to select the College-Level Math practice test.
    • If you are taking the Reading Comprehension test needed for the Nurse Aide I course, choose the "Classic Practice Tests" option. Scroll through the options to select the Reading Comprehension practice test. 
Other Resources / Study Guides
• The Introductory Algebra Review MOOC covers the first five modules of the developmental math curriculum established by the North Carolina Community College System. Students may enroll directly in the MOOC free of charge on the udacity website.
  • C​​lick here for instructions on accessing the free online introductory Algebra review.
• Watch free online Khan Academy tutorial videos related to the Diagnostic Math test. Each link takes you to a math video review.  
  • Click here for Arithmetic and Pre-Algebra  
  • Click here for Algebra 
• Watch free online Virtual Nerd tutorial videos related to the Diagnostic Math test.  Each link takes you to a math video review.   
  • Click here for Pre-Algebra 
  • Click here for Algebra 1