Placement Options & Waivers

Before scheduling placement testing, you must first submit an application to A-B Tech and complete New Student Orientation. Click here for links to each step in the enrollment process. Placement is required for students entering all diploma and degree programs, many certificate programs, and for specific courses with English and/or math prerequisites.

Students have the following placement testing/waiver options:

Option 1 – Transfer Credit (Submit Transcripts)

Submit a transcript from the college at which a prerequisite course was completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Official transcripts are required for placement into an academic program. Transcripts should be sent to: Records and Registration, A-B Tech Community College, 340 Victoria Rd, Asheville, NC 28801. It can often take up to two weeks for A-B Tech to receive and process a transcript mailed from another school.

Option 2 – Take the NC-DAP Placement Test

Complete the NC-DAP placement test, which is available at A-B Tech several times each week. The assessment is computer-based and must be completed in person. Click here to schedule an NC-DAP test at A-B Tech. Students may also take the NC-DAP at another college. For more information about taking the NC-DAP at another college, please contact Distance Advising at

Option 3 – Submit Scores From an Alternate Placement Test

Complete and submit official scores from an alternate placement test. Click here to view what alternate tests and the minimum scores we accept.


If you need accommodations for testing, please contact Support Services at (828) 398-7581 or Contact should be made at least 2 weeks proior to testing.