Assessment Preparation and Re-Testing

Assessment is a valuable tool in ensuring that students are enrolled in courses that support their success. Lack of preparation for the assessment may result in additional cost and time for classes. Students should fully prepare before taking the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC-DAP), the College’s assessment tool. 

To assist students in preparing, study materials for placement assessment review are available at www. Students will find sample questions and other preparation tools helpful in understanding test formats and content. 

Students may only take the NC-DAP twice in a five-year period (one initial test and one retest). 

  • Students who tested at local high schools may take the assessment once after high school graduation when applying for admission to the College. 
  • Students are eligible to retest on the NC-DAP once per section after initial assessment with the NC-DAP. There must be at least a two-week window between initial assessment and re-testing. 
  • NC-DAP scores submitted from other North Carolina Community Colleges will be treated as either an initial test or a re-test based and date of submission – the two-week waiting period applies to NC-DAP scores submitted from other schools. 
  • Students will be allowed to take just the DMA (Developmental Mathematics) or DRE (Developmental Reading and English) sections of the NC-DAP based on program of interest. Students may consult with an Advisor in the Bailey Student Services Center for program specific placement requirements. 

NC-DAP scores are valid for five (5) years, and students are not eligible for a second retest until the scores expire. Requests for exceptions will be granted only for extenuating circumstances and must be approved by the Director of Student Advising and Testing Services or the Vice President of Student Services.