Office Information

Fayetteville Campus
Tony Rand Student Center (TRSC), Room 112, 2201 Hull Road, Fayetteville, NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Placement Testing

Curriculum courses at FTCC require foundational skills in reading, English and math. Unless applicants meet one of the test exemptions, the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) test is required to evaluate any areas in which you need refresher help.

  • Complete RDS Application
  • Current Admissions Application
  • Official Photo Identification
    (i.e. driver’s license, school, military, passport, or work ID) that bears your first and last name

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills

ATI Testing Students

Automotive Service Exam (ASE)

Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE certified can take one or more of ASE’s 40+ exams. The exams are grouped into specialties such as automobiles, medium and heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair and more. Many employers require ASE certifications. The test is offered in a computer-based for

ASE Testing Schedule

  • Register for the ASE online
  • Choose a Time
    • Tuesdays at 5:30 PM
    • Thursdays at 9:30 AM
  • Call the Fayetteville Campus at 910.678.8417 to schedule you test

ASE Tests are on the Fayetteville Campus
Tony Rand Student Center (TRSC)
Room  112
Fayetteville, NC 28303

North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test (NC DAP)

The North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment and Placement Test (NC DAP) is a customized state version of the ACCUPLACER. The NC DAP test is administered at all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges.

NC DAP Test Format

  • Math (multiple choice) – 72 questions untimed
  • Reading (multiple choice) – 30 questions untimed
  • Revising & Editing Writing (multiple choice) – 20 questions untimed
  • WritePlacer (essay) – 2 hour time limit

The NC DAP test assess students’ English, reading, and math college readiness skills. It is not a pass or fail test but it is important to do your best. The results will determine the appropriate level of English and math courses to enroll in at FTCC. NC DAP scores are valid for five (5) years from test date.

NC DAP Test Exemptions

Recent High School Graduates

A recent North Carolina high school graduate who meets the minimum unweighted 2.6 GPA benchmark will be exempt from the NC DAP and will be eligible to enroll in college-level math and English courses based on the following:

Option 1

  1. Official North Carolina high school transcript
  2. Graduation within 5 years of enrollment at FTCC
  3. Unweighted GPA of 2.6 or greater
  4. Completion of Algebra I and II, Geometry, and a 4th higher math
  5. Completion of English I, II, III and IV

Option 2

Before March 2016:

  1. Test completed within 5 years of enrollment at FTCC (ACT or SAT)
  2. Reading Scores: ACT – 22 or above; SAT – 500 or above
  3. English/Writing Scores: ACT English – 18 or above; SAT Writing – 500 or above
  4. Math Scores: ACT – 22 or above; SAT – 500 or above

After March 2016:

  1. Test completed within 5 years of enrollment at FTCC (ACT or SAT)
  2. Reading Scores: ACT – 22 or above; Evidence-Based Reading/Writing – 480 or above
  3. English: ACT English – 18 or above
  4. Math Scores: ACT – 22 or above, SAT – 530 or above

Note: ACT and SAT scores must be within 5 years of test date.

NC DAP for Distance Students

If you live more than an hour’s drive from FTCC’s campus, you are eligible to take the North Carolina Diagnostic Assessment & Placement Test (NC DAP) at a remote location. To ensure the integrity of a student’s test scores and the security of NC DAP tests, all remote testing must be supervised by an approved proctor.

Acceptable Proctors

Location Potential Proctors
Regionally Accredited College or University Test Center Administrators
Public Library Certified Librarian
U.S. Embassy U.S. Embassy Official
U.S. Military Base Testing Control/Unit Education Officer

NC DAP Scores & Re-Testing


In order to retest all or parts of the NC DAP, you must demonstrate completion of either a pre-curriculum course, a practice test, or a Student Learning Center workshop. Students may not retake the assessment while enrolled in a DMA or DRE course until after the 90% point of class.

Students who plan to challenge a curriculum level course must contact the Department Chairperson of the appropriate department to request a Proficiency Exam.

Proficiency Exams are given under the following conditions:

  • A student passes a preliminary screening given by a Department Chairperson.
  • A student registers for the course in order to take a Proficiency Exam.
  • A student completes a Proficiency Exam within the first four class days of the semester.

Request Placement Scores

An official copy of your NC DAP or ACCUPLACER score(s) may be mailed to an educational institution or business establishment of your choice. Please specify the department or individual to whom the results should be forwarded and use this form:

Note: NC DAP scores expire five years from the date taken and ACCUPLACER scores expire three years from date taken.