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Course Readiness Assessment

The Nash Community College placement test has been replaced by a Course Readiness Assessment. The Course Readiness Assessment is a more diagnostic approach to course placement for those that do not meet the multiple measures requirements.


The regular ACCUPLACER test will be given to all high school students wishing to enroll in the Career and College Promise Pathway. Students will need to fill out side A of the Nash Community College Career and College Promise enrollment application and provide some form of pictured government identification card (drivers license, learners permit, high school or college ID, etc.)

Students must score > 55 on ACCUPLACER Arithmetic and > 75 on Elementary Algebra to enroll in MAT 171. Students must score >80 on ACCUPLACER Reading Comprehension and >86 on ACCUPLACER Sentence Skills.

ACCUPLACER Reading and Sentence Skills Resources

Reading Comprehension

ACCUPLACER-Reading Comprehension Practice Test (Courtesy of Dallas County Community College District)

Sentence Skills

(Courtesy of Central Piedmont Community College)

(Courtesy of Central Piedmont Community College)

Plus (click or tap to expand) + Online Placement Testing

Nash Online students who are not able to physically come to campus are able to utilize our online testing option to take the College Board’s Accuplacer assessments. Nash has partnered with a service called B Virtual Proctoring so that students may take their placement test anywhere in the world at any time. Online proctors will visibly monitor a student taking a placement test by use of webcam technology. In order to utilize this option, students must have the following available to them:

-Internet Access
-Audio Capabilities

To schedule an exam, students must follow the process listed below:


  1. Apply to Nash Community College and obtain a student ID number.
  2. Fill out the Online Placement Test Request Form.
  3. A counselor will contact the student within 1 business day.
  4. The counselor will determine what portions of the placement test the student needs.
  5. The counselor will set up a voucher in Accuplacer for the proctoring service to use.
  6. The student will then go to Accuplacer Live website.
  7. From there, the student will work with B Virtual Proctors to schedule their test.
  8. B Virtual Proctoring does charge a $25 fee that the student will need to pay.
  9. The proctoring company will administer the test based on the voucher generated.
  10. After testing the student’s scores will be uploaded to Nash’s system.

Follow the link provided for Frequently Asked Questions about B Virtual Proctoring.


Plus (click or tap to expand) + Study Skill Resources

Academic Success Videos

Classroom Participation


Learning with Others


Online Learning & Communicating

Problem Solving

Project Management

Reading Skills I

Reading Skills II


Science & Technology


Taking Tests Preparation

Taking Tests


Time Management


Writing Basics

iTunes U (Free Podcasts)

Sources: Dartmouth University and Study Guides and Strategies


Plus (click or tap to expand) + Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to do anything before I take the Course Readiness Assessment?

Yes, it will benefit you to “study, study, study” and use the links above to prepare for the test. Studying for the placement tests will lead to a better performance and more class options. By obtaining a better score, you may be able to skip one or more basic math and English classes and get a head start towards your academic goals. Your assessment results will determine into which classes you are eligible to enroll. Avoid having to retest and do your best the first time!

College students - Yes, you will need to apply to Nash Community College to create a unique student identification number. You will need to submit the college admissions application before you can take the course readiness assessment.

High school students - High school students trying to qualify for the College Transfer Pathways of the Career and College Promise program will only need a form of valid, pictured government identification (driver’s license, learner’s permit, high school or college ID, etc.) Students will need to report to Admissions prior to their assessment.

Where do I need to go for the assessment?
Report to Student and Enrollment Services, Building A for a referral form to take the assessment. Assessments are done in the Library, Building A.

When can I take the assessment?
The Course Readiness Assessment (CRA) is available on a walk-in basis Monday - Thursday from 8:30am to 4:00pm. (The CRA is available on Fridays by appointment only). Testing is offered to students planning to attend or currently attending Nash Community College. Individuals wishing to take the test to transfer to another institution will need to pay a $20 fee before testing to do so. *Testing will be offered at extended hours during times of registration.

Do I need to make an appointment for testing?
No appointment is necessary during normal testing hours. Appointments are required if outside of normal testing hours listed above.

What does it cost to take the Course Readiness Assessment?
Testing is free to Nash Community College applicants and students currently enrolled at NCC.

Individuals not attending or planning to attend Nash Community College will be charged a $20.00 fee. During peak testing times priority will be given to Nash Community College applicants and students. The fee must be paid at the Cashier’s Office before proceeding to Admissions to take the assessment.

What do I need to bring to the testing room?
You will need to bring a picture ID. Career and College Promise students need to bring side A of the Career and College Promise enrollment application.

How long will it take to receive results of the course readiness assessment?
Assessment results are available immediately. Following the assessment in the Library you will be referred back to Student and Enrollment Services to meet with a counselor who will interpret the results.

Do my Course Readiness Assessment scores really matter?
Most definitely! Your scores determine whether you are proficient in reading, writing and math and whether you will be able to register for college level coursework. If your scores place you below college level in any areas, you must take the course(s) to help you become proficient.

Can I take the Course Readiness Assessment more than once?
Students may take the Course Readiness Assessment twice within a 12 month period. Prior to taking the assessment for a second time, it is recommended that students study independently to upgrade deficiencies. Students may review sample assessment questions above.

Can I use a calculator or a dictionary?
No, for the math portion of the assessment there are certain questions that allow the use of a calculator and some that do not. For those questions that do allow the use of a calculator, a small calculator icon will appear on the screen for you to use. You cannot use any external help sources, paper or electronic; i.e. calculator, dictionary, or phone.


Plus (click or tap to expand) + The History of the Course Readiness Assessment

Effective July 1993, the NC General Assembly enacted a special provision in SL 1993-321 requiring the State Board of Community Colleges to determine appropriate tests and proficiency levels to place students into developmental courses. In 1994 and in 1999 the State Board adopted polices to fulfill the requirements of the special provision.

In 2006, the State Board of Community Colleges adopted an NCCCS Placement Testing Policy directing community colleges to use one or more of the following tests for student placement into developmental education courses: ASSET, COMPASS, CPT, and/or ACCUPLACER . The policy also set cut scores for placement.

In 2010, the NCCCS’ Developmental Education Initiative State Policy Team began its work to redesign developmental math, reading, and English courses. To support proper student placement in courses, reduce student time and financial aid resources allocated to developmental education, and help students move into their curriculum courses more quickly, the statewide policy team recommended the development of a new diagnostic instrument that directly aligns with the new NC developmental courses.

Course Readiness Assessment - Applicants who do not meet the criteria for enrollment into gateway courses can take approved Course Readiness Assessments. Applicants will be assessed in writing, reading, arithmetic, and algebra. Sample test questions and assessment schedules are available below. NCC uses ACCUPLACER for assessments into gateway courses. Assessment scores are valid for 5 years.

Course Readiness Assessments are offered daily. If an individual feels he/she is unable to take the assessments under standard procedures, a counselor must be notified in advance to determine alternate accommodations. Prior to testing, applicants should complete an admissions application and have it reviewed by an admissions counselor. Individuals must bring a governmentally-approved photo ID to the assessment session.

Mathematics – The diagnostic math portion of the Course Readiness Assessment consists of 96 questions that determine whether a student is proficient in certain areas of math. Students who do not meet the established criteria must enroll in DMA 010, 020, 030, 040, 050, 060, 070, and/or 080 to remove academic deficiencies.

Reading/Writing - Students are placed into fundamental education courses based on the Course Readiness Assessment (CRA). All degree seeking students taking the CRA must meet the minimum score required to enroll into gateway programs. The following combined reading/writing scores provide placement guidance until the diagnostic assessment for DRE courses is available in spring 2014:
Basic Skills 40-71 (Refresh Skills)
DRE 096 72-91
DRE 097 92-128
DRE 098 129-165
ENG 111 > 166