Robeson Community College

Placement Testing

All students applying for a program at Robeson Community College are required to take the NC-DAP (North Carolina Diagnostic and Placement) test unless determined exempt. The test is a computer-adaptive testing program that assesses students’ skill levels in reading, writing, and mathematics. A calculator will be provided on-screen for certain items on the math assessment.

The NC-DAP is designed to help identify a student’s strengths and determine academic readiness for a program of interest. Because the test is not timed, prospective students are able to work at their own pace, helping to releive the pressure of completing an assessment within a specific time period. Testing time is usually three to four hours, but will vary by student. Students obtain test results at the conclusion of the assessment. All test scores are valid for five years (see test preparation below).

Test Preparation
Students may prepare for the NC DAP using the interactive NC DAP study app or the PDF study guide, which can be printed out for use with pencil and paper.

For additional test preparation information, visit

Possible Test Exemptions
Students who have the appropriate college credits in Math or English, or who met certain criteria in high school, may be exempt from placement testing. Please have an official transcript sent to RCC for review. Appropriate college credits from other institutions may be transferred to RCC if applicable.

Retest Policy
Testing is used to place students in appropriate level courses rather than for admissions purposes. Therefore, retesting is not recommended for regular programs unless it is determined that first test scores are invalid.

Testing by Appointment Only
Students must have a current application and official high school/college transcripts on file with our Admissions Department before scheduling to test. You may call our Admissions office at (910) 272-3342 or stop by 1301 in the Fred G. Williams Student Center to schedule a placement test.

Testing Accommodations
If accommodations are needed due to a disability, please contact Ronnie Sampson, Coordinator of Disability Services at (910) 272-3345 so that appropriate arrangements can be made prior to testing.

Permission for Release
Students may request that their scores for tests taken at RCC be transferred to other schools by completing the Permission for Release Form.

Other Test Scores
Robeson Community College accepts other test scores such as the ASSET, ACCUPLACER®, SAT and ACT. All scores must be within five years.

Transfer of Test Scores
RCC applicants who have taken tests at other colleges should request to have their test scores sent to the Admissions Office. “Test Score Request” forms are available in the Admissions Office. Test scores delivered by applicants must be in a SEALED envelope with official signatures across the seal to be valid. Scores may also be mailed directly from the institution to:

Office of Admissions
P.O. Box 1420
Lumberton, NC 28359


Allied Health Testing

Test of Essential Academic Skills (ATI TEAS)
The ATI TEAS measures an individual’s ability in mathematics, science, English, and reading comprehension.

ATI TEAS Testing by Appointment Only
Students must register for the test in advance by calling Angel Hall at 910-272-3358

Prior to testing, students must meet with a counselor to determine if they are eligible to test. Students must have completed or tested out of all developmental coursework before they can register to take the ATI TEAS.