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Placement Testing


The NCTC Counseling and Testing Office offers the statewide TSI Assessment test for those students who are not TSI exempt and are required to have placement testing. An appointment to take the TSI Assessment must be made by contacting the Counseling and Testing Office at your preferred campus. An application to NCTC must be on file as well as completion of the required Pre-Assessment Activity (PAA) prior to scheduling the TSI Assessment at NCTC. Current TSI Assessment testing fees are $25 for all sections, or $10 per section. The statewide TSI Assessment is computer based, untimed, and results will be available immediately upon completion of all required sections.

Students who do not pass/meet minimum standards/passing scores in one or more sections of the TSI Assessment test will be prohibited from enrolling in the following courses:

READING: passing score required to enroll in HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306, PHIL 1301, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, and any sophomore level Literature course.

WRITING: passing score required to enroll in ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, or any sophomore level Literature course.

MATH: NCTC minimum passing score required to enroll in ANY eligible college-level Math.

Additionally, any student who is already TSI Complete/College Ready in Math based on exemptions, completion of coursework, or placement test scores is eligible to take the Accuplacer College Math Test (CMT) at any of our NCTC Testing Centers on an appointment basis (testing fees may apply). Students who are TSI Complete/College Ready in Math may take the Accuplacer College Math Test to determine if they can proceed directly into one or more of the courses listed below, and therefore be exempted from a pre-requisite. The ACT and SAT Math scores outlined below may also exempt students from pre-requisite coursework for the specified courses.

With an ACT Math score of 28 or higher, an SAT Math score of 640 or higher, or an Accuplacer College Math Test score of 80 or higher, Math TSI Complete/College Ready students can enroll directly into:

With an Accuplacer College Math Test score of 96 or higher, Math TSI Complete/College Ready students can enroll directly into:

Students meeting one or more of the above listed exemptions must meet with an advisor in order to enroll in any of these courses; ACT, SAT, or Accuplacer College Math Test scores must be on file with the NCTC Admissions Office for advisors to verify eligibility and assist with enrollment. Students who have taken the Accuplacer College Math Test at another institution must submit their scores either on an official transcript or in a sealed envelope.