Placement Testing


The NCTC Office of Testing Services 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 Office of Testing Services 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 located on the NCTC Testing Center website. 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 ANTH 2346, ANTH 2351, ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302HIST 1301, HIST 1302, HIST 2301, HIST 2321, HIST 2322, HUMA 1301GOVT 2305, GOVT 2306, PHIL 1301, PHIL 2303, PHIL 2306, PSYC 2301, PSYC 2314, PSYC 2319, PSYC 2320, PSYC 2330SOCI 1301, SOCI 1306, SOCI 2301, SOCI 2319, SOCI 2326, and any sophomore level Literature course.

WRITING, passing score required to enroll in ENGL 1301, ENGL 1302, ENGL 2311, 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 approved NCTC Math exam 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 approved NCTC Math exam to determine if they can proceed directly into one or more of the courses listed below, and therefore be exempted from a pre-requisite. Minimum scores on the ACT and SAT Math sections may also exempt students from pre-requisite coursework for the specified courses-please visit with an advisor to determine if your exam scores qualify for a Math pre-requisite exemption. 

With an approved ACT or SAT Math score, or an approved score on the NCTC Math exam, students who are also TSI Complete/College Ready in Math can enroll directly into:

With a higher approved score on the NCTC Math exam, students who are TSI Complete/College Ready in Math 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 NCTC Math exam scores must be on file with the NCTC Admissions Office for advisors to verify eligibility and assist with enrollment. Students who have any of these approved test scores from a previous institution must submit their scores either on an official transcript or official score report.