Placement Testing As Part Of The Admission Process

Forsyth Tech administers the NCDAP DRE (Developmental Reading and English) & DMA (Diagnostic Math Assessment). Placement testing is needed to determine your level of readiness for college academic work. The placement test might indicate that additional classes are required to prepare you for college level math and English courses. If you have completed college level math and/or English courses with a grade of “C” or higher or have valid SAT, ACT, standard ACCUPLACER, ASSET and COMPASS scores that are less than 5 years old, you may be able to waive placement testing. Scroll down for details.

Preparing for the Placement Test

It is important to do your best on the placement test. Here are some tips and things to consider in preparing for placement testing:

  • You are advised to study for the placement test just as you would for any other important exam.
  • Testing should then be completed as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary delays in the registration process. Students who wait until the last minute to take the placement test often experience difficulty enrolling in the classes they need.
  • The multiple choice questions are untimed, and can be taken in sections, on multiple days, or all at once.
  • The average time to complete the entire exam is between 4-5 ½ hours.
  • Breaks are permitted and a calculator is built into the test on questions where one is permitted. No hand-held calculators are allowed.
  • The placement test includes a 300 – 600 word essay that has a maximum time limit of 2 hours, though most will finish in less than 1 hour.

To assist you in preparing for the exam, the following resources are available:

Study Guides: 

Other Websites:

Testing Location

The Testing Center
Allman Center, Room 133 (1st Floor), Main Campus
336.734.7324

Walk-In Placement Testing Schedule

Day Check-in Times Office Closes
Monday — Thursday 8 am – 5:30 pm 7 pm
Friday 8 am – Noon 12 pm
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 8 am – 11:00 am 1 pm

The essay portion of the test must be started 2 hours before the office closes.

Modified Saturday Placement Testing in July and August:

The Testing Center will adjust Saturday hours in July and August. Please contact the Center at 336.734.7324 for more details.

Testing Is Also Available At the Following Locations

  • Mazie Woodruff Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7950)
  • Grady Swisher Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7903)
  • Stokes County Center (Appointment only: 336.593.5402, ext.1117 or ext.1104)
  • Northwest Forsyth Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7050)
  • Transportation Center (Appointment only: 336.757.3399)

Waiving the Placement Test

An individual who has completed college level math and/or English courses with a grade of “C” or higher, may have their placement test waived following a review of their official transcripts.

Additionally, we will also accept valid SAT, ACT, standard ACCUPLACER, ASSET and COMPASS scores that are less than 5 years old. Qualifying scores for each exam are listed in the table below.

SAT ACT ACCUPLACER ASSET COMPASS
Critical Reading

500

Reading

22

Reading Comp.

80

Reading

41

Reading

81

OR OR Sentence Skills

86

Writing

41

Writing

70

Writing

500

English

18

SAT ACT ACCUPLACER ASSET COMPASS
Math

500

Math

22

Arithmetic

55

Arithmetic

41

Pre-Algebra

47

Elementary Algebra

55/75*

Elementary Algebra

41

Algebra

46/66*

*Some programs will require the higher algebra score.