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Richmond Community College Placement Testing Services

Richmond Community College uses multiple methods including placement tests to measure the academic preparedness of incoming students. The placement tests are computerized testing systems. RichmondCC uses scores from the placement tests to determine the beginning math and English courses in which students will be the most successful. You can take this assessment on the Hamlet Campus or at the Scotland County Campus. Remote testing is offered through ProctorU for potential students who reside far away from the College.

Placement Test Policies

Placement testing requirements and exemptions can be viewed on Pages 31-35 of the Richmond Community College Student Handbook.

On Test Day

Test-takers must present a valid photo I.D. when checking in for their test. Acceptable identification is a document with both a photo and a name, such as a driver’s license, state-issued identification card, passport, military, or school I.D. Required identification may change depending on placement test. Calculators, dictionaries, earphones, cell phones and other aids are not allowed.

Placement testing for Dual Enrollment students is conducted at the respective high schools and coordinated with the Associate Dean of K-12 Partnerships.

When Can I Schedule My Placement Test?

Placement tests can be scheduled Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. Placement tests will take approximately two to three hours to complete.

Applicants are strongly encouraged to complete a free application to the college before taking the placement test. Applicants may also complete an application on the day of testing.

How Do I Register to Take the Placement Test?

To register to take a placement test at RichmondCC, call (910) 410-1700 for an appointment at the Hamlet Campus or (910) 410-1831 for an appointment at the Scotland County Campus. You may also register for a following day placement test using the self-scheduling software below. If same-day placement testing is requested, please call the campus where you plan to take the test to determine if we can accommodate you. If you have questions about testing accommodations, call our Accessibility Services Counselor at (910) 410-1766. Testing accommodations may take up to 10 business days to be processed. 

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What If I Can’t Take the Test on Campus?

Students are highly encouraged to visit the Hamlet or Scotland County Campus to take their placement tests and meet an advisor to register for classes. However, if students live farther than 75 miles away from campus and are entering an online program, then they may be permitted to take a remote testing session through Microsoft Teams. Remote Testing will require consistent high-speed internet, the use of Google Chrome, testing in a quiet and clean area, and the ability to screenshare. Remote-testing availability is limited. Contact the Student Testing Coordinator at (910) 410-1765 to determine if remote testing is a possibility.

How Can I Prepare for the Placement Test?

You can prepare for our college placement test by reviewing the sample questions on Sample Practice Tests. You will login or create an account to use the practice app. You can take a practice test or use “learn as you go,” which gives immediate feedback to each response.

The tests we provide are Accuplacer Next-Generation Reading, Accuplacer Next-Generation Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra, and Statistics and Accuplacer Next-Generation Advanced Algebra and Functions.

Can I Retake the Placement Test?

Yes! Students may retake the placement test after waiting a minimum of one week between attempts of the same section. Additional information concerning retesting is located under Placement Testing Policies in the Richmond Community College Student Handbook.

How Much Does the Test Cost?

The first attempt of each section is free. The cost per retake is $5 per section. Additional charges may apply if payment is over the phone.

What Do I Need to Bring on Test Day?

Students must present a valid photo I.D. Acceptable identification is a document with both a photo and a name, such as a government issued identification card, passport, military or school I.D. Calculators, dictionaries, earphones, cell phones and other aids are not allowed.

Can I Transfer My Test Scores to Another College?

RichmondCC accepts placement test scores from other schools if the testing has occurred within the last 10 years. Score reports may be sent to the attention of the Office of Admissions. Students who have taken the placement test at RichmondCC may request their scores be sent to another college. Students may come by Student Services and complete a request form or call and speak with a counselor. The counselor will verify the information, complete the form, and mail or fax it to the appropriate college.

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