Placement Test

Students are required to take the placement test if they are pursuing a degree, diploma, or if they are planning to enroll in a course with a pre-requisite.

Placement into college-level and developmental education courses at Surry Community College is primarily based on high school performance. Specifically, Surry Community College accepts students’ college transcripts, unweighted high school GPA, ACT, SAT, GED, HiSET, NCDAP, COMPASS, ASSET, and ACCUPLACER scores for college placement. Surry Community College will use the placement measure that gives students the highest placement into college coursework. For example, if a student’s unweighted US high school GPA does not place the student into college-level English, but the student’s SAT score does, then Surry Community College will use the student’s SAT score for English placement.

Temporary Placement Test Policy (Effective March 2020)

In order to keep our students and staff safe, and in compliance with temporary changes to RISE placement criteria from NCCCS, Surry Community College has adopted the following temporary placement test policy. This policy will be in effect for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters.

  • RISE placement testing has been suspended for the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 semesters at Surry Community College.
  • All students may now use their high school GPA for placement, regardless of high school graduation date.
  • RISE placement testing is no longer required for students who do not meet placement criteria. Rather, students will be placed into transition math and English courses.
  • For the summer semester, students who did not graduate from a US high school and do not meet alternate RISE placement criteria have the option to take courses which have no prerequisites. These students will have the option to take the placement test when the college reopens, or may choose to remain in transition courses for the fall semester.

Alternative Forms of Placement

SAT/ACT scores (valid for 10 years):  Specific scores will meet the English/Reading and/or Math requirements

For tests taken prior to March 2016:

  • SAT Critical Reading – 500+ OR SAT Writing – 500, or ACT Reading – 22 OR
  • ACT English – 18+ will meet required competency in English/Reading
  • SAT Math – 500+ OR ACT Math – 22+ will meet required competency in Math

For test taken in March 2016 or later:

  • SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing – 480+, or ACT Reading – 22+ OR
  • ACT English – 18+ will meet required competency in English/Reading
  • SAT Math – 530 OR ACT Math – 22+ will meet required competence in Math
ACT SAT GED
Pre-2011 Pre-2011 2014-present
2012-2014 2012-March 1, 2016  
2014-present 2016-present  

Completion of College level English and Math

A grade or “C” or higher in a college level English composition and math course that meets program requirements

Completion of an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited US college

General Education Development (GED)

Test Validity Date Passing Score
Mathematical Reasoning
Reading through Language Arts
Science
Social Studies
1/1/2014 to Present 170 or higher on all tests

High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)

Test Validity Date Passing Score
Language Arts- Reading
Language Arts- Writing Essay
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
1/1/2014 to Present 15 or higher on all subject tests, with a minimum of 4 on the Essay

Placement Test Scores (all scores are valid for 10 years):

While discontinued at Surry Community College in 2019, the NC-DAP Math (DMA) and NC-DAP Reading and English (DRE) tests will be valid for 10 years.  The following are the required scores is using NC-DAP test:

NC-DAP DMA                                                         

  • DMA-010 7 (or higher)                                 
  • DMA-020 7 (or higher)
  • DMA-030 7 (or higher)
  • DMA-040 7 (or higher)
  • DMA-050 7 (or higher)

NC-DAP DRE

  • DRE Composite Score 151 (or higher)

The following tests may also be used to meet English, Reading or Math competencies if taken within the past 10 years:

CPT

  • Sentence Skills 86
  • Reading Comp. 80
  • Arithmetic 55
  • Algebra 55

Compass

  • Writing 70
  • Reading 81 
  • Pre-Algebra 47
  • Algebra 46

Asset

  • Writing Skills 41
  • Reading Skills 41 
  • Numerical Skills 41
  • Elem. Algebra 41

Contact(s)


Director of Disability Services / Testing Center
(336) 386-3443