Placement Testing

Located in the Phail Wynn, Jr. Student Services Center (Building 10), room 10-300, the Testing Center offers a variety of student assessment services. Information on TEAS V, computer competency, and Pearson Vue exams can be accessed using the links in the sidebar. All new students should carefully review the placement information below.

Student applicants and other visitors must obtain a temporary visitor’s permit at Campus Police and Public Safety office located on Main Campus in Building 8. The visitor permit should be clearly displayed inside the left front windshield of the vehicle. For additional information, please review the information located on in the parking section.

New Student Placement Testing

Most curriculum classes at Durham Tech require college-level skills in reading, writing, and math. If you have not successfully completed college courses in these areas, have not demonstrated college-level skills based upon your SAT or ACT scores (see course placement chart), or plan to enroll in a health technologies program, you should take the placement test to determine which classes you'll need to take in your first semester, regardless of previously completed coursework.

At Durham Tech, we offer the NC DAP placement tests. The math, reading, and revising portion of the test are not timed. The essay portion of the test is timed at 90 minutes. You may take the math portion separate from the essay/reading/revising test. There is no fee to take any portion of the test. Your scores will be shared with your academic advisor, who will assist you with academic planning and course selection.

It is critical that you take time to prepare for the placement test. Studying for the test will allow you to achieve your best score as well as save time and money with the highest possible course placement.

Students are only allowed to re-take the NC DAP placement test once within a 12-month period.

If special accommodations are required due to functional limitations from a disability, contact Disability Services at 919-536-7208, ext. 1409 or visit the Wynn Student Center (Building 10), room 1209 for more information.

Please note the following guidelines prior to your arrival at the Testing Center:

  • All students must apply to the college and receive a student ID number before taking the placement test.
  • All students must bring a photo ID and their Durham Tech student ID number in order to take the test.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed in the Testing Center.
  • All cell phones and pagers must be turned off during testing.
  • Children are not permitted in the Testing Center.
  • All testing is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited and early arrival is advised.
  • Please arrive no more than 10 minutes after the start time listed in the schedule.

Additional testing information

Students who did not graduate from a US high school or who do not speak US English as their first language will first take the Accuplacer ESL test in reading, language use, sentence meaning, and listening in order to assess cultural and linguistic components of their skill levels. After this test, they will meet with the director of Academic EFL or an EFL instructor and will be placed in the appropriate class or will be directed to take the NCDAP test in reading/writing/math. For additional information about the testing procedure, you can email the director of Academic English, Paula Wilder, or read more about the placement and testing process on the Academic EFL web page.