Isothermal Community College

Career and College Promise

College Readiness* Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tests

Test

PLAN**

PSAT 2014 AND Earlier **

PSAT 2015 AND Future **

Asset (NCCCS Cut Score)

COMPASS (NCCCS Cut Score)

Accuplacer (NCCCS Cut Score)

NC DAP (NCCCS Cut Score)

English

15

45

26

41 Writing

70 Writing

86 Sentence Skills

Composite score of 151 in English and reading or higher***

Reading

18

47

26

41 Reading

81 Reading

80 Reading

Composite score of 151 in English and reading or higher***

Mathematics

19

47

24.5

41 Numerical Skills and 41 Int. Algebra

47 Pre-Algebra and 66 Algebra

55 Arithmetic and 75 Elem. Algebra

7 on each assessment for DMA 101 thru 060

In addition to the diagnostic assessments, colleges may use the following SAT and ACT scores recommended by the testing companies as benchmarks for college readiness:*

SAT

(Pre-March 2016)

SAT

(March 2016 and Future)

ACT

English

500

Evidence - Based Reading and Writing

480

English

18

Critical Reading

500

Reading

22

Mathematics

500

530

Mathematics

22

 

*To be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway, students must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics on an approved test or tests. Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments. For example, a student may combine a 19 on PLAN math with an 86 and an 80 on Accuplacer sentence skills and reading to demonstrate college readiness.

**PLAN and PSAT scores recommended by ACT and College Board as indicators of college readiness.

***The Reading & English part of the NC DAP is an integrated assessment of reading and English skills; meeting the composite cut score for placement into ENG 111 is one way to demonstrate college readiness in order to participate in the College Transfer Pathway.

***The Diagnostic Assessments may be subject to change***