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Testing Center ReceptionStudents applying for degree, diploma, and certificate programs may be required to complete certain placement tests. Test results are used by academic advisors to place students in appropriate courses and thereby maximize their opportunities for success. While placement test scores are not used for determining admission to the college, they may be required to satisfy certain program of study requirements.

CVCC utilizes the COMPASS program developed by American College Testing (ACT) to assess reading, writing and numerical/algebra skills.

Fundamental computer skills are evaluated using the OPAC test developed by Biddle Consulting Group, Inc.

Please review the COMPASS & OPAC Placement Test Booklet for more details regarding the placement tests.  Booklets can be picked up at Student Services or the Testing Center.


Scheduling Tests:

New Students: See a Student Services Admissions Counselor to schedule an appointment for the placement test. This will ensure that you take the appropriate parts of the COMPASS and/or OPAC tests for your particular educational goals while attending CVCC.

Current Students and non-CVCC students: Contact the Testing Center directly at 828-327-7000 Ext. 4138 to schedule an appointment.


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