Placement Testing

The placement test is important and can have a major impact on the cost of education and how long it takes a student to complete his/her program.  It is strongly recommended that all students spend time reviewing before taking the placement test.


Testing Process

An Application for Admission must be submitted before scheduling your placement test. Students with disabilities who require special arrangements and/or accommodations should contact Laura Walker-Andrews, by phone (828) 694-1813 or email: at least two weeks prior to the date of test. Accommodations cannot be provided without prior approval from the Disability Services office.

Click the links below for more information:

Appointment for Test

Information for Day of Test

Resources for Preparation for Test

Retest Policy

Placement Test Waiver Policy

Request Copy of Test Scores


Appointment for Test

You can sign up for a placement testing appointment at   Select a highlighted date to view available times.  Once you have signed up for a time for the test a member of the Student Services team will reach out to confirm the portions of the test that you need to take.   Please call (828) 694-1800 if you have questions or trouble signing up online.
You must bring a photo ID to the testing session.  No one will be allowed to test without a Photo ID.

back to top ▲


Information for Day of Test

  • Bring a photo ID and know your social security number. Everything else needed for testing will be provided. Personal calculators, dictionaries, or other aids are not allowed.
  • Come to the test session well rested, prepared to do your best, and arrive at least 10 minutes before the scheduled time.
  • The only electronic devices allowed during testing sessions are those that have been approved for use by the Office of Disability Services.  Cell phones must be turned off during the test session.  Students found violating the no electronic use policy will be removed and not allowed to complete the scheduled test session.

Blue Ridge uses the NROC Assessment from EdReady, which is administered on a computer. The NROC Assessment consists of EdReady English and EdReady Math.  Although the English and Math Assessments are not timed, it is highly recommended that students test for each area on separate days.

back to top ▲


Test Descriptions

Transition English

Tier 1: Units 1-6

Unit 1:    Introduction to College Reading and Writing

Unit 2:    Identifying Main Ideas

Unit 3:    Discovering Implied Meaning

Unit 4:    Interpreting Bias

Unit 5:    Analysis through Definition

Unit 6:    Learning Across Disciplines

Tier 2: Units 7-10

Unit 7:    Exploring Comparative Elements

Unit 8:    Informed Opinions through Causal Chains

Unit 9:    Applied Critical Analysis

Unit 10:  Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing

Transition Math

You will be provided with a calculator and formula sheet.

Tier 1: Units 1 - 8

Unit 1: Whole Numbers

Unit 2: Fraction and Mixed Numbers

Unit 3: Decimals

Unit 4: Ratios, Rates, and Proportions

Unit 5: Percents

Unit 6: Measurement

Unit 7: Geometry

Unit 8: Real Numbers

Tier 2: Units 9 - 12

Unit 9: Solving Equations and Inequalities

Unit 10: Graphing

Unit 11: Exponents and Polynomials

Unit 12: Concepts in Statistics

Tier 3: Units 13 – 17

Unit 13: Factoring

Unit 14: Systems of Equations and Inequalities

Unit 15: Rational Expressions

Unit 16: Radical Expressions and Quadratic Equations

Unit 17: Functions

The English portion of the test could take up to approximately two hours. The Math portion of the test could take up to approximately two hours depending on the number of math test modules required based on your program of study. English and Math should be taken in separate test sessions.

After you complete the test, your Individual Score Report will be available in Student Services where you will meet with a counselor for an explanation of your scores and course placement.

If you have questions about the test, feel free to schedule an appointment with a counselor in Student Services.

back to top ▲

Resources for Test Preparation

The following links are for resources that will assist in the preparation for the NROC Assessment:

Test Taking Tips

back to top ▲


Retest Policy 

Retest Guidelines:

In general, the NROC placement test provides a reasonable assessment of a student’s abilities in English, reading, and math skills. In some cases, however, students may question their placement in one or more of these areas.

Retesting: A student wishing to retake any part of the NROC placement test for any reason is allowed one retest attempt in each developmental module. Students requesting a retest in a particular unit will be charged a fee for each unit in which a retest is desired. Fees are set annually by the College Trustees. Once the student has paid for the retest, he or she may receive a retest during a regularly scheduled official placement test session. Students will be placed in a course according to the better of the two test scores. Students are not allowed to retest to attempt to place out of a developmental class in which they are currently enrolled after the add/drop period has ended.

A student may be allowed to retest at his/her discretion in any or all of the subject areas assessed (English, Math) following their initial placement test based on the following guidelines:

  1. A student who chooses to retest must obtain a Retest Request Form from an Admissions Counselor.
  2. Students must pay $5.00 per test unit.  Each area constitutes a unit.  An entire test would be four units.  This is subject to change without notice.
  3. Retest fees must be paid in advance to the Blue Ridge Cashier.  The paid receipt and Retest Request Form must be returned to an Admissions Counselor who will register the student for a retest.  An Admissions Counselor may be reached at (828) 694-1800.
  4. Retests must be taken during regularly scheduled placement test dates and times.
  5. Initial tests and retests include the NROC Assessment taken at either Blue Ridge campus or through a Blue Ridge high school program (Career and College Promise).
  6. Students are not allowed to retest to attempt to place out of a developmental class in which they are currently enrolled once the class has started.

Test scores expire after 10 years if developmental coursework has not started.

back to top ▲


Placement Test Waiver Policy

Students may waive the placement testing requirements under the following conditions:

  1. Documentation of acceptable SAT or ACT scores. To be enrolled directly into first level curriculum English or math course, students would need to have a score of 500 on the applicable (Writing or Critical Reading, and/or Math) if taken before March 2016; a score of 480 on the Evidence Based Reading and Writing and a score of 530 on the Math portion of the SAT if taken after March 2016, or a minimum of 18 on ACT English or 22 on ACT Reading, or a minimum of 22 on ACT Mathematics. SAT and ACT examinations must have been taken within the last five years.
  2. Results of NC DAP or NROC placement tests taken at another North Carolina Community College System institution, which have been taken within the preceding 10 years and meet Blue Ridge Community College scores, or equivalent, will also waive placement testing.
  3. Transfer credit (grade C or better) received from a regionally accredited institution for first-level curriculum English or Math courses will be accepted in lieu of placement testing. Developmental-level courses may be considered for transfer credit if taken at a North Carolina Community College. The student must submit an official transcript to receive transfer credit and to officially waive the need for placement testing. A maximum of 75% of the Total Semester.  Credit Hours in any program can be accepted in transfer.
  4. Students who have graduated from a United States-based high school within the past 10 years, and who have an unweighted HS GPA of 2.80 or higher, will be waived from placement testing.  Students with a HS GPA of 2.20-2.799 may enroll in a gateway course with a mandatory co-requisite.  Students with a HS GPA less than 2.20 must enroll in an one semester transition course.
  5. Students who have completed an Associate’s degree or higher from a regionally accredited institution may be exempted from placement testing.  The student must submit an official transcript to receive the waiver for placement testing.
  6. For certificate programs without developmental prerequisites, testing will be waived. For certificate programs that have developmental prerequisites and/or courses with developmental prerequisites, NROC placement testing is required, unless the testing is waived based on one of the above conditions.

back to top ▲


Request a Copy of Placement Test Scores

To request that an official copy placement of the test scores to be sent to colleges and universities, complete the Placement Test Scores Request Form. There is no fee for this request.

back to top ▲