## English and Reading Overview

The NCCCS Diagnostic and Placement English and Reading test is made up of three sections: WritePlacer^{®}, Reading, and Revising and Editing Writing. (You will complete the WritePlacer® first.)

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### WritePlacer^{®}

This section asks you to compose a 300-600 word essay and measures your ability to write effectively, which is critical to academic success. You will be asked to read a short passage and address a prompt based on the passage. You will have up to two hours to complete this portion of the test. *You may not stop this section once the timer starts.*

The following six characteristics of writing will be considered:

- Purpose and Focus
- Organization and Structure
- Development and Support
- Sentence Variety and Style
- Mechanical Conventions
- Critical Thinking

### Reading

This section contains 30 questions. You will be asked to read short passages and answer questions pertaining to the passages. *This section of the test is untimed. *

Topics covered in this section include:

- Main Idea/Summary
- Supporting Detail/Paraphrase
- Vocabulary
- Organization
- Inference
- Point of View, Fact-Opinion, and Bias
- Purpose/Tone
- Author’s Use of Language

### Revising and Editing Writing

This section contains 20 questions. You will be asked to read essay drafts and answer questions pertaining to the drafts. *This section of the test is untimed. *

Topics covered in this section include:

- Transitions
- Sentence Combining
- Revising Sentences, Inserting Sentences, and Deleting Sentences
- Topic Sentences, Thesis Statements, and Concluding Sentences
- Grammar, Mechanics, Sentence Structure, and Word Choice

**Mathematics Overview**

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The NCCCS Diagnostic and Placement Mathematics test contains 72 questions that measure proficiency in six content areas. *This test is untimed. *The six content areas are as follows:

### Operations with Integers

Topics covered in this category include:

- Problem events that require the use of integers and integer operations
- Basic exponents, square roots and order of operations
- Perimeter and area of rectangles and triangles
- Angle facts and the Pythagorean Theorem

### Fractions and Decimals

Topics covered in this category include:

- Relationships between fractions and decimals
- Problem events that result in the use of fractions and decimals to find a solution
- Operations with fractions and decimals
- Circumference and area of circles
- The concept of
*π* - Application problems involving decimals

### Proportions, Ratios, Rates and Percentages

Topics covered in this category include:

- Conceptual application problems containing ratios, rates, proportions and percentages
- Applications using U.S. customary and metric units of measurement
- Geometry of similar triangles

### Expressions, Linear Equations and Linear Inequalities

Topics covered in this category include:

- Graphical and algebraic representations of linear expressions, equations and inequalities
- Application problems using linear equations and inequalities

### Graphs and Equations of Lines

Topics covered in this category include:

- Graphical and algebraic representations of lines
- Interpretation of basic graphs (line, bar, circle, etc.)

### Polynomials and Quadratic Applications

Topics in this category include:

- Graphical and algebraic representations of quadratics
- Finding algebraic solutions to contextual quadratic applications
- Polynomial operations
- Factoring polynomials
- Applying factoring to solve polynomial equations