College Readiness Benchmarks

Benchmarks on Approved Diagnostic Assessment Tests

                 Test   PLAN** PSAT 2014 and PSAT 2015 ASSET COMPASS Accuplacer NC DAP
Earlier** and (NCCCS Cut Score) (NCCCS Cut (NCCCS Cut (NCCCS Cut Score
Future** Score) Score)
English 15 45 26 41 70 86 Composite
Writing Writing Sentence Score of
Skills 151 or higher***
Reading 18 47 26 41 81 80
Reading Reading Reading
Mathematics 19 47 24.5 41 55 7 on each
Numerical 47 Pre-Algebra and Arithmetic Assessment
Skills and 66 Algebra and For DMA
41 Int. 75 Elementary 010 thru
Algebra Algebra 60

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

Evidenced-Based
Reading and
Writing

480

English

18

Critical
Reading

500

Reading

22

Mathematics

500

Mathematics

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 and 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.