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General Questions 

Why do I have to take a placement test?

Since NCMC doesn’t require minimum test scores to get in, why do I have to take a placement test?

Placement tests are needed because they indicate what courses you are ready for in the areas of math, English & reading. You don’t need an ACT or COMPASS test to be accepted to the college, but you will need to have one to enroll in certain classes and may need one for certain programs. Students will be limited to 12 credit hours with NCMC if placement test scores are not on file.

How many classes should I take at a time?

Much of your learning will take place outside of class. Your instructors will not be able to cover all of the material in class that you will need to learn and you will be responsible to do much of the reading on your own. It is a widely accepted estimate that for every hour you spend in the classroom, you can expect to spend 2-3 hours outside of class studying, readying, writing papers, working on presentations, preparing for tests and other class related work. Example 3 credit hour class means 3 hours in class plus 6 to 9 hours of outside time = 9-12 total hours per class per week.

In a fall or spring semester a full time student would have a minimum of 12 credit hours. Six credit hours at one time is considered a full time course load in the summer. A student’s advisor must approve a course overload which is 18 credit hours or more for fall and spring semesters or more than six credit hours at any one time in a summer semester.

What are developmental skills classes?

Developmental skills (DS) classes are pre-college or college preparatory classes designed to bring a students’ skill up to the level required in college classes. DS classes include the areas of English, Reading and Math. Developmental skills classes are graded as pass/fail and do not contribute to a student’s GPA; they also do not apply for graduation credit in any program at NCMC. However, DS classes will count as part of a student’s course load for financial aid and determining full or part time status.

What are general education courses?

General education courses are really just that. They are not specific to any particular career field but provide students with a wide background of skills from English and math to understanding our culture and history that can be used in all areas. They will expand upon your communication skills, critical thinking skills and your view of the world around you. The 42 credit hour NCMC general education core is designed to provide you with a balanced background for you to build on when you take courses for your major .

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What is “GPA”?

GPA stands for grade point average. It is a standard term in education to describe a student’s overall academic performance. Pass/fail classes do not impact your GPA but all other courses will. Directions for calculating your GPA can be found in the college catalog or you can use the GPA estimator tool. Transferred credit is not used to calculate the NCMC GPA. However, all post-high school grades are used to calculate A+ eligibility. Use all college credit to calculate GPA for the Associate in Arts in Teaching degree. A student who earns a “C” or lower is allowed repeat the exact same course for credit. If both the original and repeated course are from NCMC the newer grade will be used to calculate the NCMC GPA.