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College Transfer Pathway 

Who's Eligible

To be eligible for enrollment, a high school student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior;
  • Have a weighted GPA of 3.0 on high school courses;
  • Demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or placement test. A student must demonstrate college readiness in English, reading, and mathematics to be eligible for enrollment in a College Transfer Pathway. (Approved assessments/scores and tests/scores are at the bottom of this page.)

Beginning with the 2012 fall semester, a student who does not demonstrate college readiness on an approved assessment or test may be provisionally enrolled in a College Transfer Pathway.

To be eligible for provisional enrollment, a high school student must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Be a high school junior or senior;
  • Have a cumulative weighted GPA of 3.5 on high school courses;
  • Have completed two years of high school English with a grade of "C" or higher in both English classes;
  • Have completed high school Algebra II (or a higher level math class) with a grade of "C" or higher;
  • Obtain the written approval for provisional enrollment from the high school principal or his/her designee; and
  • Obtain the written approval for provisional enrollment from the community college president or his/her designee.

NOTE:  A provisional student may register only for college mathematics (MAT) and college English (ENG) courses within the chosen Pathway.  To be eligible to register for other courses in the Pathway, the student must first successfully complete the mathematics and English courses in the chosen pathway with a grade of "C" or higher.

To maintain eligibility for continued enrollment, a student must:

  • Continue to make progress toward high school graduation, and
  • Maintain a 2.0 GPA in college coursework after completing two courses.

A student must enroll in one College Transfer Pathway and may not substitute courses in one pathway for courses in another.

A student may change his or her College Transfer Pathway with approval of the high school principal or his/her designee and the college's chief student development administrator.

Accepted Tests

  • College Transfer Pathways—PSAT, SAT, PLAN, ACT, COMPASS and NC DAP
  • Career Technical Pathways—SAT, ACT, COMPASS and NC DAP
  • Qualifying Official Scores must be submitted to CVCC only ONCE during high school. 
  • (CVCC Codes:  ACT = 3079; SAT = 5098).  COMPASS and/or NC DAP scores earned while testing on CVCC's campus will become part of the student's electronic record.
  • Qualifying Unofficial Scores must be provided during the registration process of each semester in which the student is enrolled in the CCP Program.  An unofficial student or school copy of the test score reports from the official testing agency (ACT and/or CollegeBoard) may be submitted by the school counselor/administrator.

 Approved assessments and placement tests and scores:

Assessment/ Test




NC DAP (NCCCS** Cut Score) March 1, 2015 and beyond




70 Writing

Composite of English and Reading score of 151 or higher




81 Reading

Same as above—composite score




47 Pre-Algebra & 66 Algebra

7 on each assessment for DMA 010 through DMA 060

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:








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NOTE:  Eligibility may be demonstrated by achieving the required scores on a single test or by combining test scores from any of the approved assessments.  Students may take the NC DAP Placement Test at CVCC only once during each high school semester.  There must be a minimum of 80 school days of academic instruction before NC DAP re-testing. 

 *PLAN and PSAT scores recommended by ACT and CollegeBoard as indicators of college readiness.

**North Carolina Community College System

Note:  Catawba Valley Community College transitioned from COMPASS testing to NC DAP testing beginning March 1, 2015.



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Updated 01.11.2016: Admissions Student Services