Prepare for Placement Testing

General Information about the RISE Placement Tests

The Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement test consists of two sections: English and Math.

  • The test is free for all GTCC applicants.
  • Testing is readily available at the Jamestown Assessment Center as well as the High Point and Greensboro campuses. Testing can be accommodated at Cameron and Aviation campuses.
  • The testing location will provide scratch paper, pencils, calculators, and formula sheets.

About Each Placement Test Section

There are three RISE math placement tests: Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3.

Math Tier Information
Tier 1 Tier 2 Tier 3
Whole numbers Concepts in Statistics Factoring
Fractions and Mixed Numbers Solving Equations & Inequalities System of Equations & Inequalities
Decimals Exponents & Polynomials Rational Expressions
Ratios, Rates, and Proportions Graphing Radical Expressions & Quadratic Equations
Percent Functions
Measurement
Geometry
Real Numbers

Students must earn a 75 on each tier test to advance to the next level. Meaning, that if a student makes a 75 or higher on Tier 1, they can move on to Tier 2. If the person earns a 75 or higher on Tier 2, they can move on to Tier 3. However, a score of 74 or lower on any tier will prevent someone from moving to the next tier test.

A student’s performance on the RISE math placement test determines placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support and into the MAT 003 Transition Math course. The table below indicates which math courses correspond with placement tier scores.

Test Score and Corresponding Math Placement
RISE Placement Test and Scores Math Placement
Tier 1 (74 or lower) MAT 003
Tier 1 (75 or higher) MAT 143 and MAT 043
MAT 152 and MAT 052
Tier 2 (75 or higher) MAT 121 and MAT 021
MAT 143
MAT 152
MAT 171 and MAT071
Tier 2 (74 or lower) See curriculum courses for Tier 1
Tier 3 (75 or higher) MAT 121
MAT 171
Tier 3 (74 or lower) See curriculum courses for Tier 2

Preparing for the placement test consists of reviewing and taking practice tests. The time you spend studying the information on the placement test could save you money. Use the websites below to help prepare for the placement test or use them as a refresher on some of the concepts before taking the test.

There are two parts to the RISE English placement tests; Tier 1 and Tier 2.

Below is a list of concepts covered in each Tier.

Tier 1 Concepts:

  • Introduction to College Reading and writing
  • Identifying Main Ideas
  • Discovering Implied Meaning
  • Interpreting Bias
  • Analysis through Definition
  • Learning Across Disciplines

Tier 2 Concepts:

  • Exploring Comparative Elements
  • Informed Opinions through Causal Chains
  • Applied Critical Analysis
  • Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing

Students must earn a 75 on Tier 1 to advance to the next level. Meaning, that if a student makes a 75 or higher on Tier 1, they can move on to Tier 2. However, a score of 74 or lower on Tier 1 will prevent someone  from moving on to Tier 2.

A student’s performance on the RISE English placement test determines placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support and into the ENG 002 Transition English course. The table below indicates which English courses correspond with placement tier scores.

Test Score and Corresponding English Placement
RISE Placement Test and Scores English Placement
Tier 1 (74 or lower) ENG 002
Tier 1 (75 or higher) ENG 111 and ENG 011
Tier 2 (75 or higher) ENG 111

The links below will help prepare you for the English placement test or provide refresher on some of the concepts before you take your test:
English Links

Wake Tech Blackboard will require that you self-register for the mini-course. You can do that by:

  1. Clicking enroll, and when the login screen appears,
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  3. Filling in the information to set up your account.