Placement Testing

Placement Testing Process

Important Information

  • Seating is limited. Please call at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment.
  • Allow two hours for each test (Math and English).
  • A student cannot test on the same day that a testing appointment is scheduled.
  • Placement test scores are recognized for a period of ten years.
  • To take the placement test, students must show picture identification, such as a driver’s license.

Testing Accommodations

Applicants requiring special testing accommodations due to a disability must notify the Office of Disability, Inclusion, & Diversity at 336-838-6560 and request appropriate accommodations be made ten working days prior to testing. Placement testing accommodations for applicants enrolling only in distance learning activities (telecourses, internet courses, teleconferences and cyber classroom) will be handled on an individual basis. Students enrolling in any distance learning activity should contact the Student Services Office at 336-838-6135 for further information.

Exemptions from Placement Testing

A student will be exempt from placement testing by satisfying any of the following criteria:

  1. Students who have graduated from a US High School within the last 10 years.
  2. Students who have the required minimum ACT or SAT scores within the last 10 years.
    Test Minimum English Score Minimum Math Score
    ACT Reading 22 or English 18 Math 22
    SAT (Pre-March 2016) Reading 500 or Writing 500 Math 500
    SAT (March 2016 and Future) Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 410 Math 520
  3. Students who have completed transferable college-level coursework in English and Math with a grade of C or better will be exempt from testing. Students who have successfully completed developmental or transferable college coursework in English and Math may be exempt from testing.
    • Note: Students must meet the prerequisites for all courses that will be taken at WCC, which may involve selected placement testing if the previous coursework does not clearly include prerequisite courses.
  4. Students who have completed an Associate degree or Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university will be exempt from placement testing.
  5. Students who have completed a RISE, NCDAP, Accuplacer or Compass placement test with the last 10 years. For information regarding required scores, contact:
    Image of Wanda Shore
    Wanda Shore, AAS
    Admissions and Placement Testing Coordinator
    Phone: 336-838-6135
    Fax: 336-903-3210

Test Preparation

Wilkes Community College is happy to offer students the P4P Program to support students preparing to take the WCC placement test.

P4P is held in the Academic Support Center, located on the third floor of Thompson Hall (building 3 on the campus map). Students can book appointments to tutor in math and/or reading and English with Academic Support Center mentors. Students can call 336-838-6566 to schedule a P4P appointment.


You are allowed to attempt exemption from a transition or co-requisite course only one time per subject within a 10-year period. In order to retake the placement test, you must complete the following steps:

  1. Obtain a permission form from the Student Services Office.
  2. Pay the non-refundable $10.00 fee at the front desk of Student Services, located in Alumni Hall, if you are paying with cash or check. If you are paying with a debit/credit card you will need to pay in the Business Office located in Thompson Hall.
  3. You must pay at least 24 hours prior to the date you wish to test.

You must bring the retesting form and a picture ID in order to be admitted into the retesting session. You will not be allowed to retest without these two documents. The highest scores will be used for enrollment purposes.


Tests will be held in the computer lab outside the library in Alumni Hall (building 1 on the campus map). You must attend the session for which you are scheduled.

Retesting Dates

To schedule a retest, contact:

Image of Wanda Shore
Wanda Shore, AAS
Admissions and Placement Testing Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6135
Fax: 336-903-3210


If you cannot attend your scheduled session, you must call 336-838-6135 at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule. If you reschedule in advance, you may transfer your payment to another date. Transfer of payment will not be issued for late cancellations, late arrivals, or no shows. If you miss your session, you must pay $10.00 to schedule another session.

Request Test Scores

Please complete the Request for Test Scores Form and email to to have your placement test scores sent to another institution.