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

WCC students will be evaluated and placed into gateway English and Math course(s) based on the following criteria:

  • Graduated from a US High School with a valid High School GPA, or
  • Has earned developmental course credit, or has successfully completed a college-level English or Math course, or
  • Has completed an eligible placement test within the last 10 years, or
  • Has earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.

Limited admission programs may be excluded from this exemption. Please speak with your limited admission advisor.

Graduated from a US High School

Students who have graduated from a US High School with a valid High School GPA will be placed into gateway English and Math courses using the following unweighted high school GPA ranges:

  • 0.0 – 2.199: Must successfully complete a Transition English or Transition Math course prior to enrolling into gateway English or Math courses.
  • 2.2 – 2.799: May register for any gateway English or Math course and be required to take the corresponding co-requisite course.
  • 2.8 or higher: May register for any gateway English or Math course.

Students whose High School GPA is more than 10 years prior to the enrollment term can request a placement test if the placement test would benefit the student’s placement.

Transferable College-Level Coursework

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.

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.

ENG/RED/MATH DRE/DMA RISE Course Eligibility
ENG 070 & RED 070 or ENG 075 DRE 096 ENG 002 or BSP 4002
ENG 080 & RED 080 or ENG 085 DRE 097 ENG 002, grade of P1 ENG 111 + ENG 011
ENG 090 & RED 090 or ENG 095 DRE 098 ENG 002, grade of P2 ENG 111 only
MAT 060 MAT 050 – DMA 030 MAT 003, grade of P1 MAT 110
MAT 060
ENG 080 & RED 080 or ENG 085
MAT 050 – DMA 030
DRE 097
MAT 003, grade of P1
ENG 002, grade of P1
MAT 143 + MAT 043; MAT 152 + MAT 052
MAT 070
ENG 080 & RED 080 or ENG 085*
MAT 050 – DMA 050
DRE 097*
MAT 003, grade of P2
ENG 002, grade of P1*
MAT 143; MAT 152
MAT 171 + MAT 071; MAT 121 + MAT 021
MAT 080
ENG 080 & RED 080 or ENG 085*
MAT 050 – DMA 080
DRE 097*
MAT 003, grade of P3
ENG 002, grade of P1*
Any Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite

* Please note that the English requirement only pertains to MAT 143 and MAT 152.

Eligible Placement Tests

Under the RISE guidelines, eligible placement tests are valid for 10 years.

Date of Test Test Passing Score Course Eligibility
Pre-December 2011 Reading OR Writing 510 or higher Gateway English without a RISE Co-Requisite
Math 510 or higher Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
January 2012 – February 2016 Critical Reading OR English 500 or higher Gateway English without a RISE Co-Requisite
Math 500 or higher Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
March 2016 – Present Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 or higher Gateway English without a RISE Co-Requisite
Math 530 or higher Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
Date of Test Test Passing Score Course Eligibility
Pre-December 2011 Reading OR English 22 or higher Gateway English without a RISE Co-Requisite
Math 22 or higher Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
January 2012 – February 2014 Reading OR 21 or higher Gateway English without a RISE Co-Requisite
English 18 or higher
Math 22 or higher Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
March 2014 – Present Reading OR 20 – 21 ENG 111 + ENG 011
22 or higher ENG 111 only
English 16 – 17 ENG 111 + ENG 011
18 or higher ENG 111 only
Math 20 – 21 Any Gateway Math with a RISE Co-Requisite
22 or higher Any Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite
Test Validity Date Passing Score Course Eligibility
Mathematical Reasoning
Reading through Language Arts
Social Studies
Science
January 1, 2014 to present 165 or higher on ALL tests Gateway Math and English without a RISE Co-Requisite
145 – 164 on ALL tests Gateway Math and English with a RISE Co-Requisite
Test Validity Date Passing Score Course Eligibility
Language Arts – Reading
Language Arts – Writing
Essay
Mathematics
Science
Social Studies
January 1, 2014 to present 15 or higher on ALL subject tests, with a minimum of 4 on the Essay Gateway Math and English without a RISE Co-Requisite
Test Validity Date Passing Score Course Eligibility
RISE English Tier 1 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher ENG 111 + ENG 011
RISE English Tier 2 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher ENG 111 only
RISE Math Tier 1 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher MAT 110
RISE Math Tier 1 + English Tier 1 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher MAT 143 + MAT 043; MAT 152 + MAT 052
RISE Math Tier 2 + English Tier 1 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher MAT 143; MAT 152
RISE Math Tier 2 October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher MAT 171 + MAT 071; MAT 121 + MAT 021
RISE Math Tier 3 RISE English Tier 1* October 1, 2018 to present 70 or higher Any Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite

* Please note that the English requirement only pertains to MAT 143 and MAT 152.

Test Passing Score Course Eligibility
CCRG English Tier 1 80 or higher ENG 111 + ENG 011
CCRG English Tier 2 80 or higher ENG 111 only
CCRG Math Tier 1 80 or higher MAT 110
CCRG Math Tier 1 + English Tier 1 80 or higher MAT 143 + MAT 043;
MAT 152 + MAT 052
CCRG Math Tier 2 + English Tier 1 80 or higher MAT 143;
MAT 152
CCRG Math Tier 2 80 or higher MAT 171 + MAT 071;
MAT 121 + MAT 021
CCRG Math Tier 3
CCRG English Tier 1*
80 or higher Any Gateway Math without a RISE Co-Requisite

* Please note that the English requirement only pertains to MAT 143 and MAT 152.

Associate or Bachelor’s Degree

RISE transition courses and co-requisite requirements are met if a student has earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree from an institution from which WCC accepts credits.

Questions?

For more information, contact:

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Wanda Shore, AAS
Admissions and Placement Testing Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6135
Fax: 336-903-3210
wsshore876@wilkescc.edu

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.

Retesting

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.

Retesting Dates

To schedule a retest, contact:

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Cindy Core, AAS
Records & Registration Technician
Phone: 336-838-6137
Fax: 336-903-3213
cgcore955@wilkescc.edu

Rescheduling

If you cannot attend your scheduled session, you must call 336-838-6137 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 wsshore876@wilkescc.edu to have your placement test scores sent to another institution.