Prior to enrollment at Wilkes Community College, placement testing is required for the following:

  • All degree, diploma, and certificate seeking applicants.
  • Applicants registering for a course that has an English or Mathematics prerequisite.

Placement Testing Process

An admission application must be submitted prior to scheduling the placement test.

RISE Preparation

The following resources are to assist you in preparing for the placement test.

English Resources

Math Resources

P4P (Prep for Placement test)

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 in Thompson Hall, third floor. 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.

Please Note: Preparing for the placement test may reduce or eliminate the need for multiple levels of developmental coursework, which can save time and money.

To schedule an appointment to take the placement test, contact:

  • Wilkes Campus:

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    Wendy Nichols, BS
    Placement Testing and Admissions Coordinator
    Phone: 336-838-6136
    Fax: 336-903-3211

    Check-in for the placement test in the Student Services Office, Alumni Hall.

    Testing appointments are available on the following dates and times:
    Tuesday: 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    Wednesday: 8:30 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
    Thursday: 8:30 a.m., 1:00 p.m., and 4:00 p.m.

  • Ashe Campus:

  • Alleghany Center:

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    Sabrienna Edwards, AAS
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 336-903-3140
    Fax: 336-903-3207
  • Seating is limited. Please call at your earliest convenience to schedule an appointment.
  • The Math test cannot be taken on the same day as the English test.
  • 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 five years.
  • To take the placement test, students must show picture identification, such as a driver’s license.

Additional Testing Information

Exemptions from Testing:
A student may be eligible to exempt from placement testing by satisfying any of the following criteria. The following exemption options are for Summer 2020 applicants. Exemption options will be updated in June for Fall 2020 applicants.

*A. A recent high school graduate (see note below) who has an unweighted high school GPA of 2.6 or higher and has met the fourth math benchmark will be exempt from placement testing and will be considered “college ready” for gateway Math and English courses.

Approved high school fourth math courses include Advanced Functions and Modeling, Analytical Geometry, AP Calculus, AP Statistics, Calculus, Discrete Mathematics, Essentials for College Math (SREB – Math Ready), Integrated Mathematics IV, International Baccalaureate Computer Science, International Baccalaureate Mathematics, Mindset, Pre-Calculus, Probability & Statistics, or Trigonometry.

Approved community college fourth math courses (taken in Career & College Promise Pathways) include: MAT 143 (Quantitative Literacy), MAT 151 (Statistics I), MAT 152 (Statistical Methods), MAT 155 (Statistical Analysis), MAT 161 (College Algebra), MAT 162 (College Trigonometry), MAT 165 (Finite Mathematics), MAT 167 (Discrete Mathematics), MAT 171 (Pre-Calculus Algebra), MAT 172 (Pre-Calculus Trigonometry), MAT 175 (Pre-Calculus), MAT 200 or above.

*Note: This option is only available to someone who graduated from a high school that is legally authorized to operate in N.C. and who graduated from that high school within five years of enrollment.

B. A student who has the required minimum ACT or SAT scores will be exempt from testing.

ACT: Reading 22 OR ACT English 18, Math 22
SAT (Pre-March 2016):  Reading 500 OR Writing 500, Math 500
SAT (March 2016 and Future): Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 480, Math 530

Note: A student is only required to have a minimum in either Reading OR Writing/English in order to be considered college ready in English. SAT and ACT scores are recognized for five years.

C. Students who have completed transferable college-level coursework in English and Math with a grade of C or better will be exempt from testing. Successful completion of developmental coursework at a regionally accredited higher education institution may also qualify a student to exempt from placement 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.

D. Students who have completed an associate degree or bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university will be exempt from placement 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.

Note: All of the above exemptions do not apply to Dental Assisting, Nursing, Radiography or Respiratory Therapy applicants. These applicants should refer to the applicable admission packet for possible exemption options.

Applicants requiring special testing accommodations due to a disability must notify the Disability Services Office at 336-838-6212 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.

You are allowed to attempt exemption from each Developmental Studies 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. You must attend the session for which you are scheduled.

Summer 2020 Retesting Dates

Date Time
Thursday, January 30 10:00 am
Thursday, February 27 12:00 pm
Monday, March 9 2:00 pm
Friday, March 27 11:00 am
Wednesday, April 8 10:00 am
Thursday, April 16 1:00 pm
Tuesday, May 5 2:00 pm
Wednesday, May 27 11:00 am

Contact the Student Services Office for a listing of additional retesting dates for the upcoming semester.


If you cannot attend your scheduled session, you must call (336) 838-6136 at least twenty-four 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.

For more information concerning the placement testing program, come by the Student Services Office on the first floor of Alumni Hall, call 336-838-6136 or email the Placement Testing and Admissions Coordinator.

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Contact Information

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Wendy Nichols, BS
Placement Testing and Admissions Coordinator
Phone: 336-838-6136
Fax: 336-903-3211

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