Placement testing may be needed if the student does not meet any of the following criteria:

  • Has graduated from a US High School within the last 10 years.
  • Has completed the ACT or SAT and achieved the required scores within the last 10 years.
  • Has earned developmental course credit or has successfully completed a college-level English and Math course.
  • Has an Associates or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution.
  • Has completed a RISE, NCDAP, Accuplacer or Compass placement test within the last 10 years.

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 transition or co-requisite work, 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:

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    Taryne Seatz, BA
    Administrative Assistant
    Phone: 336-903-3115
  • 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 ten 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 will be exempt from placement testing by satisfying any of the following criteria.

A. Students who have graduated from a US High School within the last 10 years.

B. Students who have the required minimum ACT or SAT scores within the last 10 years.




(Pre-March 2016)


(March 2016 and Future)

Reading 22 or English 18

Math 22

Reading 500 or Writing 500

Math 500

Evidence-Based Reading & Writing 410

Math 520

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: 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 ten years.

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.

E. Students who have completed a RISE, NCDAP, Accuplacer or Compass placement test with the last 10 years.  Contact Wendy Nichols at 336-838-6136 or for information regarding required scores.

Applicants requiring special testing accommodations due to a disability must notify the Disability Services Office 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 336-838-6136 for further information.

You are allowed to attempt exemption from a transition or co-requisite course only one time per subject with 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.

Retesting Dates

Please contact Wendy Nichols to schedule a retest.


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.

Please complete the request for test scores form and email to to have your placement test scores sent to another institution.

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.

Request for Test Scores

Contact Information

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

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