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.