Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) Placement Test
If the applicant graduated from a regionally accredited public high school, private school, or home school within the past ten years:
- The applicant will be placed into their program’s gateway math and English based on their unweighted high school GPA.
- An applicant with a GPA of 2.8 or higher may register for any class without mandatory additional supports.
- An applicant with a GPA of 2.2-2.799 may enroll in a gateway course with a mandatory corequisite.
NOTE: Co-requisites are not available for all courses.
For courses without a co-requisite, the student will be enrolled in the corresponding pre-requisite for the course.
- An applicant with a GPA less than 2.2 must enroll in a transition course.
- If an applicant does not have a GPA, the RISE Placement test will be required or the applicant must qualify for a waiver.
If the applicant graduated from high school more than ten years ago:
- The applicant will be required to take the RISE Placement test or the applicant must qualify for a waiver.
NOTE: LCC does not accept all online high schools
HOW TO QUALIFY FOR A RISE WAIVER
The RISE Placement Test requirement may be waived by the Director of Admissions upon receipt of the official documentation if the applicant meets one of the following:
- Has earned an associate degree or bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
- Has satisfactorily completed one college-level English and math course at or above the developmental or vocational level at a regionally accredited college or university.
- Has a GED with a score of 170 or higher on each section (2014 and later).
- Has a HiSet score of 15 on each section and a 4 on the essay (2015 and later).
- Has made the following minimum scores on the SAT or ACT:
- English: ACT Reading 20 OR ACT English 16 OR SAT Writing 500 (prior to March 2016) OR SAT Critical Reading 500 (prior to March 2016) OR SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 480 (beginning March 2016)
- Math: ACT Math 20 OR SAT Math 500 (prior to March 2016) OR Math 530 (beginning March 2016)
- Has taken the ACCUPLACER, Asset, Compass, or North Carolina’s Diagnostic Test and Placement (NC DAP) test within the past ten years
PLACEMENT TEST TIERS
ENGLISH – TWO TIERS
Tier One: Introduction to College Reading and Writing, Identifying Main Ideas, Discovering Implied Meaning, Interpreting Bias, Analysis through Definition, Learning Across Disciplines
Tier Two: Exploring Comparative Elements, Informed Opinions through Causal Chains, Applied Critical Analysis, Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing
MATH – THREE TIERS
Tier One: whole numbers; fractions and mixed numbers; decimals; ratio, proportion, and rates; percent; measurement, geometry, and real numbers
Tier Two: solving equations and inequalities; graphing; exponents and polynomials; concepts in statistics
Tier Three: rational expressions; radical expressions and quadratic equations; factoring; systems of equations and inequalities; and functions
Students will not be allowed to retake the RISE Placement Test. The results of the test will place students into gateway math and English with or without a corequisite or into a transition course. Mastery of the transition course will allow students to achieve levels that will allow them to take gateway courses.
- The RISE Placement Test may take two to four hours to complete. Students may take the test in sections over several days if preferred.
- The test is by appointment only. Please contact the Tutorial Lab & RISE Transition Coordinator to schedule your appointment.
- Students must present a valid photo ID to take the RISE Placement Test.
- Students requiring accommodations with a documented disability should contact the Student Support and Accessibility Advisor, at (252)-527-6223, ext. 331.
- There is no cost for the test
- If a student has tested within the last 10 years at another college, the student must contact that college and request Placement Test scores be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- We cannot accept the Accuplacer Nextgen.
To schedule a test, please contact:
Academic Support & RISE Transition Coordinator
Science/LAP (Building 027), Room 121
Phone: (252) 527-6223, ext. 972
Fax: (252) 233-6779