MCC RISE Placement Guide by Measure
Students entering a NCCC may be placed into course using a one of several measures:
High School Measures
|HS GPA||Placement||ENG Course||Math Course
|< 2.2||ENG 002||MAT 003|
|2.2 – 2.799||Gateway Course/Co-Reg||ENG 111 + 011||MAT 110 + 010/121 + 021/143* + 043/152* + 052/171 + 071|
|>2.8||Gateway Courses||ENG 111||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
(When using the high school GPA for placement, the unweighted GPA is used. For students who apply for admission before graduating from high school, the unweighted GPA at the end the 1st semester of the Junior year or the most recent is used)
General Education Development (GED)
|Mathematical Reasoning, Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, & Science|
(2014 and after; students with GED awarded prior to 2014 must take the RISE test)
|< 145 on any||ENG 002 & MAT 003 or Rise Test
|145 - 164||Gateway Course + co-req|
|> or = 165 on all||Gateway Courses: ENG 111 & MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
(2014 and after; students with GED awarded prior to 2014 must take the RISE Test)
High School Equivalency Test (HiSET)
|Language Arts-Reading,||< 15 on any or||ENG 002 & MAT 003 or Rise Test|
|Language Arts-Writing, Essay||< 4 on essay||Gateway Courses: ENG 111 & MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
|Mathematics, Science, & Social Studies ||> 15 on all & > 4 on essay||Gateway Courses: ENG 111 & MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
|English (Pre-March 2016)||> 500||ENG 111|
|Critical Reading (Pre-March 2016)||> 500||ENG 111|
|Mathematics (Pre-March 2016)||> 500||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
|Reading & Writing (March 2016 & after)||> 480||ENG 111|
|Mathematics (March 2016 & after)||> 530||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
|English (2014 & after)||16 – 17||ENG 111 + 011|
|English||> 18||ENG 111|
|Reading (2014 & after)||20 – 21||ENG 111 + 011|
|Reading||> 22||ENG 111|
|Mathematics (2014 & after)||20 – 21||Gateway Course + co-req|
|Mathematics||> 22||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
Previous Developmental Credit
|Developmental Ed||Multiple Measures||RISE||Placement|
|RED 070 & ENG 070||DRE 096||ENG 002|
|RED 080 & ENG 080||DRE 097||ENG 002 + G=P1||ENG 111 + 011|
|RED 090 & ENG 090||DRE 098||ENG 002 + G=P2||ENG 111|
|MAT 060||DMA 010 - 030||MAT 003 + G=P1||MAT 110/143* + 043/152* + 052|
|MAT 070/071||DMA 010 - 050||MAT 003 + G=P2||MAT110/121 + 021/143*/152*/171 +|
|MAT 080||DMA 010 - 080||MAT 003 + G=P3||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
(If RED & ENG placement is not the same, place student in lowest DRE. No credit places into DRE 096)
Previous College Credit
|C or better in a college level English (requiring pre-req of DRE 098)||ENG 111|
|C or better in a college level Math (requiring pre-req of DMA 080)||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
|Students who have earned an Associate or Bachelors degree||Gateway Courses|
(Previous college credit used for placement must be from a regionally accredited institution and be evaluated by the Office of Records and Registration.)
RISE Placement Tests
|English Tier 1||> or = to 70||DRE 098|
|English Tier 2||> or = to 70||ENG 111|
|Math Tier 1||> or = to 70||MAT 110/DMA 040|
|Math Tier 2||> or = to 70||MAT 110,143*,152*,DMA 060|
|Math Tier 3||> or = to 70||MAT 110,121,143*,152*,171|
RISE Placement Tests
|English Tier 1||> or = to 70||ENG111 + 011|
|English Tier 2||> or = to 70||ENG 111|
|Math Tier 1||> or = to 70||MAT 110/143* + 043/152* + 052|
|Math Tier 2||> or = to 70||MAT110/121 + 021/143*/152*/171 +|
|Math Tier 3||> or = to 70||MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171|
*MAT 143 and MAT 152 also require a student to be eligible for ENG 111.
- Rise Test, SAT, & ACT scores are valid for 10 years.
- If a student is using a measure other than the Rise Test for placement, an official transcript, SAT scores, or ACT scores must be submitted to Student Services.
DIRECT PLACEMENT INTO MAT 271
|Criteria (must be within last 5 years)||Score/Grade|
|AP Calculus AB Exam||> or = to 2|
|AP Calculus Course & unweighted HS GPA||Grade of C or higher & GPA of 3.0 or higher|
|SAT Math (prior to March 2016) & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state||> or = to 580 & Grade of C or higher|
|SAT Math (March 2016 and beyond) & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state||> or = to 600 & Grade of C or higher|
|ACT Math & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state||> or = to 27 & Grade of C or higher|
|SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2||> or = to 560|
MCC RISE Test Information
Who Will Test
- Applicants who have been out of school more than 10 years
- Applicants who earned a High School Equivalency diploma within the last 10 years and do not meet the required scores
- GED: 170 or higher on all tests (2014 or after)
- HiSET: 15 or higher on all subject tests & 4 on essay
- Applicants who completed Adult High School
- Applicants who graduated from a foreign high school
Ways to Waive the RISE Test
- ACT or SAT Scores within the last 10 years
- See a Success Advisor or Placement Procedure for required scores
- College Level English or Math Course, with a “C” or better
- Associate Degree or Bachelors Degree
- Other Placement Test Scores taken within the last 10 years
About the RISE Test
- The Rise test should only be given if none of the other acceptable eligibility criteria has been met and may not be taken if the student graduated from a US high school within the last 10 years.
- Test scores are valid for 10 years.
- A student may only retake any one tier of the RISE Placement Test once within a 10 year period.
- Non-course credit is granted for developmental courses and does not count toward the required number of credit hours for graduation.
- The RISE Tests are sequential; a student must pass each tier before attempting the next.
- There is a charge of $25 for any student who requests a Rise Test, but will not be attending MCC.
- A student must meet with a Success Advisor prior to registering for any course.
What to Expect on Test Day
- A valid email is required to register for the test.
- The RISE Test is untimed and multiple choice.
- It takes, on average, 120 minutes to complete.
- Each section must be completed in a single session.
- If a question is skipped, the student cannot go back, the question is marked wrong and zero points are awarded.
- Questions are chosen randomly from a test bank, so students are unlikely to see the same set of questions as their peers.
- Students may use a calculator for RISE Test; a scientific calculator is recommended, however any calculator is acceptable. Students may also have scrap paper and a Math Formula Sheet (provided by the Testing Coordinator).
- Cell phones and WIFI enabled devices are not permitted in the testing carrels and must be placed in a device compartment upon entering the Testing Center.
A student with a disability may request testing accommodations for the RISE Test. The student must present documentation to the Office of Counseling and Disability Services and a counselor will determine if the accommodations are reasonable.