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Placement Procedure

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)

Test Score Placement
Mathematical Reasoning, Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, & Science < 145 on any ENG 002 & MAT 003 or Rise Test
Mathematical Reasoning, Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, & Science  145 - 164  Gateway Course + co-req
Mathematical Reasoning, Reading through Language Arts, Social Studies, & Science > 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)

Test Score Placement
Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing Essay, Mathematics, Science, & Social Studies < 15 on any or < 4 on essay ENG 002 & MAT 003 or Rise Test
Language Arts-Reading, Language Arts-Writing Essay, Mathematics, Science, & Social Studies > 15 on all & > 4 on essay Gateway Courses: ENG 111 & MAT 110/121/143*/152*/171

 

SAT

Test Score Placement
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

 

ACT

Test Score Placement
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 DMA 010 - 050 MAT 003 + G=P2 MAT110/121 + 021/143*/152*/171 + 071
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

Credit Placement
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

Test Score Placement
English Tier 1 < 70 ENG 002
English Tier 1 > 70 ENG 111 + 011
English Tier 2 > 70 ENG 111
Math Tier 1 < 70 MAT 003
Math Tier 1 > 70 MAT 110/143* + 043/152* + 052
Math Tier 2 > 70 MAT110/121 + 021/143*/152*/171 + 071
Math Tier 3 > 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 the last 5 years) Score/Grade
AP Calculus AB Exam > 2
Unweighted HS GPA & AP Calculus Course > 3.0 GPA & Grade of C or higher
SAT Math (prior to March 2016) & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state > 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 > 600 & Grade of C or higher
ACT Math & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state > 24 & Grade of C or higher
SAT Subject Test in Math Level 2 > 560
Trigonometry section of the ACT Compass Math Placement > 46
Unweighted HS GPA & NC Standard Course of Study Pre-Calculus Course or equivalent from another state  > 3.5 GPA & Grade of C or higher

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

o             GED:  170 or higher on all tests (2014 or after)

o             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

o             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.

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