RISE Placement Testing

Students are placed into classes based on GPA or RISE Placement Test. The below information determines individual student placement:

  • GPA is used for all U.S. high school graduates.
  • Students who graduated high school 10+ years ago will have the option to take a placement test, but GPA will be used unless the student requests this option.
  • Placement tests will be used for GED/HiSET and International Students.

RISE Placement Testing

If you are a new student, you may need to take the placement test. The RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) placement test is not a pass-or-fail test. The RISE placement test is used to determine your readiness for college-level courses. The placement will help in determining which class will meet your needs.


Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE)

Students entering an NC Community College will be placed by their unweighted high school GPA into one of three buckets.

  • Students with a 2.8 or higher GPA may register for college-level courses without mandatory additional support.
  • Students with a 2.2-2.799 may register for a gateway course with a mandatory support course
  • Students with a 2.2 or less will be required to enroll in a one-semester transition course.

Students who graduated 10 years ago or more now have the option to be placed by their high school gpa or opt to take the placement test. For more information, please contact Placement Testing at 252-493-7561.

Information about the RISE Placement Test

  • The test is untimed and multiple choice.
  • Students will be supplied with a Math formula sheet, scratch paper, pencils, and calculators to use during the test. Personal calculators are not allowed.
  • The RISE placement test consists of the English and Math questions.
  • The test may take up to 3 hours per section. Students will be given the option to complete each section of the test in multiple sections.
  • RISE Placement Test scores are valid for 10 years.

Schedule a Test

What should I bring to my testing appointment?

Students will need to bring an acceptable form of identification to the test. The following are acceptable forms of ID:

  • Pitt Community College ID, or other student identification
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Other forms of government-issued ID

** Please, arrive 15 minutes before the scheduled appointment to ensure a timely check-in process. If you need to cancel your appointment, we ask that you give us at least 24hr. notice.

Test Results:

  • Once your test is completed, you will receive a printed score report. You will be referred to your academic advisor to discuss course placement needs.
  • Rise Placement Test scores are considered valid for ten years from the date the assessment was completed.

Score Request:

Requesting Your Test Scores

Pitt Community College will be glad to send a copy of your test scores to another college or school if you request it. This needs to be a written request that has your signature on it. We accept faxed and mailed requests or you can stop by to fill out a score request form. You can also download a copy of the request form to fill out. You must follow these guidelines when requesting test scores.

It can take up to 48 hours to process a score request form. Once it is processed, the scores from all of the placement tests and/or HOBET tests that you took at Pitt Community College will be sent to the college or school that you indicated on the request form. If you tested at another college or school, you must contact them to request that they send those scores. PCC can only send test scores that originate with us.  (Note: HOBET test is no longer required for Health Sciences admission process as of 10/15/09.)

Test scores are kept on file at Pitt Community College for five years.

Preparing for the Test:

It is always best to be prepared when taking a test.  Use the links below for information on the specific test(s) you will be taking.

If you have additional questions, please call Placement Testing at 252-493-7561. Questions may also be submitted to pcctesting@my.pittcc.edu.

Computer Skills

If you are not familiar with computer basics or would like to refresh your computer skills, please click on the following links below:

Testing Hours

Placement Testing is administered by appointment only. Students should utilize the PCC Online Scheduler below to schedule their appointment. Students should schedule their testing appointment ASAP upon receipt of their acceptance letter, since testing appointments are limited.  Students who wait until summer, which is Testing’s busy period, to schedule an appointment may find that all testing appointments are already booked. Students will NOT be able to register for classes until they complete their placement test.

*  Students who require testing accommodations are required to contact PCC Office of Accessibility Services prior to scheduling a testing appointment.

** Students testing for other institutions are required to obtain a Remote Testing Voucher from their home institution (see PCC Testing Appointment Policy).

 It is the student’s responsibility to read the PCC Testing Appointment Policy and take appropriate steps as needed prior to their testing appointment.