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 placement test, but GPA will be used unless the student requests this option.
  • Placement test will be used for GED/HISET and International Students.

Placement Test

What is the Placement Test and how will it impact my college career?

The placement test includes sections on math and English. The placement test determines where you will start your coursework at PCC.  We offer a variety of classes to meet the needs of every student who enrolls. It is important that each student begin coursework where they will be most successful. The placement test can help us to determine which class will best meet your needs.

It is important to take this test very seriously and to do your best. Your starting point will affect your graduation date, so take some time to explore the information about the placement test:

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 a 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.
  • Student will be supplied with Math formula sheet, scratch paper, pencils, and calculators to use during the test. Personal calculators are not allowed.
  • The RISE placement test consist 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?

  • Student will need to bring an acceptable form of identification to test. The following are acceptable forms of ID:
  • Pitt Community College ID, or other student identification
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Other form of government issued ID

** Please, arrive 15 minutes before scheduled appointment to ensure 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 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.

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Testing Hours

Placement Testing is administered by appointment only. Students should utilize the 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.