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Placement Testing and Waivers

Placement Test Criteria 

You will not take the placement test if:

  1. You have already earned a previous college degree, including Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctoral degree from a regionally accredited college or university.
  2. You have graduated from a United States high school, either public or private, in the past ten years and have an unweighted high school GPA.
  3. You have completed your GED since 2014 and achieved a mastery score of 170 or above on all areas.
  4. You have completed the HISET in the past ten years and earned a score of 15 or higher, on all sections, with at least a score of four on the essay.
  5. You have SAT or ACT test scores that are less than ten years old and indicate college English and/or math placement, or have other valid placement test scores on file.


You have the option to take the placement test for English and/or math if:

  1. Your high school unweighted GPA is between 2.2 and 2.7999 and is within the past 10-years.
  2. You do not have an unweighted high school GPA.
  3. You graduated from a foreign high school.
  4. You graduated from a U. S. high school beyond ten years.
  5. You earned a High School Equivalency or Adult High School Diploma, but did not meet the cutoff scores for placement.
  6. OPTIONAL: Waiving the placement test will result in placement into Transitions and BSP (Basic Skills) courses per prerequisite requirements of desired courses and programs.


After taking the placement test, students will be placed on one of the three paths below:

  1. Gateway Courses, which are ENG-111, MAT-143, MAT-152, and MAT-171 (MAT-110 is not a gateway math course, but you could be placed in this course, as well, depending on your program). *Students may be placed into a college level English course with a supplemental course, which is a course to assist in reinforcing the content.
  2. Transitional Courses (ENG-002, MAT-003, BSP-4002, or BSP-4003): 16-week course in either English or math, which allows the student to focus on strengthening your foundational skills before moving to the gateway course.
  3. Combination of the previous two depending on placement test scores.

The following resources provided below are to assist you in being better prepared to take our placement test. If you have further questions, please give us a call at 704-978-1308 or email placementtest@mitchellcc.edu

English Resources- Grammarbook: grammarbook.com

Englishgrammar101: englishgrammar101.com

OWL Purdue Writing Lab: owl.purdue.edu

HippoCampus: hippocampus.org

Grammar Monster: grammar-monster.com

Study.com: study.com/teach/reading-comprehension-resources.html

Math Resources- Khan Academy: khanacademy.org

Developmental Math 1:  youtube.com/playlist?list=PLJYoH4xgDg2GqMZclUNlPN7e6P8VZLkB8

Developmental Math 2: youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1C68557896CFABA8

PurpleMath: purplemath.com

Visual Fractions: visualfractions.com

Virtualnerd: virtualnerd.com

IXL: ixl.com

Math Learning: onlinemathlearning.com

Hotmath: varsitytutors.com/hotmath

Algebra II Help: varsitytutors.com/algebra_ii-help

Math Planet: mathplanet.com/education/algebra-1

Math Planet: mathplanet.com/education/algebra-2

Math TV: mathtv.com


What’s your Learning Style?

Know your Learning Style: Knowing your preferred learning style is helpful in determining how you learn best. Three learning styles are often identified in students.

· Auditory

· Visual

· Tactile/Kinesthetic


If you would like to take an assessment to see how you learn best, feel free to click on the link below.

How-To-Study.com: how-to-study.com/learning-style-assessment

Topics to Review for the RISE Placement Test

It is very important that you study for your placement test. We recommend spending at least two hours reviewing each test area – English and math. By obtaining a better score, you will have more class options and can get a head start towards achieving your academic goals.


RISE English Test

There are two RISE English placement sections. Students must earn a 75% on each tier to advance to the next. That is, if students earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they can take Test 2. If students do not earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they cannot take Test 2.

Student performance on each RISE English assessment corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support and into the ENG 002 Transition English course.

Students may take the RISE English placement test a maximum of two times.


Rise Placement Test and Scores


English Placement


Tier 2/Test 2
75% or higher

ENG 111


Tier 1/Test 1
75% or higher

ENG 111 and ENG 011


Tier 1/Test 1
Less than 75%

ENG 002












What is on the RISE English tests?

Tier 1/Test 1

  • Introduction to College Reading and Writing
  • Identifying Main Ideas
  • Discovering Implied Meaning
  • Interpreting Bias
  • Analysis through Definition
  • Learning Across Disciplines


Tier 2/Test 2

  • Exploring Comparative Elements
  • Informed Opinions through Causal Chains
  • Applied Critical Analysis
  • Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing




RISE Math Test

There are three RISE math placement sections. Students must earn a 75% on each tier to advance to the next. That is, if students earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they can take Test 2. If students do not earn a 75% or higher on Test 2, then they cannot take Test 3.

Student performance on each RISE math assessment corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without co-requisite support and into the MAT 003 Transition Math course.


Students may take the RISE math placement test a maximum of two times.


RISE Placement Test and Scores


Math Placement


Tier 3/Test 3
75% or higher

MAT 171


Tier 2/Test 2
75% or higher

MAT 121 and MAT 021
MAT 143
MAT 152
MAT 171 and MAT 071


Tier 1/Test 1 
75% or higher


MAT 110
MAT 143 and MAT 043
MAT 152 and MAT 052


Tier 1/Test 1
Less than 75%

MAT 003















What is on the RISE Math tests?

Tier 1/Test 1

  • Whole Numbers
  • Fractions and Mixed Numbers
  • Decimals
  • Ratios, Rates and Proportions
  • Percents
  • Measurement
  • Geometry
  • Real Numbers


Tier 2/Test 2

  • Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Graphing
  • Exponents and Polynomials
  • Concepts in Statistics


Tier 3/Test 3

  • Factoring
  • Systems of Equations and Inequalities
  • Rational Expressions
  • Radical Expressions and Quadratic Equations
  • Functions

Retest Policy:

Students are allowed one test per Tier/Test Section and one retest per Tier/Test Section in 10 years.


Do you have any questions?
Feel free to contact us anytime!

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Placement Testing
(704) 978-5493
PlacementTest@mitchellcc.edu