Stanly Community College is an equal opportunity educational institution and employer. The College does not practice or condone discrimination in any form against students, employees, or applicants on the grounds of race, color, national origin, religion, gender, age, or disability consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Executive Order 11246, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Americans With Disabilities Act of 1992.

Placement Testing Rule

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General Placement Testing Rules


Applicants to the college will be evaluated and placed into gateway English and Math courses according to the NCCCS Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) model.  Applicants who have graduated from a US high school and have a valid high school GPA will be placed into gateway college courses using their unweighted high school GPA following the RISE model.  Applicants who graduated more than 10 years prior to enrollment may complete the RISE Placement Test to determine gateway course placement. 


Applicants in the following scenarios are not eligible for the RISE Placement Test:

  • Applicants who have graduated from a US high school with a valid high school GPA within the last 10 years
  • Applicants who have earned developmental course credit
  • Applicants who have successfully complete a college-level English or Math course
  • Applicants who have earned an Associate or Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution
  • Applicants who meet the RISE measures for college readiness on the HiSET or GED

Applicants in the following scenarios are required to enroll in a Transition English (ENG-002) or Transition Math (MAT-003) course or are required to complete the RISE Placement Test to determine placement:

  • Applicants who earned their high school equivalency or GED and did not meet the RISE measures
  • Applicants who graduated from an international high school or have no valid high school GPA

Applicants in the following scenario are required to accept the placement indicated by their high school GPA or are required to complete the RISE Placement Test to determine placement:

  • Applicants who graduated from a US high school more than 10 years prior to enrollment

Guidelines for RISE placement may be found on the college website on the page “Resources for RISE” or via the North Carolina Community College System Office website.

On-Campus Placement Testing

Students may complete placement testing offered through the on-campus Testing Center.  Placement testing is available by appointment only.  The Testing Center adheres strictly to appointment times to provide a distraction-reduced testing environment for students currently testing. 


Placement Testing for Students at a Distance

Students who cannot complete the placement test on campus will need to work with the SCC Testing Center to complete the placement test at another authorized test center.


Placement Test Results Transfer

Stanly Community College will only accept transferred testing results in a sealed envelope or via electronic transmission (facsimile or e-mail) from the testing site at which the student completed the placement test. Only acceptable placement tests will be used for college readiness using the RISE model for placement.


Placement Testing Costs or Fees

Current students at SCC may take the placement test for free.  Students completing the placement test to attend another North Carolina Community College must pay a $20 fee prior to test administration. 



Students may retest only once using the RISE Placement Test. It is recommended that students complete remediation prior to retesting. If the student is already enrolled in pre-college level studies at the time he or she retests and if the scores on the retest place him or her out of pre-college level, the student will follow the college’s standard withdrawal and refund procedures for tuition and books if he or she chooses to exit the pre-college level course.


Placement Testing for Individuals with Disabilities

Individuals with disabilities may request reasonable accommodation for placement testing. Official documentation verifying the disability and the need for reasonable accommodation must be submitted to the Director of Counseling and Special Services at least two weeks prior to testing appointment. Accommodations include but are not limited to extended test time, paper and pencil version testing, and/or testing using audio or visual enhancing software.



Revisions: 10/14/2015 (Placement Testing Rule, Testing Center Rule), 10/22/2018