Frequently Asked Questions

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Can I fail the test?

NO. The placement test does not determine whether you can attend Wake Tech; it lets us know your skill levels. The test determines whether you will start with college-level credit courses or be required to complete the transition course(s) before starting college-level credit courses.

Can I take my placement test at another college or university?

Testing at another college or university may be possible.  Please check with the North Carolina Community College where you wish to test to see if they will allow you to take the test at their location


Can I take the RISE placement test if I am admitted to Wake Tech based on Test Exemptions?

No, you may not take the RISE placement test. If you are an enrolled student with concerns in your course placement, please see an advisor to discuss your options.

Can I take the test more than once?

Retesting is permitted only when there is evidence of extenuating circumstances during initial testing, or when the scores do not seem indicative of the student’s current skill level. Students wishing to retest must get permission to retest from an advisor, and pay a $10 retesting fee to the cashiers office before taking the retest. Bring your receipt from the cashier to the testing center on the day of your retest.

Do I need an appointment to take the test?

YES. Please schedule a test appointment. The online reservations system will save time and allow you to review testing times and locations. You may also call the Testing Center at 919-866-5461 to schedule an appointment to take the test.  A reservation secures a computer for your test.  Testing staff will review with you which sections of the RISE you will need.


Do my placement test scores really matter?

YES. While placement tests do not determine whether you will be admitted to Wake Tech, they do determine your course placement. Preparing yourself for the placement test, by reviewing and taking practice tests, can save you lots of time and money.

ESL placement test - Should I take it ?

The English as a Foreign Language department at Wake Tech recommends that all students for whom English is not a native language take the ESL placement test.

ESL placement test -- What is it?

The ACCUPLACER ESL placement test is a computer-based, untimed test that measures multiple levels of English proficiency. Students are tested in Language Use and Reading Skills. The test is used to appropriately place students in EFL (English as a Foreign Language) courses.

How can I prepare to take the test?

A variety of websites offer sample tests and help you prepare. View the List of Resources.


How long will the test take?

Each tier of the placement test may take up to one hour. Plan for testing to last anywhere from two to five hours.

Is there a fee to take the placement test?

There is no charge for a student’s first placement test. All retests cost $10. (Students are not allowed to test more than 2 times in one year.)

May I use a calculator for the Math section of the placement test?

You may use the calculator that Wake Tech provides you. Personal calculators are not allowed.

What is on the placement test?

The RISE placement test consists of English and Math sections.

When will I get the results of my test?

The test proctor will print your test results for you as soon as you have finished the test.