Placement Testing Center

Students who have graduated from a U.S. high school are exempt from placement testing and will be placed into courses upon receipt of their high school transcripts. Wake Tech's course placement policy has more information.

Students who completed high school outside the U.S. and have no other applicable placement measures should complete an English as a Second Language placement test after applying to Wake Tech. Once you have applied, email your testing request to [email protected].

Other placement measures are as follows: 

High school equivalency

GED and Adult High School applicants are exempt from Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement testing and will be placed into transition courses upon receipt of their transcript.

Placement may be based on high school equivalency for applicants whose test scores are dated January 2014 or later.

Minimum score
145 in all subject areas
15 in all subject areas (4 on essay)

SAT score*

Minimum score before 2012
Minimum score 2012 – March 2016
Minimum score after March 2016
Critical Reading
or Writing
Evidence-based Reading and Writing

ACT score*

Minimum score before 2012
Minimum score 2012 – February 2014
Minimum score after February 2014
Reading / English
22 / 18
21 / 18
20 / 16

*Scores must be less than 10 years old at the time you apply to Wake Tech. Coursework and GPA must be verified upon receipt of an official high school transcript.

AP exam score

Applicants who have taken an Advanced Placement English or math exam may submit exam scores for review and determination of testing exemption. Check the AP credit policy for more information.

Previous college work

Placement may be based on completion of an associate degree or higher for applicants who submit a transcript to Wake Tech showing graduation.

Placement may be based on college-level coursework for applicants who have received a grade of "C" or better in a college-level English or math course from a regionally or nationally accredited institution in the U.S.

Previous standard placement tests

Applicants may submit COMPASS, ACCUPLACER, ASSET, NCDAP ACCUPLACER and RISE placement scores for consideration of placement, if scores were received within the last 10 years.

Applicants who have scored 88 or higher on a TOFEL internet-based test may waive English placement testing.

Remote testing

Prospective students wishing to take a placement test at a location other than Wake Tech must find a college or university willing to proctor the test.

Complete the remote test request and either fax it to 919-662-3368 or email it to [email protected].

Requesting test scores

You may request to have official copies of your placement test scores mailed or emailed to another college. There is no fee for this service.

Simply download the Placement Test Scores Request form and email the completed form to [email protected].

NOTE: Wake Tech does not fax test scores.