Placement Testing

Central Piedmont administers the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement test.

You have the option to do the placement either in-person or with a remote proctor via Webex. You can tell us how you'd prefer to take the test when you schedule your test; learn more in the "Steps to Schedule and Take Your Placement Test" section.

RISE Placement Test Overview

  • What is the RISE Placement Test?

    The RISE test consists of five different tier levels.

    • There are three math tiers and two English tiers.
    • The test is not timed. Expect to spend about one hour per tier.
    • You must achieve a score of 70 or higher to advance to the next tier level.
    • You must pass each tier in sequential order.
    • There is no fee to take the RISE tests.
    • You will receive your test results immediately.
  • Students with Documented Disabilities

    If you have a documented disability or received academic accommodations in high school or at another college/university, please visit Disability and Access Services prior to taking your placement test. Disability and Access Services will discuss services available process approval for accommodations. Contact Disability and Access Services at 704.330.6621 or email if you have questions.

  • What to Bring to Your Test

    • A valid photo ID (Central Piedmont student ID, driver’s license, military ID, or passport).
    • A basic or scientific calculator is allowed on the math tiers. The Testing Center will provide calculators.
    • Dictionaries are not allowed.
    • The Testing Center will provide scrap paper and pencils.
  • Placement Test Retest Policy

    • You are allowed to retake each tier only once.
    • There is no fee for retesting.
    • You are encouraged to study prior to retaking an English or math tier.

Do I Need to Take the Placement Test? Placement Test Waiver Guidelines

You will likely be placed into courses based on your high school GPA. You do not need to take the placement test — and may request a waiver — if you meet any of the following criteria. If you do not meet any of the following waiver criteria, schedule your placement testing appointment.

  • Degrees Earned

    • You have graduated from a U.S. high school within the last 10 years.
    • You have earned an associate degree or higher.
    • You earned a GED® test score of at least 145 between 2014 and now.
    • You earned High School Equivalency Test (HiSET®) scores of at least 15 on each section and of at least 4 on the essay between 2014 and now.
  • SAT or ACT Test Scores

    Test Minimum Score to Waive English Sections Minimum Math Score to Waive Math Sections
    SAT taken March 2016–present

    480 on Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

    SAT taken prior to March 2016

    500 on Critical Reading or Writing

    ACT taken Sept. 2013–present 22 on Reading or 18 on English 22

    20–21 on Reading or 16–17 on English (will be required to take co-requisite course when enroll)

    20–21 (will be required to take co-requisite course when enroll)
    ACT taken prior to Sept. 2013

    21 on Reading or 18 on English

  • Advanced Placement® (AP) or International Baccalaureate® (IB) Exams

  • College Level Exam Program (CLEP®) Exams

  • Other Waiver Eligibility

    • You plan to earn special credit from Central Piedmont for a course that has no prerequisite (e.g., golf, keyboarding).
    • You have successfully completed (with a grade of “C-” or higher) a college-level math and/or English course from a regionally accredited institution.
    • You have successfully completed developmental-level courses in English and/or math from another North Carolina community college.
    • You have earned appropriate NC DAP placement Test (DMA and DRE) scores.
  • Request a Waiver

    If you qualify for a waiver, contact Student Records, Counseling, Academic Advising, the Transfer Resource Center, or a student success navigator. You will need to provide all appropriate documentation with your request.

    Waiver Method Documentation to Submit (Must be Official)
    Graduation from U.S. high school within past 10 years high school transcript (no older than 10 years)
    Associate degree or higher college-issued transcript
    GED® test scores GED transcript (no older than 2014)
    HiSET® scores HiSET transcript (no older than 2014)
    SAT or ACT scores SAT or ACT scores (no older than 10 years)
    You are seeking special credit or are not seeking a degree approval by campus registrar, counselor, advisor, or student success navigator
    Completion of a college-level math and/or English course college-issued transcript
    Completion of developmental-level courses in English and/or math from another NC community college college-issued transcript
    AP, IB, CLEP®, or NC DAP (DMA and DRE) placement test scores test scores of no older than 10 years; scores previously received remain valid

    If you have taken the NC DAP placement test (DRE and DMA) or the ACCUPLACER College-Level Math placement test at another school within the last 10 years, have an official copy of your scores mailed, emailed, or faxed to the Central Piedmont Testing Center:

    • mail: Central Piedmont Testing & Assessment Center, C/O Matt Bruining, Parr Center, Suite 2000, PO Box 35009, Charlotte, NC 28235
    • email:
    • fax: 704.330.6620

    Scores must be sent from the educational institution where test was taken. Please do not fax or mail scores yourself. We cannot accept unofficial scores.

Steps to Schedule and Take Your Placement Test

Please read and complete each of the following steps to schedule and take your placement test.