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RISE Placement Testing

What is the Placement Test and how will it impact my college career?
The placement test includes sections on math, English, and computer skills. The placement test determines where you will start your coursework at NCC.

We offer a variety of classes to meet the needs of every student who enrolls. It is important that each student begins coursework where they will be most successful. The placement test can help us to determine which class will best meet your needs.

It is important to take this test very seriously and to do your best. Your starting point will affect your graduation date, so take some time to explore the information about the placement test:

  • RISE Placement Testing Study Resources
  • Schedule a Placement Test (on campus)

If you are a new student, you may need to take the placement test. The RISE (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence placement test is not a pass or fail test. The RISE placement test is used to determine your readiness for college level courses. The placement will help in determining which class will meet your needs.

What should I bring to my testing appointment?

The following are acceptable forms of identification:

  • NCC Student ID, or other student identification
  • Driver’s License
  • Passport
  • Other form of government issued ID

Additional Information

  • The test is untimed and multiple choice.
  • Student will be supplied with Math formula sheet, scratch paper, pencils, and calculators to use during the test. Personal calculators are not allowed.
  • The RISE placement test consist of the English and Math questions.
  • The test may take up to 3 hours per section. Students will be given the option to complete each section of the test in multiple sections.
  • RISE Placement Test scores are valid for 10 years.
  • Student must earn a 70 on each test to advance to the next test.

Arrive 15 minutes before scheduled appointment to check-in. To cancel your appointment, please provide a 24 hour notice.

After Testing

  • Once your test is completed, you receive a printed score report. You will be referred to the counseling office in Student Enrollment Services to discuss your course placement needs.
  • Rise Placement Test scores are considered valid for ten years from the date the assessment was completed.


The RISE test consists of two English tiers. Each question is multiple choice. Each module is self-paced and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Topics covered under English Tier I include:

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

Topics covered under English Tier II include:

  • Exploring Comparative Elements
  • Applied Critical Analysis
  • Using sources in Critical Reading and Writing
  • Informal Opinions through Casual Chains


The RISE test consists of three math tiers. The testing center staff will provide a calculator. Each question is multiple choice. Each module is self-paced and takes approximately 2 hours to complete.

Topics covered under Math Tier I include:

  • Operations with whole numbers and real numbers
  • Relationships between fractions, mixed numbers, and decimals
  • Conceptual application problems containing ratios, rates, proportions, and percentages
  • Graphical and algebraic representations of lines
  • Interpretations of basic graphs
  • Applications using U.S. customary and metric units of measurement
  • Geometry of all shapes

Topics covered under Math Tier II include:

  • Concepts in Statistics
  • Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Exponents, square roots, and order of operations
  • Polynomial operations
  • Graphing

Topics covered under Math Tier III include:

  • Factoring / functions
  • Systems of Equations / Inequalities
  • Rational Expressions
  • Quadratic Equations

Study Resources

The following resources are beneficial in helping you prepare for the English and Math portions of the RISE Placement Test.