Are you a new or returning student for FTCC’s Fall semester?
A new placement process is in effect for Fall 2019 students. FTCC has implemented the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) developmental model.
Current, returning, and new students who do not have college credits, ACT or SAT scores, will be placed by unweighted high school GPA into one of three categories:
- Students with a GPA 2.8+ may register for any class.
- Students with a GPA 2.2-2.799 may enroll in a gateway course with a mandatory co-requisite.
- Students with a GPA < 2.2 must enroll in a one-semester transition course.
Regardless of GPA, a student that has not successfully completed Math 2 prior to High School graduation should register for Transition Math and/or English.
Students who graduated from High School and/or do not have an unweighted GPA may be required to take an assessment. Each student’s record will be reviewed and students will be placed using the model that best serves the student’s success.
Curriculum courses at FTCC require foundational skills in reading, English and math. Unless applicants meet one of the test exemptions, the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) test is required to evaluate any areas in which you need refresher help.
ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills
ATI Testing Students
- All prospective Associate Degree Nursing and Dental Hygiene students participating in the Health Competitive Admissions Process are required to take the ATI TEAS Exam. Select nursing to register for the ATI TEAS.
- ATI TEAS testing is available September through January and March through July. Registration is available at www.atitesting.com via the online store.
- FTCC only accepts and administers the ATI TEAS. TEAS IV and TEAS V are not acceptable exams for the FTCC Health Competitive Admissions Process.
Automotive Service Exam (ASE)
Auto technicians and other professionals who want to become ASE certified can take one or more of ASE’s 40+ exams. The exams are grouped into specialties such as automobiles, medium and heavy truck, truck equipment, school bus, collision repair and more. Many employers require ASE certifications. The test is offered in a computer-based format.
Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE)
The Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) is used to assess a student’s English, Reading and Math readiness and identifies which course or courses best fit a student’s college skill level. There is no fee to take the RISE. The placement can take approximately two to three hours and is available Monday – Friday. A customized state version of the EdReady RISE test will be administered at all 58 North Carolina Community Colleges by Fall 2020.
RISE Test Format
English has two tiers:
Tier One: Introduction to College Reading and Writing, Identifying Main Ideas, Discovering Implied Meaning, Interpreting Bias, Analysis through Definition, Learning Across Disciplines
Tier Two: Exploring Comparative Elements, Informed Opinions through Casual Chains, Applied Critical Analysis, Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing
Math has three tiers:
Tier One: whole numbers; fractions and mixed numbers; decimals; ratio, proportion and rates; percent; measurement, geometry and real numbers
Tier Two: solving equations and inequalities; graphing; exponents and polynomials; concepts in statistics
Tier Three: rational expressions; radical expressions and quadratic equations; factoring; systems of equations and inequalities; and functions
The RISE assess students’ English, reading, and math college readiness skills. It is not a pass or fail test but it is important to do your best. The results will determine the appropriate level of English and math courses to enroll in at FTCC. RISE scores are valid for ten years from test date.
RISE Test Exemptions
High School Graduates
Students who have graduated from high school and have an unweighted GPA.
Students who have taken the ACCUPLACER, ASSET, COMPASS or North Carolina’s Diagnostic Assessment and Placement (NC DAP) within ten years.
Students who have made the following minimum score on the ACT or SAT.
Prior to March 2014:
• ACT score of 20 in Reading AND Writing
• ACT score of 20 in Math
• SAT score of 500 in Critical Reading, Writing AND Math.
March 2014-March 2016:
• ACT score of 20 in Reading OR 18 in English
• ACT score of 22 in Math
• SAT score of 500 in Critical Reading, Writing and Math.
• ACT score of 22 in Reading OR 18 in English
• ACT score of 22 in Math
• SAT score of 480 in Evidence-Based Reading and Writing AND 530 in Math
Note: ACT and SAT scores must be within ten years of test date.
RISE for Distance Students
If you live more than an hour’s drive from FTCC’s campus, you are eligible to take the RISE at a remote location. To ensure the integrity of a student’s test scores and the security of RISE tests, all remote testing must be supervised by an approved proctor.
|Regionally Accredited College or University||Test Center Administrators|
|Public Library||Certified Librarian|
|U.S. Embassy||U.S. Embassy Official|
|U.S. Military Base||Testing Control/Unit Education Officer|
Placement Scores & Re-Testing
Students can retest once per tier within ten years. A minimum score of 75 is required to progress to the next tier of the RISE placement. Students who enroll in transition English or Math are not eligible to retest for the RISE placement once the transition English or Math class has started.
Request Placement Scores
An official copy of your placement score(s) may be mailed to an educational institution or business establishment of your choice. Please specify the department or individual to whom the results should be forwarded and use this form:
Note: Placement scores expire ten years from the date taken.
NC DAP and RISE scores are accepted at North Carolina Community Colleges.