Center for Business and Industry (CBI), Room 135
2723 Fort Bragg Road
Fayetteville NC 28303
Phone Number
Office Hours Monday - Friday
8:00AM - 5:00PM

Are you a new or returning student for FTCC’s Fall semester?

FTCC has implemented the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) developmental model.

WebsitecheckmarkCurrent, 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.

WebsitecheckmarkRegardless of GPA, a student that has not successfully completed Math 2 prior to High School graduation should register for Transition Math and/or English.

WebsitecheckmarkStudents 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.

Placement Testing

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.

  • Complete RDS Application
  • Current Admissions Application
  • Official Photo Identification
    (i.e. driver’s license, school, military, passport, or work ID) that bears your first and last name

ATI Test of Essential Academic Skills

ATI Testing Students

  • All prospective  Associate Degree Nursing,  Dental Hygiene and Practical Nursing students participating in the  Health Competitive Admissions Process  are required to take the ATI TEAS Exam.
  • Registration and payment is only available at via the online store
    • Students must create an account, select Register for TEAS, select Nursing for Program Type to test at an FTCC location
    • Students who register for TEAS at ATI will test remotely with an approved proctor via webcam
    • Students who register for TEAS at PSI will test at an approved PSI test center.
  • FTCC only accepts and administers the ATI TEAS. TEAS IV and TEAS V are not comparable to the ATI TEAS. TEAS IV and TEAS V are not acceptable for the FTCC Competitive Health Admissions

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.

ASE Testing Schedule

  • Register for the ASE online
  • Choose a Time
    • Tuesdays at 3:30 PM
    • Thursdays at 9:30 AM
  • Call the Fayetteville Campus at 910-678-8417 to schedule

ASE Tests are on the Fayetteville Campus
Center for Business and Industry (CBI), Room 135
2723 Fort Bragg Road
Fayetteville NC 28303

Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Center

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What to Expect

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 within 10 years 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.

March 2016-Present:

• 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.

Acceptable Proctors

Location Potential Proctors
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 & Retesting


Students can retest once per tier within ten years. A minimum score of 70 is required to progress to the next tier of the RISE placement. Additionally, students are not eligible to take the RISE placement while enrolled in an English or math course.

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.