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Placement Testing

Placement Testing

James Sprunt Community College administers the EdReady RISE placement test to determine your academic readiness to take college-level English or math courses – or your readiness to take other classes that require English or math proficiency. Students may take up to two English tests and up to three math tests. A minimum score of 70% on each tier of testing allows a student to progress to the next tier. The test is computerized and untimed, and testers are provided with a calculator, formula sheet, and pencil/scratch paper. No outside electronics, including cell phones and smart watches, are allowed. Students may take the placement test a maximum of two times. 

Who Needs to Test?

Testing is not required if:

  • You have graduated from a United States high school and have an unweighted GPA 
  • You have already earned an Associate’s degree or higher level of education 
  • Special credit students (students not working towards a credential) may take up to 12 credit hours in areas other than math and English.
  • Successful completion of developmental coursework or college-level English and/or Math course
  • You have SAT or ACT test scores or have other valid placement test scores (NC-DAP, Accuplacer, Compass, or ASSET tests) on file with Admissions that are less than 10 years old
  • You completed your G.E.D. since 2014.
  • You completed the HiSET since 2014 and earned a score of 15 or higher, on all sections, with at least a score of 4 on the essay

Testing is required if:

  • You graduated from a High School outside the United States
  • Your official high school transcript does not provide an unweighted GPA
  • You earned your Adult High School Diploma
  • You took HISET, but did not meet the minimum cut-off scores

Testing Location 

Hoffler Building
Student Success Center
Room 105
A valid photo ID is required to check-in for testing.

Testing Registration

Complete the online form to register: Register for the Placement Test 

 

The RISE English Test consists of the following content areas:

Tier 1

TIER 1 – 55 QUESTIONS

MASTERY OF TIER 1: REGISTER FOR ENG111 WITH ENG011

Vocabulary Recognizing opinion and fact
Identifying the target audience Identifying the author’s intent
Identifying the main topic/thesis statement Punctuation
Identifying parts of speech (verb, noun, etc.) Evaluating supporting details
Recognizing language cues Correct verb tense
Run on sentences, comma splices and fragments Identifying point of view (1st, 2nd, or 3rd person)
Parallel sentence structure Transitional words and phrases

Tier 2

TIER 2 – 41 QUESTIONS

MASTERY OF TIER 2: REGISTER FOR ENG111

Objective vs. subjective language Points of comparison
Matching the thesis statement to a prompt Comparison strategies
Explanatory thesis Compare & contrast essay
Active or passive voice Letter salutations
Attributive phrases Capitalization
APA and MLA citation formats Paraphrasing vs. plagiarism
Identifying credible sources Recognizing author bias
Homophones (your, you’re; there, they’re, their) Reading for research and understanding

 

The RISE Math Test consists of the following content areas:

Tier 1

TIER 1 – 29 QUESTIONS
MASTERY OF TIER 1: REGISTER FOR MAT110, OR MAT143 W/ MAT043, OR MAT152 W/ MAT052

Whole Numbers
Fractions and Mixed Numbers
Decimals
Ratios, Rates and Proportions
Percentages
Measurement
Geometry
Real Numbers

Tier 2

TIER 2 – 26 QUESTIONS
MASTERY OF TIER 2: REGISTER FOR MAT110, MAT143, MAT152, OR MAT171 W/ MAT071

Solving Equations and Inequalities
Graphing
Exponents and Polynomials
Concepts in Statistics

Tier 3

TIER 3 – 20 QUESTIONS
MASTERY OF TIER 3: REGISTER FOR MAT110, MAT143, MAT152, OR MAT171

Factoring
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Rational Expressions
Radical Expressions and Quadratic Equations
Functions

Preparing for the Placement Test

We strongly encourage students to review for the placement test by utilizing the resources below: 

Math Review

Khan Academy

Purple Math

Math Study Course (Select “Enroll” and create an account)

Core Math (JSCC email/password required)

English Review

Infoplease

Grammar Book

English Study Course (Select “Enroll” and create an account)

Core English (JSCC email/ password required)

Placement Test Score Report Request

Complete the Placement Test Scores Request Form (pdf) and return to:

Amber Ferrell
James Sprunt Community College
PO Box 398
Kenansville, NC 28349
aferrell@jamessprunt.edu
Fax (910) 296‐1222

CONTACT INFO

If you have any questions, please contact:

Amber Ferrell
Counselor
Phone:  910-275-6368
Email:  aferrell@jamessprunt.edu

Karla Blanton
Counselor
Phone:  910.275.6367
Email:  kblanton@jamessprunt.edu

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