Placement Testing FAQs

Can I fail the test?

No. The placement test does not determine whether you can attend Wake Tech; it lets us know your skill levels. The test determines whether you will start with college-level credit courses or be required to complete any transition courses before starting college-level credit courses.

Can I take my placement test at another college or university?

Testing at another college or university may be possible. Please check with the North Carolina community college where you wish to test to see if they will allow you to take the test at their location.


Can I take the RISE placement test if I am admitted to Wake Tech based on test exemptions?

No, you may not take the RISE placement test. If you are an enrolled student with concerns in your course placement, please see an advisor to discuss your options.

Can I take the test more than once?

Retesting is permitted only when there is evidence of extenuating circumstances during initial testing or when the scores do not seem indicative of the student's current skill level. Students wishing to retest must get permission to retest from an advisor and pay a $10 retesting fee to the Cashier's Office before taking the retest. Bring your receipt from the cashier to the testing center on the day of your retest.

Do my placement test scores really matter?

Yes. While placement tests do not determine whether you will be admitted to Wake Tech, they do determine your course placement. Preparing yourself for the placement test, by reviewing and taking practice tests, can save you lots of time and money.

What is the ESL placement test?

The ACCUPLACER ESL placement test is a computer-based, untimed test that measures multiple levels of English proficiency. Students are tested in language use and reading skills. The test is used to appropriately place students in English as a Foreign Language courses.

Should I take the ESL placement test?

The English as a Foreign Language department at Wake Tech recommends that all students for whom English is not a native language take the ESL placement test.

How can I prepare to take the test?

A variety of websites offer sample tests and help you prepare.


How long will the test take?

Each tier of the placement test may take up to one hour. Plan for testing to last anywhere from two to five hours.

Is there a fee to take the placement test?

There is no charge for a student's first placement test. All retests cost $10. Students are not allowed to test more than two times in one year.

May I use a calculator for the math section of the placement test?

You may use the calculator that Wake Tech provides you. Personal calculators are not allowed.

What is on the placement test?

The RISE placement test consists of English and math sections.

When will I get the results of my test?

The test proctor will print your test results for you as soon as you have finished the test.