Assessments & Placement Testing - Cleveland CC, Shelby, NC

Assessments & Placement Testing

The purpose of placement testing is to ensure the academic readiness of incoming students with the academic requirements of the curriculum. Students entering degree and diploma programs as well as some certificate programs must demonstrate college readiness. In addition, testing may be needed to satisfy pre-requisites for English and Math courses as well as other college courses.

Students graduating from an accredited US high school within the past 10 years, or who earned their General Education Development (GED) or High School Equivalency Test (HiSET) within the past 10 years will not be required to test. Please read the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) Placement Guide to determine if you are required to test or for more information about college placement.

About the test

Cleveland Community College administers the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) placement test to determine collegiate academic readiness.

  • The test consist of two sections: English and Math.
  • The test is free to all CCC applicants.
  • Testing is available in the Student Enrollment Center.
  • The Testing Center will provide scratch paper, pencils, calculators and formula sheets for use during the test. Personal calculators are not allowed.
  • Test results are valid for a period of 10 years from the date of the test.

Subject Areas


The RISE English test consist of two tiers. Students must achieve a score of at least 70 on the first tier to progress to the second tier.

Please view the “RISE Placement Tests” section of the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) Placement Guide for placement options.

English Concepts Covered

Tier 1Tier 2
Introduction to College Reading & WritingExploring Comparative Elements
Identifying Main IdeasInformed Opinions through Casual Chains
Discovering Implied MeaningApplied Critical Analysis
Interpreting BiasUsing Sources in Critical Reading & Writing
Analysis through Definition
Learning across Disciplines



The RISE Math test consists of three tiers. Students must achieve a score of at least 70 on each tier to progress to the next tier.

Please view the “RISE Placement Tests” section of the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) Placement Guide for placement options.

The Testing Center staff will assist students with determining the number of tiers needed for the math requirements within their program of study.

Math Concepts Covered

Tier 1Tier 2Tier 3
Whole NumbersConcepts in StatisticsFactoring
Fractions & Mixed NumbersSolving Equations & InequalitiesSystems of Equations & Inequalities
DecimalsExponents & PolynomialsRational Expressions
Ratios, Rates, & ProportionsGraphingRadical Expressions & Quadratic Equations
Real Numbers


What Should I do before I take the test(s)?

  • Complete the admissions application process for CCC. Find our admissions application information at How to Apply.
  • Meet with your academic advisor to discuss your placement and course options prior to requesting a placement test.
  • If a placement test is needed, make an appointment for testing by calling 704-669-4228.
  • Know your CCC student ID number. It is on your acceptance letter from the College, and in your MyCleveland account. This number is required to take the RISE placement test.
  • If you have a documented disability and need to request special accommodations for the placement test(s), please contact Wanda Lawrence, at 704-669-4034 or prior to making your testing appointment.

How can I prepare for the test(s)?

In order to improve course placement, students are strongly encouraged to prepare for the placement test.  Below are some methods students may use to prepare:

  • EdReady:   (enter as a guest and use college readiness)
  • Khan Academy:
  • Purple Math:
  • Math Help:
  • Mometrix: https://

The Day of the Test

  • Go to Testing Center located in the Paksoy Technology Building Room 3201.
  • Arrive 5-10 minutes early for the test.
  • Allow 3-4 hours to complete all parts of the test. The test is untimed and depends on student pace.
  • Bring a valid photo ID to test (driver’s license or school ID).
  • Know your student ID number for CCC.
  • You do not need to bring any materials with you. We provide all testing materials.
  • Children are not permitted in the testing area and cannot be left unattended while testing.

Test Results

  • Upon completion of the test, the student will receive a printed score report. The test administrator and your advisor will help you interpret the scores.
  • Test scores are considered valid for a period of 10 years from the date the assessment was completed.
  • Any student who needs official placement test scores sent to another college must complete a Transcript/Placement Test Release Form. Score processing may take up to 48 hours.

What if I’m not happy with my scores? Can I take the test again?

You are permitted to re-test one time during a 10 year period.  The 10 year period will be calculated and determined based on the date you originally took the test.