Placement Testing As Part Of The Admission Process

The EdReady RISE Placement Assessment (Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence) is offered to certificate, diploma and degree seeking students who are eligible to test. The following criteria are provided to determine if this exam is an option for you. If you still have questions about your placement status, please contact Admissions, at (336)734-7556, or the Testing Center, at (336)734-7324.

At Forsyth Tech, you will not take the placement test if:

  • You have already earned a previous college degree, including an Associate, Baccalaureate, Masters, or Doctoral degree
  • You have graduated from a United States high school, either public or private, in the past 10 years
  • You completed your G.E.D. since 2014 and achieved a mastery score of 170 or above, on all areas.
  • You completed the HiSET in the past 10 years and earned a score of 15 or higher, on all sections, with at least a score of 4 on the essay
  • You have SAT or ACT test scores that are less than 10 years old, or have other valid placement test scores on file

You have the OPTION to take the placement test if:

  • You graduated from a foreign High School
  • You graduated from a United States high school more than 10 years ago
  • You earned your High School Equivalency or Adult High School Diploma, but did not met the cutoff scores for placement

Course Placement Based on RISE Test Scores

After taking the placement test, you will be placed on one of three paths

Gateway Course: Your college-level course such as ENG111 for English, or MAT110, MAT121, MAT143, MAT152, or MAT171 for Math.

Supplemental Course: A course that is taken with your gateway course to reinforce the material. The course numbers are ENG011 for ENG111, MAT010, MAT021, MAT043, MAT052, and MAT071 for the math courses.

Transitional Course: A fifteen week course in either English (ENG002), or math (MAT003), which will allow you to focus on strengthening your foundational skills before moving into your gateway course. Students who take the English transitional course, must also complete ACA090-College Student Success.

 

Testing is NOT required!
Students who choose not to test, will enroll directly into the transitional courses: ENG002 for English, MAT003 for math, and the required ACA090 – College Student Success.

Why should you test?
It is recommended that you take the placement test if you would like to place as high into college-level courses as possible.

What You Can Expect of the EdReady RISE Placement Test

The RISE placement test is a system of tiered tests that correspond with the transitional courses for English (ENG002) and math (MAT003). The transitional English course and the RISE English test each have two sections/tiers. The transitional course for math and the RISE math test each have three sections/tiers.

English
The RISE English Placement Assessment consists of two sections, identified as Tier 1 and Tier 2. The passing score for each section is a 75. Students have two attempts to achieve a passing score on each section, beginning with Tier 1. They must pass Tier 1 before they can move on to Tier 2. There are no other retest options.

If a person is unable to pass either of the required sections, they will place into a transitional English course (ENG002), and ACA090 – College Student Success. If they pass Tier 1, but not Tier 2, they will place in their college level English course (ENG111) with a supplemental course (ENG011). Passing both of the required sections, will allow the student to register for their gateway English course, without supplemental courses.

The RISE English test measures the following skills.

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 – 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

Math
The RISE Math Placement Assessment consists of three sections, identified as Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3. The passing score for each section is a 75. Students have two attempts to achieve a passing score on each section, beginning with Tier 1. They must pass Tier 1 before they can move on to Tier 2, and Tier 2 before they can attempt Tier 3. There are no other retest options.

Each gateway math course has specific testing requirements. If a person is unable to pass any of the required sections, they will place into a transitional math course (MAT003). If they pass all but the last required section, they will place in their gateway math course with a supplemental course. Passing all of the required sections, will allow the student to register for their gateway math course, without supplemental courses.

Course Prerequisite Tests
MAT110 – Mathematical Measurement and Literacy Tier 1
MAT121 – Algebra and Trigonometry Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3
MAT143 – Quantitative Literacy Tier 1, Tier 2
MAT152 – Statistical Methods Tier 1, Tier 2
MAT171 – Pre-calculus Algebra Tier 1, Tier 2, Tier 3

The RISE math test measures the following skills.

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 – 26 Questions
Mastery of Tier 2: Register for MAT110, MAT143, MAT152, or MAT121 w/ MAT021, or MAT171 w/MAT071
Solving Equations and Inequalities
Graphing
Exponents and Polynomials
Concepts in Statistics
Tier 3 – 20 Questions
Mastery of Tier 3: Register for MAT110, MAT143, MAT152, MAT121 or MAT171
Factoring
Systems of Equations and Inequalities
Rational Expressions
Radical Expressions and Quadratic Equations
Functions

Preparing for the RISE Placement Test

While there is no official study guide for the EdReady RISE Placement Assessment, you may use the websites listed under the Study Resources section below, and the skills listed above, to help you prepare for the assessment.

  • You are encouraged to study for the placement test just as you would for any other important exam.
  • Testing should then be completed as soon as possible in order to avoid unnecessary delays in the registration process.
  • The test is not timed, and you can take all of the sections in one visit, or in multiple visits.

Study Resources: 

Testing Location

The Testing Center
Allman Center, Room 133 (1st Floor), Main Campus
336.734.7324

Walk-In Placement Testing Schedule

Day Check-in Times Office Closes
Monday — Thursday 8 am – 5:30 pm 7 pm
Friday 8 am – Noon 12 pm
1st and 3rd Saturday of the month 8 am – 11:00 am 1 pm

Modified Saturday Placement Testing in July and August:

Saturday testing hours in will be altered in July and August, to accommodate fall registration. Please contact the Testing Center at 336.734.7324 for more details.

Testing Is Also Available At the Following Locations

  • Mazie Woodruff Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7950)
  • Grady Swisher Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7903)
  • Stokes County Center (Appointment only: 336.593.5402, ext.1703)
  • Northwest Forsyth Center (Appointment only: 336.734.7050)
  • Transportation Center (Appointment only: 336.757.3399)