Preparing for the RISE Placement Test

It is very important that you study for your placement test. We recommend spending at least two hours reviewing each test area – English and math. By obtaining a better score, you will have more class options and can get a head start towards achieving your academic goals.

RISE English Test

There are two RISE English placement tests. Students must earn a 75% on each test to advance to the next. That is, if students earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they can take Test 2. If students do not earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they cannot take Test 2.

Student performance on each RISE English test corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without corequisite support and into the ENG 002 Transition English course.

Students may take the RISE English placement test a maximum of two times.

RISE Placement Test and Scores English Placement
Tier 2/Test 2 - 75% or higher ENG 111
Tier 1/Test 1 - 75% or higher ENG 111 and ENG 011
Tier 1/Test 1 - Less than 75% ENG 002


What's on the RISE English Tests

Tier 1/Test 1

  • Introduction to College Reading and Writing
  • Identifying Main Ideas
  • Discovering Implied Meaning
  • Interpreting Bias
  • Analysis through Definition
  • Learning Across Disciplines

Tier 2/Test 2

  • Exploring Comparative Elements
  • Informed Opinions through Causal Chains
  • Applied Critical Analysis
  • Using Sources in Critical Reading and Writing
     

RISE Math Test

There are three RISE math placement tests. Students must earn a 75% on each test to advance to the next. That is, if students earn a 75% or higher on Test 1, then they can take Test 2. If students do not earn a 75% or higher on Test 2, then they cannot take Test 3.

Student performance on each RISE math test corresponds with the RISE tiers that are used for placement into college-level courses with or without corequisite support and into the MAT 003 Transition Math course.

Students may take the RISE math placement test a maximum of two times.

RISE Placement Test and Scores Math Placement
Tier 3/Test 3 - 75% or higher MAT 121
MAT 171
Tier 2/Test 2 - 75% or higher MAT 121 and MAT 021
MAT 143
MAT 152
MAT 171 and MAT 071
Tier 1/Test 1 - 75% or higher MAT 110
MAT 143 and MAT 043
MAT 152 and MAT 052
Tier 1/Test 1 - Less than 75% MAT 003


What's on the RISE Math Tests

Tier 1/Test 1

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

Tier 2/Test 2

  • Solving Equations and Inequalities
  • Graphing
  • Exponents and Polynomials
  • Concepts in Statistics

Tier 3/Test 3

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

 

Consider exploring the following websites to prepare for the placement test.

English Resources:


Math Resources: