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Susan Long

Director of Student Enrichment Center
& Adult Engagement


Myra Morgan

Coordinator of Enrollment
Operations & Success Coach

Placement Testing

Student Enrichment Center (SEC): Placement Testing


Susan Long and Myra Morgan


The SEC is located in Building 11 (Administration Building) in the rear upper level of the library.

The Student Enrichment Center provides a variety of testing, counseling and student support services. These include: Placement Testing and Career Assessments to explore student interests and aptitudes, Career Counseling Services, and Tutorial Assistance Services. All Student Enrichment Center services are free to the MTCC student. Walk-ins are accepted; however, appointments are encouraged to guarantee the student these services in a timely manner.

Placement Test

In order to guarantee high program standards and student success, it is important that the academic abilities of students be equal to program entrance requirements. The “open door” policy allows all students the opportunity to further their education; however, program entrance requirements must be met.

RISE- Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence

The Pre-College (Developmental) program uses the Reinforced Instruction for Student Excellence (RISE) model. The RISE model places students into one of three pathways based primarily on their high school GPA and replaces prerequisite remediation with co-requisite remediation.

A high school GPA is the first placement measure for RISE. High school graduation must be from a U.S. high school. The only applicants who will be required to take a placement test are those who graduated from a foreign high school, fall outside the other RISE criteria, did not take Math II in high school, took the GED prior to 2014, or who earned an adult high school diploma.

RISE Placement

HS GPA 2.8+ Gateway math or English without co-requisite

HS GPA 2.2-2.799 Gateway math or English co-requisite

HS GPA <2.2 Transition Math Course and/or Transition English Course
College level placement into English and math courses (without co-requisites) can also be attained by the following methods:

  • Submit official ASSET, Accuplacer or COMPASS scores taken within the last ten years from another college.
  • Submit an official transcript showing completion of college level English or math at an accredited college with a grade of C or better.
  • Submit official Act and/or SAT scores for placement.

Contact the Student Enrichment Center if you have questions about placement and the College Placement Test at 828-659-0418.

Practice Questions?

Visit the SEC and pick up printed study guides.

Rules for Placement Testing:

  • Ensure you have an application on file with Student Services.
  • Schedule an appointment with the Student Enrichment Center.
  • Discuss any special needs or concerns related to testing during the appointment.
  • Persons with disabilities should request special accommodations when scheduling the testing appointment to allow adequate time for arrangements.
  • Submit official documentation verifying the disability and the need for special accommodations prior to testing.
  • Special accommodations may include, but are not limited to, braille, large print materials, and tests on audiotape.
  • Bring your MTCC Student Identification Number and a valid picture ID.
  • Pencils and scrap paper will be provided.
  • Placement test scores remain current for ten years.

If you require special testing accommodations due to a documented disability and need assistance for the placement test, please reach out before scheduling your placement test. Feel free to contact us to discuss and arrange the necessary accommodations to ensure a supportive testing environment tailored to your needs. Contact Lydia Warpoole at  828-659-0489 for more assistance with these accommodations.