Placement Testing

About the Test

The purpose of placement testing is to determine the level at which a student is to begin his/her college course work. Some students are ready for college level course work, while others may need their writing, reading, and/or math skills refreshed or built up prior to enrolling in college level classes. Students may be required to complete the placement test in order to determine correct placement in academic courses.

Placement Test Exemption

A student may be exempt from placement testing if one of the following criteria has been met:

  1. Have graduated from high school, within the last ten years of enrollment term, with a unweighted GPA of 2.8 or greater or;
  2. Have received an Associate degree or higher from an accredited institution or;
  3. Have taken the GED, within the last 10 years, with a score of 170 or greater on all parts or;
  4. Have taken the HISET, within the last 10 years, with a score of 15 or greater for each of the five components & a grade of 4 or greater on the essay or;
  5. Meet the ACT or SAT subject area test score requirements and the scores are not more than 10 years old from enrollment term or;
  6. Have successfully completed ENG 111 with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited institution or;
  7. Have successfully completed a college level Math course with a grade of “C” or better from an accredited institution


Please have an official copy of your high school transcript, college transcript(s), GED or ACT/SAT test scores sent to:

WPCC Admissions
1001 Burkemont Ave
Morganton, NC 28655

You can also request that your transcript be sent electronically from another institution to WPCC, as long as they have an option to securely submit them. Use the e-mail address for these submissions.

If you’ve graduated high school over ten years ago and do not have and Associate’s degree or higher or have not taken a college level English or Math course, you may be required to take a placement test. Contact the Director of Career & Testing Services at (828) 448-3155 with questions regarding placement testing.

Please see the WPCC catalog for student’s program requirements to determine the full math sequence needed.

Placement Test Review

Generally, each student is allowed to take the placement test only once, so it’s important to be prepared.

Preparing for the test may reduce or eliminate the need for multiple levels of developmental coursework, which can save time and money.


Visit the Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center can help you prepare through in-house materials and tutors..

Free Online Study Resources


Schedule the Placement Test

Testing is by appointment only after you have submitted your application.

  • Call (828) 448-3155 to schedule an appointment.
  • Photo ID is required to take the test.
  • Results are available at the conclusion of the test.


Testing at a Distance

If you live near WPCC, please schedule the placement test with us.

If you do not live within reasonable driving distance of WPCC, please contact your local community college and ask to schedule a courtesy placement test for WPCC.

Please have an official copy of your placement test scores sent to:

WPCC Admissions
1001 Burkemont Avenue
Morganton, NC  28655

Placement Test Accommodations

Test accommodations are available to students with documented disabilities. If you require special test accommodations as a result of your disability, you must arrange for these accommodations at least 48 hours in advance of your assigned test date. Arrangements for special accommodations are made through the Office of Disability Services by calling (828) 448-3153.

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