Testing Services

The WCTC Testing Center will be closed August 31 - September 4.
Starting September 7, our new location will be in the

A Building, room A-020.

The Waukesha County Technical College Testing Center provides a secure and confidential testing environment for college students and community members. We adhere to the guidelines and policies set by WCTC and our testing partners. You are required to bring a current photo ID to your testing session.

Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, room C-019 or by phone 262.691.5578, before your testing session. Bring the receipt with you to your testing session.

Select an exam below for testing dates and detailed exam information.

Placement Testing
ACT Compass | ACT ASSET | ESL Compass

Compass, ASSET and ESL Compass Testing

Waukesha County Technical College uses the Compass, ESL (English as a Second Language) Compass and ASSET college placement exams to measure a student's proficiency in specific academic areas. Compass and ASSET test the areas of reading, writing and math; ESL Compass tests the areas of listening, reading, grammar and essay. Scores from these placement tests assist with academic planning and course selection.

Other tests -- which are specific to a program or apprenticeship, serve as an assessment of specific skills or are used to quantify credit for prior learning - can also be taken at the Testing Center.

Placement Test Waiver

  • Additional exams that serve as a placement indicator of a student's skills include the ACT and Accuplacer tests. These tests may exempt students from taking the Compass exam. Test scores must be from the past five years and meet the placement criteria.
  • Also, for those who have college courses that show proficiency in the areas of writing, reading and math, it may not be necessary to take the Compass test. For example:
    • An English course, with a grade of "C" or higher, that would transfer to WCTC as 801-136 English Composition, would waive the writing portion of the test.
    • Twelve credit hours of General Education courses (Natural Science, Social Science, Humanities, Communications, etc.) passed with a "C" or better, would waive the reading portion of the Compass test.
    • A college-level math course passed with a "C" or better may waive the math portion of the Compass test depending on the math course needed for a particular program.

Follow the process required to have transcripts evaluated.

Multiple Test Requirements

Those needing to take more than one type of test (e.g. Compass, ALEKS and Computer Skills Assessment) must sign up for each one separately.

Special Accommodations/IEP

For those requiring special accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility office located in the Learning Place, Room B-176, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5036 to schedule an ASSET testing session; do not sign up using the form below.

About the Placement Tests

The Compass test is an individualized, computer-based adaptive test. The self-paced test is untimed, but it typically takes 1.5 to 2 hours to complete. Test-takers are encouraged to allow themselves ample time to finish the test. The ASSET is a paper-and-pencil timed test used for students needing accommodations.

The Compass exam and the ASSET exam tests skills in the following areas:

  • Reading - Measures ability to find specific information within the text and make logical inferences beyond the text information. Focus is placed on reading comprehension.
  • Writing - Measures understanding of appropriate use of grammar, punctuation, writing style and writing strategy; review essay to find and correct errors.
  • Mathematics - Assesses skills in basic math through algebra, depending on skill level and based on the intended program of study. Calculators are allowed. Current calculator guidelines.

The ESL Compass is similar to the traditional Compass exam, however it is designed for those whose primary language is not English. It tests abilities in the areas of listening, reading, grammar and essay, and it is used to place individuals in appropriate-level ESL courses.

Retest Policy

Students are allowed to retest the Compass / ASSET one time to improve their course placement. Those taking the test must pay a $15 retest fee to the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, prior to the testing session.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Bring proof of payment to the testing session.
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.
  • Test takers will need a photo ID (driver's license, student ID) and calculator. Those who fail to present a valid ID will not be allowed to test.
  • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.

Take the Compass or ESL Compass Test

  • Those new to WCTC need to create a student account before paying for, scheduling and attending a testing session.
  • Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, before the testing session.
  • Sign up online by selecting a session below.
Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Tue, 09/08/2015 5:00pm 14
Wed, 09/09/2015 9:00am 18
Thu, 09/10/2015 1:00pm 18
Sat, 09/12/2015 8:30am 19
Tue, 09/15/2015 1:00pm 20
Thu, 09/17/2015 9:00am 20

ALEKS
Calculus Placement for Engineering Program Applicants

ALEKS Testing

The ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning) exam is required for all Mechanical or Electrical Engineering students and is used for placement into calculus.

The ALEKS testing process involves several steps:

  • First, students take a proctored test in WCTC's Testing Center.
  • Next, students log back into the ALEKS website and work on three prep and learning modules, along with three placement tests.
  • Finally, the student will return to the Testing Center to take the fifth proctored test.

Special Accommodations/IEP for ALEKS Testing

For those requiring special accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility office located in the Learning Place, Room B-176, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5036 to schedule an ALEKS testing session; do not sign up using the form below.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Bring proof of payment to the testing session.
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test
  • Test takers will need a photo ID; those who fail to present a valid ID will not be allowed to test.
  • Calculators are not allowed for this test.
  • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.

Sign up to Take the ALEKS Test

  • Those new to WCTC need to create a student account before paying for, scheduling and attending testing a session.
  • As of July 1, there will be a $35.00 fee for this test; however, the fee applies only to the initial ALEKS exam.
  • Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, before the testing session. Please note: Enrollment Center summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Tue, 09/08/2015 5:00pm 14
Wed, 09/09/2015 9:00am 18
Thu, 09/10/2015 1:00pm 18
Sat, 09/12/2015 8:30am 19
Tue, 09/15/2015 1:00pm 20
Thu, 09/17/2015 9:00am 20

Computer Skills Assessment
For Information Technology Program Applicants

Computer Skills Placement Assessment

The WCTC Computer Skills Placement Assessment is designed to assess students' familiarity with the Windows operating system, email, the Internet and Microsoft Office productivity tools. This 45-minute assessment includes 37 questions and has a combination of multiple choice, true/false and simulation questions.

Depending on how an individual scores on this test determines whether a computer support course will need to be taken.

  • For those with scores of 70-100, the computer skills requirement has been met.
  • For those with scores of 1-69, the Computer Skills course is recommended.

Special Accommodations for Computer Skills Placement Assessment

For those requiring special accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility office located in the Learning Place, Room B-176, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5036 to schedule a Computer Skills Placement Assessment testing session; do not sign up using the form below.

Sign up to Take the Computer Skills Placement Assessment

  • Those new to WCTC need to create a student account before paying for, scheduling and attending testing a session.
  • As of July 1, there will be a $15.00 fee for this test.
  • Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, before the testing session. Please note: Enrollment Center summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
  • Sign up online. Please see the links below for test dates and times.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Bring proof of payment to the testing session.
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.
  • Test takers will need a photo ID; those who fail to present a valid ID will not be allowed to test.
  • Calculators are not allowed for this test.
  • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.

Computer Skills Placement Assessment Testing Dates

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Tue, 09/08/2015 5:00pm 14
Wed, 09/09/2015 9:00am 18
Thu, 09/10/2015 1:00pm 18
Sat, 09/12/2015 8:30am 19
Tue, 09/15/2015 1:00pm 20
Thu, 09/17/2015 9:00am 20

Spanish Language Assessment
For Language Interpreter Program Applicants

Spanish Language Assessment
For Health Interpreter Program

Testing Entry Requirements

Those interested in enrolling the Health Interpreter program must be fluent in English and Spanish. Testing requirements for entry into this program include:

  • Completion of a placement test (Compass, ASSET, ACT, Accuplacer or prior college coursework).
  • Completion of a Spanish Language Assessment the Spanish Assessment for Basic Education (SABE) - presented in Spanish.

There is a $15 fee for the SABE test. Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578 before your testing session.

English Proficiency Requirements

The following scores demonstrate English proficiency in specific college placement tests. Applicants must achieve these scores or higher in order to take the Spanish Language Assessment:

  • ESL Compass: Grammar - 90; Listening - 90; Reading - 90
  • Compass: Writing - 59; Reading - 75
  • ASSET: Writing - 41; Reading - 40
  • ACT: English - 17; Reading - 17

Spanish Proficiency Requirements

The Spanish Assessment for Basic Education (SABE) is a timed, pencil-and-paper exam and tests vocabulary, expression and spelling in Spanish.

Applicants must achieve these scores or higher on the SABE to demonstrate Spanish proficiency.

  • Vocabulary - Must be completed in 21 minutes with a score of 36/45 or better.
  • Spelling - Must be completed in 16 minutes with a score of 15/20 or better.
  • Expression - Must be completed in 36 minutes with a score of 30/40 or better.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test
  • Test takers will need a photo ID; those who fail to present a valid ID will not be allowed to test.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.
  • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session.

Sign up to Take the Spanish Language Assessment

Date
Start Time
Seats Open

Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (PAX)
For Nursing Program Applicants

Nursing Pre-Admission Examination (PAX)
For Nursing Program Applications

All students applying to Waukesha County Technical College's (WCTC) Nursing program are required to pass the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination RN (PAX) as part of the program's entrance requirements.

  • Candidates must achieve a composite score of 100 or greater and a verbal relative performance score of 50 or greater.
  • There is a maximum of three attempts. Applicants must wait four months between each attempt.

Special Accommodations

For those requiring special accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility office located in The Learning Place, Room B-176, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5318. Requests must be made through this WCTC office to the National League for Nursing (NLN) at least two weeks prior to the scheduled test date. Find out more about requesting testing accommodations with the NLN.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Testing will take place in the WCTC Testing Center, Room C-022. The PAX will take about three hours to complete.
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the exam to complete the check-in process.
  • Bring a printed copy of the exam confirmation.
  • Two forms of ID are required for testing; one must be a photo ID, the other can be a Social Security card, birth certificate or other form. Those who fail to present proper forms of ID will not be allowed to test.
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed at the testing session.

Register for the PAX and Select a Testing Session

Registration for the PAX exam is a two-step process. You must register and for the PAX via the NLN website; then, you must pay a proctoring fee of $25 to Waukesha County Technical College.

  • Part 1 - Registration for the PAX exam
    • Go to National League for Nursing.
    • Click on "Registration Store."
    • Under Programs - Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) - click on (Read More | Register)
    • Scroll down to General Exam Policies FAQ and read through the policies.
    • Click on "Register" and follow the prompts.
    • Choose your date for testing
  • Part 2 - Pay the proctoring fee to WCTC
    • Testing fees are to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone at 262.691.5578, before your testing session. Enrollment Center summer hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.
    • Those new to WCTC must create a student account before paying for a session.

    Please note: Be sure to pay your proctoring fee only if you have successfully registered for the PAX exam.

CLEP

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)

The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) offers students the opportunity to receive college credit for what they already know with qualifying scores on one or more CLEP examinations. These computerized exams test knowledge of introductory college-level subjects. Verify WCTC's CLEP Policy. WCTC students are required to meet with their advisor to complete an Advanced Standing form to be submitted to Registration and Records for approval if you pass the CLEP test.

Pay, register and Select a Time to Take the CLEP

  • Pay the testing fees.
    • CLEP test fees total $105. Of that amount, $80 is to be paid directly to CLEP via their website; the remaining $25 is a proctoring fee to the College.
    • The $25 testing fee is to be paid in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, before the testing session. Please note: Enrollment Center summer hours are Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those new to WCTC need to create a student account before paying for, scheduling and attending testing a session.
  • Register for the test.
    • Go to the CLEP website. Under "register to take an exam," follow the instructions to set up an account, purchase a test and submit the $80 test fee.
  • Sign up for a testing session.
    • Once registered for the exam, sign up for a testing session date. Select a date from the options below and sign up online.

    Come Prepared on Test Day

    • Bring your registration ticket and proof of testing fee payment to the testing session.
    • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.
    • Test takers will need a valid, government-issued photo ID; those who fail to present a proper form of ID will not be allowed to test. Visit the CLEP website for acceptable forms. ID must contain both a current photo and signature, and it must have a name that matches the name used to register for the exam (including designations such as "Jr." and "III").
    • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.
    • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session.

    CLEP Testing Session Dates

    Date
    Start Time
    Seats Open
    Thu, 09/10/2015 9:00am 11
    Tue, 09/15/2015 5:00pm 11

DSST

DSST

The DSST Program is a nationally recognized testing program that gives students the opportunity to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college setting. Verify WCTC's DSST Policy. WCTC students are required to meet with their advisor to complete an Advanced Standing form to be submitted to Registration and Records for approval if they pass the test.

WCTC Testing Center is not currently offering the DSST Principles of Public Speaking exam.

Pay, register and Select a Time to Take the DSST

  • Pay the testing fees. DSST test fees total $105.
    • A $25 proctoring fee must be paid to the College in the Enrollment Center, Room C-019, or by phone 262.691.5578, before the testing session. Please note: Enrollment Center summer hours are Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Those new to WCTC need to create a student account before paying for, scheduling and attending testing a session.
    • An $80 testing fee is to be paid directly to DSST via credit card at the WCTC Testing Center at the testing station. First-time DSST test takers will need to supply their Social Security number when setting up an account.
  • Sign up below for an online testing session.

Come Prepared on Test Day

  • Bring your credit card for DSST test fee and proof of payment for the proctoring fee to the testing session.
  • Arrive approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the test.
  • Test takers will need a valid, government-issued photo ID (e.g.: driver's license, military ID, state-issued ID); those who fail to present a proper form of ID will not be allowed to test. ID must contain both a current photo and signature, and it must have a name that matches the name used to register for the exam (including designations such as "Jr." and "III").
  • Mobile phones and other electronic devices may not be used during testing.
  • Food and drink are not allowed at the testing session.

DSST Testing Session Dates

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Thu, 09/10/2015 9:00am 11
Tue, 09/15/2015 5:00pm 11