Course Placement Requirements

WCTC accepts the Accuplacer, ACT, Asset, Compass, TABE Advanced and ALEKS for course placement and prerequisites. In addition to the General Education courses below, some core program courses may also require placement testing. Placement score prerequisites are located on the course descriptions using the Course Search.

Visit the program listing page and select your program to view the required courses. Courses listed are based on the current catalog year. An academic advisor can help with placement questions at any time.

If your score is lower than the below course requirements, you have three options:

  • Complete a retest on the Accuplacer College Placement Test at the WCTC Testing Center to try and improve your scores. A $15.00 retest fee is required.
  • If your ACT scores are lower than the minimum score below or they are over 5 years, you may opt to take the Accuplacer College Placement Test to achieve a better score. There is no fee for first time test takers.
  • Take the appropriate prerequisite course. Successful completion of the required course fulfills the placement requirement for the next course in the sequence, when applicable. Course sequencing varies by program. It is recommended that you contact your academic advisor to discuss appropriate sequencing.

ACT

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

ACT Area Minimum Score Course
English 17 801-136 English Composition 1
14 831-103 Intro to College Writing
11 851-771A Basic Writing
No minimum score required 851-744 Writing Skills
Reading 17 No additional reading course required
13 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
11 858-785 Reading Skills
No minimum score required 858-784 Basic Reading
Math 24 804-195 College Algebra w Apps
23 804-116 College Technical Math 2
21 804-114 College Technical Math 1B
804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
804-133 Math & Logic
18 804-115 College Technical Math 1
17 804-107 College Mathematics
804-113 College Technical Math 1A
834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps
804-123 Math w Business Apps
14 804-169A Fundamentals of Mathematics
804-304 Industrial Math I
804-138 Physical Mathematics
834-109 Pre-Algebra
No minimum score required 804-301 Applied Math
854-793 Basic Math

Accuplacer

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

Accuplacer Area Minimum Score Course
Sentence Skills 82 801-136 English Composition 1
55 831-103 Intro to College Writing
25 851-771A Basic Writing
No minimum score required 851-744 Writing Skills
Reading 70 No additional reading course required
55 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
25 858-785 Reading Skills
No minimum score required 858-784 Basic Reading
College Level Math 43 804-195 College Algebra w Apps
804-116 College Technical Math 2
Elementary Algebra 55 804-114 College Technical Math 1B
804-115 College Technical Math 1
804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
804-133 Math & Logic
Arithmetic 60 804-107 College Mathematics
804-113 College Technical Math 1A
834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps
804-123 Math w Business Apps
34 804-169A Fundamentals of Mathematics
804-304 Industrial Math I
804-138 Physical Mathematics
834-109 Pre-Algebra
No minimum score required 804-301 Applied Math
854-793 Basic Math

ALEKS

Test scores are valid up to one year from test date.

The table below contains ALEKS math placement scores and corresponding WCTC courses. This placement test is required for engineering applicants. The minimum ALEKS score for program admission is 30%.

ALEKS Area Minimum Score Course
Math 76% 804-198 Calculus 1
61% 804-196 Trigonometry w Apps
46% 804-195 College Algebra w Apps
30% 804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
14% 834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps
1% 834-109 Pre-Algebra

Compass

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

Compass Testing Area Minimum Score Course
Writing 59 801-136 English Composition 1
43 831-103 Intro to College Writing
23 851-771A Basic Writing
No minimum score required 851-744 Writing Skills
Reading 75 No additional reading course required
61 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
40 858-785 Reading Skills
No minimum score required 858-784 Basic Reading
Algebra 66 804-195 College Algebra w Apps
804-116 College Technical Math 2
46 804-114 College Technical Math 1B
804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
804-133 Math & Logic
32 804-115 College Technical Math 1
Pre-Algebra 44 804-113 College Technical Math 1A
834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps
42 804-107 College Mathematics
804-123 Math w Business Apps
25 804-169A Fundamentals of Mathematics
804-304 Industrial Math I
804-138 Physical Mathematics
834-109 Pre-Algebra
No minimum score required 804-301 Applied Math
854-793 Basic Math

Asset

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

Asset Testing Area Minimum Score Course
Writing 41 801-136 English Composition 1
35 831-103 Intro to College Writing
30 851-771A Basic Writing
No minimum score required 851-744 Writing Skills
Reading 40 No additional reading course required
36 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
32 858-785 Reading Skills
No minimum score required 858-784 Basic Reading
Elementary Algebra 45 804-114 College Technical Math 1B
804-116 College Technical Math 2
804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
804-133 Math & Logic
40 804-115 College Technical Math 1
Numerical Skills 39 804-113 College Technical Math 1A
834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps
38 804-107 College Mathematics
804-123 Math w Business Apps
32 804-169A Fundamentals of Mathematics
804-304 Industrial Math I
804-138 Physical Mathematics
834-109 Pre-Algebra
No minimum score required 804-301 Applied Math
854-793 Basic Math

TABE

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

TABE Testing Area Minimum Score Course
Advanced Language 11.0 801-136 English Composition 1
09.0 831-103 Intro to College Writing
07.6 851-771A Basic Writing
No minimum score required 851-744 Writing Skills
Advanced Reading 11.0 801-136 English Composition 1
09.0 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
07.6 858-785 Reading Skills
No minimum score required 858-784 Basic Reading
Math Not eligible for course placement