Placement Scores for Course Prerequisites

WCTC uses placement tests to help determine your skill level in reading, writing, and math. Placement test scores can also fulfill course prerequisites. A prerequisite is a requirement that a student must fulfill before registering for a course. You can meet a reading, writing and/or math test score prerequisite with one of the following: ACT, ACCUPLACER, Asset, Compass, TABE Advanced, ALEKS or prior college coursework. WCTC's Testing Center currently administers the ACCUPLACER.

In addition to general studies courses, some core program courses may also require placement score prerequisites. 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 prerequisite and course sequencing questions at any time.

Select your test below to view the minimum demonstrated skill level required for some of our common general studies courses.

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
No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing*
Reading 17 No additional reading course required
13 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills*
11 858-786 Pre-College 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

*If your score places you into this course, discuss the following options with your academic advisor:

  • You may opt to take the ACCUPLACER Placement Test to achieve a better score. There is no fee for first time test takers.

    OR

  • Take the appropriate prerequisite course. Course sequencing varies by program. It is recommended that you connect with your academic advisor when selecting your courses.

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*
No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing*
Reading 70 No additional reading course required
55 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills*
No minimum score required 858-786 Pre-College 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*

*If your score places you into this course, discuss the following options with your academic advisor:

  • You may opt to schedule a retest at the Testing Center. A $15.00 retest fee is required.

    OR

  • Contact Academic Support Services about other assessment options.

    OR

  • Take the appropriate prerequisite course. Course sequencing varies by program. It is recommended that you connect with your academic advisor when selecting your courses.

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

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*
No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing*
Reading 40 No additional reading course required
36 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills*
No minimum score required 858-786 Pre-College 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*

*If your score places you into this course, discuss your options with your transition specialist.

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*
No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing*
Reading 75 No additional reading course required
61 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills*
No minimum score required 858-786 Pre-College 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*

*If your score places you into this course, discuss the following options with your academic advisor:

  • You may opt to schedule a retest at the Testing Center. A $15.00 retest fee is required.

    OR

  • Contact Academic Support Services about other assessment options.

    OR

  • Take the appropriate prerequisite course. Course sequencing varies by program. It is recommended that you connect with your academic advisor when selecting your courses.

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
No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing
Advanced Reading 11.0 801-136 English Composition 1
09.0 838-105 Intro Reading & Study Skills
No minimum score required 858-786 Pre-College Reading
Math Not eligible for course placement