Academic Support Services

In Academic Support Services, students can review and improve the skills essential for academic success.

Services include:

  • Academic support in the areas of reading, writing, math, science and English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Assistance and courses in general skill building as well as academic support for specific courses
  • Study skills and test-taking strategies
  • Assessment and test preparation includes:
    • WCTC’s admission testing
    • ACCUPLACER® Test Prep Workshop
    • Apprenticeship testing
    • ACT Exam preparation
  • Academic support services for students with disabilities
  • Coordination of peer tutoring


Academic Support Services is divided into specialized areas.

Non-Credit Pre-College Courses

Pre-College Reading

This classroom course focuses on improving non-fiction reading skills related to vocabulary in context, implied and stated main ideas, supporting details, patterns of organization, inferences, and argument.

Students who pass Pre-College Reading can advance to Introduction to College Reading and Study Skills.

Pre-College Writing

Learn to communicate effectively through written sentences, paragraphs, and essays. Apply the rules of grammar, mechanics, and sentence structure in creating individualized written work.

Students who pass Pre-College Writing can advance to Introduction to College Writing.

Credit Basic Education Courses

Self-paced individualized credit classes in reading, writing and math help to enhance college-level skills, earn a college level credit and grade, and can be used as elective credit to graduate from a WCTC associate degree program. The credits are not to be used for preparation for admission into WCTC associate degree programs.


Includes improvement of comprehension, vocabulary, reading rate and study skills, such as test-taking strategies, memory techniques, note-taking skills and critical reading. Students will develop reading comprehension, vocabulary, and learning strategies.


Includes the process of developing and editing paragraphs and essays using complete sentences, correct punctuation, and proper grammar.


May include topics that are specific to the student's program, such as ratio and proportion, measurement, scientific notation, signed numbers, algebra and geometry topics.

For more information call 262.691.7837.

Testing/Assessment Preparation

Academic Support Services provides students with opportunities to prepare for tests and assessments.

ACCUPLACER® Placement Test

  • The ACCUPLACER® is an individualized, untimed, computer-based test that helps evaluate an incoming student’s proficiency in the areas of reading, writing and mathematics. Scores indicate students’ strengths and weaknesses, and the test results are used to determine the best choices for academic planning and course selection.
  • Diagnostic tests in reading, writing and math are available; two hours are needed to complete overall testing.
  • Students placed in Pre-College courses based on ACCUPLACER® scores do not earn academic credit toward degree completion. Pre-College courses help build basic skills needed for success in program courses.
  • To review basic skills before taking the ACCUPLACER® placement test, visit Academic Support Centers. Call 262.691.7837 for more information.
  • When you are ready to take the ACCUPLACER® sign up for a testing session online, or call the Assessment Center (C-022) at 262.695.6215.
  • Students who need to review prior to an ACCUPLACER® retest can also benefit from Academic Support Services resources.

ACCUPLACER® Placement Test Prep Workshop

Apprenticeship Exam Preparation

  • Individuals preparing to take apprenticeship exams (carpenters, electricians, fire hose fitters, painters, plumbers, sheet metal workers, sprinkler fitters and steam fitters) are encouraged to use the services of Academic Support Centers.
  • Call 262.691.7837 for more information.

ACT Exam Preparation

  • The Study Skills/ACT Exam Preparation course is geared toward high school students preparing for the ACT college entrance exam.
  • For more information, call 262.691.7837.

TABE Testing

Students have the opportunity to retest one time in reading and writing to improve course placement.

  • Academic Support Services is located in the B Building, Room B-110
  • No fee
  • Contact Academic Support Services about other assessment options. Phone 262.691.7837