Testing Services

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.

Testing Center Policies

  • You must have a valid photo ID. If you fail to present a valid ID, you will not be allowed to test.
  • Cell phones and all other electronic devices are not permitted in the testing room. Lockers are available.
  • Purses, backpacks, caps/hats, coats/hooded sweatshirts, watches, wallets and bags must be placed in lockers.
  • There are surveillance cameras in the Testing Center
  • Children are not allowed in the Testing Center.
  • Only testers are allowed in the Testing Center, no guests.
  • Food and beverages are not allowed in the Testing Center.
  • You must arrive 15 minutes prior to the start of the test. Late arrivals may not be allowed to test.
  • Bring proof of payment if there is a fee for your test.

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.

Placement Test Waiver

  • ACT and Accuplacer tests may exempt students from taking the Compass exam. Test scores must be from the past five years and meet the placement criteria.
  • College courses that show proficiency in the areas of writing, reading and math, may indicate it is not 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 (C-022) by calling 262.691.5318 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. There is no fee for your first Compass 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 designed for those whose primary language is not English. It tests abilities in the areas of listening, reading, grammar and essay.

Retest Policy

Students are allowed to retest the Compass / ASSET one time to improve their course placement. There is a $15.00 retest fee. Pay this fee online when registering for a testing session.

Testing for Another College

WCTC offers proctoring services as a community service for a $30.00 fee. Pay this fee online when registering for a testing session. Contact your college to set up the placement test remotely. After you receive email verification information you may sign up using the dates below. Indicate “testing for another college” as your program of interest.

Sign up for a Testing Session

  • Sign up online by selecting a session below.
Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Wed, 08/31/20169:00am 14
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:00pm 12
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

ALEKS
Calculus Placement for Engineering Program Applicants

ALEKS Testing

ALEKS Assessment and LEarning in Knowledge Spaces is a Web-based, artificially intelligent assessment and learning system. ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning) is the math assessment required for Mechanical and Electrical Engineering students.

The ALEKS testing process involves several steps. Students begin this process by purchasing the test online ($25.00) and taking their first placement test at home (non-proctored). Use this ALEKS document to get started.

When you are ready, use the information below to sign up and pay ($10.00) for your ALEKS Proctored tests.

Special Accommodations/IEP for ALEKS Proctored Placement Test

For those requiring special accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility office located in the College Center, Room C022, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5036 to schedule an accommodated Proctored ALEKS testing session; do not sign up using the form below.

Sign up and Pay for the ALEKS Proctored Placement Test

  • Sign up online by selecting a date below
Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Wed, 08/31/20169:00am 14
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:00pm 12
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

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. There is a $15.00 fee for this test.

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 and pay for the Computer Skills Placement Assessment

  • Sign up online by selecting a date below.

Computer Skills Placement Assessment Testing Dates

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Wed, 08/31/20169:00am 14
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:00pm 12
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

Spanish Language Assessment
For Health Interpreter Program

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 the UW Spanish Placement Test
  • If UW Spanish Placement test Score is below 47, student will be required to successfully complete 802-166, Spanish for Interpreters prior registering for Fall program courses. 802-166, Spanish for Interpreters is only offered in summer.

There is a $15 fee for the UW Spanish Placement Test.

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

Sign up and pay for the Spanish Language Assessment (UW Spanish Placement Test)

  • Sign up online by selecting a date below.
Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:00pm 12
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

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 take 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 RN Percentile 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 Room C-020, or call 262.691.5318. Requests must be made through the Student Accessibility 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 NLN.

Register for the PAX and Select a Testing Session

Registration for the PAX exam is a two-step process. You must register and pay for the PAX exam, $39 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.
  • Use the Student Guide to NLN Testing Portal
    • Create an account
    • Register and pay for an exam session
  • 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.

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 exam. These computerized exams test knowledge of introductory college-level subjects. Verify WCTC's CLEP policy and approved course credit.

Pay, register and Select a Time to Take the CLEP

  • 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 proctoring fee is paid online when you sign up for a testing 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.
  • Once registered for the exam, select a date from the options below, sign up online and pay the proctor fee.

CLEP Testing Session Dates

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:30pm 5
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

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 WCTC $25 proctoring fee must be paid when you sign up for your testing 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 for a testing session and pay the proctoring fee below.

DSST Testing Session Dates

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:30pm 5
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

Keyboarding Skills

Keyboarding Skills

The Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) test is designed to assess the keyboarding skills of Medical Assistant students.

  • There is a $15.00 fee for this test.
  • 30 words per minute with 90% accuracy demonstrates the required proficiency.
  • During the test there is a 3 minute warm up session and a 5 minute testing session.
  • You may repeat the process for 60 minutes until you receive a passing score.

Consider doing some practice before your testing session. Check out these websites:

Sign up and pay for the Keyboarding Test

Date
Start Time
Seats Open
Wed, 08/31/20169:00am 14
Wed, 08/31/20161:00pm 13
Thu, 09/01/20161:00pm 11
Wed, 09/07/20169:00am 10
Thu, 09/08/20164:30pm 15
Thu, 09/08/20161:00pm 12
Sat, 09/10/20168:30am 13
Tue, 09/13/20161:00pm 13
Tue, 09/13/20166:00pm 12
Wed, 09/14/20161:00pm 15

Proctor Services

Proctor Services

WCTC Testing Center offers proctoring services for community members taking alternative delivery courses (for example distance or online courses). Email testingcenter@wctc.edu to make an appointment. The Testing Room is located in room C020.

The proctoring fee for this service is $30.00, this fee must be paid in the Enrollment Center C019 before your testing session either in person or by phone 262.691.5578. Bring proof of payment with you to your testing session.

You must schedule your test at least 5 days in advance. No walk in sessions are available, this service is by appointment only. Appointments are available during office hours Monday thru Thursday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm and Friday 8:00 am to 4:30 pm. Appointment times may be limited due to proctor availability.

Contact the testing center 24 hours before your testing session in order to verify we have received the test items needed from your college.

If your instructor needs additional proctor information please have them email the testing center testingcenter@wctc.edu with this request.

Accommodated Testing

Accommodated Testing

Beginning with the Spring 2016 semester, there is a new scheduling process for enrolled WCTC students using testing accommodations. These testing services are offered in the Testing Center Room C020 where you will take your tests. Make sure you are aware of the Testing Center Policies listed above!

Student Information

  • At the beginning of each semester, present your instructors with a CURRENT Student Accommodation Card. For information about the Student Accommodation Card contact the Office of Student Accessibility.
  • A few weeks before each test, talk with your instructor to decide on the date/time that the test will be taken.
    • Tests should be scheduled during the day and time that your class is being tested, if this is not possible you and your instructor will agree on an alternative date.
    • The Testing Center Staff will make every effort to facilitate the test at the time it is being administered in the class (even outside our normal office hours).
  • Fill out the Accommodated Test Reservation form COMPLETELY and CLEARLY; submit this form 7 business days before the test date.
    • Paper form may be dropped off at the Testing Center (C020) during office hours.
    • Or email form to testingcenter@wctc.edu

Instructor Information

  • At the beginning of each semester, students choosing to use testing accommodations will present you with a CURRENT Student Accommodation Card.
  • After we receive the Reservation form from the student, you will receive an email from testingcenter@wctc.edu. Once you verify that the student has provided you with a CURRENT Student Accommodation Card, you will need to complete the Instructor portion of the reservation form.
    • Since your availability during the test administration will be limited, please give us clear instructions regarding your test.
  • Submit the actual test at least 2 business days before the scheduled test date; either email or drop off during office work hours.
    • This will allow us to prepare for the test appropriately, especially when working with adaptive software.
    • On the day of the test, the Testing Center staff will not have the ability to track down the test.
  • Along with the test, include any additional materials needed.
    • For example, you will need to provide scantron answer sheets for your tests.
  • Indicate how the test should be returned to you.
    • Scanned and emailed
    • Pick up in the testing center
    • Email verification of completed exam

Instructions for Scheduling an Accommodated Test in the Testing Center (pdf)
Instructions for Scheduling an Accommodated Test in the Testing Center (audio)

Accommodated Test Reservation Form (pdf)
Accommodated Test Reservation Form (audio)