Testing Services

The WCTC Testing Center provides a secure and confidential environment, which includes surveillance cameras, that meets the guidelines and policies set by WCTC and our testing partners.

Select an exam for more information:

In an effort to comply with social distancing guidelines and provide a safe testing environment for our students, the Testing Center will have limited capacity. Appointment only; no drop-in services will be available.

It's important to plan ahead! We encourage students to share their approved accommodations with their instructors as soon as possible and discuss your accommodation needs for testing.

The on-campus Testing Center hours for the spring 2021 semester are: Monday - Thursday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Click to schedule your exam during on-campus hours.

Remote testing services (via Zoom) will be facilitated Monday through Friday and will be scheduled based on student need. If you need a Zoom testing appointment, ask your instructor to email testingcenter@wctc.edu

If your exam is scheduled outside of these hours and your instructor is unable to provide all of your required testing accommodations, please talk with your instructor about an alternative.

You can demonstrate your reading, writing and/or math skills in one or more of the following ways:

  • High school GPA of 2.60 or above within the last 15 years (not eligible for some math courses).
  • Official ACT, ACCUPLACER©, Compass, Asset, GED - 2014 Series (165 or higher), or TABE Advanced test results. Scores no older than five years are accepted.
  • Prior college coursework may meet this requirement in whole or in part. Courses must be in the specific area(s), and you must have earned a grade of C or better (2.0 on a 4.0 scale) in the courses.
  • If none of the above apply, sign up for the ACCUPLACER©.
  • These options do not apply to the ACCUPLACER for Apprenticeships.

The ACCUPLACER© college placement exams measure a student's proficiency in specific academic areas. Placement scores will determine what courses a student can enroll in for their first semester, which will affect how quickly a student can complete a degree at WCTC.

ACCUPLACER©, developed by The College Board, is administered on the computer and is untimed. The typical test-taker will need approximately 1.5-2 hours to complete the exam.

We strongly recommend doing some preparation before your testing date. Check out this free ACCUPLACER© Study App and math review. The Academic Support department at WCTC is available to help you prepare for the ACCUPLACER©. View their current hours.

Students applying for a WCTC program are allowed to retest in ACCUPLACER© one time to improve their course placement. There is a $15 retest fee. Pay this fee online when registering for a testing session.

Special Accommodations/IEP

If you have a disability and need accommodations for the ACCUPLACER©, please contact the Student Accessibility Office at SAO@wctc.edu or 262.691.5318 for assistance with making your request and scheduling.

English Language Learners

If English is not your first language or you have not attended a U.S. school for 10 or more years, you can take the ACCUPLACER© ESL. You will be tested in Language Use, Sentence Meaning, Listening, and Reading Skills. When signing up for a session, you will be asked if English is your primary language. If you select “no,” you will be given the ACCUPLACER ESL. If you select “yes,” you will be given the traditional ACCUPLACER.

You can take your ACCUPLACER© placement test using Zoom! The following items are required to use this service:

  • Desktop or laptop computer (tablets and Chromebooks are not supported)
  • High-speed internet
  • Webcam
  • Microphone and speakers
  • 2GB or more of RAM

Please follow these steps BEFORE scheduling your testing appointment:

  1. Download and install Zoom Client for Meetings.
  2. Test that Zoom was set up correctly. Please use the option to join with video.
  3. Check that your computer can run ACCUPLACER©.

Apprenticeship Testers ONLY:

  • Pay the fee online.
  • Apprenticeship Testers will be given the Reading and Arithmetic portions of the exam.
  • If you need the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics exam, email this information to testingcenter@wctc.edu at least 24 hours before your testing session.

After computer requirements are verified, sign up for a testing session below. You will receive an email from the Testing Center regarding "Your appointment for testing at Waukesha County Technical College." This email will have instructions on how to take your ACCUPLACER© test.

If the dates below don't work with your schedule, see the information below about online testing with Examity.

Schedule your exam online.

Dates above don't work with your schedule? Learn about using Examity with ACCUPLACER. After computer requirements are verified, email testingcenter@wctc.edu with "Examity Accuplacer" in the subject line. Include the following information:

  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Birthdate
  • WCTC ID #
  • Program
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

Once this information is processed, you will receive an email from ACCUPLACER regarding your Remote Voucher Notification. This email will have instructions on how to take your ACCUPLACER test.

Apprenticeship Testers using Examity:

  • Pay the fee online.
  • Email the information listed above to testingcenter@wctc.edu.
  • Apprenticeship Testers will be given the Reading and Arithmetic portions of the exam.
  • If you need the Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics exam, email this information to testingcenter@wctc.edu at least 24 hours before your testing session.
  • When your payment is verified this information will be processed. You will receive an email from ACCUPLACER regarding Remote Voucher Notification. This email will have instructions on how to take your ACCUPLACER test.

Limited on-campus ACCUPLACER© testing is available for students who do not have the technology needed to take the test remotely. If the technology available to you, please sign up for a remote session.

Schedule your exam online.


Results, Scores and Placement Guidelines

Placement test results are available immediately upon test completion. Score reports include course placement recommendation. Review scores and placement information for course prerequisites.

You can view your scores via MyWCTC Account:

  • Log into MyWCTC.
  • Select "MyWCTC Account."
  • Select "Admissions, Registration, Student Account Center, Financial Aid and Records."
  • Select "Student Records."
  • Select "View Test Scores."

To request a copy of your placement scores, fill out the Placement Score Release Form and follow the mailing/faxing instructions. Allow five to seven days for processing.

ALEKS PPL (Placement, Preparation and Learning) is a web-based assessment tool that will assess, prepare and place students into the math courses where they are most likely to succeed. The cost of ALEKS PPL is $35 ($25 for the exam and a $10 processing fee). If you are applying to an Engineering program, use the Calculus cohort.

ALEKS PPL has test prep built in and is customized for you. Learning and remediation is created for you in the Prep and Learning module. This gives you the opportunity to refresh forgotten math skills before taking the proctored assessments that are used to place you into math courses.

  • Only proctored assessments are used for official course placement.
  • Proctored assessments may either be taken at home or in the Testing Center.
  • No external calculators are allowed for the placement assessments. There is a built in calculator available for some questions.
  • You are required to place into Elementary Algebra on a proctored assessment to be admitted to WCTC Engineering programs.

Choose the appropriate ALEKS cohort:

How to Get Started

  1. Pay the ALEKS processing fee ($10).
  2. Purchase ALEKS PPL product at aleks.com ($25). Click “sign up” at the top of the page and use course code 4LWAA-GGWHQ. Aleks.com is not compatible with Internet Explorer.
  3. Take the first placement assessment on your own (not proctored) to set up your Prep and Learning module.
  4. Work in your Prep and Learning module for three or more hours to enable the proctored assessment.
  5. Take your proctored assessment. You will have the opportunity to take four proctored assessments by repeating steps 4 and 5. Proctored assessments may either taken at home or in the Testing Center. See information below.

After each proctored assessment:

  • If you place into your desired math course, GREAT! You have access to ALEKS PPL for 12 months.
  • If you do not place into your math course, you may choose to continue with additional preparation. Work in the Prep and Learning module for an additional three or more hours to enable your next placement assessment.
  • You are not required to take all placement assessments.
 

Proctored assessments taken at home require use of a computer, internet, webcam and microphone (Chromebooks CANNOT be used). 

  • You will be required to download LockDown Browser.
  • The password for proctored assessments at home is ALEKSCALC1.
  • After each proctored exam is complete, email testingcenter@wctc.edu, include your name and WCTC student ID number, with "ALEKS" in subject line.

How to Get Started

  1. Pay the ALEKS processing fee ($10).
  2. Purchase ALEKS PPL product at aleks.com ($25) Click “sign up” at the top of the page and use course code PW3EQ-QGJEK. Aleks.com is not compatible with Internet Explorer.
  3. Take the first placement assessment on your own (not proctored) to set up your Prep and Learning module.
  4. Work in your Prep and Learning module for three or more hours to enable the proctored assessment.
  5. Take your proctored assessment. You will have the opportunity to take four proctored assessments by repeating steps 4 and 5. Proctored assessments may either taken at home or in the Testing Center. See information below.

After each proctored assessment:

  • If you place into your desired math course, GREAT! You have access to ALEKS PPL for 12 months.
  • If you do not place into your math course, you may choose to continue with additional preparation. Work in the Prep and Learning module for an additional three or more hours to enable your next placement assessment.
  • You are not required to take all placement assessments.
 

Proctored assessments taken at home require use of a computer, internet, webcam and microphone (Chromebooks CANNOT be used). 

  • You will be required to download LockDown Browser.
  • The password for proctored assessments at home is ALEKSMATH1.
  • After each proctored exam is complete, email testingcenter@wctc.edu, include your name and WCTC student ID number, with "ALEKS" in subject line.

Special Accommodations/IEP

If you have a disability and need accommodations for ALEKS PPL, please contact the Student Accessibility Office at SAO@wctc.edu or 262.691.5318 if you need assistance.

WCTC administers the ACCUPLACER for trade apprenticeships. There is a $30 fee. The ACCUPLACER© test is administered on the computer and is untimed. The typical test-taker will need approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to complete the exam.

Verify which test subjects you are required to take through your apprenticeship application information or your employer.

Please choose the ACCUPLACER© Placement Test above to schedule your test.

Earn college credit for what you already know with qualifying scores on one or more CLEP exams. These computerized exams test knowledge of introductory college-level subjects. Review WCTC's CLEP policy and approved course credit.

Please note, while most CLEP scores are provided immediately, scores for the College Composition exam are mailed two to three weeks after the test date. Learn more.

Active Military and Civil Servants

The WCTC Testing Center is an official DANTES-funded testing site for civil service personnel, qualified military personnel and their spouses. Those who are eligible are not charged the test or proctor fees. See the College Board eligibility guide to find out if you qualify. Qualified testers must present their military ID at the time of testing.

Test Preparation Resources

Register for the CLEP

  • CLEP test fees total $114. $89 is paid directly to CLEP; the remaining $25 is a WCTC proctoring fee.
  • Visit the CLEP website and follow instructions to set up an account, purchase a test and submit the test fee.
  • Once registered, select a date below, sign up online and pay the $25 CLEP fee.

Schedule your exam online.

We are currently unable to offer this service. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

This 45-minute assessment is designed to assess your familiarity with the Windows operating system, email, the internet and Microsoft Office productivity tools. The test fee is $15. Use this Digital Literacy Assessment to review your skills.

A score of 70-100 meets the computer skills requirement. If you score below 70, you will be given instructions regarding your next steps when you complete the exam.

Special Accommodations

If you require special accommodations, email Student Accessibility or call 262.691.5318. Do not sign up through the online form.

To take the Computer Skills Assessment at home, click here to verify that your computer can administer the exam before submitting the request.

  • This exam will only work with Internet Explorer or Firefox as your browser.
  • Do not load PDF Reader. The exam will work without it.

After verifying that your computer system will work, schedule your exam.

When this information is processed, you will receive an email from the Testing Center with instructions on how to take the Computer Skills Assessment. Allow one business day for processing.

Limited on-campus testing is available for students who do not have the technology needed to take the test at home. 

Schedule your exam online.

The DSST Program is a nationally-recognized testing program that allows you to receive college credit for learning acquired outside the traditional college setting. Review WCTC's DSST Policy.

Register for the DSST

  • DSST test fees total $125.
  • Pay the $100 testing fee to DSST via credit card at the WCTC Testing Center. If this is your first time taking the DSST, you'll need your Social Security number when setting up an account.
  • Pay the $25 DSST fee, then sign up for a testing session below.

Schedule your exam online.

The Office Proficiency Assessment and Certification (OPAC) test is designed to assess the keyboarding skills of Medical Assistant students. The test fee is $15.

  • Thirty words per minute with 95 percent accuracy demonstrates the required proficiency.
  • The test includes a three-minute warm-up session and a five-minute testing session.
  • You may repeat the process for 60 minutes until you receive a passing score.
  • Consider practicing before your testing session. Check out this online typing test.

Schedule your exam online.

Depending on individual instructor policy, an instructor may arrange for a student who missed an exam for a legitimate reason to take a make-up test in the Testing Center. Students are limited to two make-up exams per semester.

YOUR INSTRUCTOR WILL INITIATE THIS PROCESS BY FILLING OUT THE MAKE-UP TEST RESERVATION FORM.

After your instructor submits the request, you will receive an email from the Testing Center with a link and instructions to schedule your exam. If you do not receive an email contact your instructor.

Schedule the exam at least 24 hours (does not include weekends) in advance. You will need to know if the exam is given on paper or computer, time allowed for exam, and the deadline date indicated by your instructor. Exams cannot be scheduled until the form has been completed by your instructor.

Students applying to WCTC's Nursing program are required to take the NLN PAX Exam.

The NLN PAX Exam is a standardized exam, designed by the National League for Nursing (NLN), to evaluate academic ability across three academic competencies: verbal ability, mathematical skills and knowledge of basic science.

  • Verbal measures word knowledge and reading comprehension.
  • Mathematics measures basic mathematics including operations with integers, fractions, decimals, percentages, conversions, algebra, and geometry.
  • Science measures knowledge of general principles of high-school-level chemistry, physics, biology, health, human anatomy and physiology.

The exam consists of 160 questions total: 60 verbal, 40 math and 60 science, with 40 minutes allotted to each section for a total of two hours.

The WCTC Nursing program requires a NLN PAX RN Composite Score of 100 or greater and a Verbal RN Percentile Rank of 50 or greater to be accepted to the program. You are allowed to take the PAX test two times with three months between each attempt.

PAX scores transferred directly from the NLN that were taken at another testing site, cannot be more than three years old.

Prepare for the PAX

We strongly recommend that you prepare for the PAX exam. The WCTC Library and the Academic Support department have resources to help you prepare.

Register for the PAX

Please read the NLN Student Guide to Testing with Examity. It contains important, detailed information needed for your remote PAX (E-PAX_1) exam.

  • Remote PAX uses Examity©, a third-party live proctor service using Zoom which requires a web cam, mic and high speed internet.
  • Check to verify system requirements before purchasing exam (information located in Student Guide).
  • Chromebooks, tablets and cell phones cannot be used for the Remote PAX.

Follow these steps to purchase and schedule the Remote PAX:

  1. Create your WCTC NLN account and set your password.
    • Create your account online.
    • You must choose "391682-01 Waukesha County Tech College – Pewauk" as your school.
    • Password link to complete account setup will be emailed to you and is valid for 24 hours.
  2. Buy exam.
    • Log into your NLN account.
    • Click the BUY EXAM tab.
    • Use the Search Catalog: Click SKU Contains, Enter E-PAX, Click Apply.
      • Purchase E-PAX_1 (Pre-Admission for Examity) $80.00
      • Click Add to Cart, follow instructions to purchase.
    • Need test prep? 
      • Use the Search Catalog to select Student Products > Test Prep > School Products > PAX
      • View PAX prep products and follow instructions to purchase.

Once you have purchased the E-PAX_1, you must schedule a date and time with an online proctor who will monitor you during the exam (see Student Guide for directions).

Please note: You may use a basic calculator for the exam.

  • Exams should be scheduled in accordance with WCTC's application deadlines for the Nursing program. The exam must be received and processed before the deadline date.
  • Email testingcenter@wctc.edu with your name and student ID number after completing your exam. Failure to notify the Testing Center will delay your application.

Follow these steps to purchase and schedule the PAX on campus:

  1. Create your WCTC NLN Account and set your password.
    • Create your account online.
    • You must choose "391682-01 Waukesha County Tech College – Pewauk" as your school.
    • Password link to complete account set up will be emailed to you and is valid for 24 hours.
  2. Buy exam
    • Log into your NLN account.
    • Click the BUY EXAM tab.
    • Use the Search Catalog: Click SKU Contains, Enter H-PAX, Click Apply.
      • Purchase H-PAX_1 (Pre-Admission for Hyflex) $55.00
      • Click Add to cart, follow instructions to purchase.
      • DO NOT CLICK START EXAM UNTIL YOU ARE ON CAMPUS FOR YOUR TESTING SESSION.
    • Need test prep?
      • Use the Search Catalog to select Student Products > Test Prep > School Products > PAX
      • View PAX prep products and follow instructions to purchase.
  3. Pay your PAX seat assignment fee ($25).
  4. Schedule your exam. Do not wait to schedule your on-campus session! Seating is limited.

Disability Accommodations

If you are using disability accommodations, contact the Student Accessibility Office at 262.691.5318 to discuss the requested accommodations before purchasing and scheduling your exam. If approved, you will receive information about how to register for an accommodated PAX session. 

Pearson Vue

 

The WCTC Testing Center is an authorized Pearson VUE testing site. Schedule your test through Pearson VUE.

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We are currently unable to offer this service. Please continue to monitor this page for updates.

You must be fluent in English and Spanish to enroll in the Language Interpreter for Health Services program. Completion of the UW Spanish Placement Test is required. To be admitted, you must achieve a score of 64 or greater. The test fee is $15.

Schedule your exam online.