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Testing Services

Limited Campus Operations

Beginning June 1, 2020, WCTC will reopen with limited operations. During this time, some Testing Center services will continue to be offered online while others are offered on campus.

Explore our COVID-19 updates and resources.

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During limited campus operations, please work with your instructor.

Important Notice

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, WCTC will temporarily accept documents that normally would not have met one of the assessment options below (for example, an ACT score older than five years).

Our goal is to get you through these steps as quickly as possible so you can easily register for your courses. If you are experiencing a delay in the process and have questions about which documents are now acceptable, please email info@wctc.edu — we are here to help!

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 used 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©.

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.

While the WCTC Testing Center is closed, 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.

We strongly recommend doing some preparation before you take the ACCUPLACER©. Check out the free ACCUPLACER© Study App.

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 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.
  • 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.

We strongly recommend doing some preparation before you take the ACCUPLACER©. Check out the free ACCUPLACER© Study App.

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 accurately assess, prepare and place students into the math courses where they are most likely to succeed. WCTC uses ALEKS PPL as the placement assessment for 804-198 Calculus 1 (Electrical and Mechanical Engineering Programs) and as a retest option for other math courses. The cost of ALEKS PPL is $25.

ALKES PPL has test prep built in and is customized for you. Once you purchase ALEKS PPL you will have the opportunity to take five assessments within the ALEKS PPL system. Customized 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.

ALEKS Steps during COVID-19:

  1. Purchase ALEKS PPL product at www.aleks.com ($25).

    • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs use course code GJQNA-L3LYC, Calculus Placement, Fall 2019.
    • For all other programs use course code NLREU-NQRRU, WCTC Math Placement, Fall 2019.
  2. Take your first placement assessment.

    • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering programs: After the first assessment, Prep and Learning modules are created for you. Work in these modules for three or more hours.
    • For all other programs:
      • If you place into the math course you need, you are done with ALEKS and do not need any other assessments! Email testing@wctc.edu with the good news. 
      • If you place into a lower-level class, you can choose to keep that placement. Email testing@wctc.edu with this information or continue working in the Prep and Learning modules for an additional three or more hours.
  3. Take the second placement assessment.

    • If you place into the math course you need, you are done with ALEKS and do not need any other assessments! Email testing@wctc.edu with the good news. 
    • If you place into a lower-level class, you can choose to keep that placement. Email testing@wctc.edu with this information or continue working in the Prep and Learning modules for an additional three or more hours.
  4. Take the third placement assessment.

    • If you place into the math course you need, you are done with ALEKS and do not need any other assessments! Email testing@wctc.edu with the good news. 
    • If you place into a lower-level class, you can choose to keep that placement. Email testing@wctc.edu with this information or continue working in the Prep and Learning modules for an additional three or more hours.
  5. Take the fourth placement assessment.

    • If you place into the math course you need, you are done with ALEKS and do not need any other assessments! Email testing@wctc.edu with the good news. 
    • If you place into a lower-level class, you can choose to keep that placement. Email testing@wctc.edu with this information or continue working in the Prep and Learning modules for an additional three or more hours.
  6. Take your fifth placement assessment. Email testing@wctc.edu with this information.

Special Accommodations/IEP

If you require special accommodations, follow steps 1 and 2 above, then contact the Student Accessibility Office located in the College Center, room C-022, or call 262.691.5281 or 262.691.5036 to schedule an accommodated ALEKS testing session. Do not sign up through the online form.

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. If the Testing Center is required to mail the scores, you will need to provide mailing information and sign a release form.

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.

Pease 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.

Acitve 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.

While the Testing Center is closed, you can take the Computer Skills Assessment at home!

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 (fee is waived during COVID-19 closure). 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.

Sign up for a Testing Session

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

  • 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, email testingcenter@wctc.edu with the following information:

  • In the subject line, enter: Computer Skills Assessment
  • Last Name
  • First Name
  • Birthdate
  • WCTC ID #
  • Program
  • Email Address
  • Phone Number

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

During the campus closure we are not able to administer Certiport exams. Please monitor this page for testing dates once we reopen.

Certiport is the leading provider of certification exam development, delivery and program management services. Waukesha County Technical College offers Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) 2016 exams.

Schedule a Certiport Exam

  1. Register through Certiport and buy an exam voucher.
  2. Schedule your exam online.
  3. Pay the $25 WCTC proctor fee online or in the Enrollment Center (Building C, Room C-019) on exam day.

On exam day, bring your:

  • Valid photo ID (driver's license, state-issued ID, military ID or passport)
  • Certiport username and password
  • Exam voucher
  • Proof of payment for the WCTC exam fee

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 $110.
  • Pay the $85 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.
  • Sign up for a testing session below, and pay the $25 DSST fee.

Schedule your exam online.

During the campus closure we are not able to administer Keyboarding Skills exams. Please monitor this page for testing dates once we reopen.

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.

Sign Up for a Testing Session

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We are currently unable to administer make-up exams. Please work with your instructor.

All students applying to WCTC's nursing program are required to take the National League for Nursing Pre-Admission Examination RN (PAX). Applicants are encouraged to study for this exam. Use this guide from the WCTC Library.

  • To be admitted, you must achieve an RN Composite Score of 100 or greater and a Verbal RN Percentile Rank of 50 or greater.
  • You are only allowed two attempts, and you must wait three months between each attempt. To be successful, the Nursing program strongly recommends that you spend additional time preparing for your second PAX attempt.
  • If you register for a third attempt, you will not be allowed to test, and you may not receive a refund for your exam.

Register for the PAX

During the COVID-19 pandemic, we highly recommend that you take the PAX exam remotely at home. In-person PAX exams are available for students who do not have the technology to take the exam at home.

Register for the Remote PAX Exam

Part 1: Verify that you have the technology needed to administer the exam:

  • An internet browser with pop-up blocker disabled
  • A built-in or external webcam and microphone
  • Internet speed of at least 2 Mbps download and 2 Mbps upload
  • Click to test your communication components and bandwidth

Part 2: Visit the National League for Nursing and create an account. Next, register for the Remote Spring 2020 PAX Exam and pay $40 for the exam.

Part 3: Pay the $35 proctoring fee to NLN.

The Remote Spring 2020 PAX Exam is available from June 1-26, 2020. Once you follow the NLN instructions you will choose the date and time that works for you to take the exam.

Register for the In-person PAX Exam

Part 1: Register for the in-person PAX exam. Use the Student Guide for directions. First, visit the National League for Nursing and create an account. Next, register and pay $40 for the exam.

Part 2: Pay the $25 PAX Seat Assignment fee to WCTC online.

In-person PAX Testing Sessions

In-person PAX exams will be offered on a limited basis. Registration is opened. Seating is limited to 8 seats per session.

  • 6/3/20, 10 a.m.
  • 6/4/20, 10 a.m.
  • 6/4/20, 1 p.m.
  • 6/9/20, 1 p.m.
  • 6/16/20, 1 p.m.
  • 6/24/20, 10 a.m.
  • 7/1/20, 10 a.m.

Disability Accommodations/IEP

If you're using disability accommodations or an IEP, plan for a four-week lead time to process accommodations. Schedule your exam using the information above. After scheduling your exam, contact the Student Accessibility Office at 262.691.5318 to discuss the requested accommodations. Once NLN has approved your request, you will receive notification from your disabilities specialist and the testing center.

English Language Learner Supports

In keeping with the National League for Nursing (NLN)'s mission and core values to promote excellence in nursing education, NLN Testing Services is offering support to ensure English language learners applying to schools of nursing that utilize the NLN Pre-Admission Exam (PAX) receive the services they need to be college and career ready.

If your native language is other than English, you may apply for English Language Learner Supports. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks before your testing session. Register for a PAX session using the instructions above. After registering for your exam, schedule a meeting with Academic Support (Building B, Room B-110, 262.691.5311). If the application for resources is approved, you will receive an email from NLN.

Pearson Vue

 

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

During the campus closure we are not able to offer proctor services. Please monitor this page for updates.

WCTC's Testing Center offers proctoring services for community members taking distance or online courses at another college or institution. The fee for this service is $30. The fee is waived for students taking exams for online courses at other Wisconsin Technical Colleges.

Schedule a Proctored Exam

  1. Have your instructor contact the Testing Center, 262.695.6215.
  2. Once you have instructor approval, schedule your exam at least two business days in advance. Select "Non-WCTC Proctored Exam" as exam type, then fill in the required information.
  3. Pay the proctoring fee online or in person at the Enrollment Center (College Center, Room C-019). Bring proof of payment with you to your testing session.
  4. Contact the Testing Center 24 hours before your testing session to verify we have received the test items needed from your instructor/institution.

During the campus closure we are not able to administer Scantron/Castle exams.

WCTC is an approved Scantron/Castle Worldwide testing site. Scantron/Castle Worldwide is an accomplished full-service certification and licensure company. View testing programs and find out how to register for an organization's exam online.

During the campus closure we are not able to administer Spanish Language Assessment exams. Please monitor this page for testing dates once we reopen.

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.

Sign Up for a Testing Session

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