Placement Assessments for Course Prerequisites | Waukesha County Technical College

Placement Assessments for Course Prerequisites

Placement assessments help WCTC determine your skill level in reading, writing and math, and can fulfill certain course prerequisites.

You can meet a reading, writing and/or math prerequisite with one of the following:

  • ACT
  • ACCUPLACER
  • Asset
  • Compass
  • TABE Advanced
  • ALEKS
  • GED Test - 2014 Series (165 or higher)
  • High school GPA (2.60 or higher)
    • GPA must include completed coursework through the 11th grade
  • Prior college coursework

In addition to general studies courses, some core program courses may also require placement assessments. Find course prerequisites on your individual program’s page. Questions? Our Academic Advisors are here to help!

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

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*
  No minimum score required 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:

  • 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.

Test scores are valid up to five years from test date.

ACCUPLACER Area Accuplacer Min. Score Accuplacer Next Gen Min. Score Course
Sentence Skills  82 250 801-136 English Composition 1
   55 230 831-103 Intro to College Writing*
  No minimum score required 851-745 Pre-College Writing*
Reading  70 248 No additional reading course required
   55 238 838-103 Intro to College Reading*
  No minimum score required 858-786 Pre-College Reading*
College-Level Math or Advanced Algebra 43 267 804-195 College Algebra w Apps
804-116 College Technical Math 2
Elementary Algebra or Quantitative Reasoning, Alegbra and Statistics 55 260 804-114 College Technical Math 1B
804-115 College Technical Math 1
804-118 Interm Algebra w Apps
804-133 Math & Logic
Arithmetic 60 258 804-107 College Mathematics
804-113 College Technical Math 1A
834-110 Elem Algebra with Apps*
804-123 Math w Business Apps
  34 210 804-169A 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:

  • You may opt to schedule a retest at the Testing Center. A $15 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.

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

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.

 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:

  • You may opt to schedule a retest at the Testing Center. A $15 retest fee is required. OR
  • Contact Academic Support 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.

 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  

 

Find My Placement Scores

Placement assessment results are available immediately upon test completion. Score reports include course placement recommendations. Review score and placement information for course prerequisites.

You can view your placement scores via MyWCTCaccount.

  • Log in to “MyWCTCaccount.”
  • Click on “Admissions, Registration, Student Account Center, Financial Aid and Records.”
  • Click on “Student Records.”
  • Click on “View Test Scores.”

To request an official 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.

Prior College Coursework

A student can meet the reading proficiency prerequisite by having successfully completed (C/2.0 or higher) at least one general studies, associate degree-level or higher course with a reading prerequisite.

A student can meet the writing proficiency prerequisite by having successfully completed (C/2.0 or higher) at least one general studies, associate's degree-level or higher course with a writing prerequisite.

OR

A student can meet the reading and/or writing proficiency prerequisite by having successfully earned (C/2.0 or higher) a total of six credits at the associate degree-level or higher within one or more of the following disciplines: Communications, Social Science, Natural Science and/or Humanities (except for Fine Arts).