Who Needs To Take ACCUPLACER?

All incoming students will need to take ACCUPLACER in each of the three subject areas (writing/sentence skills, reading comprehension, and arithmetic) unless they can provide evidence that meets one of the following exemptions:

ACCUPLACER Assessment Exemptions

  • A degree (Associates, Bachelors or higher) from a regionally accredited higher educational institution. (Note: Placement testing for mathematics may still be required.)
  • Transfer credits in college level English, social sciences, anatomy and physiology, and/or college level mathematics. (Note: Must be a grade of “C” or better.)
  • Assessment scores from another educational institution indicating that you are a college-ready student in reading, writing, and/or mathematics. These may include scores from COMPASS, ASSET, or ACCUPLACER and must have been completed within the last three years.
  • High school GPA of 3.0 or greater, including Algebra II (or its equivalent) at a grade of “B” or better, within the past three years. (Note: Enrollment in College Technical Math 1A (10804113) requires placement testing.)
  • An ACT score in all subject areas listed below:
    Course Subject Area Test ACT College Readiness Benchmark Expires
    Composition English 19 3 years
    Social Sciences Reading 22 3 years
    Mathematics Mathematics 22 3 years

There are also certificate programs and select technical diploma programs that do not require the ACCUPLACER assessment. These include:

  • Agronomy
  • Animal Science
  • Catering Certificate
  • CNC Programmer
  • CNC Setup
  • Computerized Accounting
  • Criminal Justice – Law Enforcement 720 Academy
  • Database Basics and Beyond
  • Desktop Publishing
  • Electrical Fundamentals & PLCs
  • Emergency Medical Technician – Advanced
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Entrepreneurship Certificate
  • Farm Business & Production Management
  • Marketing Certificate
  • Microsoft Office – Advanced
  • Microsoft Office – Basic
  • Personal Care Worker
  • Pharmacy Technician
  • Soft Skills
  • Web Design
  • Youngstar

Not sure if you qualify for an exemption? Get your questions answered by calling 608-785-9553 to schedule an appointment with an Enrollment Service Advisor, emailing enrollservices@westerntc.edu, or contacting the nearest Regional Location front office.