Assessment Services

Assessment Services conducts all testing at Western. We administer GED exams and Western placement tests in reading, writing, and math. The placement exams are admission requirements for most of Western’s associate's degree and technical diploma programs. Western’s preferred placement test is ACCUPLACER. COMPASS, ACT and ASSET scores are also accepted. We provide a quiet, comfortable, and secure testing environment that doesn’t add stress to the experience. 

Visit our placement testing page for more information.

On Test Day

Things to Remember

  • Bring a current photo ID and payment for your test.
  • Child care is not provided.
  • Only those authorized to test are allowed in the testing room.

The following items are not allowed in the testing room:

  • Food
  • Beverages
  • Electronic devices including cell phones, pages, tables, iPods, laptop computers, or calculators
  • Watches, Fitbits, or other wrist jewelry
  • Jackets, coats, hats, scarves, sunglasses, or hoodie sweatshirts
  • Purses, brief cases, backpacks, or wallets

Test-Taking Tips

  • Get plenty of rest and eat properly prior to the test to help you concentrate and stay focused.
  • The session can take up to 2-3 hours.
  • Plan to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled placement testing session to allow for time to park on campus, use the restroom, pay for your test, and check in for testing. 
  • Be sure you understand the directions for each test before that test session begins. Ask questions if needed.
  • Read each question carefully until you understand what the question is asking.
  • If answering an item requires several steps, be sure you consider them all.
  • If you have a problem or question during the test, raise your hand, and the test administrator or proctor will help you. Although they cannot answer test questions for you, they can help you with other types of problems.

Special Needs

If you are in need of specific testing accommodations, you will need to meet qualifying criteria. Please contact our Disability Services Office at 608-785-9875.

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An advisor can help you determine which tests to take.


Western offers free review sessions for ACCUPLACER math, writing, or reading tests. Instructors work with you individually to identify and strengthen problem areas. Available at all Western assessment centers. Call 608-785-9535.