Prepare for ACCUPLACER | Western Technical College

Prepare for ACCUPLACER

To ensure that you receive the most accurate course placement, it’s important that you do your best on your ACCUPLACER test. Even a short time spent reviewing before taking the test can improve your scores. Knowing that our students have different preferences, Western offers several options to make it easy for you to review:


ACCUPLACER offers a free study app. You can download the app below. Click the link and follow the on-screen directions. The app allows you to take free, sample placement tests and review your answers.

Download App

Sample Questions for Student Review

The link below contains sample questions that will help you improve your skills. If you have difficulty with the questions, you may need to review prior to scheduling your placement testing appointment.

Sample Questions

Free ACCUPLACER Test Prep Workshop

Western is offering a free ACCUPLACER prep workshop for the 2018 fall term. Take advantage of this workshop to help you do your best on this test and get the most accurate placement. The following schedule shows when/where the workshop is offered:






Reading/Language Mondays 12:40-2:50 p.m. September 10 and 24
October 8 and 22
November 5 and 26
December 10
First Floor, Room 107
Academic Resource Center
Reading/Language Tuesdays 5:20-7:30 p.m. September 18
October 16
November 13
December 4
First Floor, Room 107
Academic Resource Center
Math Wednesdays 12:40-2:50 p.m. September 12 and 26
October 10 and 24
November 7 and 28
December 12
First Floor, Room 107
Academic Resource Center
Math Wednesdays 5:20-7:30 p.m. September 19
October 17
November 14
December 5
First Floor, Room 107
Academic Resource Center

Western reserves the right to cancel this event due to instructor illness or other unavoidable circumstances. Please call 608-785-9535 to confirm workshop offering.

Review Sessions

If it’s been a while since you’ve been in school and you think you might benefit from a more thorough focused approach to sharpen your skills, the Learner Support and Transition area offers review session in the areas of reading comprehension, sentence skills, and math. Instructors work with you to identify and strengthen problem areas. Services are offered at the La Crosse campus and all GOAL Programs at the regional locations. Call 608-785-9535 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 Access and Language Services Office at 608-785-9875.

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