Prepare for ACCUPLACER | Western Technical College

Prepare for ACCUPLACER

Due to COVID-19, Western is only doing ACCUPLACER testing for Apprenticeship students. Please call the Assessment Center at 608-785-9566 to schedule your test.​ ​Read more.

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


Test-taking strategies are available in preparation for the ACCUPLACER test. Whether you’d like to stop in once for a brief review or you think you may benefit from a more thorough approach to sharpen your skills, contact Learner Support and Transition. Services are offered at the La Crosse Campus and at 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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