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 Assessment FAQs

  1. Why do I need to take a skills assessment?
  2. Who is required to take a skills assessment?
  3. Do all students have to take the skills assessment?
  4. What is a skills assessment?
  5. How can I do my best?
  6. When and where can I take an assessment or test?
  7. What is required in order to test?
  8. Do I have to pay to take a skills assessment or test?
  9. Must I meet program benchmark scores in order to be admitted into a program?

1. Why do I need to take a skills assessment?

NWTC is committed to assisting you in meeting your learning goals. NWTC uses a skills assessment to determine entry-level program, certificate or course readiness.

2. Who is required to take a skills assessment?

If you are entering an associate degree, technical diploma program or  taking General Studies courses, you must complete the skills assessment as part of the admissions process.

If you have special testing needs or considerations, you should contact the Accommodation Services Office prior to testing.

3. Do all students have to take the skills assessment?

If you have scored well enough on an approved standardized test within five years of entering an NWTC program, you may not have to take the skills assessment.

For further information, contact Enrollment Services at (920) 498-5444 or (888) 385-NWTC.

4. What is a skills assessment?

The skills assessment tests your skill level in the areas of arithmetic, reading comprehension and sentence skills.  Algebra and College Level Math are required for certain programs or General Studies courses.  Assessments are taken on a computer, and scores are provided immediately upon completion. This test is not timed, so breaks are allowed.

 How can I do my best?

  • Arrive early, be rested and ready to concentrate.
  • Turn off all cell phones and pagers.  Lock all personal items in the keyed lockers inside the Assessment Center.
  • Have all needed materials available before you begin testing.
  • Ask any questions before you begin the assessment.
  • Notify a test examiner if you are being distracted during testing.
  • Take your time, and answer each question to the best of your ability.

6. When and where can I take an assessment or test?

The skills assessments, along with a variety of other tests, are administered at the NWTC-Green Bay Campus, and other college locations.

Assessment Center hours are 8:00 am to 7:00 pm Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am to 5:00 pm Friday, and 8:00 am - 11:00 am Saturday. Summer hours will vary

7. What is required in order to test?

You will need picture identification and applicable fees.  Pencils and scratch paper are provided.

8. Do I have to pay to take an assessment or test?

Fees are required for admissions testing, certification testing and high school equivalency testing.  For specific fees view Assessment and Testing Fees.

9. Must I meet program benchmark scores in order to be admitted into a program?

For most programs, you are required to meet college minimum standards to be accepted into a program. However, you will need to improve your skills prior to program start date in order to be ready to handle the course work. General Studies courses have an Accuplacer prerequisite score that must be met. Health programs and the Paralegal program require that program benchmarks or a minimum ACT composite score be met.

For further information, call the Assessment Center

(920) 498-5427 or (800) 422-NWTC, ext. 5427