If you are entering an associate degree, technical diploma program or taking General Studies courses, you may complete the skills assessment as part of the admissions process. NWTC uses Multiple Measures for college entry and placement into courses. A high school or college GPA of 2.6 or higher or 3.0 or higher for nine Health programs will be the measure used for program acceptance and/or course placement. Students who do not have a GPA of 2.6 or higher will take the ACCUPLACER to determine course placement.
If you have special testing needs or considerations, you should contact the Accommodation Services Office prior to testing.
Accuplacer is an adaptive, computer-based, multiple choice test. It is called "adaptive" because new questions are selected from a pool of possible questions based on the correctness of each answer a student provides. Because the test works this way, students must answer every question when it is first given. The test is not timed so students are encouraged to take as much time as they need for each question. Hand-held calculators are not permitted during the test; however, in a few instances, Accuplacer provides an on-screen calculator for the student to use for a particular problem.
Helping Your Student Prepare
Reviewing the following items with your student prior to his/her testing appointment can help provide a positive testing experience and ensure that your student performs at his/her best.
- Getting plenty of rest the night before the test.
- Eating a healthy meal or snack before the test.
- Remembering that you cannot "go back" to questions previously answered, so be sure of the answer you are selecting before you confirm.
- Taking your time to answer questions since there is no time limit.
- Arriving at least 15 minutes early to the test session so you do not feel rushed and have adequate time to check in.
- Parking in an outlying lot as opposed to the lot directly in front of the Student Center (two hour time limit) is recommended for peace of mind while testing and to avoid a potential ticket from the city of Green Bay for exceeding the time limit.
Is Your Student Undecided on a Career Path?
If your student is undecided in a career path, we highly recommend contacting the NWTC Career Center at 920-498-6250. Career Services provides career, occupational and transfer information for students, alumni and members of the community. Just one of the many services they offer is career/personality assessments as well as individualized career counseling.