Placement Testing

Blackhawk Technical College is dedicated to enhancing student learning and community offerings by providing comprehensive, accessible testing and assessment services. We have a Testing Center located at our Central Campus. Our Testing Center is committed to maintaining the highest compliance required by nationally-recognized testing standards and practices, safeguarding confidentiality of student records, and creating an optimal, distraction-free testing environment.  

Testing Information and Schedules

As part of the registration process, you will be required to complete a placement test. These scores are used to determine appropriate course placement. There is a $10 test/retest fee for apprenticeship students. Testing fees are waived for Blackhawk Technical College or Wisconsin Technical College System students taking the test for the first time. There is a $4 retest fee thereafter.

Testing Schedule

Testing Center — Central Campus, Fall Hours
  • Monday and Wednesday: 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
  • Friday: by appointment only at (608) 757-7666

Learning Resource Center (LRC), Monroe Campus
Tests may be scheduled by appointment at (608) 328-1660

Testing Requirements

  • When you are ready to test, select a date from the Testing Schedule. You may start your test between the hours listed; however, keep in mind that you should allow yourself at least two hours for testing. Due to the length of the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER, tests cannot start after 4:00 p.m.
  • Please bring a photo ID with you (i.e. driver’s license). First-time testers will need to stop at Express Services to receive a student ID number before testing.
  • Prior to testing, please review the TESTING POLICIES at the end of this page.

Retest Policy

  • You may retest if you believe your score does not accurately reflect your abilities or skill level. There will be a fee charged for retesting.
  • After reviewing the admission test scores, you may retest in each area once using Next-Generation ACCUPLACER.
  • If you completed the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER as part of the admissions process, you must wait 48 hours before retesting.
  • If it has been three or more years since you last tested, we strongly encourage that you retest for more accurate course placement. 
  • For Course Placement Retests, further retests require approval from the appropriate faculty and/or staff (Dean, Director). 

Online Resources

The following resources can help you prepare for the Next-Generation ACCUPLACER test:​

This test has a $10.00 fee which should be paid at Express Services. No appointment is needed. Please present your receipt and photo ID to the Testing Center staff on the day of testing. It is important that you arrive early as tests begin on time and no late admittance will be allowed. You will have 20 minutes to complete the test.

Prior to testing, please review the TESTING POLICIES at the end of this page.

DMS Spatial Testing Schedule

Tuesday, September 17, 2019 — 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 15, 2019 — 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, November 19, 2019 — 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 17, 2019 — 1:30 p.m.

Before scheduling GED & HSED exams online, you must attend an orientation session (by appointment only). Click on the button below to view the orientation schedule and make an appointment:

GED & HSED Orientation

After you have completed GED Orientation, you may schedule testing online through the GED Testing Service. These tests have a fee of $33.75 per test and a Civics test for $10.00 or a total of $145 for all tests. 

Learn more about the General Educational Development (GED) & High School Equivalency Diploma (HSED).

When you are ready to test, select a date from the Testing Schedule below. You may start your test between the hours listed; however, you will NOT be able to start an exam 30 minutes prior to closing hours. Please note: computer-based exams are subject to computer availability.

No appointment is needed. Please bring a photo ID with you (i.e. driver’s license).

Prior to testing, please review the TESTING POLICIES at the end of this page.

Make-Up Exams Testing Schedule

Monday through Thursday: 9:00 a.m. — 7:00 p.m.

Friday: 9:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.

Testing is also available in the Learning Resource Center (LRC) at the Monroe Campus, 210 Fourth Avenue, Monroe, WI. Tests may be scheduled BY APPOINTMENT ONLY by calling (608) 328-1660. 

TEAS testing is used as part of the admission process for various programs related to Health Sciences. The following programs may have additional requirements for clinical readiness: Nursing, Physical Therapist Assistant, and Radiography. Please see an advisor for information regarding program-ready requirements.

TEAS for Nursing & Allied Health Students

You must schedule your exam through the ATI Testing website. Each TEAS Nursing and TEAS Allied Health exam costs $77 (to be paid directly to and is only available for proctoring at Central Campus. Prior to testing, please review the TESTING POLICIES at the end of this page.

TEAS Nursing Testing Schedule:
Friday, September 6. 2019 — 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 18, 2019 — 12:30 p.m.
Friday, November 1, 2019 — 9:00 a.m.
Friday, December 20, 2019 — 12:30 p.m.
TEAS Allied Health Testing Schedule:
Friday, September 20, 2019 — 9:00 a.m.
Friday, October 4, 2019 — 12:30 p.m.
Friday, November 15, 2019 — 9:00 a.m.
Friday, December 6, 2019 — 12:30 p.m.

Blackhawk Technical College offers Typing Tests for the following programs:

Program Time Allotted Speed/Error Goals Other
Medical Assistant three minutes 30 wpm/ 3 errors no cover on keyboard
Medical Admin Coder five minutes 30 wpm/ 5 errors no cover on keyboard
Admin Support Professional five minutes 40 wpm/ 5 errors no cover on keyboard

If you are in one of these programs, you may take the typing tests as many times as you want. When practicing, you should put one space after a period, hyphen, backspace, or returns. When completed, a copy of your score will be sent to admissions to be added to your student record. 

Please review the testing policies below for all tests, make-up exams, and placement testing.

For All Tests
  • A valid photo ID is required. The photo ID must display your first and last name and should match the name on the test.
  • Coats, jackets, or sweaters that button or zip on the front are NOT permitted. If it zips, buttons, or opens in the front, the clothing must be placed in a locker. If you think you will be cold, please wear a sweatshirt or sweater that does not zip up or button up.
  • Hats of any kind, hoodies, head scarfs, doo-rags, sunglasses, or similar clothing must be removed and placed in a locker.
  • Only items specified by your instructor will be allowed in the testing room. All other belongings must be placed in a locker located outside of the Testing Center. The following items are not permitted in the testing room:
    • Handbags, backpacks, messenger bags, and briefcases
    • Food or beverages
    • Cell phones, pagers, smartwatches, iPods, fitness trackers, or Bluetooth headsets and other electronic devices
    • Notebooks, laptops, tablets, or e-readers
    • USB flash drives or external hard drives
    • These items must be placed in a locker due to testing security issues. If you are caught with any of these items in the testing room, your exam will be terminated. Cell phones must be placed on silent or turned off prior to being placed in the locker.

Make-Up Exams
  • All students must be honest and forthright in their academic studies. To falsify the results of one's research, to steal the words or ideas of another, to cheat on an assignment, or to allow or assist another to commit these acts corrupts the educational process. Students are expected to do their own work and neither give nor receive unauthorized assistance. Any violation of this standard must be reported to the Judicial Affairs Officer and the Department Dean. The faculty member, in consultation with the Department Dean and the Judicial Affairs Officer, will decide whether the matter should be processed through the Student Conduct System or resolved without a formal hearing. In the latter case, the faculty member must have the agreement of all students directly affected.
  • Homework cannot be accepted by the Testing Center. Please make arrangements with your instructor.
  • Going in and out of the testing room is not allowed. If you leave the room, you will have completed your test and it must be turned in to the Testing Center staff. Once a test is handed in, it cannot be returned to you for any reason.
  • Please use the restroom before you enter the testing room. If you leave the room without permission of the test proctor, your exam will be considered complete and must be turned in as is.
  • If you require special arrangements, such as extensions and/or additional materials, you must make those arrangements with your instructor. The instructor must indicate these special arrangements on the make-up exam request form.
  • No exams are given beyond the specified date without VERBAL or WRITTEN permission from your INSTRUCTOR to the Testing Center staff.
  • Children are not allowed in the testing room. If you have children, please make arrangements for their care while you take your exam.
  • You will only need to make an appointment if a computer is needed for your test OR if you are taking a proficiency exam. All other tests are on a walk-in basis. Due to FERPA regulations, you must make your own appointments.
  • Please allow adequate time to check-in and receive instructions for your exam. No tests are distributed the last half-hour prior to closing under any circumstances. All tests will be collected at closing time of make-up exam specified times, regardless of your testing time remaining.
  • Come prepared and know the length of time allowed for your exam. Give yourself enough time to complete the exam and please be aware of Testing Center make-up exam hours. Multiple tests are proctored in the Testing Center and make-up exams have specific day and times.

Placement Testing
If any of the following items are observed during placement testing, the Testing Administrator will stop your test session and invalidate your test scores. Your scores will be entered as a zero, you will need to wait 48 hours before retesting and pay for your test at Express Services ($4 per section or $10 for the entire test).
  • Use of notes or dictionary
  • Any attempt to remove test content or scratch paper
  • Talking to other test takers
  • Discussing test content with others
  • Possession or use of unauthorized materials (including an electronic device such as a cell phone, smartwatch, calculator, etc.)

Contact Information

If you have any questions regarding placement testing, please contact:

Sheryl Hooker
(608) 757-6321
Student Success Center

Amy Mills
(608) 757-7666
Testing Center

Student Success Center Hours:

Monday — Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Testing Center Hours:

Monday — Thursday
8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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