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Determining Your Academic Skill Level

Taking courses aligned with your academic skill level is important to your success in college.

The Assessment Center will help you and your academic advisor or counselor choose the courses that are just right for you, making the most productive use of your time, money, and abilities.

Assessments include:


Most incoming students taking six or more credits are required to take the Accuplacer. Subjects covered include math, English and reading. There's no need to make an appointment to take the Accuplacer. Testing is available on a walk-in basis at the Assessment Center Tuesday and  Wednesday from 8 am - 2:30 pm and Friday from 8 am - 1 pm.

More information about the Accuplacer and a study app is available at:

University of Wisconsin Math Test, English, and Foreign Language Tests

Students entering Nicolet's University Transfer Liberal Arts Program must take the UW Math and English tests. The UW Foreign Language test is optional. Topics of the UW Math placement test include mathematic basics, algebra, and trigonometry. The test takes approximately 90 minutes. Topics of the UW English test include usage, sentence correction, and reading comprehension. The test takes approximately 80 minutes. More information, including example questions, is available at:

Tests for Adult Basic Education (TABE)

This test assesses the skills of incoming students who scored below certain levels on the Accuplacer. Subjects covered include math, reading, language, vocabulary, and spelling. It's common for students who have not been in a classroom in a while to take this test to identify which areas they may need prep classes to get them ready for college classes.


Students entering the Administrative Assistant and Medical Assistant Programs at Nicolet are required to take the Keyboarding Test. It assesses basic proficiency based on accuracy and the number of words typed per minute.

University of Wisconsin Placement Test

Students who have applied for admission to a University of Wisconsin college or university can take the University of Wisconsin System Placement Test at Nicolet. Students interested in taking this test at Nicolet should contact the UW school they are interested in attending for testing times.

ACT Test

Nicolet offers the national ACT Test six times a year. This popular test is used by colleges and universities across the country to assess academic skills in English, math, reading and science. Visit for the testing schedule and registration information.

Classroom Tests

Students may also find a need to visit the Testing Center for classroom assigned testing, make up testing and proctoring for other technical colleges or universities, both public and private.

Licensing and Certification Testing

The Assessment Center also provides an array of licensing and certification exams for businesses and other technical colleges and universities. These include testing for EMT, First Responder, Paramedic, Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support (DANTES), and the Ramsay Mechanical Aptitude Test.

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