Assessment Services


Placement test scores in reading, writing and math are admission requirements for most of Western’s Associate Degree and Technical Diploma programs. The preferred placement test is COMPASS; however, we accept ACT and ASSET scores. Check with Enrollment Services at 1.800.322.9982 (option 2 on menu) to determine whether or not you need to test.

Please note:

If you have a bachelor's degree or have completed the COMPASS, ACT or ASSET exam within the last five years, you may not need to test.

If you have already taken a placement test but scored low in one or more of the subtest areas (Reading, English or Math), you may need to take a portion of the COMPASS exam to meet the required cut-score.

Successful completion of some college coursework in the area of writing or math may eliminate the need to take those sections of the COMPASS test.


Western Technical College offers convenient online registration for the following campuses.

La Crosse Campus (main)

Black River Falls Campus

Independence Campus

Mauston Campus

Tomah Campus

Viroqua Campus

Upon successful registration, you will receive an email confirmation. Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you on your test date. If you do not receive an email confirmation, please check your spam blocker.


General Questions
La Crosse Campus

Phone: (608) 785-9566

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Hours of Operation
Testing Schedule by Campus

Upcoming Closures

Inclement Weather Notice
If the college cancels classes, the Assessment Center will also close. Exams postponed by inclement weather will be rescheduled free of charge. You will be contacted for rescheduling.