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Placement Testing


ACT COMPASS is a computerized test that helps us evaluate your skills and place you into appropriate level courses. It is an adaptive test (no time limit or pre-set number of questions, it grades you as you go) and is used to determine students' knowledge in the subjects of reading, writing, and math. The COMPASS test is untimed, but students can expect to take up to 3 ½ hours to complete. Upon completion, you are encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor, who will discuss your scores and course placement with you. 

It is in your best interest to brush up before taking your placement test. Additional information about the COMPASS test and free sample questions are available at If you need further assistance preparing for your test, free study materials and instructor support are offered at Gateway's Student Success Centers. Contact your campus's location for current hours. Elkhorn Campus: 262-741-8020, Kenosha Campus: 262-564-2796, Racine Campus: 262-619-6216.

COMPASS test scores are valid for 3 years.

Elabs Computer Skills Assessment

The Elabs Computer Skills Test has been added as an additional requirement for admissions.  Students are required to take this test even if they have ACT scores submitted to Gateway Technical College.  With a time limit of 65 minutes and consisting of 68 questions, this test assesses your computer proficiency and includes usage of MS Word, Power Point, Excel, as well as Google Mail, attachments, and the web. 

For a free practice test, please visit

Locations Offered: Elkhorn, Kenosha, and Racine campuses

COMPASS Placement:  $15
COMPASS Re-Test:  $15
eLabs Only:  $5

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