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Testing Policies and FAQ

Testing Tips and Policies

 

Schedule your appointment

Schedule your test for a day and time when you will be able to arrive well rested and ready to devote full concentration on your test. Allow yourself enough time to complete your test without rushing. For more information on ways to schedule your test, please see How can I sign up for my test?

Verify appointment information

After you sign up for a test, verify the date, time, and location of your test. This information will be listed on your receipt when you sign up. Directions and maps of each campus can be found at http://www.gtc.edu/maps-directions

Rescheduling your appointment

If you can't make it to your appointment, reschedule your test in order to avoid repayment of fees. If you scheduled your test through an outside testing client (Pearson Vue, TD, etc.), you must reschedule through them and abide by their rescheduling policies. If you scheduled your test through Gateway (by phone, in person, or through WebAdvisor – see scheduling link above) you can reschedule your test on or before the day of the test at no charge. After that, you are marked as a no show and will be required to repay for a new appointment.

Prepare for your test

Prepare for your test by visiting gtc.edu/testing for important information about your test, including duration of the test, sample questions, and other test specific information. You can also utilize our Learning Success Center for free help with studying. Contact your campus's location for current hours. Elkhorn Campus: 262-741-8020, Kenosha Campus: 262-564-2796, Racine Campus: 262-619-6216.

Arriving for your appointment

Arrive on time for your test. For test sessions with a specific start time listed, is a good idea to arrive 15 minutes early to make sure you have time for check in. If two times are listed under your appointment time, you are registered for a testing lab, in which case you may arrive to start your test at any point between the two listed times.

Bring Appropriate ID

Make sure to bring appropriate ID with you each time you check in for a test. Unless your specific test client requests otherwise, acceptable forms of ID include government issued IDs such as Driver's License, State ID, or passport, as well as a current Gateway Technical College student ID. Your ID must be valid (not expired). You will not be permitted to take your test without a proper ID.

Before you start your test

During check in, you will be asked to lock up any personal belongings, including cell phones and other digital devices, while you are testing. You will be provided a locker and key, which you can keep with you while you are testing. Food and drink are not allowed in the testing center, unless medically necessary. Children are not allowed in the testing center and cannot be left alone without adult supervision.

During your test

Read over instructions for your test carefully. Testing staff will discuss allowed materials and test policies, and will be available should you have any questions or problems.

 

Testing FAQ
 

Q: Which tests does Gateway offer? Which campuses offer the test I need and where is the test center located?
A: Gateway's Testing Department offers many different types of exams, including Accuplacer and Elabs (Placements testing), Teas, Accuplacer for Apprenticeship, CLEP, and WorkKeys, as well as testing through several test clients such as Pearson Vue (including GED), Prometric, PSI, TD, and Kryterion. Testing centers are located on our Elkhorn, Kenosha, and Racine campuses, however, not all tests are offered on each campus. Check out our page at​ gtc.edu/testing for a list of tests offered, then click on the desired test for more information including what locations offer that test. For contact information for each campus' test center, click on​ Contact Us. Directions and maps for each campus can be found at gtc.edu/maps-directions

Q: What days/hours can I take my test?
A: Available days and times for testing vary by campus and type of test. To find available appointment times for a test (and to sign up for your appointment), call the Contact Center at 1-800-247-7122, stop in a Student Services Center, or visit Webadvisor online.  Visit the How Do I Sign Up for a Test webpage for instructions.
* For tests offered through a specific testing client, such as Pearson Vue (including GED), Prometric, or TD/Pan, log on to the client's website to see available hours by testing site.  Gateway staff are unable to schedule, reschedule, or cancel appointments for these tests. 

 

Q: What is lab format? / Why does my test session have 2 times listed?
A: Some tests are offered in lab format. This means that you can come in to start your tests anytime between the 2 times listed on your test schedule. For instance, if you have signed up for an Accuplacer placement test during a lab session on Monday that is listed 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., that means that you can come in to begin your test any time between 9 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Of course, that is just your start time, so you may take past the later time to complete your test.

Q: How should I prepare for my test? / Are there sample questions available? / What is the cost of my test? / How long will my test take?
A: While on our page, gtc.edu/testing, just click on the name of the test you wish to take, and you will see specific information related to that test, including cost, sample questions, and duration of the test.

Q: Does Gateway offer in-person help studying for my test?
A: Yes, Gateway offers free study materials and instructor support at each of its Learning 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.

Q: What should I do if I can't make it to my test? / What is your reschedule policy?
A: Reschedule policy varies by test and test client. If you scheduled your test through an outside testing client (Pearson Vue, TD, etc.), you must reschedule through them and abide by their rescheduling policies. If you scheduled your test through Gateway (by phone, in person, or through WebAdvisor – see scheduling link above) you can reschedule your test on or before the day of the test at no charge. After that, you are marked as a no show and will be required to repay for a new appointment.

Q:  What materials are allowed for the Accuplacer Placement Test?
A:  During the placement test, you will be offered scratch paper and pencils, and a calculator will be available on screen for questions where it is allowed.  Scratch paper is collected and shredded at the end of the test session.  Therefore, no outside notes, scratch paper, or calculators are allowed in the testing room.  You will be given a key to a locker to secure all of your outside materials, including cell phones, papers, bags, and anything digital, during your test.

Q: Can I retake my COMPASS Exam?
A: Students are allowed to take the Accuplacer test twice per every 12 month period.  It is in your best interest to brush up before taking your placement test.  Studying may be done in our Learning Success Center or individually, as Accuplacer offers a web-based Study App for students to prepare for the test. Access the FREE app online at accuplacerpratice.collegeboard.org.

Q: How do I earn my GED/HSED?
A:  The first step in earning your GED or HSED is to attend a free orientation which is required by the state of Wisconsin before you can begin testing. Sign up for an available orientation through Student Services or your WebAdvisor account. During orientation, GED/ABE instructors will go over all of the steps of earning your credential, set you up with an account for signing up for your tests, and direct you to resources for help studying/preparing for your tests. Check out our page dedicated to​ GED/HSED for additional information.

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