Skills Assessment

Most degree and diploma programs require a placement assessment as part of the admissions process.  Fox Valley Tech administers the ACCUPLACER (Next-Generation) and the TEAS.  

For each test section below, see “PROGRAMS THAT REQUIRE…” to determine which skills assessment is required for your program.

You may possibly have the ACCUPLACER waived if you meet one of the following options:

  1. High school GPA of 2.75 or higher if graduated within the last 10 years. Submit your high school transcript to Admissions. 
  2. Previous college credits or completed at least an associate's degree. Submit your college transcript to Admissions for evaluation.
  3. Have taken the Reasoning Through Language Arts and/or Mathematical Reasoning with the 2014 GED series tests; earning a score of 165 or higher and completed within the last 10 years.  Submit your score report to Admissions for evaluation.
  4. Completed the ACT, Asset, Companion, or Compass assessments within the last 3 years. Submit your scores to Admissions for evaluation.

Note:  ONLY ACCUPLACER scores may be waived.  The TEAS is required for the respective programs. 

Accuplacer (Next Generation)

About ACCUPLACER

Accuplacer is a computerized test that evaluates your skills and places you into appropriate level courses. It is an untimed test used to determine students' knowledge in the areas of reading, writing, arithmetic, and quantitative reasoning, algebra, & statistics (QAS). Students take an average of 2 hours to complete. 

Programs that require Accuplacer

Most associate degree and technical diploma programs require a skills assessment prior to full admission into the program. Check the Admission Requirements section to see if your program requires a skills assessment. 

Check My Program

Fees & Payment

There is a $15 non-refundable fee for taking the ACCUPLACER. Your fees can be paid online via your MyFVTC Account or by mailing a check to:

FVTC—Admissions
1825 N Bluemound Drive
Appleton WI 54912

If you are not able to attend the ACCUPLACER assessment at your scheduled time, you MUST drop the class to receive a refund. If you do not drop the class before the day you are scheduled to test, you are responsible for the fee. You can drop the class through your MyFVTC account or by calling Enrollment Services at least one business day in advance at 920-735-5645.

How to register

If you haven’t already, please submit high school and/or college transcripts to Admissions. Testing is available both on-campus and virtually at specified times.

To Register:

  1. Login to your MyFVTC Account using your FVTC ID and password.
  2. Select the Manage Classes tile, then Class Search/Add to Cart
  3. Select the appropriate term
  4. Enter “accuplacer” in the search box
  5. Choose the campus you want to test at
  6. Select the session that works for your schedule and add to your shopping cart
  7. Finish the registration process from you shopping cart.

If you need help with the registration process, please see our helpful How-to-Guide (PDF) or contact Enrollment Services at 920-735-5645. Please have your FVTC student ID number ready.

Please note: If you choose to test virtually, keep in mind the following technical requirements:

  • Microphone and speakers
  • Webcam: 320 x 240 VGA resolution (minimum)
  • Desktop or laptop computer (No Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, or phones are to be used)
  • Strong, stable internet connection Ability to download Zoom
  • Verify ACCUPLACER will run on the computer you will be using:
    • Go to www.accuplacer.org
    • Scroll to the bottom of the page and click ‘Verify System’
    • All requirements must say ‘Pass’

Admissions Center: 920-735-4740 admissionsspecialist@fvtc.edu

Preparing for ACCUPLACER

Several resources and practice tests are available to help you prepare for ACCUPLACER:

College Board Sample Questions

General Math Help

ACCUPLACER Study App

Mometrix Test Prep

FVTC Library Resources – two books available on reserve to study while on the Appleton campus

Union Test Prep

Ed Ready

Day of Assessment

On-Campus Testing:

On the day of your scheduled ACCUPLACER test, report to the appropriate room. Be sure to have:

  • Current photo ID clearly showing your first and last name with a photograph. Copies, faxes, phones cannot be used. The name on your ID MUST match the name you are registered for in the FVTC system. Bring name-change documentation, if needed.
  • Face mask must be worn at all times while in the building. Please follow social distancing practices.
  • Your FVTC student ID number

Note:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early. Late arrivals to the room will not be allowed to test.
  • ACCPULACER is not timed, but typically takes about two hours to complete. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Please limit personal items to only what is needed as stated above.
  • Upon completion, you will receive your score report.

If testing virtually:

Be sure to have completed the registration process above first. Your proctor will email you directions one day prior to your scheduled test date. Please check your Spam/Junk folders if you don’t see an email. You will need:

  • Verify again your computer meets the technical requirements
  • Current photo ID clearly showing your first and last name with a photograph. Copies, faxes, phones cannot be used. The name on your ID MUST match the name you are registered for in the FVTC system. Have your name-change documentation, if needed.
  • Your FVTC student ID number
  • Your Voucher number (see email from proctor)
Re-testing

You will be allowed to re-test only once. All re-test sections must be completed in one session. We recommend 30 days before re-testing to allow yourself time to study. To schedule a re-test, follow the same registration instructions as your initial assessment. Another $15 assessment fee will be charged.

Accessing your scores

At the completion of your assessment you will receive your score report. 

If you need to access your scores later, you can access the ACCUPLACER Student Portal.

If  you need FVTC to send your scores to another school, employer, etc., complete and submit the Release of Accuplacer Scores form.

Apprenticeships

If you need to take ACCUPLACER for an apprenticeship, please call Enrollment Services at 920-735-5645 to schedule a time to test.

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

About the TEAS

The Test of Essential Academic Skills, Version 6 (ATI TEAS), measures knowledge in the academic content areas of reading, mathematics, science and English and language usage. The TEAS exam is 170 multiple choice questions and is a timed test lasting a total of 3 hours and 29 minutes.

TEAS format and how the test is scored (PDF)

Programs That Require TEAS

Students applying to the following programs are required to take the ATI TEAS:

  • Pre-Associate Degree Nursing

  • Pre-Practical Nursing

  • LPN-to-ADN Pathway

  • Paramedic to ADN Pathway

  • Dental Hygienist programs

  • Neurodiagnostic Technologist

  • Medical Lab Technician

  • Occupational Therapy Assistant program

  • Veterinary Technician

Fees & Payment

There is a $65 non-refundable fee for taking the TEAS.  Your fees can be paid online via your MyFVTC account or by mailing a check to:
    FVTC—Admissions
    1825 N Bluemound Dr.
    Appleton, WI  54912-2277 
 
If you are unable to attend the TEAS at your scheduled time, you MUST drop the class to receive a refund.  If you do not drop the class prior to the start of your scheduled test session, you are responsible for the fee.  You can drop the class through your MyFVTC account or by calling Enrollment Services at (920) 735-5645.

How to Register

Testing is available on the Appleton Campus and virtually at specified times.

Once your session is scheduled, create an ATI account at www.atitesting.com prior to your test date. You only need a username and password at this point. Please see our TEAS Instructions (PDF) document for more information on creating your ATI account.

To Register:

  1. Login to your MyFVTC Account using your FVTC ID and password.
  2. Select the Manage Classes tile, then Class Search/Add to Cart
  3. Select the appropriate term
  4. Enter “teas” in the search box
  5. Choose which campus you would like to test with (Appleton Campus or virtual)
  6. Select the session that works for your schedule and add to your shopping cart
  7. Finish the registration process from you shopping cart. Use this How-to-Guide to help register.

If you need help with the registration process, please see our helpful How-to-Guide (PDF) or contact Enrollment Services at 920-735-5645. Please have your FVTC student ID number ready.

Please note: If you choose to test virtually, keep in mind the following technical requirements:

  • Microphone and speakers
  • Webcam: 320 x 240 VGA resolution (minimum)
  • Desktop or laptop computer (No Chromebooks, iPads, tablets, or phones are to be used)
  • Strong, stable internet connection
  • Ability to download Google Chrome
Preparing for the Test

Several resources and practice tests are available to help you prepare for the TEAS. The FVTC library has a limited number of copies of the TEAS Study Guide: https://library.fvtc.edu/TEAS

If you would like to briefly review any TEAS subject with a tutor, please contact the Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) at tlc@fvtc.edu or stop in G200 in the Student Success Center. 

Official TEAS Study Manual

ATI TEAS Review Manual (Barnes & Noble)

ATI TEAS Smart Prep

ATI TEAS Test Review

TEAS Study app (iTunes)

TEAS Study app (Google Play)

Day of Test

On-campus testing:

On the day of your scheduled TEAS exam, report to the Assessment Center, Room G208 – Appleton Campus. Be sure to have:

  • Current government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport). Copies, faxes, phones cannot be used. The name on your ID MUST match the name you are registered for in the system. Bring name-change documentation, if needed.
  • Face mask must be worn at all times while in the building. Please follow social distancing practices.
  • ATI login information (not FVTC login) www.atitesting.com

Note:

  • Arrive at least 10 minutes early. Late arrivals to the room will not be allowed to test.
  • TEAS exam is timed at 3 hours and 29 minutes. Please plan your schedule accordingly.
  • Please limit personal items to only what is needed as stated above. All other materials will be provided.
  • Upon completion, you will receive your score report.

Virtual testing:

  • You will receive an email to your (FVTC and/or personal email address) one day prior to your scheduled session. Please read through, and follow, the directions carefully.
  • Complete the dry-run, per email instructions, prior to test start time.
  • Current government-issued photo ID (driver’s license, state ID, passport). Copies, faxes, phones cannot be used. The name on your ID MUST match the name you are registered for in the system.
  • You will receive scoring information after the completion of your test.
Re-Testing

If you do not achieve the required scores for your program:

  1. Talk with your Academic & Resource Advisor to develop a study plan that includes the areas identified after taking your first test.

  2. Refer to the “Preparing for the test” guidelines above to determine the best options to improve your opportunity for success.

  3. Take at least 30 days before re-testing so that you can study for the re-take exam.

You will be allowed to re-test only once.  If you do not successfully re-test within 3 terms of your initial TEAS exam, your program application will be withdrawn. After the third term ends, you will need to re-apply if you are successful on the re-test exam.

To schedule a re-test, follow the same registration instructions as your initial assessment. Another $65 assessment fee will be charged. If you are not successful on a re-test you will only be allowed to take the TEAS exam after a 3-year waiting period.

Accessing Your Scores

At the completion of your assessment, you will receive your printable score report. Your scores will always be accessible to you on your MyFVTC Account as well as by signing into your ATI account at www.atitesting.com.

If you have taken TEAS at another test site, please print a copy of your score report and send it to FVTC-Admissions. All this can be completed by logging into your ATI account at www.atitesting.com.

For More Information


ACCUPLACER Assessment Center
Appleton Campus
Room G208
Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Phone: 920-993-5139
Fax: 920-993-5266
Need Accommodations?
If you need disability-related services:
Educational Support Services.

Appleton: 920-735-2569
Oshkosh: 920-236-6155
Assessment Center Guidelines (PDF)

ACCUPLACER Assessments also available at other FVTC locations
Hours may vary by location or testing schedule.

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