Assessment Center

The Assessment Center proctors a wide variety of assessments for future students, current students, and the community, and is available to help you choose the right assessments to meet your needs.


Students who are applying for apprenticeship programs are required to take the Accuplacer. Subjects covered include reading, English and math. This test is not timed. For more information about Accuplacer and a study app, go to:

There is no fee to take the Accuplacer if you are enrolling in classes at Nicolet College.

Accuplacer for all other Colleges has a $25 testing fee.

Tailwind Mathematics, English, and Foreign Language Tests

This test is for students enrolling at Nicolet College only.

Students entering Nicolet's University Transfer Liberal Arts Program must take the Tailwind Mathematics and English placement tests. The Tailwind Foreign Language test is optional. Areas covered in the Tailwind Mathematics placement test are Math Fundamentals, Advanced Algebra, and Trigonometry. The test takes approximately 90 minutes. Topics covered on the Tailwind English test are Reading Comprehension, and Writing Mechanics. The English test also takes approximately 90 minutes. For sample Tailwind questions, go to:

There is no fee to take the Tailwind tests.

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 and English. 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 brush-up or prep classes to get them ready for college classes. There is no charge for the TABE test.

Credit for Prior learning

Many students take advantage of earning credit for prior learning, also known as advanced standing, by taking standardized tests. The two most popular are CLEP (College Level Educational Placement) and DSST (Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support).    Numerous tests are offered under the categories of English, literature, foreign languages, history, social science, natural/physical science, mathematics, applied technology and business.

For more information and to register and pay for a CLEP or DSST test, click on the following links:  



There is a $10 proctoring fee per test.     

Please note that you must register and pay for these tests through the above websites before you can schedule them.

Test Proctoring

Students may find a need to visit the Assessment Center for classroom assigned testing, credit for prior learning testing, make up testing, and proctoring for other technical colleges or universities. For Nicolet students, scheduling this service is typically done through their instructor. Students from other colleges wishing to assess this service need to call the Assessment Center for scheduling details 715-365-4448.

Test proctoring is provided at no charge to Nicolet students and any student taking a Wisconsin Technical College related course. For non-WTCS students there is a $20 proctor fee for the first test taken per term, per course. The proctor fee drops to $5 per test for each additional test taken during the same term.

Licensing and Certification Testing

The Assessment Center provides an array of licensing and certification exams for education and business/industry. Examples of these exams include: Pearson VUE, Pan, Castle, Prometric, ASE, Comira, EMPCO, evolve, and Kryterion. Payment and scheduling of these exams is done through their websites. 

GED Testing

GED testing is done through the Assessment Center. Before taking a GED examination, students must meet certain criteria and be registered in the GED Portal: It’s important to note that all scheduling and payment of GED testing is done through For any questions regarding the GED process or for information on how to get started, call the Academic Success Center at 715-365-4455.

Please Note:  Nicolet College no longer administers the UW Placement exams on an individual basis. Please contact the UW System for Regional testing dates.

Contact Information

Assessment Center
Red Oak Center - Second Floor
P: 715.365.4448
800.544.3039 ext 4448