ENTRANCE TEST AND ALGEBRA REQUIREMENTS

Test Requirement Checklist

  • Determine the appropriate test for your trade.
  • Contact a test site to schedule the appropriate test for your trade.
  • Have the test proctor provide your test printout.
  • Submit a copy of your test results (printout with the score included) to the ABC of Wisconsin Apprenticeship Office.

Test Details

Exam scores are valid for five (5) years from the test date

Next-Generation Accuplacer (new in 2019)

This test is offered at many technical colleges. To find the nearest test site, contact your local technical college, or click here.

Accuplacer Testing During COVID-19

Several technical colleges are offering online testing options during the COVID-19 pandemic.

All test-takers should request a copy of their scores from the testing center to include with their ABC apprenticeship application.

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Here are the current online testing options

Fox Valley Technical College
Prospective apprentices should email assessment@fvtc.edu and request a remote Accuplacer for apprenticeship. FVTC has study resources available online here.

Madison College
Applicants interested in taking the Accuplacer remotely at Madison College should follow the instructions here to register for an online Accuplacer test.

Mid-State Technical College
Applicants should email testingcenter@mstc.edu for directions on registering to take the Accuplacer online.

Moraine Park Technical College
Candidates may request a Virtual Accuplacer using Zoom. If you meet the technology requirements found here please contact MPTC Admissions to request a scheduled time at admissions@morainepark.edu.

Northcentral Technical College
Candidates can request to schedule an Accuplacer by emailing the testing center at TestingCenter@ntc.edu.

Northeast Wisconsin Technical College
Anyone who is interested in taking the Accuplacer remotely at NWTC should contact the Assessment Center at Assessment.Center@nwtc.edu or 920-498-5427 and let them know they would like to take the Accuplacer for an apprenticeship. NWTC has study resources available online here.

Waukesha County Technical College
Visit https://www.wctc.edu/academics/academic-resources/testing-services/index.php and select the Apprenticeship Testing drop-down for directions on how to sign up. Do NOT select Accuplacer Placement Testing — that drop-down is only for internal WCTC applicants.

Classic Accuplacer (limited availability)

This test was offered by many technical colleges and was replaced by the Next-Generation Accuplacer in 2019. If you have already taken the Classic Accuplacer, your scores are valid for five years.

ACT

Offered through accredited testing centers, typically local high schools.

TABE (Test of Adult Basic Education)

This test is offered at some technical colleges and is accepted for construction craft laborers and plumbing. TABE Version 9/10–Form A Survey is required. To find the nearest test site, contact your local technical college or click here.

Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodations or assistance to complete the application process or form, or for testing assistance, please
notify the ABC of Wisconsin office at (608) 244-6056 or (800) 829-9926.

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Learn more about the testing requirements for your trade

Carpentry

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 56
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 15
Construction Craft Laborer

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 55
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 35
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 226
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 220
    OR
  • TABE Reading: 8.3
  • TABE Math Comprehension: 8.8
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 14
Electrical

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 56
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 15

Algebra Course Requirement

Documentation of algebra completion prerequisite is required.

Possible algebra documentation:

  • One consecutive year of pre-college (high school) algebra with a minimum grade of a “C.” Home-schooled students must show verification of algebra in home school classes and take the algebra portion of the Accuplacer test with a minimum score of 33 for Classic Accuplacer and 216 for Next Generation Accuplacer.
  • One semester of algebra at the college level with a “C” or better grade. The class can either be credited (applied to an associate degree) or non-credited.
  • ModuMath Algebra: A grade of “C” – 80% – or better is needed for each of the 32 modules of this self-paced, computer program to meet the algebra requirement.
Heat & Frost Insulating

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 40
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 55
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 209
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 12
  • ACT Math: 15
HVAC

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Algebra: 33
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 250
  • Next Generation Accuplacer QAS: 216
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 16
Plumbing

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Algebra: 33
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
  • Next Generation Accuplacer QAS: 216
    OR
  • TABE Reading: 21
  • TABE Math Comprehension: 19
  • TABE Applied Math: 14
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 16
  • ACT Math: 15
Sheet Metal

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Algebra: 33
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 250
  • Next Generation Accuplacer QAS: 216
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 16
Sprinkler Fitting

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 56
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 15
Steamfitting

Passing Scores

  • Classic Accuplacer Reading: 66
  • Classic Accuplacer Arithmetic: 56
    OR
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Reading: 239
  • Next Generation Accuplacer Arithmetic: 237
    OR
  • ACT Reading: 15
  • ACT Math: 15

Algebra Course Requirement

Documentation of algebra completion prerequisite is required.

Possible algebra documentation:

  • One consecutive year of pre-college (high school) algebra with a minimum grade of a “C.” Home-schooled students must show verification of algebra in home school classes and take the algebra portion of the Accuplacer test with a minimum score of 33 for Classic Accuplacer or 216 for Next Generation Accuplacer.
  • One semester of algebra at the college level with a “C” or better grade. The class can either be credited (applied to an associate degree) or non-credited.
  • ModuMath Algebra: A grade of “C” – 80% – or better is needed for each of the 32 modules of this self-paced, computer program to meet the algebra requirement.

Associated Builders and Contractors of Wisconsin
5330 Wall Street
Madison, WI 53718

Phone: 608-244-6056 or 800-829-9926
Fax: 608-244-2401
email: apprenticeship@abcwi.org

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