Testing for College Admissions

All associate degree and technical diploma programs at Blackhawk Technical College require pre-entry assessment.  You will need to complete the Compass assessment unless you have graduated from a four-year college or university, earned an Associate Degree, or completed the ACT with a composite score of 15 or higher. The Compass is an untimed assessment taken on computer that measures skills  in reading, language usage, and numerical skills. 

Testing Locations & Hours:

Central Campus, 6004 S County Road G, Janesville - Student Success Center, Room 2219

Fall & Spring office hours:

Monday and Thursday – 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM

Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 8:00 AM – 4:30 PM

Evenings & Saturday: please call or email for an appointment, (608) 757-7666 or amills@blackhawk.edu

Summer office hours:


Monday – Friday: 8:00 AM  – 4:30 PM

Evenings & Saturday: please call or email for an appointment, (608) 757-7666 or amills@blackhawk.edu


Monroe Campus, 210 Fourth Avenue, Monroe - Learning Resource Center (LRC)

Students are tested by appointment only. Please call or email  for an appointment, (608) 329-8203 or twren@blackhawk.edu


Other sites – by appointment

The following rules will be followed for all testing:

  • A photo ID is required for all testing programs and services (i.e. state ID or driver’s license, passport, other IDs approved by Testing Staff)
  •  Any testing fees must be paid and a receipt presented prior to taking a test
  • New or continuing students interested in enrolling in credit courses must meet testing and/or other prerequisite requirements of the course(s) prior to registration.
  • Compass Retest Policy - Students complete an admission/placement test as part of the application process to the college. These scores are utilized to determine appropriate course placement. Retesting is appropriate if students believe their scores do not accurately reflect their abilities and skill levels.

Retest eligibility: 

  • After reviewing the admission test scores, students may retest ONCE utilizing COMPASS prior to enrolling in the designated course(s).
  • Students who have completed COMPASS as part of the admission process MUST wait 48 hours after their first COMPASS exam before retesting.
  • Once the semester has begun and students are enrolled in courses appropriate to their placement scores, they will no longer be eligible to retest and must progress through all designated course levels.

Health Sciences Programs

Each program listed below may have additional requirements for clinical readiness.  Please see advisor for program-ready requirements:

Testing Services & Programs offered:

  • Make-Up Testing is a service provided for students that have been absent and are being allowed to complete an exam. Students will be allowed to complete an exam provided they come to the center and are done with the exam by the times listed below.

     Hours (Fall and Spring):
     Monday and Thursday  9:00 AM – 7:00 PM
     Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

     Hours (Summer):
     Monday, Wednesday, Friday: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM

  • Accuplacer (Central Campus only, $10 fee) - Please contact your union to identify the specific test you should take.
  • Career Scope (no fee)
  • Proctored tests: Current or former BTC students only, call testing center for more information
  • Safety and Pollution Tests (Auto Mechanics and Diesel Mechanics)
  • Typing Tests (no fee)

The Dental Assistant, Medical Assistant,Physical Therapist Assistant, Nursing and Radiography programs have specific requirements for admission. (See program information for details.)

Online Resources:

Sample Compass Questions for Reading, Writing & Math

Math Tutorials and Practice Study Pre-Algebra 

Kahn Academy (scroll to Pre-Algebra practice)

Things to know about COMPASS 

SP2 Study Guide for Auto and Diesel