Tests & Services

The Assessment Center at Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers a variety of placement test, certification testing, and proctoring services. If you have additional questions, please contact the Assessment Center coordinator

Placement Options at LWTech 

Self Guided Placement Assessment

Other Options for Placement

Math

English 

 

Additional Test Information

Certiport Exams and Certifications

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers Certiport testing to our students, community members, faculty and staff. Certifications include ACA, Autodesk, IC3, Intuit QuickBooks MOS, MTA and more. Please consult the Certiport website for a comprehensive list of exams and study materials.

  • Certiport exams are administered by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • To schedule a testing appointment, or for more information, you may call (425) 739-8115.

For Community Members

Visit Certiport.com to create your user ID and Password, and to Purchase your exam voucher.

On Testing Day

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for check-in.
  • A $30.00 proctor fee, payable by check (to Lake Washington Institute of Technology), cash, credit card, or debit card. Please pick up a proctor fee card from the Assessment Center, West Building, W204, before going to the Cashier's Office, West Building, W201F to pay the testing fee.
  • ONE valid, state issued form of photo ID is required. Acceptable forms of identification are: Driver's License, State Identification card, Passport or an Employee ID with picture, signature and expiration date.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Only students with documented hearing, learning, physical or visual disabilities are eligible to receive testing accommodations. Please contact Julie Taylor via phone (425) 739-8115 or email 2-4 weeks in advance of your planned test date. If you do not attend LWTech, you must submit an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from your score recipient institution, or comparable documentation, to the Assessment Center.

Currently Enrolled MMDP and BTAD students

LWTech offers Adobe Certification testing on a quarterly basis, by appointment, to our currently enrolled MMDP and BTAD students and faculty.

  • Pease click Register for an Appointment to schedule your exam.
  • For information, students may contact the Assessment Center via email or by calling (425) 739-8115.

 

College Level Examination Program (CLEP)

  • CLEP exams are administered by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • To schedule a testing appointment, you may call (425) 739-8115.

Lake Washington Institute of Technology is a National Open Center for the computer-based College Level Examination Program (CLEP), administering CLEP testing to the general public as well as LWTech students. The nationally recognized CLEP examination program consists of general as well as subject examinations in which students can earn college level credits.

  • All CLEP tests are computer based.
  • There are six general education examinations that assess college-level knowledge.
  • There are 31 specific college course examinations. Out of these exams, Lake Washington Institute of Technology students may earn credit for passing the following subject exams: *
    • College Algebra - Math 111 (with score of 50+)
    • Pre-Calculus - MATH&141 (with score of 46-54+) or MATH& 142 (with score of 66-74+)
    • Calculus - MATH& 151 (with score of 46-54+) or MATH&152 (with scores of 66-74+)
    • College Mathematics - Math 107 (with score of 50+)
    • College Composition - ENGL& 101 (with score of 50+)
    • Spanish Language - SPAN& 121 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Business Law - BUSA& 201 (with score of 50+)
    • Information Systems and Computer Applications - CISA 101 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Psychology - PSYC& 100 (with score of 50+)
    • Introductory Sociology - SOC& 101 (with score of 50+)
    • Human Growth and Development - PSYC& 200 (with score of 50+)
    • Principles of Macroeconomics - ECON& 202 (with score of 50+)
    • American Government - ADHS 091 (with score of 50+)
  • Each examination is 90 minutes long, and except for English Composition, has mostly multiple choice questions. Some exams do have fill-ins. Please note that the four subject examinations in Composition and Literature also have an optional essay section that is required by some universities and colleges.
  • Note: The English Composition exam is 120 minutes and includes a 50-minute multiple-choice section and two mandatory online essays that students must respond to in 70 minutes. The two online essays are part of the computer-based exam and immediately follow the multiple choice section. Test takers type their responses in the exam software. The essay portion is scored every two weeks by college English faculty throughout the nation. College Composition is the only CLEP exam for which students do not receive an immediate score report upon completion. They will receive their score report 2-3 weeks after taking the exam.
  • The College Board has specific information about which exams are available. Go to the "Students" link on the left and then go to the link for "Exam Descriptions". By using this link, you are exiting the LWTech website.
  • Calculators are provided on screen when needed, e.g. trigonometry.
  • Headphones are provided for students taking a language test.
  • Scratch paper and pencils are provided.
  • The test is timed.

*The maximum combination of alternative credits that can be applied toward a degree or certificate may not exceed 25 percent (25%) of the program credits.

On Testing Day

  • Please arrive 10 minutes early for check-in.
  • A $30.00 proctor fee, payable by check (to Lake Washington Institute of Technology), cash, credit card, or debit card. Please pick up a proctor fee card from the Assessment Center, West Building, W204, before going to the Cashier's Office, West Building, W201F to pay the testing fee.
  • ONE valid, state issued form of photo ID is required. Acceptable forms of identification are: Driver's License, State Identification card, Passport or an Employee ID card.

CLEP Test Preparation/Sample Questions

The College Board has published "The Official Study Guide for the CLEP Examinations". This study guide is available in libraries and book stores as well as on-line.

The College Board has "The Official Study Guide" and test preparations. Go to the "Students" link on your left and then to the link for "Exam Descriptions". Please note that by using this link, you are exiting the LWTech website.

CLEP Test Results

All score reports except English Composition with Essay will be printed immediately upon test completion and given to student.

CLEP Retesting

There is a waiting period of 6 months before re-testing in a subject.

CLEP Test Score Transfer

 When completing the demographics section on your answer form, you can indicate where you would like your scores mailed.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

Only students with documented hearing, learning, physical or visual disabilities are eligible to receive testing accommodations. Please contact Julie Taylor via phone (425) 739-8115 or email 2-4 weeks in advance of your planned test date. If you do not attend LWTech, you must submit an IEP (Individualized Education Plan) from your score recipient institution, or comparable documentation, to the Assessment Center.

You may also arrange a CLEP Test at one of the following testing centers:

Columbia College in Everett: (425) 304-4480
DeVry University in Federal Way: (253) 943-3164
Pierce College in Fort Lewis: (253) 964-6567
Columbia College in Marysville: (425) 304-4480
Grace Academy in Marysville: (360) 659-8517
Bates Technical College in Tacoma: (253) 680-7030

General Education Development (GED®) Testing

GED® Testing Service is a joint venture between Pearson and the American Council on Education (ACE). GED® Testing Service provides opportunities to transform lives, support families, and build stronger communities. We offer any adult who wants it the opportunity to earn a high school equivalency credential, prepare for a better job, support their family, and realize their dream for a better life. The test is part of the 2014 GED® program, the only high school equivalency program built to help adults qualify for college, training, or a good job with good wages. At GED® Testing Service we believe that everyone deserves a fighting chance at a good job with good wages. 

  • The first GED® test was created in 1942 and is updated every 10-15 years
  • The 2014 GED® test takes a little more than seven hours to complete
  • The 2014 GED® test is administered year-round at more than 1,500 testing centers worldwide

People with a high school credential earn $568,000 more in a lifetime than people without a high school credential.

The GED Exam

The 2014 GED® test is a four-subject high school equivalency test that measures skills required by high schools and requested by colleges and employers. The four subjects are Science, Social Studies, and Mathematical Reasoning, and Reasoning through Language Arts.  It is offered in English and Spanish and delivered on computer at an official GED® testing center. After you pass the GED® test, your diploma or credential will be issued by your state but you'll receive a GED® transcript to apply to college, start training, or get a better job.

  • The Reasoning Through Language Arts test is 155 minutes and is three sections:
    • Section 1 (35 minutes) test all content
    • Section 2 (45 minutes) is the Extended Response portion
    • Student break (10 minutes)
    • Section 3 (60 minutes) tests all content

There is s a 5 minute check-in time an 150 testing time per Person VUE

  • The Mathematical Reasoning test is 120 minutes and is one single section with two parts.
    • Part 1 - (First 5 questions) calculators are not allowed
    • Part 2 - ( Remaining 41 test questions) calculators are allowed

There is a 5 minute check in time and 115 minute testing time per Pearson VUE

  • The Social Studies test is 95 minutes and testing is two section:
    • Section 1 ( 65 minutes) tests all content
    • Section 2 ( 25 minutes) is the Extended Response portion of the test

There is a 5 minute check in time and 90 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

  • The Science test is 95 minutes and is one single section. There are two short answer questions, but they are not timed separately. Students are expected to manage their time and spend about 10 minutes on each of the short answer questions.

There is a 5 minute check in time and 90 minute testing time per Pearson VUE)

Eligibility

In Washington, you must be 19 years old in order to test. If you are between 16 and 18 years old and not enrolled or graduated from high school, you may also be eligible. For more information visit GED® Testing Service.

 

Cost

The cost for each exam is $30.00 payable online through your MYGED® portal account. Payment method is by credit card (Visa, Master, pre-paid credit, or debit). The total cost for all four exams is $120.

Scheduling your Exam

  1. Before testing visit GED® Testing Service to register and create a MYGED® account. Please note: Your name and signature must exactly match your valid photo-identification that is presented at the test center. If your name and signature does not match you will not be able to sit for your exam and you will not receive a refund. To change your name, contact Pearson VUE at 1-877-EXAM-GED® or 1-877-392-6433, Monday through Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., CST.
  2. What if I don't have an email account? No problem. GED® Testing Service will provide you may get a step by step instructions for creating an email account.
  3. Schedule a test through your MyGED® portal account, by clicking on "Start Scheduling" icon. You will be ask to review the testing policies before selecting your exams.  Select the content areas (GED® exam subject), location, date, and time you want to take during this appointment. Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers GED® testing every Thursday between 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m..
  4. Payment must be made in full through your MYGED® portal account.
  5. You must cancel your test 24 hours in advance to receive a refund.
  6. Requests for disability accommodation must be made through your MYGED® portal account. For more information on accommodations, email accommodations@GEDtesting.com

The Day of Your Exam

You must
  • Arrive 15 minutes early prior to your schedule test time. Late arrivals will not be permitted to test. No refunds.
  • Bring an official government-issued photo identification such as a driver's license, state ID card, or passport.
  • Bring a pre-purchased testing voucher with a name that exactly matches your government - issued photo identification.
  • Get a Lake Washington Institute of Technology student identification number from our Enrollment Services in West Building, W201 before testing.
  • Provide additional documentation if you are between 16 - 18 years old. Forms are available on GED® Testing Service.

Note: Please arrange for childcare as children are not permitted in the Assessment Center.  Also, tests may be canceled due to holidays or emergency school closures.

Scoring

The GED® test will have a passing score of 150 on each test part.  Therefore, you must reach a score of at least 150 on each part and a total score of 600 across the four-part battery in order to receive your GED® test credential.

Request a GED Transcript

If you have passed all five of the tests and earned a total score of 2250 or more and need a copy of your transcript, make the request through the GED® Testing Service. Select the state or jurisdiction (Washington). If you tested on or after 2002, click on Washington - tested on or after 2002. If you tested before 2002, click on Washington - tested before 2002.

Note

The LWTech Assessment center no longer prints GED® transcripts. Effective January 1, 2014 the total passing score changed to 600.

Re-Taking the GED Exam

The retake fee is $10 per subject. Students who don't pass get two discounted retakes for every subject purchased. The discounted rate is automatically calculated in your MYGED® account shopping cart. Discounted retakes are good for 12 months after the initial test attempt. Students can test three times on the same subject without waiting. After the third attempt, there is a 60 day wait before testing again.

Adult Basic Education Program  Preparation Classes

Lake Washington Institute of Technology offers GED® preparation classes and pre-tests through the Adult Basic Education program for a fee of $25. Please visit our Academic Skills Center in the Library, room T217 or call (425) 739-8656 for more information.

Adult Basic Education Program

Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS)

The TEAS test is used is the admissions process for the Dental Hygiene and Nursing programs at Lake Washington Institute of Technology.

  • TEAS exams are administered by appointment only on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday.
  • To schedule a testing appointment, Register for an Appointment
  • Please visit atitesting.com to create your user ID and Password, and to access practice materials.

 

You are advised to schedule an appointment 2 to 4 weeks in advance due to holidays, test volumes or academic assessment deadlines. Please see Testing Calendar for test dates. 

What is the TEAS Test?

This computerized test is designed to measure your skills in Reading, Mathematics, Science, and English and Language Usage. These skills are essential in your academic success in health occupation programs including Nursing and Dental Hygiene.

The TEAS contains four subtests.

All subtests contain multiple-choice items with one correct answer.

  • The Reading subtest covers paragraph comprehension, passage comprehension, and inferences/conclusions.
  • The Math subtest measures knowledge of whole numbers, metric conversion, fractions and decimals, algebraic equations, percentages, and ratio/proportion.
  • The Science subtest covers science reasoning, science knowledge, biology, chemistry, anatomy and physiology, basic physical principles, and general science.
  • The English subtest measures knowledge of punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, contextual words, and spelling.

Composite scores are computed in each of these four areas. Sixteen subscores are also generated to assess specific content mastery.

Content Area
Number of Questions
Time Allowed

Reading

48

58 minutes

Mathematics

34

51 minutes

Science

54

66 minutes

English and Language Usage

34

34 minutes

Total

209 minutes  (3 hours, 29 minutes)

 

 

At the test station, you will need to:
  • Log on to the ATI website and Sign-In using your ATI username and Password.
  • Once you have signed-in, you will be on the Student landing page. From the main menu on the top of the screen, click on My E-Learning.
  • Enter the Assessment ID given to you by your proctor then click Begin Assessment.
  • Open the Test Instruction Page and click YES. While you are reading the test instructions, your Proctor will approve your test.
  • Once you have read through and understand the instructions, click the Start Assessment button at the bottom of the page.

You are allowed two 5-minute breaks during the TEAS Test - if needed:
  • YOU MUST NOT TAKE A BREAK WHEN TEST QUESTIONS ARE ON THE SCREEN - as you are being timed!!!
  • Instead of proceeding to the next section immediately, you may take a break at the end of the current section.
  • Only one test-taker is allowed to leave the testing room at a time.
  1. Calculators are not permitted for the test.*
  2. You will have two pencils and three pieces of scratch paper.
  • Please bring scratch paper out to Proctor when you complete the test.
  1. No communication is permitted between examinees while taking the assessment. We will periodically walk the test floor. Should you need more scratch paper or pencils or have a question, please raise your hand or let us know.

DO NOT CLICK OUTSIDE OF THE TESTING WINDOW!

The action will be recorded with your test result.

DO NOT CLOSE THE TESTING WINDOW for any reason! DO NOT CLICK "STOP ASSESSMENT" without consulting with the test administrator.

WITHIN each test segment (i.e. Math, Reading, Science etc.)
You are allowed to skip questions and return to them later by using the navigation buttons at the bottom of the page - if time allows.

  • Pay attention to the top of the page to keep track of your progress - example:
Question
Page
Time Remaining

1 of 40

1 of 8

00:58:00

  • Any questions that are not answered will be scored as incorrect.

When you have completed your test, click FINISH and then PRINT to process score report.

Reports are also available for future viewing by clicking on My Results from the main menu.

Remote Testing

If you live outside of Washington state or the regional area, you may arrange to take the TEAS test remotely at another college testing center.

Are Re-Takes Allowed for the TEAS?

Lake Washington Institute of Technology allows students to re-take the TEAS test once per 365 days, after a minimum 30 day wait period.* 

Students are responsible to keep track of when they may re-test and schedule the testing appointment appropriately. 

*Scores from LWTech or any other institution must adhere to the above re-test procedure to be considered valid for LWTech admissions requirements and prerequisites.

What Do I Need to Bring on the Day of My Test?
  • Valid Government-issued photo ID such as your driver's license, passport or military ID 
  •  ATI username & password. Register at ATI Testing
  • Test fee
    • The fee for the TEAS test is $85.00, payable to LWTech at the time of the exam
    • LWTech accepts cash, credit cards, checks or money orders

All testing materials are provided. You are not allowed to use a calculator, dictionary, or any other personal items for this exam. All personal belongings, including cell phones, must be stored in the lockers outside W204 prior to testing.

How Can I Prepare for the TEAS Test?
  • Brochures are available in the West Building, Room W204.
  • TEAS Workshops
  • Online Practice Tests
  • Study guides are available
    • LWTech Bookstore
    • ATI Testing TEAS Study Manual
    • LWTech Library-Learning Commons
  • Additional preparation resources include:
    • Tips for taking the TEAS test (.pdf). (Adobe Reader required)
    • LWTech English 092 (Reading Improvement) and English 098 (Textbook Reading) classes
    • SAT Reading Comprehension and Science Preparation Guides
    • GED® Reading Comprehension, Science and Math Preparation Guides
    • Developing Reading Efficiency by Lyle Miller, ISBN #0808739581
    • ATI website

When Will I Get My TEAS Score?

You will receive 1 copy of your test results immediately after the exam. An official copy of your scores will be submitted to LWTech admissions office at no additional charge. You may view your test results by logging in to the ATI website.

An official copy of your scores will be submitted to the LWTech admissions office at no additional charge if you selected LWTech when obtaining your user name and password from ATI. You may view your test results by logging in to the ATI website and clicking on the results tab at the top of the page.

How Do I Send My TEAS Scores to Another College?

To send your TEAS results to another college, you may order an electronic transcript at ATI Testing. A $20.00 fee is required by ATI.  

I Took the TEAS Test at Another Testing Center, How Do I Transmit My Scores to LWTech?

To transmit your TEAS results to LWTech, you may order an electronic transcript at ATI Testing. A $20.00 fee is required by ATI.

Self-Guided Placement Assessment

Compass will no longer be available at LWTech for placement after November, 2016. Many colleges that currently use the Compass have been in the process of either choosing another assessment product or developing other options for placement.

At LWTech faculty have developed a self- guided placement option.  This will be piloted in the college assessment center October 18 to October 31, 2016 and then used as our assessment method starting November 1 (Advising Day). 

The new self-guided assessment is still free.

Math

  • Math assessment will be done on Washington Mathematics Assessment and Placement (WAMAP).
  • Students will select either STEM or non-STEM problem set when taking the math assessment.
  • Math scores will be available right after a student completes the assessment.
  • Only non-STEM math assessment will be available until November 1.
  • STEM pathways students need to use COMPASS until November 1.
  • Both STEM and non-STEM math assessments will be available starting November 1. 

English

  • English placement will be based on a writing sample.
  • Students will be given a short reading passage and writing prompt based on the reading to complete their writing sample.
  • The sample will be scored based on a rubric by English faculty.
  • Writing samples will be scored with one business day during the regular business hours of the college. The scores are not immediate like COMPASS.

After the Assessment

  • Students will be given a recommended placement in math and English based on their assessment scores.
  • Students will be given course descriptions and the opportunity to view videos about different math classes after they take the assessment (English videos may come later).
  • Students can then opt to select to take a math or English courses one level up from their initial placement, one level down  from their placement or use the recommended placement they received on the assessment.
  • Student placing into ABED or ESL levels will not be able to select up. They will be referred to the ASC for CASAS testing and depending on their goals may be referred to I-BEST programs and/or academic I-BEST.
  • Self-directed placement decisions are only good for math and English classes. They do not apply to technical classes. That is, the recommended placement is the only score valid for technical classes. A student cannot self-select a level up in order to qualify for a technical class.
Example

I take the WAMap assessment non-STEM math assessment and score math 087, on English I score Engl 099.

After reviewing information on the classes and talking with my Student Success Navigator, I decide I want to take math 098. I feel I have the concepts down in Math 087 and feel ready to take math 098. For English, I decide to take English& 101.  I feel I did not really review my writing sample before I turned it for scoring and feel I can handle the course. 

  • If I were considering taking machining I would still need to complete my math 098 first. Completion of math 087 is required for Machining. My placement only applies to my math course, selecting up to math 098 will not allow me into Machining classes.

Impact

What this means going forward is that students will not be able to get placement results right away after they complete the assessments. Results for math assessment will be available right after students complete the assessment.  Results for English will take at least one business day. Students will need to plan ahead in order to have their “Getting started” activities completed in time to register. Students may want to plan to take the assessments well in advance of the beginning of the quarter in order to receive their results, review their options for courses and register for classes. 

English LWTech Self Guided Placement

Writing Sample

Recommended Placement
Course Student Can Register

EASL ( English as a second language)

Refer to ASC

ESL or Academic I-BEST

ABED 046

Must go to Academic Support center for registration into ABED 046
or
Academic IBEST

English 093

Must go to Academic Support center for registration into ABED 046 
or
Academic IBEST
or
ENGL 093 or ENGL 099

 

 

ENGL 099

ENGL 093
or
ENGL 099
or
Engl& 101

 

Engl& 101

ENGL 099
or
Engl& 101

 

 

Choosing a Class

  • After you receive your recommended placement for an English class please review the course descriptions you received after the assessment.
  • Meet with an adviser to discuss your choice for an English class.

Math LWTech Self-Guided Placement

Problem Set A –non STEM math –leading to Math 102, Math& 107 or Math& 146

Recommended Placement
Assessment Score
Course Student Can Register

ABED 040

0.00-2.49

For ABED 040 must go to ASC for additional placement assessment.

Math 087

2.50-7.49

For ABED 040 must go to ASC.
or
Math 087, Math 098 or Math 102

Math 098

7.50-17.49

Math 087, Math 098, Math 102, Math& 107
or
Math& 146

Math& 107 or Math& 146

17.50-25.00

Math 098, Math 102, Math& 107
or
Math& 146

 

Problem Set B –STEM math –leading to Pre-Calculus and Calculus
Recommended Placement
Assessment Score
Course Student Can Register

ABED 040

0.00-2.99

For ABED 040 must go to ASC for additional placement assessment.

Math 087

3.00-8.99

For ABED 040 must go to ASC.

Math 087 or Math 098
or
Math 102

Math 099X or Math 090 and Math 099

9.00-20.99

Math 087, Math 090, Math 099, Math 099x, Math 102, Math& 107, Math 111, Math& 146, Math& 141 or Math 145

Students needing slower pace: take Math 090 then take Math 099

Students wanting to go at a faster pace: take Math 099X

Math 111 or math& 141 or Math 145

21.00-30.00

Math 090, Math 099, Math 099x, math 102, math& 107, Math 111, Math& 146, Math& 141 or Math 145

*any scores above placement for Math above Math 111, math& 141 or math 145 should see math faculty*

Choosing a Class

We have created a series of short advising videos to help you make your final decision. The videos will give you information about the other courses available in your math pathway, and will give you some additional options you may want to consider before registering!  

  • Go to our YouTube advisor channel
  • Choose the video corresponding to the recommended course placement you received. This video will give you a summary of the courses you may register for.
  • Contact your advisor or a math faculty with any questions about the courses.
  • Register for an upcoming section of the math class that you choose!