Guide to the WGU Readiness Assessment
WGU seeks to admit individuals who have the capacity and determination to complete a rigorous WGU degree program…and graduate. The admission process is designed to help you and the university reach an informed decision about your likelihood of success.
At WGU we want you to graduate, not just enroll. Consequently, not every applicant is admitted because not every individual is a good “fit” for WGU’s programs and competency-based, online academic model.
The WGU Readiness Assessment is a three-part admissions assessment to determine your readiness for college-level study in an online learning environment.
Successful completion of this test is required for the following:
- Students entering Business or Teachers College bachelor’s degree programs who do not possess an AA or AS degree
- Students entering a WGU IT bachelor’s degree program who do not possess one of the IT certifications that WGU recognizes for competency credit. See more about transferrable IT certifications.
Academic Skills Test
Math - This multiple-choice test measures your background competence in fundamental mathematics subject areas, such as number notations, basic arithmetic, estimation, simple geometry, and graphs, and touches upon elementary algebra and probability. Individuals need not have extensive mathematics background nor get all the answers correct in order to successfully pass this test.
Language - This is a multiple-answer test designed to measure your competency in the basic academic skills of Writing, Critical Reading, and Reading Comprehension.
WGU Essay Exam
Since writing is critical to success at WGU in every program, you will be asked to write a short essay addressing a specific assignment. The essay question will not require special content knowledge.
You will complete the essay online, and you will have the opportunity to revise and edit it before you submit it. We recommend that you write your essay in a word processing program such as Microsoft Word, and then copy and paste your essay into the exam. You should allow up to an hour to write and submit your essay.WGU Admissions Inventory
This section is designed to help you determine if WGU is a good "fit" for you. It's comprised of questions that address your readiness to handle online study at WGU.
Advice on Taking the WGU Readiness Assessment
- Please take this exam seriously. You are expected to satisfactorily complete the test in order to be admitted. You only have one opportunity to satisfactorily complete the Readiness Assessment in any 30-day period. (Technical difficulties are the exception.)
- Allow for up to two (2) uninterrupted hours to complete all three sections. (Most individuals take between 1 and 2 hours.)
- Take the assessment in a quiet environment. Please don't take the test in a noisy, hectic environment.
If you have not already done so, you will need to claim your new WGU Student Login. (Note: Creating the login does not mean you are considered a student). Click on the link below and follow the instructions.
- Once you click on the "Take Assessment Now" button below, you will be prompted to log in to the WGU Student Portal, using the UserName and Password you created when you claimed your WGU Student Login. Within the WGU Student Portal, the WGU Readiness Assessment is found on the tab at the top entitled, “Admissions.”
IMPORTANT: Make sure your computer is Java compatible: The WGU Readiness Assessment requires that the Java Runtime Environment plug-in is installed on your computer. Unless you are certain that you already have the latest version, please go online to www.java.com and click the red button that reads "Free Java Download" for the latest version of the Java Runtime Environment plug-in for Windows. (You can also find instructions for downloading a version of Java for other operating systems.)
If you have any questions about the Readiness Assessment, or experience technical difficulties, please speak to your Enrollment Counselor as soon as possible.