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Placement Testing 

As a new freshman for fall 2018, you are required to complete placement tests in math and English. The results of these tests will be used on your Advisement and Registration day.

General Information

  • Registration for the UW System regional placement tests will open on February 1, 2018.
  • Testing will take place in March, April and May.
  • Your placement test scores will be used to place you in appropriate level college courses.
  • Take your placement tests at any testing location offered throughout Wisconsin or at limited sites offered in Illinois and Minnesota. The scores will be available to all UW system schools.
  • You are required to take the English and math placement tests unless you have completed a transferable college English composition course and/or math course. Review transferable credits at using the Credit Transfer Wizards.
  • You may also be exempt if you have completed an AP, CAPP or IB course prior to your senior year in English and/or math. Please review the section below titled, “Earning College Credit in High School” to determine if you need to take one or both tests.
  • Foreign language placement testing is optional. Please review the section below that discusses foreign language placement testing for further information.
  • Complete your tests at least two weeks prior to your registration day.
  • The placement test results will be shared with you on your registration day. Students will not receive their scores in advance.
  • If you need testing accommodations, please do not use the online registration system to sign up for testing. Follow the instructions below under “Testing Accommodations“.
  • On your test day, you will be required to show a high school ID or government issued photo identification document, such as driver’s license, state-issued ID card or passport. Information on how to obtain a Wisconsin ID card can be found here.
  • Click here for the test day schedule. Other frequently asked questions can be found here.
  • Sample questions can be found here.

Planning Your Testing Date

  • Students attending a registration day in May should test in March or April
  • Students attending a registration day in June should test in March, April or May.
  • Placement testing may not be taken on your registration day. Please plan ahead to complete the tests at least 2 weeks prior.
  • Some dates and locations will fill up fast, please register as soon as possible.

Register for Placement Testing

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After completing the full registration process, you will receive immediate confirmation via email of your selected date and location. No confirmation letters are mailed. Please print the confirmation you receive which will include testing location, parking information and directions.

Two test options are available: paper and pencil or computer-based

Paper and Pencil


  • Large number of dates and locations, but best to register early.
  • Must register in advance at
  • Must bring a non-graphing calculator and No. 2 pencils.
  • Must be taken at least two weeks prior to your registration day.
  • Registration Deadline: Eight (8) days before the test day.
  • View more about the paper and pencil online registration process.

Cost: $25

  • Cost is placed on your fall tuition bill. $0 is due at the time of registration.


  • Limited number of dates and locations.
  • Must register in advance at Registration begins March 1, 2018.
  • Must bring your personal laptop computer, with a power cord, to you testing location.
  • Must be taken at least 48 hours before your registration day.
  • Registration Dealine: Eight (8) days before testing date.

Cost: $105-$125

  • $25 is placed on your fall tuition bill.
  • Requires an additional fee upon registration.
    • one-exam session: $80
    • two-exam session: $90
    • three-exam session: $100

Earning College Credit in High School

Learn more:

Foreign Language Placement Testing (Optional)

To take the foreign language placement test in French, German or Spanish, you must have two or more years experience in the language in which you wish to test. There is a possibility to earn retroactive credits by taking the UW Oshkosh foreign language course you test into and earning a grade of “B” or better in that course. Retroactive credit for foreign language is a topic that will be explained further to you on your registration day.

Testing Accommodations

If you need testing accommodations for placement testing, do not use the online registration system to sign up for testing.

Instead, have a teacher, high school counselor or principal, who has the professional expertise to describe the testing accommodations you will need, submit a letter on your high school letterhead (please do not send an IEP) to:

Tim O’Connor
1025 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706

The letter must include:

  • A description of the test accommodations needed.
  • Your full name.
  • Your address, phone number, email address and date of birth.
  • Indicate if you plan to complete the paper and pencil tests or the computer based testing program.
  • The date and site at which you wish to take your placement tests.
  • The name of the UW campus you plan to attend in the fall.

Please be patient, this process can take up to several weeks to complete.

Questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns that you did not find answers to on the website, please email or contact one of the following admissions staff members:

  • Nicole Jackson, (920) 424-3079,
  • Stacy Dreweck, (920) 424-3970,
  • Jennifer Werner, (920) 424-0309,

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