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Placement Testing 

As a new freshman for fall 2017, you are required to complete placement tests in math and English prior to your Advisement & Registration day.

General Information

  • 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 www.wisconsin.edu/transfer using the Credit Transfer Wizard listed under Transfer Tools.
  • 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.
  • Complete your tests at least two weeks prior to your Advisement & Registration day. If you have concerns about the timing of your placement tests, please refer to your test options below under the “Register for Placement Tests” section.
  • The placement test results will be shared with you on your Advisement & Registration day. Students will not receive their scores in advance.
  • If you need special accommodations due to a disability, please do not use the online registration system to sign up for testing. Follow the instructions below under “Special Accommodations.”
  • On your test day, you will be required to show a high school ID or governments issued photo identification document, such as a driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport. Information on how to obtain a Wisconsin ID card can be found here.
  • Foreign language placement testing is optional. Please review the section below that discusses foreign language placement testing for further information.
  • Click here for the test day schedule. Other frequently asked questions can also be found here.
  • Sample questions can be found here.

Planning Your Testing Date

  • Students attending Advisement & Registration in May should test in March or April.
  • Students attending Advisement & Registration in June should test in March, April or May.
  • Placement tests may not be taken on your Advisement & Registration Day. Please plan ahead to complete the tests at least 2 weeks prior. Please see the “Last Minute Testing Options” section below if you have concerns about this time frame.
  • Some dates and locations will fill up fast, please register as soon as possible.
  • You do not receive test results prior to your Advisement & Registration day. Your academic advisor will share the results and the interpretation of your results during your advising session.

 

REGISTER FOR PLACEMENT TESTS

Go to www.testing.wisc.edu

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. 

Regional Testing Option 1: Paper and Pencil

Details:

  • Large number of dates and locations, but best to register early.
  • Must register in advance at testing.wisc.edu
  • Must bring a non-graphing calculator and No. 2 pencils.
  • Must be taken at least two weeks prior to your Advisement & Registration day.
  • Registration Deadline: Eight (8) days before Saturday tests and nine (9) days before Sunday tests.
  • 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.

 

Regional Testing Option 2: Computer-Based

Details:

  • Limited number of dates and locations.
  • Must register in advance at testing.wisc.edu
  • Must bring your personal laptop computer, with a power cord, to your testing location.
  • Must be taken at least 48 hours before your Advisement & Registration day.
  • Registration Deadline: Eight (8) days before Saturday tests and nine (9) days before Sunday tests.

Cost: Approx. $105-150 total

  • $25 is placed on your fall tuition bill.
  • Requires an additional fee upon registration.
Last Minute Testing Options

Option A: Take placement tests at UW Oshkosh during normal Testing Services hours.

  • Testing at UW Oshkosh during a week day will allow you to test up to 1 day prior to your Advisement and Registration day.
  • Click here for more details.
Cost: $30-40 Total
  • $25 placed on fall tuition bill
  • Additional $5 per test collected at the time of test.

Option B: Contact a testing site near you to ask if they will administer a residual placement test. Please note that not all sites will do this.

  • Please click here for individual testing site contact information.
Cost will vary
  • $25 placed on fall tuition bill
  • Additional fees are determined by  individual sites.

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 Advisement & Registration day.

Special Accommodations

If you need special accommodations for taking your placement tests due to a disability, 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:

  • Your full name
  • Your address, phone number, email address and date of birth
  • The site at which you wish to take your placement tests
  • The name of the UW campus you plan to attend in the fall
  • A description of the testing accommodations needed

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

Earning College Credit in High School

Learn more:

Questions or concerns?

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

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

UW Oshkosh Admissions
800 Algoma Boulevard
135 Dempsey Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901

920-424-3164
admissions@uwosh.edu

Hours of Operation:
M-F 7:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

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