Placement Testing Information
Online registration is now available. (Link below.)
Your placement test scores will be used to place you in appropriate level college courses.
You may take your placement tests at a number of participating testing locations throughout Wisconsin. The scores will be available to all UW System schools.
You will need to complete your English and math placement tests at least two weeks prior to your assigned Odyssey 2014: The Beginning freshman orientation and registration date. Testing as early as possible will allow ample time for your academic adviser to receive your test scores before you attend Odyssey in May or June and register for fall classes.
If you have completed a transferable college English composition course and/or math course, you may be exempt from the English and/or math placement tests. Review transferable credits at uwsa.edu/tis using the "Credit Transfer Wizard."
Foreign language placement testing is optional. Please review the section below that discusses foreign language placement testing for further information.
Sample placement test questions can be found here.
Testing Dates and Odyssey
There are numerous testing dates during April and May at various UW System campuses. You may test at any location, allowing you to test closer to home.
Things to keep in mind:
Students attending Odyssey in May should take placement tests in April.
Students attending Odyssey in June should take placement tests in April or May.
Placement tests may not be taken on your Odyssey day.
When you arrive to take placement tests, you will be required to show a high school ID or a government-issued photo identification document, such as a driver's license, state-issued ID or passport. Students will not be allowed to test without providing an appropriate photo ID. Information on how to obtain a Wisconsin state ID card can be found here.
Register for Placement Tests Online
Register early for the best selection of testing dates at the UW System Regional Placement Testing Program website.
This website lists test dates and locations.
You may test at any location listed.
When you register online, you will receive immediate confirmation via email of your selected date and location.
No confirmation letters are mailed. Please print the confirmation you receive when you register so you can remember your testing location, parking information and directions.
Two test options are available: paper-and-pencil or computer-based. Please see the chart below for more information.
Paper and PencilRegional Testing
$25Placed on your fall tuition bill.
$0 due at the time of registration.
$65 total$25 placed on your fall tuition bill.
$40 due at the time of registration.
Important: Students attending Odyssey in May should not register for May paper-and-pencil testing dates. To change your test date, please use the online registration website: www.testing.wisc.edu.
Go to TESTING.WISC.EDU to register for your placement tests.
It is also your source for:
- Placement testing dates and locations
- Registration deadlines
- Confirmation of your registration (Remember to print this!)
- Directions to testing sites
- Parking information
- Changing your test date
- Answers to frequently asked questions
- Contact information for all test 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 Odyssey 2014: The Beginning date.
If you need special accommodations for taking your placement tests due to a disability, please 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 to:
1025 W Johnson St
Madison, WI 53706
Please do not send an IEP.
Note: The letter must include:
- Your full name
- Your address and phone number
- The site at which you wish to take the placement test
- The name of the UW campus you plan to attend in the fall of 2014
- Description of testing accommodations needed
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Questions or concerns?
If you have questions or concerns that you did not find answers to on the website, please contact one of the following Admissions staff members: