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Placement Testing Information

As a new freshman for fall 2015, you are required to participate in the University of Wisconsin System Regional Placement Testing program. You will need to complete placement tests in English and math prior to your Odyssey 2015: Advisement and Registration day.

General Information

  • Online registration is now available. The following information is important to know when scheduling your placement tests. Please read carefully, and then follow the link at the bottom of the page to register for your placement tests. 

  • Your placement test scores will be used to place you in appropriate level college courses.

  • 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 Wizard" 

  • You may take your tests at any of the participating 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 day. Testing in March or April will allow ample time for your academic advisor to receive your test scores before you attend Odyssey in May or June and register for fall classes.

  • Foreign language placement testing is optional. Please review the section below that discusses foreign language placement testing for further information. 

  • On your test day, students 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. Information on how to obtain a Wisconsin ID card can be found here.

  • Sample placement test questions can be found here. 

Testing Dates and Odyssey

There are numerous testing dates during March, 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 test in March or April.

  • Students attending Odyssey in June should test in March, April or May.

  • Failure to complete tests two weeks prior to your Odyssey day may require you to change your Odyssey day to a later date. 

  • Placement tests may not be taken on your Odyssey day.

  • You do not receiver test results prior to your Odyssey date. Your academic advisor will share the results and interpretation of your scores at Odyssey.

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. Print or write down the confirmation information when you register so you have testing location, parking information and directions available on the day of your tests.
  • 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 and follow the instruction below under Special Accommodations.
  • Two test options are available: Paper-and-Pencil or Computer-Based. Please see the chart below for more information.
  • 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 website. 
Test option Details Cost
Regional Testing
  • $25 Total 
  • Placed on your fall tuition bill 
  • $0 due at the time of registration
Computer-Based Regional Testing 
  • Limited number of dates, times and locations.
  • You must bring personal laptop computer, with a power cord, to your testing location.
  • Requires an additional fee upon registration.
  • Must register in advance at  
  • Must be taken at least 48 hours before your Odyssey date.
  • Registration Deadlines: Eight (8) days before Saturday tests and nine (9) days before Sunday tests. 
  • $105-125 Total

  • $25 placed on your fall tuition bill

  • Due at time of registration:

    - $80 (up to 90 minutes; one exam session)

    - $90 (up to 3 hours; two exam sessions)

    - $100 (up to 4 hours; three exam sessions)

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 day.

Special Accommodations

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 letter head to:

Tim O'Conner
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 tests
  • The name of the UW campus you plan to attend in the fall of 2015
  • Description of testing accommodations needed

Earning College Credit While in High School?

Learn more:

Go to to register for your Regional Placement Tests

This website is your source for:

  • Placement testing dates and locations
  • Registration deadlines
  • Confirmation of your registration (remember to print this!)
  • Contact information for all test sites
  • Directions to testing sites
  • Parking information
  • Changing your test date
  • Answers to frequently asked questions
  • Viewing sample test questions

Questions or concerns?

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