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Placement Testing Information

As a new freshman for fall 2014, 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 assigned Odyssey 2014: Advisement and Registration date.

General 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 freshman orientation advisement 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 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 using the "Credit Transfer Wizard."

  • If you have taken AP, CAPP or IB classes, please see "Earning College Credit While in High School."

  • 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 testing dates available through July 20 at select UW System campuses. (See chart below for additional options.) You may test at any location, potentially allowing you to test closer to home.

Things to keep in mind:

  • Students attending Odyssey in June should take placement tests by June 6. If you are unable to test by this date, please see the "last-minute options" in the chart below.

  • 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.

Test option

Paper and Pencil

Regional Testing
  • Limited number of dates, times and locations.
  • Must register in advance at
  • You must bring a non-graphing calculator and No. 2 pencils.
  • Placement tests must be taken at least two weeks prior to your Odyssey date.
  • Registration deadlines: Eight (8) days before Saturday tests and nine (9) days before Sunday tests.
  • Paper and Pencil Step-by-Step Registration Guide (PDF)
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Placed on your fall tuition bill.
$0 due at the time of registration.


Regional Testing
  • Very limited number of dates, times and locations.
  • You must bring a personal laptop computer, with a power cord, to your testing location.
  • Requires an additional fee upon registration.
  • Must register in advance at
  • Placement tests 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.

$65 total

$25 placed on your fall tuition bill.
$40 due at the time of registration.

Option #1

UW Oshkosh

  • Take placement tests at UW Oshkosh during normal Testing Services hours. Please click here for details.


Placed on your fall tuition bill.
Additional $5 per test collected at time of test.

Option #2

Other testing sites
  • 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.


Placed on your fall tuition bill.
Additional fees are determined by individual sites.

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 date.

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 letterhead to:

Tim O'Connor
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

Earning College Credit While 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 contact one of the following Admissions staff members: