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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 Thursday, August 28 registration appointment. 

General Information

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

  •  Testing as soon as possible will allow ample time for your academic adviser to receive your test scores before you 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.

  • Placement tests may not be taken on your registration 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.

Options for Placement Tests

There are two options available to complete your placement tests:

Test option

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.

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.

Special Accommodations

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