Placement Testing

UW Colleges Online uses the UW System math and English placement tests to determine appropriate placement in the math and English core sequences. At UW Colleges Online, students may need one to three courses each in math and English to satisfy the core degree requirements. The placement test lets us know where your skills and abilities are so you can start in a course that is neither too easy nor too difficult – it’s just right.

Do I need to complete placement testing?

To determine if you need to complete placement testing, check your to-do list in PRISM or contact your academic advisor.

You will NOT need math placement testing if:

  • You receive transfer credit for a course that satisfies the core degree requirement – MAT 110 or 108
  • You receive transfer credit for a course that is a prerequisite for the core degree requirement – MAT 105
  • You receive transfer or AP credit for a course that is more advanced than the core requirement (i.e., MAT 210, 221, 222, 223)

 You will NOT need English placement testing if:

  • You receive transfer credit for a course that satisfies the core degree requirement – ENG 102
  • You receive transfer or AP credit for a course that is a prerequisite for the core degree requirement – ENG 101
How do I sign up for placement testing?

There are three main ways to take placement tests. Choose the one that is right for you or contact your academic advisor for assistance. If you would like to request special accommodations due to disability, please Special Accommodations.

Option #1: UW regional placement testing

Regional placement testing is free and supported by the UW System Center for Placement Testing. It takes place at 27 designated locations on specific dates between March and July. Registration for regional placement testing opens February 1 for the academic year. Register online here.

Option #2: Individual testing appointment

Did you miss regional placement testing? Or are there no dates or locations that work for you? Individual placement tests can be scheduled at participating campuses for a small fee. To schedule, contact the testing office at the location that works best for you.

Option #3: Computer-based testing through Castle Worldwide Testing Centers

For students not located in Wisconsin, you can schedule your placement test at a Castle Worldwide Testing Center. To request computer-based testing, fill out the request form.

How should I prepare for my placement test?

Placement testing is not high stakes; you do not pass or fail, and it has no impact on your admission to UW Colleges. The math placement test is used to place students in courses that range from pre-algebra through calculus, so expect that you won’t know all of the answers. The English placement test consists of three subtests in English usage, sentence correction and reading comprehension.

While you can’t pass or fail placement tests, you can take steps that will help you do your best on test day.

Tips to prepare for the math placement exam:

Tips to prepare for the English placement exam:

What should I do after placement testing?

Once you have completed placement testing, contact your academic advisor at 877-449-1877 to review your scores. For more information, view our Placement Testing FAQs.



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