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General Information: The ACT (ACT Assessment) is a series of tests that are normally taken during the junior and/or senior year of high school by students for college admission. The tests consists of four parts plus an optional writing section:
  • English (45 minutes)
  • Mathematics (60 minutes)
  • Reading (35 minutes)
  • Science (35 minutes)
  • Writing (30 minutes)
Registration Information/Test Dates: The ACT is a national exam given 6 times during the academic year. Candidates can register by visiting the ACT website.

Cost: $35 for ACT with no writing, $50.50 for ACT + writing.  Visit the ACT website for fee information.

ID Requirements: Students must present a photo bearing ID plus an admission ticket. For more specific information on acceptable ID's, see the ACT website

Breaks: Ten minute break after the Mathematics test.

Estimated Length of Test: Students should report by 8:00 AM for check in. We normally test in Centennial Hall on the UW-L Campus. The test is three and a half hours for ACT only, or four hours for ACT + Writing.
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CLEP (College Level Examination Program)

General Information: CLEP offers exams in 33 different topics. UW-L accepts credit for any CLEP exams with passing scores. Any UW-L student may take CLEP tests at the UW-L Couneling & Testing Center. Students successfully completing the exams are awarded college credit. See UW-L Credit by Exam policy for more information.

UW-L is an 'OPEN' test center, anyone may test here. CLEP is available to students from other schools or in the military.
Please check your institution's CLEP policy before taking a CLEP test to be sure your school will award credit, what score is required, and where credit will be applied.

Registration Information/Test Dates: Exam times are available daily, Monday through Saturday.
Register on line at

Cost: $80 test fee paid to CLEP by credit card, money order, or check at the time of testing, and a $28 registration fee is  paid at the time of registration with RegisterBlast (MasterCard, VISA, or electronic check).

ID Requirements: Government issued Photo ID (driver's license, passport or state ID) is required, must be current and valid.

Study Guides: Visit the following website for general test and study guide information.

For UW-La Crosse requirements click here. For more information visit the CLEP Homepage at
Register Online for CLEP

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GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test)

General Information:
 The GMAT is administered to individuals applying for MBA or graduate business programs.
GMAT is a computer based test and is ONLY offered at Pearson/VUE Professional Centers.

Registration Information/Test Dates: Go to or call 1-800-717-GMAT for test dates, times, and locations available. Given at Pearson/VUE Professional Centers.

Cost: $250 payable by credit card (VISA, American Express or Mastercard) at the time of registration.

ID Requirements: Valid drivers license or passport.

Estimated Length of each Exam: Four hours

Study Guides: You may download the GMATPrep™ software once you make an appointment. Study guides are also available for purchase in reference sections of larger bookstores. The Office of Continuing Education at UWLAX offers a GMAT prep course. Click here for more information.

For more information visit the GMAT Homepage at

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GRE (Graduate Record Examination)

General Information: There are two types of GRE:

1) GRE General Exam: The GRE is taken by students applying for graduate school. The test is composed of a verbal, quantitative and analytical writing sections. The GRE General test is offered ONLY as a computer delivered exam. More information on the GRE General Exam can be found on the GRE website. The UW-L test center gives the GRE General Exam daily, Monday - Saturday, at 7:30 AM and noon.  Information on the revised GRE can be found on the GRE website.

2) GRE Subject Exams: The GRE Subject tests are offered ONLY in a paper and pencil format three times per year in September, October & April. More information on the GRE Subject Exams is available on the GRE website. $150 registration fee. Registration on line or by mail only. NO PHONE REGISTRATION for GRE Subject Exams.

Registration Information/Test Dates: The GRE General Exam is given twice daily (7:30 AM & Noon) Monday through Saturday at the UW-L Test Center.  Register online at

Cost: General Test: $185, payable by credit card (VISA, American Express, Mastercard, or Discover).
Register by phone (1-800-473-2255) or on line at

ID Requirements: Passport or a valid drivers license.
If testing outside your country of citizenship a valid, signed passport is REQUIRED.
See the GRE website for more about I.D. requirements.
Your Photo ID must be current and valid.
You may be denied admission if your ID is not current and valid.

Estimated Length of each Exam: Four hours and thirty minutes.

Study Guides: GRE Power Prep is available for free download on the GRE web site.
Other study materials are also available for on the GRE website or in reference sections of larger bookstores.

Breaks: There is one optional ten minute break during the GRE General test on computer. There are no breaks during the paper/pencil GRE Subject exam.

For more information visit the GRE Homepage at

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LSAT (Law School Admissions Test)

General Information: The LSAT is a half-day exam for admission law school. The test consists of five 35 minute multiple-choice sections. Only four of the five sections will be used to compute the test taker's score. The un-scored section is used to develop new test items. A 30 minute writing sample is also administered. This sample is not scored by LSAC, but copies are sent to all law schools that receive test results.

Registration Information/Test Dates: This exam is given at UW-L four time per year. Visit the LSAC Homepage for more information.

Cost: $160 payable to LSAC by credit card, check or money order.

ID Requirements: Photo ID is required. Acceptable IDs include:
  • Current Driver's License
  • Current Passport
Estimated Length of Exam: Six hours  

Breaks: There is one 10 minute scheduled break half way through the exam.

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MAT (Miller Analogies Test)

General Information: The Miller Analogies Test is required for admission by some graduate schools. The MAT is considered a measure of high level cognitive function, and measures an individual's logical and analytical reasoning through the use of partial analogies. The MAT requires a broad knowledge of Western culture, covering science, music, literature, philosophy, mathematics, art, and history. Success on the MAT requires a nuanced and cultivated vocabulary. The MAT was developed by a Mathematician at the University of Minnesota in the 1920s and is still in use today. There are several forms of the exam, and it is only available via computer delivery. The paper/pencil form of the MAT is no longer available.
Students have 60 minutes to complete the 120 analogies.
See the Miller Analogies web page for more information.

Registration Information/Test Dates: Exam times are available daily, Monday through Saturday. Register on line at for the exam.  See RegisterBlast for dates and times.

Cost: $83 payable when registering on RegisterBlast with MC, Visa or electronic check.  

ID Requirements: U.S. government issued picture ID with signature, driver's license or passport is required.  

Estimated Length of Exam: 60 minutes.
Register Online for MAT

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MCAT (Medical College Admission Test)

General Information:  MCAT is administered at ETS/Prometric computer-based testing sites. MCAT is available at UW-L Test Center in 2106 Centennial Hall. For more details on testing dates, times, locations, and questions about the MCAT, see MCAT Exam Information.

The Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess problem solving, critical thinking, and writing skills in addition to the examinee's knowledge of science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.  Almost all U.S. medical schools require applicants to submit MCAT scores during the application process. Many schools may not accept MCAT scores if taken more than three years ago. Applicants should refer to the Medical School Admission Requirements (MSAR) to determine specific MCAT requirements.

Registration Information/Test Dates: Visit the MCAT website for test dates and registration information.

ID Requirements:  Visit MCAT Essentials  for specific ID information.

Estimated Length of Exam: Approximately 5 1/2 hours.

Cost: Regular Examination Fee is $230.

Study Guides: You can practice for the MCAT online at

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PRAXIS I/PPST (Pre-Professional Skills Test)

General Information: The PPST is used for beginning teachers. The test consists of three examinations in the areas of mathematics, reading and writing. This test is offered in both a computer-based and a paper and pencil format. The paper/pencil Praxis I exams will be phased out during the 2014 - 2015 academic year. The computer based PPST (Praxis I) will continue to be available, but will be replaced by the Praxis CORE exams in fall 2014.

Registration Information/Test Dates:  Visit the PRAXIS website to register for both the computer based exam or the paper and pencil exam.

Computer-Based Tests (Paper/Pencil tests are now the same price as the computer exams)
  • Combined - $135, all three exams (math, reading & writing)
  • 2 tests - $125
  • 1 test - $85
 ID Requirements:
Computer Test - Current & Valid drivers license or passport.
If testing outside your country of citizenship a valid, signed passport is REQUIRED.
Paper and Pencil Test - Same as Computer Test, plus admission ticket
For more I.D. information see the Praxis website.

Estimated Length of each Exam: 
Computer test - Two hour appointment time for each test; actual test time for each test is 75 minutes.
Combined exam -Four and a half hour appointment time.
Paper and Pencil Test - Approximately one hour for each test.

Score Reports: As of September 1, 2009, examinees must create a user account at to access their PRAXIS Computerized PPST score reports. The account information must match the information given at registration. Paper score reports are no longer mailed to PRAXIS examinees.

Study Guides: Visit the following website and look for Tests at a Glance. Study guides are also available for purchase in reference sections of larger bookstores.

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SAT (Scholastic Aptitude Test)

General Information: The SAT is used for admission to colleges and universities.
The SAT offers two series of tests.
1) The SAT I (Reasoning Test) is a four and one half hour, multiple-choice exam measuring verbal and mathematical reasoning abilities that develop over time. It includes a writing sample.
2) The SAT II (Subject Tests) are one hour exams measuring knowledge and application of particular subject areas.
Some schools may require the SAT II for admission or placement.

Registration Information/Test Dates: The SAT is now given at ULWAX.
Visit the SAT website to register and for more information at

Cost: See the SAT website.

ID Requirements: Photo ID plus admission ticket. For additional acceptable forms of ID, see the SAT Registration bulletin or visit the website.

Estimated Length of Exam:
SAT I - 4.5 hours
SAT II - 1 hour for each subject test.

Study Guides: Study guides are available on the SAT website or in reference sections of larger bookstores.

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TOEFL iBT (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

General Information: This test is used as a part of the admission process to colleges and universities for non-native English Speakers.  The purpose of the TOEFL is to evaluate the English proficiency of people whose native language is not English.
The test is made up of four sections, all of which are mandatory. See TOEFL iBT for information on the computer-based  TOEFL testing.
  • Reading
  • Listening
  • Speaking
  • Writing
Registration Information/Test Dates: The iBT TOEFL is administered on fixed dates. Please go to or call the national registration center at 800-468-6335 to schedule an appointment. The TOEFL is given at least once a month.

Cost: $180 payable by credit card (VISA, American Express or Mastercard), at the time of registration.

ID Requirements: A valid, signed passport must be presented. See the TOEFL Registration Bulletin or TOEFL website for more details.

Estimated Length of each Exam: Four and a half hours.

Study Guides: Study guides are available on the TOEFL website and in reference sections of larger bookstores.

For more information visit the TOEFL Homepage at

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University of Wisconsin Placement Test

General Information: The UW-System placement exams in Math and English are required for all new freshmen and some transfer students who enroll at UW-L. Placement Exams in Foreign Language also available in Spanish, German, and French.
The UW-L Department of Modern Languages now REQUIRES the Spanish placement test of all students seeking to enroll in Spanish language courses.

The UW Placement Exams are offered in two modes:
1) Regional - each spring, multiple test dates, offered at 27 different locations at UW System schools, dates may differ by school, all tests are sent to UW Center for Placement Testing in Madison for central processing, the UWCPT then sends results to each school.
2) Residual, sometimes called local or institutional testing, only for currently enrolled or admitted students at UW-L.
In addition, individual appointments may be scheduled for a nominal fee.

Registration Information/Test Dates: The UW-L Admissions Office mails out Regional Placement Testing information each spring after students have been accepted to the university.

To register for the Regional placement exam follow this link  Regional Placement Testing

ID Requirements: Photo ID is required.

Length of each Exam:
  • English - 90 minutes
  • Math - 90 minutes
  • Foreign Language - 60 minutes
NOTE: Add approximately 20 minutes of time for completion of answer sheets and survey prior to testing.

Special Information: Students are allowed to use a non-graphing calculator on the Math Placement Exam.
Cost: A development fee of $32.00 for Regional Placement Testing is automatically charged to each first-year (freshmen) student's university fee statement. This fee is sent to the UW Center for Placement Testing to cover the cost of exam development.

For more information on this exam go to the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing.

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Correspondence Exams

General Information:
We administer and proctor correspondence exams for various colleges and universities. Exams are mailed back to the originating institution following the exam. If the sponsoring school does not provide postage paid return envelopes, the student is responsible for covering the cost of returning test materials to their school.

To Obtain a Proctor or Check if a Test Has Arrived:
If your school requires a proctor consent form, contact the testing coordinator at or call (608) 785-8074. We are a member of the National College Testing Association's Consortium of College Test Centers - many schools now require an NCTA CCTC member to proctor their exams. See for more information on the Consortium of College Test Centers. Once you register on RegisterBlast, please call the the test center one week prior to your test date to see if an exam has arrived (608)785-8074.

Register Online now!

General Proctor Information:
C. Criss Gilbert, Testing Coordinator
University of Wisconsin - La Crosse
Counseling & Testing Center, 2106 Centennial Hall
308 16th Street North     La Crosse, WI 54601     (608) 685-8074

Taking the Test:  Appointments are scheduled online in minimum 2 hour time blocks at various times throughout the day. Each 2 hour block is $33.50

Registration Information/Test Dates: Exam times are available daily, Monday through Friday.
Register on line at

Cost: $33.50 for a two hour time block, with a minimum time block of 2 hours required.

Special Information:  Go online to schedule your exam and pay the proctor fee first --  Register Online. We do not notify you when tests arrive. Call (608)785-8074 to see if the exam has arrived after your have registered on RegisterBlast and notified your school that we will proctor your exam. Any test not taken within the time period determined by the credit granting institution, is returned as requested by that institution.