• The University of Wisconsin English and Math placement tests are REQUIRED for new students attending UW La Crosse. 
  • At UWL the World Language Test is REQUIRED if you wish to enroll in Spanish, German or French language classes.  For other UW System schools, check their specific policies.
  • RETAKING the World Language or English tests requires prior written approval from the department.
  • The policy for RETAKING the Math Test varies by school.  At UWL the most recent test score is used for placement, and the student:
    • may retake the Math test once
    • must retake it on the UWL campus
    • must wait 30 days between your initial exam and any retest
    • must take an alternate form of the exam
  • Sample exams are available online as PDF files (answers are at the end)
  • For more information, visit the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing site.
  • Placement Test Options Handout. 

Placement Testing Options

Option 1: REGIONAL Testing (incoming freshmen or transfers)
  • REGISTRATION: All UW Placement Testing is now on-line.
  • Take the test from home on your computer at your convenience.
  • The online test is available 24/7 to Test From Home.
  • Register at the link below.
    You must have an active UWL Email account/NetID and DUO 2 factor authentication to register for the online exam.
    For more information on activating your UWL Email account and enrolling in DUO, see the Password Management page: https://www.uwlax.edu/info/password-reset/
  • UW Placement Testing registration:

  • UW Placement Registration Screen Shots
  • FEE:  You will not pay a fee when you register or when you test.
    • A placement test development fee of $40 will be added to your account at the UW campus you attend.
    • If attending UWL, scores will be added to your WINGS record.  Check other UW System schools for their policy.
    • The online, un-proctored UW Placement test is un-timed which covers most accommodation requests for extended time. You can also adjust the text size and high contrast colors to make it easier to read. If you require an accommodation that is not covered by extended time, enlarged text or high contrast, please contact the UWL Testing Center to discuss what accommodations would help to perform at your best. We want to make the test accessible to all students. Please contact Charles Gilbert at the UWL Test Center at (608) 785-8074 or cgilbert@uwlax.edu

Option 2: INDIVIDUAL Private Testing (at the UWL Testing Center)


  • Test using Option #1 (above), the online exam.
    • Register online at REGISTER BLAST (you must register at least 72 hours in advance of your desired test appointment).  Choose Proctored Correspondence Exams (Paper/Pencil)
    • All online registrations are final and no refunds will be given. We will reschedule your exam once for free, but you must contact our center in writing at least 24 hours before your scheduled exam.
    • Upon successful registration, you will receive an email confirmation. IMPORTANT: If you do not receive an email confirmation, there may be a problem with your registration. Check that you entered a valid email address.  Then check your spam folder. The confirmation email may be blocked by your spam blocker. If none of these conditions exist, please contact our Testing Center.
  • DATES: Individual appointments are available year round, Tuesday - Friday, at 9:00 am, 11:00 am, & 2:00 pm.
  • LOCATION: Counseling & Testing Center, 2106 Centennial Hall on the UWL campus.
  • FEE: A placement test development fee of $35 will be added to your university bill during your first semester of enrollment at UWL. Individual private appointments incur an additional fee of $33.50 for the convenience of flexible scheduling and immediate scoring. Payment options for private individual appointments include VISA, Discover, MC, and AmEx. All online registrations through RegisterBlast are final and no refunds will be given.
  • SCORING: This option includes immediate hand scoring and entry of scores into your WINGS record.
  • DELIVERY:  Paper based.
  • RESCHEDULING: Please contact the UWL Testing Center in writing at least 24 hours before your scheduled exam and we will reschedule your exam once for free.
  • Schedule one 2 hour appointment for each exam you need.
  • You will receive an email reminder two days before your scheduled appointment date.
  • Print your confirmation receipt and bring it with you on your test date.

Option 3: LOCAL/RESIDUAL Testing (admitted/currently enrolled UWL students only)


    • Registration is closed for Local/Residual Testing. Test using Option #1 (above), the online exam.
    • You must register at least 72 hours in advance of the test.
  • DATES: several test dates per year.
         The next Local/Residual test (UWL students only) is tentatively scheduled for January 25, 2021
             Test times: Math at 4:00 pm, English at 6:00 pm, and World Languages at 8:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1309/1400 Centennial Hall (look for signs).
  • FEE:  There is no fee for this exam.
  • SCORING: Test Scores generally take from 7 - 10 days to appear in your WINGS record.
  • DELIVERY: Paper based.
  • RETAKING MATH TEST: You must self disclose at check-in if you are repeating the exam to ensure you receive an alternate form of the test.