The University of Wisconsin placement tests for English and Math are required for new students attending UW La Crosse. 

At UW La Crosse 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.

Re-taking the World Language or English tests requires prior written approval from the department.

The policy for re-taking the Math Test varies by school.  
At UWL the most recent test score is used for placement.
Students wishing to retake the UW Math Test:

  • 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
  • The most recent scores are used for placement

    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 Testing Options

Option 1: REGIONAL Testing (incoming first-year students or transfers)
  • REGISTRATION: All UW Placement Testing is now on-line.
  • Take the test from home on your computer at your convenience.
  • The on-line test is available 24/7 to Test From Home.
  • Register at the link below.
    You must have an active UWL NetID to register for the on-line exam.
    For more information on activating your UWL NetID, see the Password Management page:
  • 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, designate UWL as the score recipient when registering and scores will be added to your WINGS record. 
      Scores are typically loaded to student records each Friday afternoon.
      Please contact the Test Center if your scores do not appear in your WINGS account two weeks after testing.
      We will search for them.
      Check other UW System schools for their policy.
    • The on-line, 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


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


    • Register on-line at REGISTER BLAST (you must register at least 72 hours in advance of your desired test appointment).  Choose Proctored Correspondence Exams (Paper/Pencil)
    • All on-line 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.
  • DATESIndividual 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 $40 will be added to your first university bill during your initial 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 on-line 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 for the Local/Residual test has been suspended.
  • DATES: Local & Residual testing will resume once the pandemic has abated.
  • LOCATION: 1309/1400 Centennial Hall (look for signs).
  • FEE:  There is no fee for this exam.
  • SCORINGTest 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.