The University of Wisconsin placement tests for English and Math are required for all 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 any UW placement test:

  • May retake the 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

 
  • REGISTRATION: UW Placement Testing is now an on-line exam.
  • Take the test from home on your computer or tablet (not on your phone, it's too small!) at your convenience.
  • The on-line test is available 24/7 to Test From Home.
  • Register at this link:
    https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php
  • 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:
    https://www.uwlax.edu/info/password-reset/
  • UW Placement Registration Screen Shots
  • EMAIL: The registration system will send you emails and it is important that you use an email account which you check often and which will remain active after your leave high school.
    • It is best to use a personal email account (such as a Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook, iCloud, or AOL).
    • Be sure to check your spam or junk folder for the registration confirmation emails. 
    • Email confirmation will be sent upon successful registration from: regionaltesting@exams.wisc.edu
      Once your registration is confirmed, you will be emailed instructions from Scantron, the test provider.
      This email will come from: candidatesupport@scantron.com
      Be sure to check your Spam or Junk folder if you don’t get the Scantron email within a few minutes of receiving your confirmation of registration.

  • FEE:  You will not pay a fee when you register or when you test.
    • A placement test development fee of $45 will be added to your account on your first U-Bill.
      This fee covers the authoring, development, printing, shipping, administration, and scoring of the tests.
  • SCORING: 
    • You will designate UWL as the score recipient when you register.
      Scores will be added to your WINGS record ten days to two weeks after you submit your test.
      Scores are loaded to WINGS each Friday afternoon.
      Contact the Test Center if your scores do not appear in WINGS two weeks after testing.
      We will search for them.
      testing@uwlax.edu
  • DELIVERY:
  • TEST TIPS
    • Browser- Any browser should work but Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari are recommended.
    • PC or MAC - Either should work. The test is web based and it should work from both platforms.
    • Calculator -There is a calculator built into the Math exam.
    • Scratch paper -You may use scratch paper and a pencil to do preliminary calculations.
    • Quiet location-Take the tests in a quiet location so that you aren’t distracted or interrupted.
    • Test timing -The tests are timed. MATH is 90 minutes, ENGLISH is 90 minutes, WORLD LANGUAGES is 60 minutes. The timer will show on the screen.
      • Most students find this is sufficient time to complete the exams.
    • Tests are available 24/7 for six months after you successfully register.
    • It is not necessary to take all the tests at one sitting.
    • Tests may be split up and taken over several days.
    • Remember to Submit when all exams are complete.
    • Scoring - Data is sent form the test provider, Scantron, to the UW Center for Placement Testing in Madison at the end of each business day.
      The UWCPT processes scores each Friday and UWL Admissions loads scores to WINGS on Friday afternoons
      You can check your WINGS account for your scores ten days to two weeks after you submit your exams.

 

  • SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS:
    • We want to make the test accessible to all students so everyone can perform at their best and fully demonstrate their skill level.
      To request accommodations due to a disability on the University of Wisconsin placement tests, please follow these instructions:

      Do not register for the placement tests online until you have emailed the information below and received a response from the UW Center for Placement Testing in Madison.

      Email the following information to Tim O’Connor at tnoconno@wisc.edu:

      (1) Name, (2) Email address you will use for placement testing registration, (3) Date of birth, (4) Campus you are planning to attend, (5) Accommodations being requested, (6) Documentation verifying the disability and need for the accommodations. This should be either a letter on high school letterhead from your counselor or someone else at the school familiar with your accommodations stating what those accommodations have been for tests such as the ACT or a current 504 plan or IEP (Individualized Education Plan). The 504 plan or IEP must be from within the last three years.

      This process is completed electronically, so it is very important to list an accurate email address and one that you will check regularly.

 


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


PRIVATE INDIVIDUAL APPOINTMENTS ARE AVAILABLE

  • REGISTRATION
    • 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)


LOCAL/RESIDUAL TESTING HAS BEEN SUSPENDED DUE TO PANDEMIC

*NO GROUP PAPER/PENCIL PLACEMENT TESTS WILL BE HELD UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE*

  • REGISTRATION:
    • 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.