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  • The University of Wisconsin English and Math placement tests are REQUIRED for new students attending UW La Crosse. 
  • At UWL, the Foreign 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 Foreign 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 UW La Crosse campus
    • must wait 30 days between your initial exam and any retest
    • must take an alternate form of the exam
  • SAMPLE TESTS
  • For more information, visit the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing site. 

Placement Testing Options

Option 1: REGIONAL Group Testing (incoming freshmen or transfers)

  • REGISTRATION: The Regional Testing Program has completed for the 2018 cycle. See options 2 or 3 below.
    • Registration for the 2018 placement testing cycle opened on February 1, 2018
    • The paper/pencil tests are offered on all 26 UW System campuses, from March through June. Dates vary by campus
    • Choose the date and location most convenient for you
    • After you register, print out your selected date and location. You should also get an email confirmation. If you don't get your confirmation, check your spam folder.  
    • To change your date, return to the registration site
  • DATES:  
    • There are a variety of dates from March through June
    • Each campus sets their own test dates
    • You can test on any UW campus and have scores sent to UWL
    • Register as soon as possible as some dates/sites fill quickly.
    • When selecting your test date, check with coaches, music directors, etc., and look at your high school and personal calendars to ensure you have no conflicts
  • LOCATION:  
    • 26 different locations around Wisconsin including UW-La Crosse. There are also test sites in Minneapolis and Chicago
    • Dates vary by test site
  • FEE: A placement test development fee of $35 will be added to your account at whatever University of Wisconsin campus you attend
    • There is an additional fee for the computer based delivery of the test
  • SCORING: If attending UWL, scores will be added to your WINGS record.  Check other UW System schools for their policy
  • SPECIAL ACCOMMODATIONS: If you require accommodations due to a disability, DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE.   If you need to request to take the placement tests under non-standard conditions due to a disability, send a letter from a teacher, counselor or principal (on high school letterhead) who will describe what accommodations are appropriate for you. Also include your address and telephone number, which site you wish to test at, as well as what campus you plan to attend in the fall. Send this information to Tim O'Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.
  • DELIVERY: paper and computer options
  • Computer Based Testing option is available at Castle World Wide test centers (see registration site for details and locations). CWW maintains over 700 test centers across the US and worldwide (including UW La Crosse).

Option 2: INDIVIDUAL Private Testing (UWL Testing Center)

  • REGISTRATION: 
    • 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 daily, Monday - 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. 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 or MasterCard. 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
  • 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)

  • REGISTRATION: Register online at REGISTER BLAST
    • Monday, August, 27, 2018.
    • You must register at least 72 hours in advance of the test
    • Registration is now open at the link above.
  • DATES: several test dates per year:
         Local/Residual test (UWL students only) Monday, August 27, 2018
             Test times: Math at 4:00 pm, English at 6:00 pm, and Foreign Language at 8:00 pm
         Local/Residual test (UWL students only) Saturday, Octrober 13, 2018
             Test times: Math at 8:00 am, English at 10:00 am, and Foreign Language at 12:00 pm
  • LOCATION: 1400 Centennial Hall (look for signs)
  • FEE:  There is no additional 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