Placement Testing

New Freshmen are required to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission. The ACT English sub-scores or SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing subscore will be used for placement in English courses. If students have submitted more than one set of scores, placement will be based on the highest sub-score among all scores received.  Additionally, students are required to take the UW System Math Placement Test prior to their orientation program.  Students can register for this test at the following website (registration begins February 1st): Results of the placement test and corresponding course placement will be available to students during their Student Orientation, Advising, and Registration (SOAR) program.  Students are allowed to repeat the Math Placement Test one time, and it must be repeated at UW-Whitewater during one of the Residual Placement Testing dates (any exceptions to this policy is at the discretion of the Testing Director).  New Freshmen starting their first term of attendance in the spring semester must contact the Testing Office at 262-472-5613 to schedule an individual appointment.  Residual testing for new freshman in the spring semester is available by appointment.  Residual placement testing is not allowed after the tenth day of classes of a student’s first term of attendance; additionally, the test administration with the highest placement will be used for placement.  Appeals for placement should be directed to the Math and/or English departments.


  • International students should take the UW Math Placement test. They are not required to take English placement tests. If English is not their first language, they should enroll in ENGLISH 161 and ENGLISH 162 simultaneously a course which will fulfill their ENGLISH 101 and ENGLISH 102 requirement.
  • Non-Traditional Age Students: Students 21 or older who do not have ACT/SAT scores or transfer courses should go to Schedule a Test to schedule a UW Placement test.  There is a $30 fee for each test.
  • Re-entry Students may have old test formats that need to be interpreted. They should contact the Math and English departments for correct placement or permission to take a UW Placement test.  There is a $30 fee for each test.

For more information on group tests, see the UW Center for Placement Testing:

For more information on individual tests, please contact the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Testing Office at 262-472-5613 or see