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Testing Center Information

Do you need directions to the UWM Testing Center? Parking information? Retest information? Find out more about our policies, requirements for testing and what to bring with you on the day of the test.


Day of the Test Please review the following points before the day you are scheduled to test:

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes early to check in for your exam at the specified location. 
  • You must present a valid photo I.D. (Driver’s License, School I.D., Passport, Military I.D.). Tests will not be administered to anyone without a valid photo I.D. 
  • Bring number 2 pencils to use on the exams. 
  • You may use a non-graphing calculator (scientific) for the Admissions Test Series (ATS) and Placement tests. Graphing calculators are not permitted for these tests. 
  • You may use a graphing calculator only for the ACT test. 
  • You must bring payment, if required, for the exam. Exams requiring payment will not be administered without full payment due at the time of the exam. Payment is required for the ACT, CLEP, MAT and correspondence exams. 
  • Incoming freshmen will have their UWM ID picture taken on their scheduled test date. 
  • Review in advance the Policies and Procedures concerning testing. Pay special attention to the Test, Grounds for Dismissal and Cheating sections. 

Getting Exam Results If you are a new freshman, you will receive the results of your placements tests at your New Student Orientation session.

If you have taken the Admissions Test Series (ATS), you will be contacted by the Admissions office to inform you of your admit status.

If you are a continuing student, results for placement exams will be available in three working days unless otherwise indicated. How to obtain your test results:

  • Check on PAWS.
  • Call the Testing Center at 414-229-4689. You must know your student I.D. number and birth date.
  • Stop at the Testing Center, Mellencamp B28 with a valid photo I.D.

To obtain results from other exams, refer to the specific exam information included in the website.


Directions & Parking The Union parking structure, located on the south side of campus off of Kenwood Blvd., offers parking at $1.25 per hour. When parking in the Union structure you will receive a ticket when you enter the structure and will pay for parking as you exit the structure. Payment must be made in cash. If your testing appointment is located in either Mellencamp Hall at the Testing Center or in Bolton Hall, this parking structure is the closest. The Pavilion parking structure, located on the northeast side of campus, provides parking for $0.85 per hour. When parking in the Pavilion structure, you will have to pre-pay through a pay station machine immediately after parking your car. Machines are located throughout the parking structure. Pay stations cannot make change so you will need to bring coins or $1.00 bills. The Pavilion structure contains five levels; you will enter on the top level and proceed down through five levels to find a space. When searching for a parking space, be sure to proceed all the way down through the structure before determining that the structure is full.

***Please be aware that parking structures on campus may fill so allow extra time for parking in case your first choice for parking is not available.*** There is no limit for the length of time you may park in the parking structures however you will find that most of the limited street parking available around campus has one to two hour time limits. Please note that once testing starts, you will not be allowed to leave the room to move your car or plug a parking meter. Please heed posted parking restrictions. Some parking spaces and outdoor parking lots are reserved for faculty, staff or other university personnel. Be aware that parking enforcement is very strict on campus and parking tickets are issued regularly.

From the South: From I-43 North/I-94 West near downtown Milwaukee. take I-794 east to the Lakefront Exit/Lincoln Memorial Drive. Proceed straight (north) approx. three miles on Lincoln Memorial Drive along Lake Michigan. Lincoln Memorial Drive will end over the top of a large hill and becomes Kenwood Blvd. Continue straight (west) along Kenwood Blvd. and go about five blocks to campus.

From the West: From I-94 East near downtown Milwaukee, take I-794 east to the Lakefront Exit/Lincoln Memorial Drive. Proceed straight (north) three miles on Lincoln Memorial Drive along Lake Michigan. Lincoln Memorial Drive will end over the top of a large hill and becomes Kenwood Blvd. Continue straight (west) along Kenwood Blvd. and go about five blocks to campus.

From the North: Take I-43 South into Milwaukee. Exit on Capitol Dr. Turn left (south) at bottom of the exit onto N. Green Bay Ave. Proceed to Capitol Dr., turn left (east) on Capitol Dr. Continue along on Capitol Dr. about 2.5 miles to Downer Ave. Turn right (south) on Downer Ave. Travel along Downer Ave., turn right (west) onto Kenwood Blvd.

From the Airport: Exit the Milwaukee airport loop to Airport Spur Rd. Continue along the Airport Spur to I-94 West heading toward downtown Milwaukee. From I-94 West Take I-794 east to the Lakefront Exit/Lincoln Memorial Drive. Proceed straight (north) approx. three miles on Lincoln Memorial Drive along Lake Michigan. Lincoln Memorial Drive will end over the top of a large hill and becomes Kenwood Blvd. Continue straight (west) along Kenwood Blvd. about five blocks to campus.


Study Materials Preparing for a test isn't easy, and most test takers have some sort of test anxiety as they prepare. Through high school, college, and then graduate school, the tests seem to get more complicated and more important.

While preparing for your test, you should be certain that you start soon enough. Knowing when to begin your preparation process is critical to having enough time to prepare without feeling rushed. Adequate preparation time has become increasingly important as test takers often feel as there isn’t sufficient time to prepare for their test.

The amount of time that is necessary to prepare depends on the individual, as well as the score the test taker hopes to achieve. If you are a quick learner, then you won't need to spend as much time preparing as someone that absorbs material and concepts more slowly.

There are many resources that you can use as you begin the test preparation process. You will find much information about most tests online at official websites including test dates, the types of questions, duration, and most other questions concerning the details of the test. The Internet also provides access to test study guides and practice tests to assist you in your preparation.

Study guides are available at the UWM Bookstore.

Below are additional study resources.

Useful Links Panther Academic Support Services (PASS)Panther Academic Support Services (PASS) provides free weekly small group tutoring, supplemental instruction (SI), and online tutoring to enrolled UWM students. Students can schedule an appointment at PASS or stop by any one of the centers in Bolton 180, Bolton 120, Library E170, or Library E154. For more information visit the PASS website, email pass@uwm.edu, or call 414-229-3726.

Sylvan Learning CenterSylvan Learning Centers provide personalized instructional services to students of all ages and skill levels. Many national tests are offered through Sylvan.

Career/Vocational TestingThe UWM Career Development Center offers career/vocational counseling to UWM students and alumni by appointment. Sometimes personality/interest inventories are used in the counseling process. A Career Development Center counselor will explain the tests and their interpretation. For more information: UWM Career Development Center

Links to State and Federal Civil Service Exams Testing for Learning DisabilitiesAlthough our office does not offer this kind of diagnostic testing, the Norrris Health Center can be of assistance. Also, the UWM Psychology Department Training Clinic provides an assessment for learning disabilities and attentional disorders, which is available to students registered at UWM. The Clinic can be reached at 414-229-5521. There is a reduced student fee charged for this assessment.