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Placement Exams
The UW-Milwaukee Testing Center offers placement testing in math, English, foreign language (Japanese, French, German, Spanish), chemistry and English as a Second Language. Placement tests are designed to determine which classes you are eligible to register for in a given subject area. They do not affect your admission status. Please read the descriptions below for more information on each test and to determine which test you should register for.

If you are a New Freshman admitted to UW-Milwaukee who has never taken any college courses
- You should register for a New Freshman Placement testing session. This is a series of tests completed in one day for UW-Milwaukee New Freshmen only. This session consists of the required math and English tests in the morning, and the option of also completing chemistry, foreign language and/or English as a Second testing. All UW-Milwaukee New Freshmen who have not completed any tests yet would choose this testing program. By registering for one test date you are able to complete as many of the tests you may need in one session. You must schedule your test date online. For more information regarding the New Freshman Testing Session please visit the New Freshman Testing site.

If you are a current UW-Milwaukee student, a transfer student, a re-entry student, a student attending another UW-System school or a student retesting in any subject area – You should register for a Placement testing session. Placement testing is offered 1-2 times per day, Monday-Thursday. By choosing a time, you are registering for one test only. If you need to take more than one test, make sure you register for a separate testing time for each test. We do offer dates in which you can choose to register for two consecutive test times on the same day. Please visit our test registration website to choose a Placement testing time.



English Placement Test (EPT) The English Placement Test consists of three subtests. These subtests are English Usage, Sentence Correction, and Reading Comprehension. The entire English Placement Test is designed to be completed in 90 minutes. This is sufficient time for most students to complete the test.

To view sample items and to learn more about the EPT click here:
An appointment is required to take this test. View the exam schedule and register at UWM Online Test Registration.

If you are an incoming New Freshman, you must register for "New Freshman Placement Tests" once you receive your letter inviting you to do so.


Math Placement Test The Mathematics Placement Test consists of 85 items measuring three different sets of skills: Math Basics, Algebra, and Trigonometry. The test takes 90 minutes to complete. Students are allowed to bring and use a scientific calculator; however calculators often will not be provided at the test site. Graphing calculators may not be used and will not be permitted in the testing room. Only non graphing, non programmable calculators are permitted for use on this test.

To view sample items and to learn more about the mathematics placement test click here: An appointment is required to take this test. View the exam schedule and register at UWM Online Test Registration.

If you are an incoming New Freshman, you must register for "New Freshman Placement Tests" once you receive your letter inviting you to do so.


Foreign Language Placement Test If you plan on enrolling in a French, German or Spanish course, you are required to take the appropriate foreign language test. Students placing into certain foreign language courses may be eligible for retro-credits upon completion of that UWM course. These tests are 60 minutes. An appointment is required to take this test. View the exam schedule and register at UWM Online Test Registration.

New Freshmen are given the option to complete a foreign language test at their New Freshmen testing session.

UW-Milwaukee has a General Education Requirement for foreign language. If you have met this requirement then foreign language placement testing is optional. If you plan to continue your studies in French, German or Spanish you should take the foreign language placement test. Students planning to pursue a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree through the College of Letters and Science may be required to complete foreign language coursework beyond the University's General Education Requirement Please check the list of majors that fall under the B.A. requirements to determine if you need to take the foreign language placement test. Click here for more information on the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. It is recommended that students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Letters and Science consider taking a foreign language placement exam in the language they studied in high school.


Chemistry Placement TestIf you wish to test into a higher level Chemistry course, you must complete the Chemistry placement test. However, if you are a non-science major or elementary education major, you do not need to take the placement test and can register for the appropriate courses [Chemistry 106 (non-science majors); Chemistry 185 (elementary education majors)]. Also, you do not need to take the placement test if you plan to begin your program at the first level of chemistry, Chemistry 100 (preparatory chemistry). If you plan to take Chemistry 101, 102 or 105, you must take the placement test or pass Chemistry 100. The purpose of this test is to assist with placement in college level general chemistry courses. Student preparation is assumed to include one full year of high school chemistry and one full year of high school algebra. There are three parts to the test: Part I General Mathematics; Part II General Chemical Knowledge; Part III Specific Chemical Knowledge. This test is 55 minutes. Non graphing, non-programmable calculators are permitted for use on this test.

 

Note: The Chemistry placement test is only offered at UW-Milwaukee and is not available at New Freshmen Regional Placement Testing.


An appointment is required to take this test. View the exam schedule and register at UWM Online Test Registration.


English as a Second Language - Placement in Composition Test (ESL-PIC)If you grew up speaking a language other than English, you should take this test. As an ESL (English as a Second Language) writer, you can complete your English writing requirement by taking ESL writing courses instead of the English writing courses designed for native speakers of English. The ESL writing courses can also help you do better in all of your university courses. This test lasts 75 minutes and includes a 50 minute essay and a 25 minute reading comprehension test. You may bring a print dictionary to check your spelling. Electronic dictionaries are not allowed.

An appointment is required to take this test. View the ESL-PIC test schedule and register at UWM Online Test Registration. New Freshmen are given the option to complete an ESL PIC test at their New Freshmen testing session.

For more information on the ESL-PIC test, contact the ESL office at ESL@uwm.edu or 414-229-5757 or visit the office in Curtin Hall 672.

Note: The ESL PIC test is only offered at UW-Milwaukee and is not available at Regional Placement Testing.


Japanese Placement TestThis test will determine placement into the appropriate Japanese course. The test lasts 65 minutes. A referral from the Japanese department is required to determine which level test you should complete. For more information on the Japanese test contact Atsuko Suga Borgmann at 414-229-5650 or visit the Foreign Language and Linguistics site. Once the Japanese Department has determined which semester you should test for, you will need to complete a Japanese Placement Request in our UWM Online Test Registration.

Once the Testing Center approves this request, you will be able to register to complete the exam any time Correspondence Paper Based testing is offered. Please see our testing calendar for more information on test dates or to fill out a request. An approved request and appointment are required to take this exam.
Placement ResultsUpon exam completion, placement test score results are loaded to the student’s record in PAWS and milestones indicating the student’s placement level in corresponding courses are created. Placement levels are determined by the academic department affiliated with the exam and are reviewed annually. New Freshmen do not receive their placement test results until they attend their New Student Orientation session.