Placement Testing

Admitted Students can refer to the link in their Next Steps email to register for Placement Testing


Placement tests in English and math are required of all new freshmen at UW-Waukesha. There may also be other students required to take the English and/or math placement tests. You must register through the email invitation you will receive upon admission to sign up for a placement test. If you  are a continuing or special student needing to take a placement test, please contact Carrie Parworth in Enrollment Services or call (262) 521-5040.

For more information on how to prepare for placement tests click the following links:  MATH Placement or ENGLISH Placement
If you need to take both the English and math placement tests, expect to be on campus for approximately 4.5 hours. The English Placement Test will require the completion of an essay. Each test runs approximately 90 minutes. You will have one 10-15 minute break in the middle of the tests.

UW-Waukesha utilizes the UW-System Placement Tests.  View practice tests.   If you have taken the test on another UW-Campus, you will also be required to take the English essay component here.

Placement Test Fees 

All students requiring a placemnt test (new freshmen, transfer students, special or continuing students) will be assessed a $30 placement test fee.  This fee will show on your account as part of your New Student Fees.  No money will be collected the day of the test

AP Tests

If you have taken the AP English Language and Composition and/or AP Calculus AB or BC exams, it is suggested that you still take the UWS exams because AP test results typically are not available until mid-July.

Foreign Language Tests

Foreign Language tests will be given on all dates for Spanish, French and German. If you plan to pursue further study in any of these languages and you have at least two full years of previous study, you must take the foreign language placement exam. The foreign language placement test runs 60 minutes and there is a cost of $10 per test.  View practice tests for foreign language.

There is an opportunity to earn retroactive credits for work done in high school and only required if you plan to take upper level courses and have at least two or more years of previous experience in Spanish, French or German.  Please consult your transfer campus for foreign language requirements, as some may have admission or graduation requirements.  Contact Carrie Parworth at  or (262) 521-5466 if you have questions

If pursuing a music major, consult Dr. Craig Hurst at (262) 521-5447 for the Music Theory placement test.

Test Accommodations

If you would like to request non-standard testing due to a disability, please contact Judy Becker at (262) 521-5462 for an accommodations packet at least two weeks prior to the test date.  Documentation of the disability is required

We do not accept walk-in’s on the day of the test without prior consent.
To understand how students are placed as a result of their English Placement Test, refer to the English Department Placement Procedures.

Upcoming Test Dates

All tests start promptly at 8:00 a.m.; students need to check in by 7:45 a.m.  Late comers will not be allowed to test.

  • Saturday, March 28th (limited registration)
  • Saturday, April 11th
  • Saturday, April 18th (limited registration)
  • Saturday, April 25th (limited registration)
  • Saturday, May 2nd
  • Saturday, May 9th
To register for a Placement Test Date please use the link in your Next Steps Email which was sent to the email address provided on the application after admission.

Test Schedule

Testing for both math and English will take approximately 4.5 hours. Expect to be on campus until 12:30 p.m. If you are taking a foreign language exam, the exam will start at 12:30 p.m. and last an hour. 

7:30 - 7:55am - Check-In (excluding those taking Foreign Language Tests)
8:00am  - Math Test (or English/writing Only)
10:35am - Break
10:55am - English/writing Test
12:30am - Foreign Language Tests (Dismissal for the rest.)

What to Bring

  • Two # 2 pencils
  • A photo ID for check-in
  • Optional-Bring your own NON-graphing calculator for the math test

For directions to campus and for information on where to park please visit the Campus Map page.