Placement Testing

All students entering UWMC must take the UW placement exam in English and mathematics. The foreign language placement exam is optional and can be taken at the same time. (The ACT or SAT tests are different and can not be applied here.) Registration is required.

These exams will indicate to you which classes to take, so you must take them before you see an academic advisor or register for classes.

Test Dates and Schedule

Testing is held in late spring for the upcoming fall semester, and toward the end of the fall semester for students planning on enrolling in the spring semester.

To register for testing, you must send in the registration form mailed to you in the testing packet or deliver in person at Student Affairs (room 150). 

These tests will help UWMC advisors refer you to the appropriate level of the subjects you are interested in, so that the courses you take will be neither too difficult for you nor repetitious of work you have already completed.

The majority of new students are highly qualified and do very well academically. Some students, however, may experience academic difficulties. In those instances, an advisor can help locate the difficulties by referring to placement test scores.

We strongly recommend that you take all the placement tests for which you are eligible, even if you do not plan to take courses in those academic fields. You may change your mind later and the placement test scores can be used for advising at that time.

Taking the placement tests and using their results seriously can make your career at UWMC much more personally satisfying and academically rewarding. We want you to succeed!

UW Residual Placement Tests dates have been set for early 2014.

The placement tests are required at least two weeks prior to course registration.

2014 Test Dates

Tuesday, July 1: 9 am - 2 pm (Room 241)
Saturday, July 19: 9 am - 2 pm (Room 233)

Please complete the UW placement test reservation form that was mailed to you and return it to the Student Affairs Office with the appropriate date checked.

Placement Test Schedules

Morning Test Schedule
Time Testing
9am - 9:15am Orientation
9:15am - 10:45am Math Test
10:45am - 11:15am Written English
11:15am - 11:30am Break
11:30am - 1pm English Test
1pm - 2pm Foreign Language
Evening Test Schedule 
Time Testing
4pm - 4:15pm Orientation
4:15pm - 5:45pm Math Test
5:45pm - 6:15pm Written English
6:15pm - 6:30pm Break
6:30pm - 8pm  English Test
8pm - 9pm Foreign Language

Regional Testing Dates


If you have been admitted to UW-Marathon County, AND plan to attend UW-Marathon County, you need not send payment with the reservation form,as it will be included on your tuition invoice.

A fee of $30.00 is charged for those of you who wish to take the placement tests for other colleges or programs. Please include that fee with your reservation form.

Special Accommodations

Students with disabilities requesting placement testing accommodations should contact UWMC Accessibility Services at (715) 261-6356. Accommodations MUST be authorized in advance of testing.

Change in Registration Plans

If you have changed your plans and will not be registering at UW-Marathon County, please notify admissions at


Please be aware that you will not receive confirmation of your test reservation. If you have any questions, or if we may be of assistance in any other way, please let us know. If you are unable to make it to the date you have signed up for, please contact our office at (715) 261-6235 or e-mail

UW English Placement Testing

A placement team of instructors from the English Department at UWMC meets to review a complete student file to determine which first-year writing course each student should enroll in. The team also makes recommendations for supplemental instruction courses, including the Writing Center tutorial, reading, learning skills, and the multilingual writer's workshop. How Placement Is Determined in Composition Courses

The UW Math Placement Test

The UW Math Placement Test is designed to measure mathematics knowledge in arithmetic, algebra, geometry and trigonometry. Your scores on this test will help determine the level at which you should begin your math studies. The math score will provide you and UWMC advisors with information needed for enrollment in certain science courses and are accepted by some UW campuses as an alternative to math course work.

Battery powered scientific calculators, although not required, may be used during the mathematics portions of the tests. Graphing calculators will not be allowed. Calculators will NOT be provided at the testing site.

Foreign Language

You should also take the appropriate foreign language test if you need or wish to continue to study a foreign language that you began in high school. Testing is available in French, German, and Spanish only.

Foreign language test scores measure your achievement in relation to the language courses offered at the University. The methods of determining credit for previously completed work vary from one language department to another, but all include the successful completion of the foreign language course in which you are placed.

It is definitely to your advantage to take these tests because it is possible in some programs of study to obtain college credit for all foreign language courses you have completed in high school.