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    Placement Guide

    Placement Guide

    Testing Office:        Roseman 2054, 262-472-5613

    Testing Requirements: If students have not met testing or course requirements, they should not enroll for English or math courses.

    New Freshmen:  New Freshmen are required to submit ACT scores for admission. Their math and English sub-scores will be used for placement in math and English courses.  If students have submitted more than one set of scores, placement will be based on the highest subscore among all scores received.
    Students who have their own copy of placement score results may contact the English and/or Math department chairpersons to request placement into classes.
    Appeals for placement should be directed to the Math and/or English departments.
    Additional testing in math may be required. (Arithmetic Skills test)

    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 for International Students, a course which will fulfill their English 101 requirement (followed by English 162.)
    Out of State students  may be allowed to submit SAT scores.
    Non-Traditional Age Students: Students 25 or older who do not have ACT scores or transfer courses should contact the testing office to schedule the ACT or the UW Placement tests.
    Re-entry Students may have old test formats that need to be interpreted. They should contact the math and English departments for correct placement.

    Transfer Students

    Transfer students are not required to submit ACT scores; their placement into math and English is based on one of the following:
    Primary: Coursework from a transfer institution
    Secondary: ACT scores if submitted
    UW Placement Tests (if neither of the above are available.)


    ACT Math SubscoreUW-Whitewater Placement

    Math 14 and lower
    (SAT 200-340)

    Take Math 040  or may take optional   
    Arithmetic Skills Test

    Math 15-18 (SAT 350-450)

    Take Math 041

    Math 19-23 (SAT 460-550)

    Take Math 140** or 141

    Math 24 and higher (SAT 560+)

    Waived from Math 141***

    * If taking the Arithmetic Skills Test (contact Testing Center, 472-5613):

      1.    Take Math 040 followed by Math 041

    22+    Take Math 041 followed by Math 140 or 141
    ** Math 140 should only be taken by students who are absolutely certain that they will not be taking higher
    math, or any courses requiring Math 141 in their curriculum
    **If waived from math 141, students may take Math 143 or Math 152.  Students wishing to begin with
    calculus must meet with the Chair of the math department.

    ACT English Subscore UW-Whitewater Placement

    English 16 and lower (SAT 200-420) (EPT 450 or lower)

    Take English 090

    English 17-29   (SAT 430-670) (EPT 451-636)

    Take English 101 (161 for international students)

    English 30 and higher  (SAT 680 +) (EPT 637+)

    Waived from English 101. Take English 102 or 105*

    English 24 and higher and Honors Eligibility

    May take English 105.*

    *English 105 is an Honors course that will cover both English 101 and 102.


    Students of French, German or Spanish with no previous university level foreign language course work, who wish to continue with a language studied in high school, must take the appropriate Foreign Language Placement Exam.  Exam scores indicate appropriate course placement.  Native speakers should speak with the Foreign Language Coordinator instead of taking this exam.  Students who wish to take a different course than their placement indicates should speak with the Foreign Language Coordinator.
    (See back for score cutoffs.)




    Beginning French

    French 141


    Beginning French

    French 142


    Intermediate French

    French 251


    Intermediate French

    French 252

    726 and Above

    Advanced French Language Study

    French 321



    Beginning German

    German 141


    Beginning German

    German 142


    Intermediate German

    German 251


    Intermediate German

    German 252

    564 and Above

    Advanced German Language Study

    German 321



    Beginning Spanish

    Spanish 141


    Beginning Spanish

    Spanish 142


    Intermediate Spanish

    Spanish 251


    Intermediate Spanish

    Spanish 252

    601 and Above

    Advanced Spanish Language Study


    Retroactive Credits in Foreign Language

    To earn retroactive credits, students must earn a grade of B or better in a language course numbered 142 or above. They are then eligible for the retro credits for the courses below the course completed.  (For example, a student who completes Spanish 251 with an A is eligible to earn 4 credits for Spanish 141 and 4 credits for Spanish 142, earning 8 retro credits.) The course that is completed will count for Gen Ed humanities.  The retro credits are used for credits to graduation and will not count in Gen Ed.  Retro credits may, however, count in some college requirements, majors or minors.

    Only UW-System courses are eligible for retroactive credits. For courses taken at a non-UW System institution,only retroactive credits that are posted on an official transcript will transfer as credit at UWW.

    Students who earn credit through AP exam, must complete a subsequent course at UWW (with a B or better) to be awarded retroactive credits.

    Students who are eligible for retroactive credits should fill out the request form at .


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