Placement Guide and Retro Credits for Foreign Language

Placement Guide and Retro Credits for Foreign Language

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/SAT scores for admission. Their English sub-scores will be used for placement in English courses. If students have submitted more than one set of scores, placement will be based on the highest sub-score among all scores received.  Additionally, students are required to take the UW System Math Placement Test prior to their Plan-It Purple orientation program.  Students can register for this test at the following website (registration begins February 1st):           
Results of the placement test and corresponding course placement will be available to students during their Plan-It Purple orientation program.  Students are allowed to repeat the Math Placement Test one time, and it must be repeated at UW-Whitewater during one of the Residual Placement Testing dates (any exceptions to this policy is at the discretion of the Testing Director).  New Freshmen starting their first term of attendance in the spring semester must contact the Testing Office at 262-472-5613 to schedule an individual appointment.  Residual testing for new freshman in the spring semester is available by appointment.  Residual placement testing is not allowed after the tenth day of classes of a student's first term of attendance; additionally, the test administration with the highest placement will be used for placement.  Appeals for placement should be directed to the Math and/or English departments.

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.)
Non-Traditional Age Students: Students 21 or older who do not have ACT/SAT scores (only used for English placement) or transfer courses should go to Schedule a Test to schedule a UW Placement test.  There is a $25 fee for each test.
Re-entry Students may have old test formats that need to be interpreted. They should contact the math and English departments for correct placement or permission to take a UW Placement test.  There is a $25 fee for each test.

Transfer Students

Transfer students are not required to submit ACT/SAT scores; their placement into math and English is based on one of the following:
Primary: Coursework from a transfer institution
Secondary: ACT/SAT scores if submitted (for English only)
UW Placement Tests (if neither of the above are available)-there is a $25 fee for each test.


Math Placement Scores




Mathematics Course Options







140** or 141





Waived from the University Math Proficiency Requirement***



Also waived from Math 152

*Note: Students can seek additional instruction by contacting the Math department to enroll in a supplemental course: Math 49

** 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.

ACT/SAT English Sub-score

UW-Whitewater Placement

≤ 16 (SAT 200-420)

English 90

17-29 (SAT 430-670)

English 101

≥ 30 (SAT 680 +)

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 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 listed below (for languages not listed below, please contact the Languages and Literature department for assistance). 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.



Beginning French

French 141


Beginning French

French 142


Intermediate French

French 251


Intermediate French

French 252

726 and Above

Advanced French

French 321



Beginning German

German 141


Beginning German

German 142


Intermediate German

German 251


Intermediate German

German 252

564 and Above

Advanced German

German 321



Beginning Spanish

Spanish 141


Beginning Spanish

Spanish 142


Intermediate Spanish

Spanish 251


Intermediate Spanish

Spanish 252

601 and Above

Advanced Spanish

Spanish 321

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 toward graduation and will not count toward general education requirements. Retro credits may, however, count in some college, major, or requirements.

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 to 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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