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Placement Guide

For more information on placement testing centers, contact the testing ofice.

Testing Office: Roseman 2054, Tel: 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:

English: ACT sub-scores in English 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.
Math: Beginning Fall 2015, the University of Wisconsin Math Placement Test will be used for placement into math classes. For complete information, refer to the math department website:
Foreign Language: 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 UW System Foreign Language Placement Test.

Appeals for placement should be directed to the Math and Languages and Literatures department.

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 or UW Placement Tests

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.

Math Scores: UW-Math Placement Test

MSBC ALG TRG Mathematics Course Options
150-465 150-359 150-850 Take MAth 041*
396-850 150-850 Take Math 140** or 141
466-850 150-525 150-585 Take Math 140** or 141
150-525 585-850 Waived from the University Math Proficiency Req
526-850 150-850 Waived form the University Math Proficiency Req
556-850 506-850 Also waived from Math 152

* Note: students can seek additional instruction by contacting the Math department to enroll in a supplemental course, Math 049

** 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

English Placement

ACT English SubscoreUW-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, Dr. Peter Hoff.

If students have not taken the language tests as part of the regional placement testing program, it is highly recommended that they do so in their freshman year by contacting the testing center.

Scores Used For Placement In Foreign Language Courses



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