Placement Guide

Beginning March 19, 2020, new students will be placed in math and English courses based on your ACT/SAT sub-scores or previous college-level coursework. If you have previously completed the Math Placement Test (MPT), the University will place you in math coursework according to your MPT scores. 

UWW is not accepting the un-proctored UWMPT.  Students who took the UWMPT prior to 2020 will be placed into a math course based on the UWMPT scores.  All other students will be placed into a math course based on ACT/SAT math sub-score or previous college-level mathematics coursework.  Students without the ACT/SAT or previous coursework should contact Dr. Angela Harlan, chair of the Department of Mathematics, at harrisask@uww.edu.

We ask that transfer and non-traditional aged students connect directly with your assigned academic advisor or the math department (262-472-1313) and/or English department (262-472-1036) for assistance.  Please see table below for updated placement levels based off of ACT/SAT math subscores.

ACT SAT Course Placement
≤17 ˂ 500 MATH 041
18 - 23 500 - 580 MATH 139
≥ 24 ˃ 580 MATH 142, 143, 147, 148, 230

In regards to World Language placement exams, French, German and Spanish unproctored online placement exams will be available no later than June 1st.  Students will need to register on the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing website (https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php)  in order to register for the exam.  Once you have completed the registration process, within two days, you will receive an email with instructions on how to access the exam(s).   There will be some lag time when UW-Whitewater will receive your scores, therefore, we strongly suggest you test (and submit your test) a few business days before your SOAR date.

New Freshmen

New Freshmen are required to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission. Their ACT English sub-score/SAT Evidence-Based Reading/Writing score 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 Warhawks SOAR program. Students can register for this test at the following website (registration begins February 1st): http://testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html
Results of the placement test and corresponding course placement should be available to students during their Warhawks SOAR program pending the date in which he/she sat for the exam.  NOTE:  while students are not charged a fee the day of a Regional test date, a one-time fee (i.e., 'Course Placement Fee') will be placed on students' first tuition bill. 

Students are allowed to repeat the Math Placement Test one time, and it must be repeated at UW-Whitewater once regional testing has concluded and by individual appointment (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 $30 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 $30 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 $30 fee for each test.


Math Placement Scores





150 – 425

150 – 850

150 - 850

Math 041*

426 – 465

150 – 850

150 – 850

Math 139, Math 140 (if not needing Math 141)

Math 141 + Math 049 (Math 141 Moving Up)**

466 – 850

150 – 515

150 – 850

Math 139, Math 140 or Math 141

466 – 850

516 – 850

150 – 555

Waived from Univ. Proficiency Req.

(Math 139, 140, 141)

466 – 850

516 – 850

556 – 850

Waived from Math 143 and 152

* If student has MFUND score of 376 – 425, will be evaluated for MATH 139 or MATH 141 Moving Up program
** Students will be evaluated to determine placement directly into MATH 141

English ACT-SAT Cutoffs


(English subscore)


(Evid.-Based Reading/Writing)

English Course Options


24+ and eligible for Honors

590+ and eligible for Honors

English 105



English 102

17 – 29

421 - 670 

English 101

14 - 16

341 - 420

English 100

1 – 13

200 - 340

English 90

English Placement Score (680)


English Course Options

550+ and eligible for Honors

English 105

637 or higher

English 102 (English 101 waived)

  451 - 636

  English 101

420 - 450

English 100

  419 or lower

  English 090

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


Students with no previous university level world language course work who wish to continue with a language studied in high school, must take the appropriate World 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 World Language Coordinator instead of taking this exam. Students who wish to take a different course than their placement indicates should speak with the World Language Coordinator.

French Placement Score (682)


French Course Options

150 – 411

Beginning French 141

  412 – 496

  Beginning French 142

497 – 590

Intermediate French 251

  591 – 725

  Intermediate French 252

726 and above

Advanced French Language Study 321

German Placement Test (684)


German Course Options

150 – 381

Beginning German 141

  382 – 435

  Beginning German 142

436 – 526

Intermediate German 251

  527 – 563

  Intermediate German 252

564 and above

Advanced German Language Study 321

Spanish Placement Test (686)


Spanish Course Options

150 – 420

Beginning Spanish 141

  421 – 478

  Beginning Spanish 142

479 – 532  

Intermediate Spanish 251

  533 – 600

  Intermediate Spanish 252

601 and above

Advanced Spanish Language Study 321

Retroactive Credits in World 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 http://www.uww.edu/students/forms.  Once you arrive at the page, click on 'Request for Retroactive Credits in World Language Form'.