Placement Guide

New Freshmen
New Freshmen are required to submit ACT/SAT scores for admission. Their ACT English sub-score/SAT Reading 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 Plan-It Purple orientation 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 Plan-It Purple orientation 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 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.

Exceptions:
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 AND ENGLISH PLACEMENT

Math Placement Scores

MFUND

AALG

TAG

COURSE PLACEMENT

 

150-415

 

150-850

150-850

Math 041

416-465

Math 139, Math 140, Math 141

 

466-850

 

150-515

150-850

Math 139, Math 140, Math 141

 

516-850

150-555

Waived from University Math Proficiency Requirement (i.e., Math 139 / 140 / 141)

556-850

Waived from Math 152

 


English ACT-SAT Cutoffs

ACT

SAT (Reading Test)

English Course Options

24+ and eligible for Honors

30+ and eligible for Honors

English 105

30+

36+

English 102

17 – 29

24 – 35

English 101

15 - 16

21 - 23

English 100

1 – 14

10 – 20

English 90

English Placement Score (680)

Score

English Course Options

637 or Higher

English 102 (English 101 waived)

451 or Higher

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.

FOREIGN LANGUAGE

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.

SCORES USED FOR PLACEMENT IN FOREIGN LANGUAGE COURSES
French Placement Score (682)

Score

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 German Language Study 321

German Placement Test (684)

Score

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)

Score

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 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 http://www.uww.edu/cls/students/forms/retroactive-credits-foreign-language.