Placement Guide


Math, English and World Language Placement

  • Math
    • Mathematics placement will be based on the UW Math Placement Test, ACT math subscore, or SAT math subscore. All students are required to submit one of the listed test scores for mathematics placement. Beginning March 15, 2021 students can register for the UW Math Placement Test athttps://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php.

  • English
    • Students will be placed into an English class based on ACT or SAT subscores (if available).
  • World Language
    • If a student hopes to continue in a world language (Spanish, German, French), they will be required to take the appropriate world language placement exam.  Registration can be accessed at https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php.
      • Heritage speakers/speakers of Spanish will be referred to the World Language Coordinator (Alicia de Gregorio – through Summer 2021, Pilar Melero – Fall 2021) to determine whether or not they should take the UW System Spanish Placement test.
      •  Students interested in taking Arabic, Chinese or Japanese should contact the World Language Coordinator.

While students are not charged a fee the day a regional placement test is taken, a one-time fee (i.e., 'Course Placement Fee') will be placed on students' first tuition bill.  

NOTE:  New students are required to submit ACT/SAT scores or take the English and/or math placement test unless they have transfer coursework or credit by exam scores in these areas.  More information regarding equivalencies for test scores and retrocredits can be found at https://www.uww.edu/testing/exams-for-credit.

Students will need to register on the University of Wisconsin Center for Placement Testing website ( https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php) for any placement exam.  Note there will be some lag time when UW-Whitewater will receive your scores, therefore, we strongly suggest you test at least 2 weeks before your SOAR date.

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.   International students are required to take the math placement exam.  

It is strongly encouraged that current students take the paper-based math and English placement tests.  If this cannot be done, current students may take the un-proctored online placement tests.  If a student pursues the latter route, the student must contact the appropriate department chair for placement levels to be individually added to one’s student record.  Contact information can be found below:

Angela Harlan - Math Department Chair

Elena Levy-Navarro - English Department Chair

UW-Whitewater at Rock County students - please visit the following website for placement information:   https://www.uww.edu/rock/solution-center#placement-test-faqs 


Math Placement Scores
Students will be placed by ACT, SAT, or the combination of MFUND, AALG, and TAG scores. Students with scores for more than one of these tests will receive the highest placement level earned.

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 Test Score


English Course Options


Eligible for English 102

356 - 545

English 101

  306 - 355

  English 100

150 - 305

English 90

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