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Placement

Beginning with Fall 2020 admits, at UW-Milwaukee, you are not required to take the UW System English placement test (EPT). Those admitted prior to Fall 2020 are placed into English writing courses based on their UW System English Placement Test (EPT) score if no prior applicable college English credit has been earned.

For those admitted Fall 2020 and later, you are placed into your English writing courses based on your ACT English score or your SAT ERW (Evidence-based Reading & Writing) score. If you choose to complete the UW System English placement test (EPT), the score can be utilized for placement as well. If you have multiple scores in your UW-Milwaukee records (for example, two different ACT scores, an ACT score and an SAT score, an ACT score, and an EPT score, etc.), then you are permitted to utilize whichever score gives you the highest placement level.

At UW-Milwaukee, you are not required to take the UW System English placement test (EPT) and are placed into your English writing courses based on your ACT English score or your SAT ERW (Evidence-based Reading & Writing) score. If you choose to complete the UW System English placement test (EPT), the score can be utilized for placement as well. If you have multiple scores in your UW-Milwaukee records (for example, two different ACT scores, an ACT score and an SAT score, an ACT score, and an EPT score, etc.), then you are permitted to utilize whichever score gives you the highest placement level.

To graduate, all UW-Milwaukee students must satisfy the General Education Requirements (GER). The scores on these tests place you into courses that will satisfy your General Education Requirement (GER) known as the Oral and Written Communication (OWC) Competency Part A. To satisfy this requirement; a student must earn credit with a grade of C or higher in English 102 or achieve an appropriate test score to satisfy the requirement. Students placing into English 100 or 101 will need to complete that course with a grade of C or higher (you only need to complete either English 100 or 101, not both courses) then complete English 102. Students testing into English 102 will need to complete that course with a grade of C or higher. Students with a sufficient score will test out of having to complete English 100, 101, or 102.

Course PlacementACT English ScoreSAT ERW ScoreUW System English Placement Test Score
ENGLISH 1001-16200-460150-360
ENGLISH 10117-24461-590361-550
ENGLISH 10225-28591-650551-610
Test Out/GER Part A satisfied29-36651-800611-850

UW-Milwaukee offers an English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE).

If you grew up speaking a language other than English, you should take this test instead of the UW System English placement test. As a non-native speaker/writer of English, you can complete your UWM English writing course requirement by taking English for Academic Purposes (EAP) writing courses instead of the writing courses designed for native speakers of English. The class sizes are smaller, and the support provided in the EAP writing courses can also help you do better in all of your university courses. If you have questions about our EAP program for courses for non-native speakers of English, please contact Brooke Haley at HaleyB@uwm.edu.The test is administered only at UW-Milwaukee and there is no cost to take the EPT-NNSE. This test is unique to UW-Milwaukee and is not offered via the regional or computer center testing or at any other test sites. There are two sections to this exam: reading and writing. The test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. This can be taken in place of the UW System English placement exam. Please see the FAQ below for more information on how to register for this test.

Please visit the One-Stop Enrollment and Finacial Services, Freshmen Placement Testing-Milwaukee Campus and Before You Enroll pages for more information.