Freshmen Placement Testing – MILWAUKEE CAMPUS

***PLACEMENT TESTING REQUIREMENT FOR ALL INCOMING UW-MILWAUKEE STUDENTS REMOVED***
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Completing your placements tests is as easy as 1, 2, 3!

    1. Determine which placement tests you need to complete
      All freshmen need to complete placement testing in math. See the FAQ section to determine if you need to complete any of the additional placement tests in English, world language, or chemistry.
    2. Register for your tests & review test topics
      Free paper-based testing sessions are offered through the UW System’s regional based testing program at locations around the state and in the Twin Cities and Chicago areas. All regional test dates include the opportunity to complete testing in math, English and a world language (French, German, Spanish).For testing in chemistry or EPT-NNSE (English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English), you will need to register for math/English/world language testing via the UW System’s regional based testing program (as referenced above) and then register for a separate testing appointment at UWM just for the chemistry and/or EPT-NNSE test. These two these tests are only offered at UWM. Please see the FAQs for more information about registering for these tests.Testing in math/English/world language is also available at computer testing centers across the country and around the world. There is a fee for testing at a computer test center. Chemistry and EPT-NNSE are not available via the computer testing option.If you require accommodations for your placement testing, please see the FAQs below before proceeding to the registration link to ensure that you understand the process for receiving accommodations.The priority date for completing your placement tests is May 1st. Testing by May 1st will give you the best selection of test dates and locations and also give you the opportunity to register for the earliest New Student Orientation dates. Because you register for your classes at orientation, attending an early orientation session is to your advantage. Limited seating is available at each test session so register as soon as possible – dates and locations will fill!In order to gain a sense of what to expect on your placement tests and review key concepts that will be covered, you should review test descriptions and sample test questions. Preparing for your placement tests can help ensure you are accurately placed and save you time and money in the long run.
    3. Attend your test session
      Arrive early to your test session for check in and be sure to bring a photo ID and non-graphing calculator. Ensure that you know where to park and where to report as late arrivals will not be admitted to the testing rooms.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS (FAQs)
How do I know which tests I need to schedule?

UWM requires all incoming freshmen to take the UW System math placement test. The math placement test is required for everyone, but you may also need to take a chemistry, world language or English placement test. When you register for a UW System regional testing date, you automatically reserve a spot for testing in math, English and world language. The math test is given first followed by English then world language. You will be able to leave at the conclusion of the math test if you do not require further testing. You will also be allowed to skip the English test if you would like to complete math and world language testing.

English – 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.

In order to graduate, all UW-Milwaukee students must satisfy 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. In order 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 Placement ACT ENGLISH SCORE SAT ERW SCORE UW SYSTEM ENGLISH PLACEMENT TEST SCORE
ENGLISH 100 1-16 200-460 150-360
ENGLISH 101 17-24 461-590 361-550
ENGLISH 102 25-28 591-650 551-610
Test Out/GER OWC Part A satisfied 29-36 651-800 611-850

English Placement for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE) – 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 for 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.

Chemistry – UW-Milwaukee has a chemistry placement test for those students who wish to attempt to test out of the entry level Chemistry 100 course. This test is unique to UW-Milwaukee and is not offered via the regional or computer center testing or at any other test sites. Students who need to complete the chemistry placement test must register for a separate chemistry test session at UW-Milwaukee in addition to registering for their math/English/world language testing via the UW System’s regional testing program. There is chemistry testing available at 2pm on the dates that UW-Milwaukee hosts Friday regional testing along with other dates/times but you need to register separately for that chemistry test session. You can complete your math/English/world language testing at any test location but you must complete your chemistry testing at UW-Milwaukee. To register for chemistry placement testing, you will need to use your epanther ID & password to log into our test registration system at uwm.edu/testregistration. Once you are logged in, you can register any time we offer the test called Placement from our list of exams. After you choose a date/time, select chemistry as the test you would like to complete. The test is 55 minutes long and the use of a non-graphing, non-programmable calculator is allowed. If you are a non-science major, you will not need to complete the chemistry placement test. If you plan to major in the sciences, health sciences, nursing, or engineering and your major appears on this list of majors, you are only required to complete the chemistry test if you want to try to test out of the first level of chemistry (Chemistry 100). If you plan to start in the first level of chemistry, you are not required to complete the chemistry test. If you would like to start your chemistry studies above Chemistry 100 in Chemistry 101, 102, or 105, you must place sufficiently in the chemistry and math tests. Student preparation for this test is assumed to include at least one full year of high school chemistry and one full year of high school algebra. Please note that chemistry placement testing is unique to UW-Milwaukee and is not offered via Regional testing or computer-based testing. There is no fee for chemistry placement testing.

World Language/Foreign Language – UW-Milwaukee has a General Education Requirement for foreign language. Under UWM’s general education requirements, all undergraduate students must take the equivalent of 1 year of college-level foreign language instruction in the same language in order to earn an undergraduate degree. This requirement can be met in a number of ways, such as having studied two years of the same language in high school, taking two semesters of the same language at UWM, or placing in a higher level foreign language class at UWM and earning retro credits for preceding courses. Some degrees, however, have greater foreign language requirements. For example, all of the Bachelor of Arts programs in the College of Letters and Science require, at a minimum, the equivalent of four semesters of the same language or three semesters of one language and two semesters of another. Please go to Letters & Science Degree Requirements for more information on the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements. It is recommended that students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts degree in Letters and Science consider taking a world language placement exam in the language they studied in high school. If you have met this requirement then world language placement testing is optional. If you plan to continue your studies in French, German or Spanish you should take the world language placement test. Please note that students placing out of the first semester of a language course may be eligible for retro-credits upon completion of that UWM course. For example, if you place into the third semester of a foreign language and complete that course with a grade of B or better, you may be eligible to also get credit for semesters one and two of that language.

What if English is not my first language?

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

Your ACT or SAT will automatically place you into English classes for native speakers but if you wish to register for the non-native English speaker courses, you should take our English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE). The test is administered only at UW-Milwaukee and there is no cost to take the EPT-NNSE. There are two sections for this exam: reading and writing. The test takes approximately 90 minutes to complete. This test is only offered in special sessions at UW-Milwaukee. You can complete it in one of two ways.

You can register for a UW System regional test date at any test location to complete your math test then register separately to complete your English Placement Test for Non-Native Speakers of English (EPT-NNSE) at UW-Milwaukee. To register for an EPT-NNSE only session, you will need to use your epanther ID & password to log into our test registration system at https://testregistration.uwm.edu. Once you are logged in, you can register any time we offer the test called EPT-NNSE from our list of exams.

How do I acquire accommodations for testing?

According to The University of Wisconsin System Policy on Individuals with Disabilities, no qualified individual with a disability shall be denied access to or participation in any program, service, or activity offered by the universities. Individuals with disabilities have a right to request accommodations.

Students requesting accommodations for their placement tests should not register themselves for testing online. They must follow the procedures below in order to receive accommodations. Accommodated testing is not offered during regularly scheduled placement testing sessions, they are scheduled on an individual basis after approval.

  • If you are an incoming new freshmen who plans to start during a summer/fall term, it is required that students follow the directions set forth by the UW Center for Placement Testing. Approval is granted via the UW Center for Placement Testing.
  • If you are a current UW-Milwaukee student or an incoming new freshman who plans to start during a winter/spring term, please contact our Placement Coordinator via email at testingcenter@uwm.edu to request accommodations. We will work with you to determine appropriate accommodations and then register you for a test session.
How long does it take to process my test? Is there a benefit to testing early? Is there a benefit to testing at UW Milwaukee?
The placement testing To Do List item in your PAWS account will not be complete/removed until your placement tests are processed. If you choose UW Milwaukee as your test location, your tests will be processed in 2-3 business days. If you test at a location other than UW Milwaukee or test via computer, it will take 2-3 weeks to process your tests.

If you are trying to register for your New Student Orientation as early as possible, it is to your benefit to choose the earliest testing date you are available. Testing at UW Milwaukee will also decrease processing time.

Remember that in order to register for New Student Orientation (NSO), your placement tests must be processed, your $150 confirmation deposit has to be paid and your housing documents/deposit must be processed. NSO is where you register for classes and spaces at NSO fill first come, first served to students who complete those three steps (in any order) so completing those steps as early as possible is to your benefit.

Are there any deadlines for testing?
The priority date to complete your placement testing is May 1st (December 15th for spring admits). Although testing sessions may be available after the priority date, options will be limited. Space at test sessions is limited and is filled on a first come, first served basis so we encourage you to register early.

The earlier you complete your required placement tests, pay your $150 confirmation deposit, and complete your housing information, the sooner you are able to sign up for New Student Orientation and have a better chance of getting the classes you want. Completing these steps by the priority deadline of May1st (December 15th for Spring admits) ensures that you will have the best selection of testing and orientation dates and the best chance of receiving your preferred room type in the residence halls.

I live out of state; what are my best testing options?

We understand that living far from Milwaukee can make attending testing and New Student Orientation more difficult so we have outlined some options below.

  1. If you live near a UW school, Chicago, or Minneapolis, you can register for one of the free paper-based regional testing sessions at these locations. Testing locations outside of Wisconsin and near the state borders fill up quickly so please register as soon as possible for a testing date.
  2. You can register to take the placement tests via computer at a testing center near your home. Testing sites are located across the country and around the globe. The fee for computer based testing is $80-100. Information and registration for testing at a computer center is available on the website for the UW System Center for Placement Testing.
What is the difference between paper based testing (PBT) and computer based testing (CBT)?
The paper and computer based tests are the same tests that are administered in a different format. The choice of how you complete your exams is yours based on your preference of exam format, location, cost, and convenience. The questions are the same, they are presented in the same order, and the timing is the same. The format of the questions may be slightly different as required for display on a computer screen, but we have done our best to make them appear as similar as possible. You will be allowed to bring your own non-graphing calculator regardless of whether you take the test on paper or on a computer, but the computer based version will also offer an on-screen scientific calculator for use during the math exam. Scores will be reported to campuses in the same way for paper and computer based tests. Computer based tests are only administered at designated computer testing centers (not at home or remotely) and require registration and payment.
Will I see my results immediately if I take the test on the computer?
No. After your exams are completed, they will be transmitted to the UW System Center for Placement Testing and then to UW Milwaukee. It takes 2-3 weeks for UW-Milwaukee to receive test results completed via computer-based testing. You will receive your results at your New Student Orientation.
What do I need to bring with me on the day of testing?
  • Photo Identification (government issued photo ID or school ID with photo) – testers are not admitted to the testing room without a physical ID; pictures of an ID are not acceptable
  • Non-graphing, non-programmable calculator – graphing calculators are not allowed and cell phones, watches, etc. cannot be used as a calculator
  • #2 pencils
Where should I park?

The Union parking structure is the closest public parking option to all testing locations at UW-Milwaukee. It is located at 2200 E Kenwood Blvd. Cost is $3.00/hour for the first hour; $1/hour thereafter, and payment is made via cash or card at the pay stations prior to exiting the structure. Mellencamp Hall is located next door (east) of the Union, and Bolton Hall is behind the Union. Please note that Bolton Hall does not face the street. Drop off/pick up for Bolton Hall is available in front of the Union.

Other public parking lots and garages are available around campus. Some require pre-payment for parking upon entry, please read and follow parking signs carefully. It is VERY IMPORTANT that you check your test registration and/or email confirmation to verify your testing location. Testing locations may vary by date. Please ensure that you allow enough time to find your test location if you are getting dropped off, or allow extra time if you need to park your car and walk to your testing room. Late arrivals will not be admitted to testing rooms.

***Please be aware that parking structures on campus may fill so allow extra time for parking in case your first choice for parking is not available.***

Parking payment can be made via cash or card. There is no limit for the length of time you may park in the parking structures however street parking time is limited. Please note that once testing starts, you will not be allowed to leave the room to move your car or add money to a parking meter so do not park on the street.

Please heed posted parking restrictions. Some parking spaces and lots are reserved for faculty, staff, students or other university personnel. Parking enforcement on campus is very strict, and parking tickets are issued regularly.

What is the agenda for the day?

Please refer to your test confirmation for your check in time and testing location.

Follow this link for the agenda for regional testing sessions.

When will I find out how I did on the tests?
Your advisor will go over your scores and placement with you when you attend your New Student Orientation session. 
I’ve taken my tests; can I register for classes now?

You still have a few things to do before you are able to register for classes. You will register for classes when you attend your New Student Orientation (NSO) but in addition to testing, you must complete BOTH items below before you will be invited to register for NSO.

  • Confirmation Deposit – You must pay your $150 confirmation deposit to confirm your intent to enroll at UWM.

AND

  • University Housing Paperwork – You will need to turn in either your University Housing Contract with the $100 Housing Contract Deposit if you are living in a UWM Residence Hall; OR complete a Housing Exemption Form if you are living at home or with a relative. Remember all UWM freshmen are required to live in campus housing unless they have an approved exemption form.

Please note that these three steps of completing your placement tests, paying your confirmation deposit and submitting your housing information can be done in any order but all three must be completed before you are eligible to register for your New Student Orientation (NSO). At your Orientation session you will meet with your advisor, go over your test results, and register for your first semester classes among other exciting things! NSO’s fill on a first come, first served basis so it is to your benefit to complete these three items as soon as possible.

If I have taken AP or IB courses or completed college coursework while in high school, do I still need to take the placement tests?

Because the only required placement test at UW Milwaukee is the math placement test, we need to assess your specific college credit history to determine if you can be exempt from the math placement test requirement. Please note that scores from AP/IB tests completed in May arrive at UW-Milwaukee in August so we cannot exempt you if we do not yet have official scores on file. Because you might attend Orientation and register for courses prior to UWM receiving your AP/IB results, course availability may be limited by the time your AP/IB credits are evaluated so having a math placement test result on file is to your benefit. If your AP/IB results are not received by the time you attend New Student Orientation, you will not be able to register for those courses if you have not completed a placement test. You can use your placement scores to register for classes while at Orientation and we will still honor the credit and/or placement you earn via AP/IB when those scores arrive on campus. You are permitted to use whichever scores, your AP/IB scores, previous college credit or UW system placement test score, place you higher when choosing your courses so it is to your benefit to complete placement testing. Please notify your advisor at Orientation that you have taken AP/IB courses.

If you believe you have satisfied your math requirements with AP/IB scores or previous college credit that you have already earned, please email us at nftest@uwm.edu and will be happy to assess your previous work to see if you can be exempted from the math placement test requirement.

Information about UW-Milwaukee’s AP and IB policies.

Am I allowed to retest?
UW-Milwaukee allows retests only within the guidelines of our retest policy
What if I am not sure which UW System school I will be attending?

All UW System schools use the same placement tests for math, English, and world language. If you are unsure at the time of testing which school you will attend or change your mind after completing the tests, simply notify the testing center or admissions office of the school you will be enrolling at, and they will be able to locate your scores.

Who should I contact for answers to my other question(s)?

Sarah Perkins
Student Placement Coordinator
nftest@uwm.edu
414-229-2210