Regional Placement Testing Program
As we try to provide greater flexibility and accessibility to students needing to take their University of Wisconsin placement tests, we have made some significant changes in test administration. We offer two options.
Option 1 - Paper/Pencil Testing in and near Wisconsin
Students can take the paper/pencil method of past years at one of many Regional Testing sites for no additional charge. Each University of Wisconsin System campus offers at least one date as a testing site no matter which UW campus a student will be attending. We also offer some dates using this paper/pencil option at Washburn High School in Minneapolis, Minnesota and at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois. There is no additional charge for the paper/pencil placement testing option.
Option 2 - Computer-Based Testing (CBT) at a Castle Worldwide Testing Center
Students will also be able to take CBT tests through our partner, Castle Worldwide. Castle Worldwide has testing sites throughout the United States and the world. There is an additional charge for testing at a Castle Worldwide testing center. If none of these options works, students need to contact the campus they are planning to attend for other options. For a list of possible Castle Worldwide testing centers (not all Castle testing centers may offer the University of Wisconsin placement tests), please use the following link:
The battery of placement tests includes math, English and your choice of foreign language (French, German or Spanish). Please refer to the admissions letter you received from the campus you will be attending for information about which tests you must take and the length of time needed between when you test and when you can attend your advising session. This is very important because several campuses will require your placement test results before you can register for classes. Some campuses require you to complete your tests 1-2 weeks before advising. Important Note: You will need to bring a government-issued photo ID (your high school ID will suffice as long as it has your entire name and a photo) to the testing site.
***Important note for those requesting Special Accommodations due to a Disability:
Do NOT register online if you are requesting special accommodations due to a disability. If you wish to request special accommodations due to a disability, please send a letter on your high school letterhead (please do not send an IEP) from a teacher, counselor or principal who will:
1. Describe what test accommodations are appropriate for you,
2. Include your address, telephone number, email address and date of birth,
3. Include which site you wish to test at (unless you are testing through our CBT program at a Castle Worldwide testing site, then just mention you want to test using CBT),
4. Include what campus you plan to attend in the fall.
Send this information to Tim O’Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706.