Online placement testing is suspended for February 2023. Online placement testing will resume in March.
New Students for Fall 2023
All students planning to enroll at UW-Stout are required to take the University of Wisconsin English and Math Placement Tests or have completed college credit in English or Math. Students currently taking AP or college courses in Math and English should still take the placement tests.
All UW-Stout placement testing is occurring online. Placement tests must be done at least one week before your First Year Registration and Orientation (FYRO) date. If you are unsure if you need to take the Placement Tests or if you have further questions regarding Placement Testing feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Placement testing for Fall 2023
You can sign up for Regional Placement Testing at https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php beginning March 15, 2023. You will be taking the tests online at your own convenience. The math test version we are using is Math Test A, which is unproctored. However, if you have also been admitted to or are considering another UW System institution, please check that campus website for math test recommendations. If you do not have access to a computer/internet, accommodations can be made for paper/pencil testing on campus.
Two options for testing:
1. Online, unproctored at your own convenience.
2. Paper/pencil on campus if you do not have internet/computer access. Testing dates will take place at UW-Stout on April 1st and April 8th at either 8:30 am or 10:30 am.
How to sign up to take the Placement Tests
Students can register to take the online placement tests by visiting the UW Center for Placement Testing website here: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php. Be sure to register using your UW-Stout email address so that your scores will be sent to UW-Stout.
What to know once you sign up to take the Placement Tests
- Within two days of completing the registration form, you will receive an email from Meazure Learning with instructions on how to access the test(s).
- Registering will give you access to all five tests (English, Math, French, German, and Spanish).
- All students are required to take the English and Math Placement Tests.
- If you have taken a global language class in high school and plan to continue your studies in that area while attending UW-Stout you are required to take the appropriate global language placement test in that area.
- The tests will be timed as listed below:
- English and Math = 90 minutes
- World Languages = 60 minutes
- Upon completion of the test, you need to click on a button to submit your score(s). If you do not your test scores will not be sent to UW-Stout.
- We would prefer that you test on a computer or tablet rather than on a phone. Some parts of the test such as item usage questions and math graphics will be hard to complete on a phone.
- All students are charged a $30 test fee that will be assessed on your fall semester tuition bill.
Will I be charged for testing?
Yes, all students are charged a $30 fee on their fall tuition bill for the UW System Placement exams.
Once I register, how long do I have to take the test?
Once you’ve registered and received a username and password from Meazure Learning, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that you will need to re-register for the exams.
I’ve lost my exam log-in information, what should I do?
If you can’t remember your log-in information, you will need to contact the UW-System Placement Testing office at 608.262.5863.
How do I request accommodations for testing?
Students requesting accommodations should follow the list found on the UW Center for Placement Testing website: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php
How long will the placement exams take?
The exams will be available on demand and you do not need to complete all of your exams in one sitting but once you begin to take any exam you will need to complete that exam in one sitting. The tests will be timed as listed below:
- English and Math = 90 minutes
- World Languages = 60 minutes
You will have access to all five tests -English, math, and three world languages- for testing. UW-Stout requires English and math. The world languages are optional and should only be taken if you plan to continue your foreign language education at UW-Stout.
It is important that after each test, you submit your answers to Meazure Learning. Failure to submit your answers could result in a delay of transmission of these scores to UW-Stout and the opportunity to schedule your academic advising appointment.
When should I take the tests?
Once you’ve registered, and received a username and password from Meazure Learning, you have 180 days to complete any tests. After that you will need to re-register for the exams.
It is recommended that you complete the English, math, and optional world language exams no later than Thursday at noon (12 p.m.) central time for your campus advisor to receive your scores the following week.
Tests should be completed at least 1 week prior to your First-Year Registration and Orientation date.
What technology do I need to have to take the exams?
How soon after I register for the Placement Exams will I receive information about the online tests?
Within two business days of registering, you will receive an email from Meazure Learning with a username and password for accessing the exams.
What if I have technical difficulties during the test?
Meazure Learning will provide telephone and email support to students during testing. Meazure Learning staff will be available on Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Eastern Time, Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time, and Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Eastern Time, excluding holidays. Voicemail will accept student inquiries outside of these business hours.
When will my scores be available?
Your scores will be shared with you at First-Year Registration and Orientation.
Why is it important to take the placement exams seriously?
The UW-System Placement Tests have been shown to be very good at determining what English and Math courses a student should take. Please be sure to use the knowledge that you currently have to answer the questions. Using outside resources could result in you placing into classes for which you are not prepared.
What if I cannot take my placement tests before my academic advising appointment?
All students are expected to complete their placement testing prior to enrolling in classes. If you believe you can’t complete your placement tests prior to your appointment, please contact us at email@example.com or 715-232-1465 to discuss your situation.
Students looking to receive college credit through testing can consider taking tests through the College Level Exam Program (CLEP). CLEP tests are offered on campus at UW-Stout.
College Level Exam Program (CLEP)
CLEP exams allow you to earn UW-Stout college credit in subject areas you already know. Find out how!
- You can earn between 3 and 16 credits based on your exam score for only $115 ($90 paid to CLEP, $25 paid to UW-Stout)
To take a CLEP exam:
- Go online to College Board website and pay for the exam you want to take.
- CLEP Exams > Register for CLEP Exams > Select desired exam
- E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a time to take the exam.
- Study! Exam descriptions, study guides, and other information can be found on the College Board website.
Credit from CLEP:
- Review the CLEP Exam/Course Equivalent Chart located on the UW Stout Prior Learning Credit website to determine which CLEP exams will transfer to UW-Stout. Students must score 50 or higher to receive credit.
Need Help Paying for CLEP? Try MODERN STATES Education Alliance
Modern States offers exam preparation via online modules. The CLEP exam fee is paid by Modern States, the student is responsible for paying the administration fee. For more information visit https://modernstates.org/
UW-Stout will make every effort to honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Paper and pencil tests are available upon request or when taking a re-test. For questions regarding testing accommodations please contact Disability Services at 715-232-2995 and/or the Advisement Center at 715-232-1465.
Mathematics Placement Appeal Form
This form is for students who wish to appeal their mathematics placement level. Students need to complete the required fields in the form and submit it. The form will be automatically routed to the MSCS Department chair, who will review the information provided and determine if it is advisable to increase their math level (note that students can only move up one mathematics placement level). The student and their advisor will receive notification by email with the outcome. If approved, the student will work with their advisor to determine the appropriate course.