University Testing Requirements
In order to determine mathematics and English competency and appropriate course placement for students, the University uses the Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test (WMPT) and the English portion of the American College Testing Program (ACT) or the Verbal/Critical Reading portion of the SAT I.
The following students are required to complete the WMPT and ACT or SAT I requirement:
- all new freshmen;
- all transfers and re-entry students who have not satisfactorily completed a college-level course in English or mathematics;
- special students wishing to enroll in English or mathematics courses;
- students wishing to be eligible for intercollegiate athletics (only the ACT is needed).
UW-Green Bay also requires official ACT or SAT I scores to comply with UW System Board of Regents policy and to provide admissions information on new freshmen.
An ACT registration packet may be obtained from any high school guidance office, or from the Office of the Registrar or Office of Admissions at UW-Green Bay. The booklet in the registration packet answers questions about the tests and procedures for registration. Be sure to indicate UW-Green Bay (code number 4688) as an institution to receive your score report. Materials to help review and prepare for the ACT test may be purchased in the Phoenix Bookstore on campus and elsewhere. For more information, call ACT at (319) 337-1000.
ACT English scores or SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading scores are used to determine if a student has satisfied UW-Green Bay’s English competency requirement. The following cut-off scores are used to place students in the most appropriate course based on their current level of English performance.
International students with TOEFL scores of 600 or above (paper-based), 250 or above (computer-based) or 100 or above (internet-based) are exempted from English as a Second Language (ESL) placement testing at UW-Green Bay and may be placed in ENG COMP 100 College Writing. International students admitted with lower TOEFL scores will take the Wisconsin English Placement Test upon their arrival; they will then be placed in appropriate English courses based on their English test scores.
ACT English score: 16 or lower
SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score: 440 or lower
The student must take ENG COMP 093 Fundamentals of Writing followed by ENG COMP 100 College Writing. Both courses are required and must be successfully completed by the end of the second semester at UW-Green Bay. NOTE: ENG COMP 093 is a remedial course and may not count as degree credits. It is graded on a Pass-No Credit (P-NC) basis. Students referred to ENG COMP 093 who feel they have been improperly placed may retake the ACT test.
ACT English score: 17-24
SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score: 450-580
The student must take ENG COMP 100 College Writing by the end of the second semester at UW-Green Bay. Students referred to ENG COMP 100 who feel they have been improperly placed have an additional option: the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) Freshman College Composition exam with essay or English Composition exam with essay. Registration for CLEP exams can be made through Testing Services at UW-Green Bay. A passing score on either the CLEP Freshman College Composition exam or the English Composition exam will satisfy the English competency requirements and earn three degree credits.
ACT English score: 25-31
SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score: 590-750
This score satisfies UW-Green Bay’s English competency requirement. The student is eligible to enroll in ENG COMP 105 Expository Writing. (Some majors and minors require ENG COMP 105 or its equivalent.)
ACT English score: 32 or higher
SAT I Verbal/Critical Reading score: 760 or higher
This score satisfies UW-Green Bay’s English competency requirement. The student is eligible to enroll in ENG COMP 105 Expository Writing. (Some majors and minors require ENG COMP 105 or its equivalent.) The expository writing requirement is waived for the following programs: accounting, business administration, English, and human biology.
The Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test (WMPT) serves as the primary instrument for determining both mathematics competency and appropriate course placement for new freshmen and transfer students who have not successfully completed a college-level mathematics course. Information on costs, testing dates and sites is available from the Office of Assessment and Testing Services.
Students must meet with an adviser to learn their WMPT score and course placement. New freshmen will be advised at the time of their Registration and Resources session. Continuing, re-entry and transfer students should seek assistance from the Academic Advising Office.
Students classified as new freshmen who do not complete the WMPT will not be allowed to register for mathematics classes, or for courses with college-level mathematics as a prerequisite, during their first semester.
Students must complete the UW-Green Bay Mathematics Competency before the completion of 30 earned and in progress credits. Students who fail to complete the Mathematics Competency by this point will be suspended from the institution and have any current enrollments cancelled until proof is submitted that the competency is completed. The MATH 094 course does not count as degree credits. It is graded on a Pass-No Credit (P-NC) basis.
Students who have not taken the WMPT and have not satisfactorily completed and transferred in a college-level course in mathematics have the prerogative of enrolling in MATH 094 Elementary Algebra.
All students who have earned between 54 and 72 credits are required to complete the College Basic Academic Subjects Examination.
Students are notified by mail when it is time to complete the assessment. There are no exceptions to testing. Assessment at each UW System university is mandatory as a part of a quality assurance program agreed to by the governor of Wisconsin and president of the UW System. It is also required as a part of the accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.
There is no cost for taking the exam. However, if a student fails to attend one of the regularly scheduled testing sessions, a fee is required for a make-up exam. Students will also have the option to receive one degree credit at no cost depending on their score. For more information, contact Testing Services.
All students are required to participate in the assessment of their major program of study. The assessment may take the form of a comprehensive exam, in-course assignment, portfolio, survey, interview, or any other specified means of evaluating the quality and effectiveness of the academic program.