Regional Placement Testing

We are pleased that you have chosen one of the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campuses as you embark on your journey toward a college education. The following information explains the Wisconsin Regional Placement Testing Program. The tests are required as part of your enrollment and registration process.

What are they? 
Placement Tests are used to place you into the appropriate level Math or World Language course. The Math Placement Test is required. UW-Green Bay does not use the English Placement Test as we use the ACT English or SAT Reading score for placement purposes. The World Language Placement Test is recommended if you plan to enroll in a French, German, or Spanish course. It is important that you do well on the tests otherwise you will be placed into a remedial level course.

What if I've taken AP courses? 
Since the AP scores are not available until July and registration is prior, you should most definitely plan to take the Math Placement Test. There is always the chance that you may not pass the AP exam either.

What if I've taken college level math courses? 
If you have taken college level math courses while in high school (eg..CAPP, CCIHS) and you know how these will transfer in and are satisfied with that placement, you do not need to take the Math Placement Test. Once we receive your college transcripts and award the credit, your math competency level will be updated.

Where do I take the tests? 
You can take the tests at ANY of the test sites listed online. You do not need to take them at the UW-school which you plan to attend. Plan to take them at the site closest to your home! Testing is offered in the spring on select weekends throughout the state. It is advised to test early.

How do I sign up? 
You can register online at http://www.testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/regionaltesting.html beginning February 1st for testing dates through June.  You will not be mailed a confirmation letter, so be sure to print off the information when you register. A flat fee of $30 for Placement Testing is assessed to each first-year freshmen upon matriculation to any UW-Green Bay campus (regardless of having tested or not). This will appear on the student’s bill in the Fall.

Two options for testing: 
1. Paper/Pencil testing which requires no additional cost,
2. Computer-Based testing with a non-refundable fee of $80 - $90 which includes proctoring fees. Out-of-state students may test at any site or choose to take the test Computer-Based and select a testing location closest to their home through the Scantron (formerly Castle World Wide) Testing Network.

The UW-Green Bay campuses will offer the 2019 Regional Placement Testing on the following dates:
UW-Green Bay, Green Bay campus:  March 23, April 27, and May 11
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc campus:  April 20, May 18, and June 15
UW-Green Bay, Marinette campus:  April 6 and May 4
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan campus:  April 20 and May 11

If you require Special Accommodations (do not sign up online):

If you require special testing accommodations due to a disability, send a letter on your high school letterhead from a teacher, counselor or principal who will describe what accommodations are appropriate for you.  Please also include your address, telephone number, email address, date of birth, which site you wish to test at, as well as what campus you plan to attend in the fall. Send this information to Tim O'Connor, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706 or via email at tnoconno@wisc.edu. Do not register online if you are requesting a non-standard accommodation due to a disability.

Can I use a calculator? 
You may use a non-graphing calculator. Graphing calculators, or calculators which are part of an electronic device will not be permitted. Calculators cannot be shared and will not be provided if you forget yours.

Photo identification Required! 
The University of Wisconsin requires students to show a government-issued photo identification document such as driver’s license, state-issued ID or passport when they arrive to take placement tests.  Students will not be allowed to test without providing an appropriate photo ID.

For a study guide and contents of the placement tests, please click here: http://www.testing.wisc.edu/centerpages/contentsofplacementtests.html.

What is the schedule on the day of testing?
(All times are approximate)
Seating, orientation and Math testing                                                 8:00 ‑ 10:00 a.m.
Break                                                                                                  10:00 ‑ 10:10 a.m.
English testing                                                                                    10:10 ‑ 11:50 a.m.
Break                                                                                                  11:50 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Dismissal of those not taking a World Language Test,                      12:00 ‑ 1:00 p.m.
followed by World Language Testing

Important Note: If you are only taking the English and/or a World Language Placement Test, please contact the campus site where you are testing for instructions on a reporting time.        

Any questions pertaining to Regional Placement Testing should be directed to:

UW-Green Bay contact:  Pam Gilson at gilsonp@uwgb.edu or 920-465-2221
UW-Green Bay, Manitowoc Campus contact:  Bryan Hulbert at hulbertb@uwgb.edu or 920-683-4708
UW-Green Bay, Marinette Campus contact:  Pam Olson at olsonp@uwgb.edu or 715-735-4301
UW-Green Bay, Sheboygan Campus contact:  Nancy Hart at  hartn@uwgb.edu or 920-459-5948

Last updated: September 23, 2019