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Placement Testing FAQ

Regional Placement Testing begins in March, and is offered at a variety of convenient locations throughout and beyond the state. We encourage you to register for a placement test as early as possible. The results will be used when you come to campus to register for classes in the summer. No confirmation letters will be mailed, so after you've signed up, please be sure to print your emailed confirmation.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to take the placement tests if I completed college courses?

  • If you have completed college-level courses with a passing grade and the course transfers to UW-Stevens Point for college credit, you will not need to take the corresponding placement test in English, Math, or Foreign Language. For example, if you completed a college-level English course and the course transfers to UW-Stevens Point as English 101 or English 150 (first-year English courses, required for graduation), you would not need to take the English placement test. Please verify that the completed course transfer to UW-Stevens Point by either using the Transfer Information System or contacting the Admissions Office at (715) 346-2441. Please be sure to send official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions through which you completed courses to the UW-Stevens Point Admissions Office. or contacting the Admissions Office at (715) 346-2441. Please be sure to send official transcripts from all postsecondary institutions through which you completed courses to the UW-Stevens Point Admissions Office.

I am currently enrolled in an AP (English, Math, or Foreign Language) course; do I still need to take the placement tests?

  • It is still recommended that you take the placement tests. Although the tests are administered in May, results are not sent to students until mid-July. Orientation (when you register for classes) takes place June, meaning that you would not have your placement scores in time to register for classes. In addition, if you do not receive a 3 or better on the AP test, you will still be required to take a placement test. Keep in mind that you can always make changes to your schedule after Orientation if needed once you receive your AP scores.

I have completed an AP test (English, Math, or Foreign Language) and received a 3 or higher. Do I still need to take the placement test?

  • No, you would not need to take the placement test if you received a 3 or better on a corresponding AP test. Please be sure to send a copy of your AP score report to the Admissions Office to verify your results and apply the appropriate credits to your Degree Progress Report. Please review our AP Examination Policy for further information about how your AP test score will earn you credit at UW-Stevens Point.

What happens if I do not take the placement test before Orientation or if my scores are not received in time for my Orientation?

  • You will not be able to register for math, English, or foreign language courses without a placement score. After Orientation, you are welcome to make changes to your schedule before the fall semester. When we receive your placement scores, you will then be able to add a math or foreign language course to your schedule if needed/desired. If needed, it is perfectly acceptable for you to take a math or foreign language course in your second semester.

What if I need testing accommodations?

  • Students who may qualify for test accommodation services, first need to provide our Disability Services office with documentation of their disability and a need for extended time on tests. If students take their placement test at UW-Stevens Point, our office can approve the additional time as well. The student would still need to connect with either the Math Department or Foreign Language Department and register to take the tests during the times they are administered.
     
  • For students taking the math, English, and Foreign Language (if applicable) exams at another institution, they can check the contact information page for each of the campuses at http://uwhelp.wisconsin.edu/testing/contacts.aspx; and sign up for their tests. The contact person for qualifying for test accommodations is through the Test & Evaluation Services Coordinator at UW-Madison (Tim O’Connor, 608 262-9151 or tnoconno@uwsp.edu).


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