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Placement test scores help academic advisors learn about your skills and help choose courses at the correct level in each subject.

Placement Testing

Incoming Fall 2023 Students attending SOAR:

Placement testing registration for Fall 2023 students is open. All your required placement tests must be completed by two weeks before your SOAR session. Failure to complete placement testing on time may delay your ability to enroll in your Fall semester courses. If you have questions about your placement testing requirements, please connect with the Office of Admissions and Recruitment, onwisconsin@admissions.wisc.edu


Placement Testing – Math, English, & World Language Tests

Information about how to access all of your placement tests can be found here:


Freshman students will receive an email from the Office of Admissions and Recruitment stating which placement tests they are required to take. Freshman are required to complete Math B (either in-person or remotely proctored) and one of the English tests (UW English or ESLAT) regardless of previous coursework or credit-bearing exams, such as: AP, IB, CAPP, CLEP, A-Levels.

Transfer students are informed which placement test(s) they are required to take via email by the Office of the Registrar. Information about which test(s) you need to take is also available at the bottom of your Transfer Credit Evaluation, located in the Academic Records section of your MyUW Student Center.

To be eligible to enroll in a world language course above the introductory level at UW–Madison, you must take a placement test for that language. 

English as a Second Language Assessment Test (ESLAT)

Students required to take the ESLAT will complete the test in Canvas, instead of the UW System English test. If you have registered for SOAR and activated your NetID, you will see the ESLAT exam appear on your UW Canvas dashboard at canvas.wisc.edu. Contact the SOAR office soar@studentaffairs.wisc.edu if you do not have access to the ESLAT module

Note: To request accommodations due to a disability for the University of Wisconsin placement tests, please follow the instructions found at the website listed below prior to registering for your tests: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/specialaccommodations.php 

How to register:

  1. Go to go.wisc.edu/uw_testing. This will take you to the Testing and Evaluation Services Office page with instructions to access the registration form.
  2. Follow the prompt at the top of the page to go to the registration page.
  3. You will then be on a page titled Regional Testing. At the bottom of that page, click the hyperlinked text: “registration form”
  4. The registration form will load onto the page. Fill out and submit the form to register!

*You must log in to this registration page using your UW-Madison NetID and password. If you’ve activated your NetID but have forgotten your NetID password, you can reset it online with the NetID Password Reset Tool. If you have forgotten your NetID, you can recover it using the self-service NetID Recovery Tool.

Contact the Testing and Evaluation Services office at frontdesk@exams.wisc.edu or (608) 262-5863 if you have questions during the registration or testing process.

Requesting Accommodations Due to Disability

If you have any questions or concerns, please follow the steps on the Requesting Accommodations webpage and email Tim O’Connor in Testing & Evaluation Services at tnoconno@wisc.edu.