Placement Testing

All UW-BSC students are required participate in UW System placement testing. Placement test results are used in the registration and advising process, and advance registration for placement testing is required through the Office of Student Affairs.

2014 Placement Test Dates

  • Thursday, August 28, 8:30am  

NOTE: Please check your Student Advising, Orientation & Registration (SOAR) date, as your must complete placement testing two weeks prior to your SOAR session.

Frequently Asked Questions

What are placement tests? 

Placement tests are used to place you into appropriate English composition and math classes. Foreign language tests (French, German and Spanish) are also available. It is important to do your best on placement tests, as students whose scores on the English or mathematics placement test fall below institutional cutoffs will be considered high risk students and be required to take remedial courses, and possibly participate in special programming.

Do I have to take them? 

All UW-BSC students are required to complete placement tests, unless they have taken a college course in math and/or English composition. If you've taken French, German, or Spanish in high school and are considering continuing in that language, it is recommended that you take the foreign language test.

What if I've taken AP Courses? 

If you are taking an AP math course or AP English Language and Composition this spring, you should plan on taking the placement tests (because the AP scores will not be available until July - you can adjust your schedule once the scores are reported).

How should I register for Placement Testing? 

Once admitted, UW-BSC will send you information about how to register for placement testing.  

Where do I take them?

Placement tests are available at the UW-Baraboo/Sauk County campus.         

What should I bring with me on the day of testing?

  • A government-issued photo ID
  • Two #2 pencils 
  • A non-graphing calculator 

NOTE: The University of Wisconsin requires students to show government-issued photo identification, such as a 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.

What if I want to change or cancel my test date?

To change or cancel your placement test date, pcontact UW-BSC Office of Student Affairs at (608) 355-5230. 

What is the schedule on test day?

8:30 am Start Time:

Dismissal of those not taking foreign language test, followed by foreign language test

5:00 pm Start Time:


Dismissal of those not taking foreign language test, followed by foreign language test

NOTE: All times are approximate.

How will I receive my test results?

You will receive your placement test scores and what they mean when you come to campus for orientation(SOAR) in the summer. Test scores cannot be given over the phone. 


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