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Placement Testing 

As a new freshman for fall 2018, you are required to complete placement tests in math and English. The results of these tests will be used on your Titan Takeoff day (formerly named Advisement and Registration).

General Information

  • Your placement test scores will be used to place you in appropriate level college courses.
  • We highly recommend completing placement tests at least two weeks prior to your Titan Takeoff (advisement and registration) day. If you have concerns about the timing of your placement tests, please refer to your test options below under the “Placement Testing Options” section.
  • If you are unable to complete placement tests prior to your Titan Takeoff day, you can still attend the day. You will register for other fall courses outside of math and English. These subjects can be added after test results become available.
  • The placement test results will be shared with you on your Titan Takeoff day. Students will not receive their scores in advance.
  • You are required to take the English and math placement tests. Foreign language placement testing is optional. Please review the section below that discusses foreign language placement testing for further information.
  • You may be exempt from a placement test if you have completed a transferable college English composition course and/or math course. Review transferable credits at using the Credit Transfer Wizards. You may also be exempt if you have completed an AP, CAPP or IB course prior to your senior year in English and/or math. Please review the section below titled, “Earning College Credit in High School” to determine if you need to take one or both tests.
  • If you need testing accommodations, please do not use the online registration system to sign up for testing. Follow the instructions below under “Testing Accommodations“.
  • On your test day, you will be required to show a high school ID or government issued photo identification document, such as driver’s license, state-issued ID card or passport. Information on how to obtain a Wisconsin ID card can be found here.
  • Click here for the test day schedule. Other frequently asked questions can be found here.
  • Sample questions can be found here.

Planning Your Testing Date

  • Students attending a Titan Takeoff day in June should follow the information under “Last Minute Testing Options” below.
  • Students attending a Titan Takeoff day in August have limited regional paper and pencil testing locations through the month of June or you may follow the information found under “Last Minute Testing Options” below.
  • Placement testing may not be taken on your Titan Takeoff day. It is highly recommended that you complete placement tests at least 2 weeks prior.

Placement Testing Options

Last Minute Testing Options (for students attending Titan Takeoff in June)

Option A: Take placement tests at UW Oshkosh during normal Testing Services hours.

For further details, please click here.

Cost: $30-$40 Total

  • $25 placed on fall tuition bill
  • Additional $5 per test collected at the time of test.

Option B: Contact a testing site near you to ask if they will administer a residual placement test and share results with UW Oshkosh. Please note that not all sites will do this.

Click here for individual testing site contact information.

Cost will vary

  • $25 placed on fall tuition bill
  • Additional fees are determined by individual sites.
Regional Testing: Paper and Pencil (for students attending Titan Takeoff in August)


Cost: $25

  • Cost is placed on your fall tuition bill. $0 is due at the time of registration.
Regional Testing: Computer-Based (for students attending Titan Takeoff in August)


  • Limited number of dates and locations.
  • Must register in advance at
  • Best to take at least 2 week prior to your Titan Takeoff day, however, time frame may be flexible.
  • Registration Deadline: Eight (8) days before testing date.

Cost: $105-$125

  • $25 is placed on your fall tuition bill.
  • Requires an additional fee upon registration.
    • one-exam session: $80
    • two-exam session: $90
    • three-exam session: $100

Earning College Credit in High School

Learn more:

Foreign Language Placement Testing (Optional)

To take the foreign language placement test in French, German or Spanish, you must have two or more years experience in the language in which you wish to test. There is a possibility to earn retroactive credits by taking the UW Oshkosh foreign language course you test into and earning a grade of “B” or better in that course. Retroactive credit for foreign language is a topic that will be explained further to you on your registration day.

Testing Accommodations

If you need testing accommodations for regional placement testing, do not use the online registration system to sign up for testing.

Instead, have a teacher, high school counselor or principal, who has the professional expertise to describe the testing accommodations you will need, submit a letter on your high school letterhead (please do not send an IEP) to:

Tim O’Connor
1025 W. Johnson St.
Madison, WI 53706

The letter must include:

  • A description of the test accommodations needed.
  • Your full name.
  • Your address, phone number, email address and date of birth.
  • Indicate if you plan to complete the paper and pencil tests or the computer based testing program.
  • The date and site at which you wish to take your placement tests.
  • The name of the UW campus you plan to attend in the fall.

Please be patient, this process can take up to several weeks to complete.

Questions or concerns?

If you have questions or concerns that you did not find answers to on the website, please email or contact one of the following admissions staff members:

  • Nicole Jackson, (920) 424-3079,
  • Stacy Dreweck, (920) 424-3970,
  • Jennifer Werner, (920) 424-0309,

UW Oshkosh Admissions
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135 Dempsey Hall
Oshkosh, WI 54901


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