Placement Testing

Do I need to take the placement tests?

Important COVID-19 Update (last updated 8/5/20 ):

All incoming students who do not have previous credit in Math or English are encouraged to take the University of Wisconsin System Placement Tests to assist in helping them enroll in the proper courses.

Incoming UW-River Falls students are REQUIRED take the University of Wisconsin System Placement Test only if:

- The student has not previously earned college credits in English or math, OR

- The student does not have ACT scores submitted to UW-River Falls, OR

- The student would like to be placed in world language courses (Spanish, German) or earn retro-credit in world language courses at UWRF

If you intend to take Spanish or German courses while at UWRF, you should also take the placement test. If, given this information, you do need to take the UW System Placement Test, please read on for instructions on how to do so.


The University of Wisconsin System Placement Test is now available. This test will help us place you in the most appropriate math, English, or world language courses for you at UW-River Falls.

It is in your best interest to take the exam using no outside resources than what is indicated in the exam, as the score will be used to place you in the best class for your academic success. If you get a higher score using unsanctioned assistance, you will be placed in a course that may be too difficult or challenging for you. UWRF is interested in helping you achieve academic success for your future, rather than in your current abilities in this area of study; so, scoring high is the not best outcome. Scoring accurately will help you the most.

When should I take the Wisconsin Placement Test?

If you need to take the Wisconsin Placement Test, we request that you please do so as soon as possible: ideally at least a week before your advising appointment. UW-River Falls will not have access to your scores until the week AFTER you take the test.   

If you are unable to take your placement test a week ahead of your registration date, we will work with you to create a full class schedule but may need to revisit your English, math, or world language courses after receiving your test scores.

How do I register for the Wisconsin Placement Test?

The University of Wisconsin System placement testing website is now available at

You will need your Falcon ID login credentials (your “W-number” and password) in order to register. Within two business days of registering, you will receive an email from Scantron with a username and password for accessing the exam. 

When you register for placement testing, select only the exams that you need to take.

The exams will be available on demand. If you are taking more than one placement test, you do not need to complete all the tests during one sitting. 

**PLEASE NOTE: your placement test registration email may be routed into your spam folder in your email. If you can't find your placement test registration information, please check your spam folder.


If you have questions regarding the English or World Language placement tests, please contact Mialisa Moline ( If you have questions regarding the Math placement test, please contact Laurel Langford ( 

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Are you an incoming transfer student or new student wondering if you need to take the UW Placement Tests? You've come to the right place! Typically all new students are required to complete the UW Placement Tests for Math and English, but it's possible that your hard work thus far may have earned you an exemption for a certain subject. Read below to find out more on our placement testing exemptions and the benefits to completing a World Language placement test.


You do not need to take the UW Math Placement Test if you meet at least one of the following conditions:

1. You have transfer credit in one of the following courses:

  • MATH 010 Introduction to Algebra
  • MATH 030 Intermediate Algebra
  • MATH 126 Activities in Math
  • MATH 146 College Algebra
  • MATH 147 College Algebra and Trigonometry
  • MATH 149 Precalculus
  • MATH 156 Calculus for Business & Social Science
  • MATH 166 Calculus I

2. You scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) test for Calculus AB or Calculus BC.

3. You scored a 4, 5, 6, or 7 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for Mathematics - HL or Further Mathematics - HL.

4. You scored a 64 or higher on the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) test for College Algebra.

*Courses will transfer as their equivalent course name. For example, if you completed College Algebra at another accredited institution, it will transfer to UW-River Falls as MATH 146 College Algebra.

*Students with transfer credit or Advanced Placement (AP) test scores for Statistics should still complete the Math Placement Test. 


You do not need to take the UW English Placement Test if you meet at least one of the following conditions:

1. You have transfer credit in one of the following courses:

  • ENGL 020 Foundations of English
  • ENGL 100 Academic Reading and Writing
  • ENGL 101 Freshman English for International Students
  • ENGL 200 Investigating Ideas: Reading, Writing, and the Disciplines

*Courses named College Writing, College Reading and Writing, Critical Reading and Writing, Academic Writing, English Composition, Composition I, Composition II, English Rhetoric, or similar will transfer as one of the above equivalents and will exempt you from taking the English placement test if they have been completed at an accredited college or university.

2. You scored a 3, 4, or 5 on the Advanced Placement (AP) test for English Language & Composition.

Modern Language

The UW World Language Placement Tests are highly recommended for all Modern Language majors and minors. Receive up to 14 FREE credits with a grade of "A" by testing out of the courses in your language. Students have the option to complete Spanish and German placement tests at the time they do the tests in Math and English.  Japanese and Chinese placement tests can be arranged through the Modern Language Department on campus. Any questions about these languages and others should be referred to the Modern Language Department by phone at 715-425-3121 or via email to


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