Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Placement Testing

Important COVID-19 Update (last updated 11/3/20 ):

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 if:

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