Placement Testing

Placement Testing

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

If you intend to take Spanish or German courses while at UWRF, be sure to take those placement tests as well.

What are the Placement Tests?

The UW System Placement Tests are a required step in your enrollment at UW-River Falls. These test you in math, English, and world language (optional). As your advisor assists you in enrolling at UWRF, they rely on your test scores in order to place you in the appropriate level of courses. You will not be able to enroll in math or English at Orientation or during your virtual advising appointment unless we have your test results.

It is in your best interest to take the exams using no outside resources than what is indicated in the exams themselves. Again, these scores are what will be used to place you in the best course for your acedemic 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 acedemic success for your future, rather than in your current abilities in this area of study; so, scoring high is not the best outcome. Scoring accurately will help you the most.

If you need to take the Wisconsin Placement Test, we request that you please do so as early as you can to ensure we have your scores by your registration date.

  • If attending Orientation in-person on Friday, January 20, you must complete all placement tests by Wednesday, January 11.
  • Students starting in Spring 2023 who are registering through a virtual advising appointment should complete any necessary placement tests at least 10 days before registering.
  • Sign-ups for the placement tests will soon be open for students starting at UW-River Falls for Summer or Fall 2023.

If you are unable to take your placement test before 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.

The Wisconsin Placement Tests are being offered virtually.

Complete this form to sign up for the placement tests and determine if you qualify for any exemptions.

You will need you 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.

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

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.

For other updates regarding Orientation and how to register for classes, please visit our home page.

Placement Testing Dates

Students starting in Spring 2023 will complete the placement tests virtually on your own time.

Students attending Orientation in-person on Friday, January 20 must complete all placement tests by Wednesday, January 11.

Registration for the Placement Test for students enrolling for Summer and Fall 2023 semester classes will soon be open.

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