Placement testing is NOT required at UW-Parkside. Please read below for information on how students are placed into math and English courses.
All NEW First Year and Transfer students must have a placement/milestone before they can register for math, English or a modern language course. Initial placement will be determined by High School GPA for new freshman and by transferable math and English college credit or college GPA for transfer students.
*International First Year students are required to take the Placement test before they can register for math or English courses.
To place beyond the entry level math or English course, students can submit an ACT or SAT score, a AP/IB score or take the Wisconsin placement exam (WPT). To see your placement based on your HS GPA and/or additional scores, please check out the information below.
*If you are unsure if your transfer credit is satisfactory, please email email@example.com from your RANGER MAIL account.
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New freshman, enrolling within a few years of completing high school, will be placed based on their GPA. In many cases, transfer student placement will be determined by math courses taken at their previous institution. Students should review the chart below to determine whether they should submit an ACT or SAT score or take the Math placement exam.
Placement based on GPA only
|GPA below 2.4999||Math Bridge|
|GPA 2.5 and above||MTH 102103104111|
|ACT or SAT or placement test required (see chart below)||MATH 114|
|ACT or SAT or placement test required (see chart below)||MATH 221|
Placement based on GPA and ACT or SAT Math Subscore
|GPA||ACT Math||SAT Math||Placement|
|Any GPA||and||25-27||OR||590-650||MATH 114|
|Any GPA||and||28 and above||OR||660 and above||MATH 221|
Placement based on GPA and Math Placement Exam
|Any GPA||and||316 - 535||-||-||MTH 102103104111|
|Any GPA||and||536 and higher||546 and higher||-||MATH 114|
|Any GPA||and||536 and higher||546 and higher||546 and higher||MATH 221|
NOTE: Students who submit an AP or IB score at the required level or have successfully completed a Math dual credit course (ECCP, PACC) that meets the requirement will be placed based on this coursework.
Student A has a HS GPA of 2.25, so their initial placement is Math Bridge. The student submits ACT results that show their math subscore is 19, their placement would change to MTH102103104111.
Student B has a HS GPA of 2.8, so their initial placement is MTH102103104111. They decide to take the math placement exam and they achieve a MFND score of 570 and a AALG score of 546 and a TAG score of 480, they would place into Math 114.
Student C has a HS GPA of 3.5, so their initial placement is MTH102103104111. They complete Calculus AB AP course and get a score of 4, their placement would change to Math 222.
Students interested in improving their placement should consider submitting an ACT or SAT score or taking the Math Placement exam at least 48 hours prior to new student orientation.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
New freshman, enrolling within a few years of completing high school, will be placed based on their high school GPA. In many cases, transfer student placement will be determined English courses taken at their previous institution. Students should review the chart below to determine whether they should submit an ACT or SAT score or take the English placement exam.
Placement based on GPA only
|GPA below 3.249||ENGL100|
|GPA 3.25 and above||ENGL101|
|ACT or SAT or placement test requested (see charts below)||English Exempt|
Placement based on GPA and ACT or SAT English Subscore
|GPA||ACT English subscore||or||SAT English subscore||Placement|
|GPA below 3.249||and||21-28||550-640||ENGL101|
|Any GPA||and||29+||650+||English Exempt|
Placement based on GPA and English Placement Test
|GPA||English Placement Score||Placement|
|GPA below 3.249||and||460-640||ENGL101|
|Any GPA||650-850||English Exempt|
NOTE: Students who submit an AP or IB score at the required level or have successfully completed a English dual credit course (ECCP, PACC) that meets the requirement will be placed based on this coursework.
Student A has a HSGPA below 3.249 so they would be placed in English 100. The student then submits an ACT exam with an English sub-score of 23, then their placement would change to ENGL101.
Student B has a HSGPA of 3.7 so they would be placed into English 101. The student submits an ACT English subscore of 30, then their placement would change to English Exempt.
Students interested in improving their placement should consider submitting an ACT or SAT score or taking the English Placement exam at least 2 weeks prior to new student orientation.
Students interested in taking a world language course who have not taken a college level world language course or an AP/IP world language exam with the required score, should take a world language placement exam.
Accessing Placement Exams
Accessing Placement Exams
All testing is completed online through the UW Center for Placement Testing. To access the Placement Exams, you can follow the steps below and/or watch a short instruction video that walks you through the process.
Or access the exams by following the steps below:
- Navigate to the UW Center for Placement Testing website
- Click the "Registration Form" link on the website.
- You will be directed to select your institution. Select UW-Parkside and click the "Go" button.
- You will then be directed to login to your Parkside account. This is the same information you use to login to your Ranger Mail. *If you have not activated your account, you will need to do so at this point. Your account activation steps were sent to the email you listed on your application when you applied to the University. If you cannot find this email, please contact us at email@example.com with your first and last name and date of birth and we can resend this message for you.
Once you login with your Parkside credentials, you will need to authenticate with DUO. *If you have not set up DUO, you will need to do so at this point. These instructions can also be found in your account activation steps.
- After logging in, you will be taken back to the testing homepage. Click the "Registration Form" link once more to be taken to the registration page.
- Fill out the registration form. We strongly suggest you list your Ranger Mail as the email so that messages from the UW Center for Placement Testing do not go to your junk/spam folder. The questions that are greyed out at the bottom do not need to filled out.
- After you submit the registration form you will be emailed a registration code to the email you listed on the form. Check your email to enter the registration code that was sent to you from firstname.lastname@example.org. Make sure to check your junk/spam folder if needed.
- After you enter the registration code, you will be taken to the instructions page. Here, it will explain that you will receive an email from email@example.com with instructions on how to access your placement exams online. This may take up to 30 minutes to receive. Again, make sure to check your junk/spam folder if needed. If you do not receive an email, please reach out to the UW Center for Placement Testing directly at (608) 262-5863. *Please note that the instructions webpage will include information on Math test A and Math test B. Parkside does NOT require students to complete a proctored Math test which is Math test B. Please proceed with the instructions below and using Math test A.
- The email you receive will have the testing instructions and will include the link to the testing website, your username, and password. You ONLY need the information listed in the "On Demand Testing" section of the email. Everything else you can disregard.
- Navigate to the testing website using the link in the instructions email and enter the username and password sent in your instruction email.
- You will then see you have access to all five UW System exams. You only need to take the exam that you need for placement.
- You will see their is the option to take a sample test to become familiar with the testing site. This is optional to complete.
- You will receive confirmations after each test you complete. Please remember, it does take 48 hours to receive your exam results.
What If I Don't Have Computer or Internet Access?
If you do not have access to a home computer or internet please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or give us a call at (262) 595-2721 and we can set up a time for you to come to campus to complete the placement exam(s) needed.
Placement Testing Questions
If you are completing the registration steps above through the UW Center for Placement Testing and run into a problem, please contact them directly at (608) 262-5863.
For other questions/assistance, please email email@example.com or give us a call at (262) 595-2721.
Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB)
Students who have taken Advanced Placement tests or International Baccalaureate exams in math, English or Foreign language should submit official test results. After we receive your official score, we will review and adjust and your course placement as necessary.
To review the AP equivalencies, please click here.
To review the IB equivalencies, please click here.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.