Testing Services

UW-Stout offers placement and computer-based testing to accommodate student needs and assist advisors with course placement.
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**With the ever evolving COVID-19 situation, UW-Stout Testing Services is working closely with the UW-System Placement Testing Office to provide the best options for students needing to take placement tests. UW-Stout has canceled all March and April testing dates with later dates in May still proceeding as scheduled. More testing dates may be added. Any changes regarding placement testing will be sent via e-mail, posted on this website, and on the UW-System Placement Testing website.

Spring 2020 Regional Placement Testing

All new students attending UW-Stout are required to take the UW-System Placement Tests. You do not need to take the placement tests at the UW school you are attending. You may take the tests at any UW-System Placement Testing site in Wisconsin, Minnesota, or Illinois that are listed on the Wisconsin Regional Testing website: https://exams.wisc.edu/placement/regionaltesting/information.php 

How to Register for Regional Placement Testing

Regional Placement Testing Registration begins on February 1, 2020. You will need to register on the Wisconsin Regional Placement Testing website. It is advised that students register as soon as possible especially if you are looking to take the Regional Placement Test on a specific date or at a specific testing site.

  • All results are automatically sent to UW-Stout if UW-Stout is selected on your test answer sheet.
  • A non-refundable $30.00 placement testing fee will be charged to all new students' first tuition bill at the UW-System school they will be attending in the fall. 

Preparing for UW-System Placement Tests

Practice tests

What to bring

  • A couple number 2 pencils (no mechanical pencils)
  • A non-graphing calculator
  • An acceptable form of ID (driver's license, UW-Stout ID, passport)

What you need to know

  • Arrive at the test site at least 10 minutes before your scheduled test time. Testing will start promptly at 8 AM (or at your scheduled test time). There will be no late admittance to the test.
  • Each test takes an hour and a half. If you choose to take both the Math and English test plan on the testing take 3 hours with a break between the tests.
  • The World Languages placement test, if applicable, will an additional one hour. 

Directions to campus

Residual Placement Testing

The purpose of residual placement testing is to provide the university with information to place students in the correct courses based on their academic skills in particular subjects. Placement tests are given in English, Mathematics, and World Languages.

  • There is a $10 fee for each test. Be sure to print off your payment confirmation when you register for testing.
  • To schedule a time to take a residual placement test or if you have additional questions contact: advisement.testing@uwstout.edu

Computer-Based Testing

College Level Exam Program (CLEP)

CLEP exams allow you to earn UW-Stout college credit in subject areas you already know. Find out how!

  • You can earn between 3 and 16 credits based on your exam score for only $114 ($89 paid to CLEP, $25 paid to UW-Stout)

To take a CLEP exam:

  1. Go online to College Board website and pay for the exam you want to take.
    • CLEP Exams > Register for CLEP Exams > Select desired exam
  2. E-mail advisement.testing@uwstout.edu to schedule a time to take the exam.
  3. Study! Exam descriptions, study guides, and other information can be found on the College Board website.

Credit from CLEP:

  • Review the CLEP Exam/Course Equivalent Chart located on the UW Stout Prior Learning Credit website to determine which CLEP exams will transfer to UW-Stout. Students must score 50 or higher to receive credit.

Testing Accommodations

UW-Stout will make every effort to honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. For questions regarding testing accommodations please contact Disability Services at 715-232-2995 and/or the Advisement Center at 715-232-1465.