Office of Educational Assessment

Undergraduate Placement

*Full session?* Standby seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. *Please arrive to the testing center up to 30 minutes prior to the desired session to receive a standby number. Bring a photo ID + cash/check $30 testing fee.*

If you are uncertain about whether you need to take a placement test, contact Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising directly with your inquiry. To determine the placement prerequisites for a particular course, consult the UW Course Catalog.  The testing center cannot advise students regarding their academic planning.

First Year (100-level) Placement Tests include:

  • Mathematics
  • Honors Chemistry (145)
  • Chemistry 142
  • Foreign languages
    • French
    • German
    • Italian
    • Japanese
    • Korean
    • Spanish

If you need a foreign language second year, third year, deficiency, or a language not listed below, please make an individual appointment with our office by emailing us testingcenter@uw.edu.

*Looking for information about Math Placement during Advising & Orientation? Click Here

 

TEST LENGTH: 60 minutes
LOCATION: 1410 NE Campus Parkway, Seattle, WA 98195 Schmitz Hall, Room 440
FEE: $30 per Test

Fees are paid with a credit card when you register online ONLY.

Refunds are NOT allowed.  Test date changes are allowed -Login to registration website within 24 hours of chosen test date to reschedule. If you cannot attend the placement session on the day of exam notify us by email: testingcenter@uw.edu prior to test session to request changes. 

FEE WAIVERS: Fee Waivers are granted for UW Seattle students only, if one of the following is true:

1.Expected Family Contribution (EFC) = $0 or Husky Promise

  • Provide us with accepted documentation (PDF or Screenshot):
    • FAFSA Award Letter
    • UW Award Letter
    • Screen shot of Financial Aid Page from MyUW
  • If you think you qualify for fee waiver, please email (testingcenter@uw.edu) at least (1) week in advance or earlier to schedule your placement exam and include:
    • Student number – Husky Card Number
    • Date / Time of exam session (scroll down to see current calendar)
    • Test subject for placement
    • accepted documentation as an attachment

2. Full Athletic Scholarship: Athletics Department will pay for your test

3. UW Department Paying: Which department that will pay for exam and include their budget number in correspondence

 DISABILITY ACCOMMODATIONS To request disability accommodations for testing, please email testingcenter@uw.edu at least (1) week in advance of when you want to test. Please provide disability accommodation paperwork stating your test accommodation information, student number, approximate date and time you want to test, and which test you want to take.  We will contact you to schedule an appointment and give instruction on how to register.  UW Students will also need to register with Disability Resource Services for the school year for accommodations.
 STUDY: Math. Sample test questions
Spanish. Sample test questions
WHAT TO BRING:  A valid physical Photo ID (Driver’s License or Passport) or Husky Card if a UW Student.  Images on cellphones, screenshots will not be accepted.

Arrive at least 10 minutes prior to the listed test time. Sorry –No Late Entry.

REGISTRATION: DO NOT REGISTER ONLINE IF you have/requesting:

  • Disability Accommodations
  • EFC of $0 or Husky Promise
  • Full Athletic Scholarship
  • UW Department is paying for your exam.

(See Above) register by emailing testingcenter@uw.edu (1) week prior to test date.

READ these important and detailed instructions on how to register before registering: UW SEATTLE FAQ – ONLINE REGISTRATION

REGISTER HERE

Registration closes 30 minutes prior to the start of the test session date/time.  You may also come in person for standby seating if available.

Full Placement Sessions: Standby seats will be made available on a first-come, first-serve basis. *Please arrive to the testing center up to 30 minutes prior to the desired session to receive a standby number. Bring a photo ID + cash/check $30 testing fee.* If no seats are available please select and register for an alternative future testing date- Placement Testing is year round!

COURSE CONFLICTS: If you are a UW Seattle student and have a class during every Placement Session offered in the current quarter, the Testing Center can set you up with a testing time that works with your schedule.

Please email testingcenter@uw.edu  (1) week before test date with the following:

  • PDF file or screenshot of your current UW Class Schedule (student number must be visible)
  • date and time you want to test during Testing Center office hours.
  • Requested Placement test

*Course Conflict scheduling is not available during Registration weeks or Finals Week. *

RESULTS: Score results are available about 10 minutes after the completion of the test by logging back into the APTP Test Registration Program.

Scores will be posted for registration by 8:00 am the following day of exam date.  Scores are uploaded to the UW student database overnight.

Paper copies of the score reports are available at the Testing Center in person with Photo ID or mailed via USPS, no verbal results are given.

 RETESTS:
  • Chemistry 142 and 145 (Honors) – Twice in a twelve-month period, 24 hour wait between tests.  The highest valid test score will be accepted.
  • French & Italian – Once every 6 months.
  • Spanish- Once every 6 months. Spanish Department will accept the highest valid test score. Scores are valid for 2 years from the exam date. Students must not take the 100-level Spanish test if they have completed a 200-level class.
  • German & Japanese –Twice in a twelve-month period, 75-day wait between tests.
  • Korean first and second year – No waiting period.
  • Math – Each type (advanced or general) twice in a twelve-month period, two-week wait between tests. ONLY the most recent test score will be valid. *Math Placement scores are valid for 2 years from the Quarter they were taken.* The Math Department does not make exceptions to the retest policy. You may contact the Department if you have concerns regarding their policy: advising@math.washington.edu
Frequently

Asked

Questions

  • On-line Chemistry exam – The Chemistry department offers the CHEM 142 exam online for FREE. The Testing Center offers the paper based version for a $30 fee. Please consult the UW Chemistry Department for information on the online CHEM 142 exam.

Take the CHEM 142 test if you wish to enroll in either CHEM 142 or 143. You can also place into CHEM 142 or CHEM 143 with completion of a preparatory chemistry course, CHEM 110 or equivalent or with an AP Chemistry score of 1 or greater.

A score of 5, 6, or 7 on the High Level Chemistry IB exam is accepted for placement into any of the courses.

Take the CHEM 145 (Honors) test if you wish to enroll in CHEM 145. Note CHEM 145 is open to students with a score of 3, 4 or 5 on the AP Chemistry test or a  5, 6, or 7 on the High Level Chemistry IB exam. Completion of MATH 124 or concurrent enrollment in MATH 124 is also a prerequisite for CHEM 145. For more information regarding chemistry test scores and placement at UW Seattle, please consult the UW Chemistry Department. CHEM 145 allows a Calculator.

  • Do I need to take a language placement test?

There are different World language requirements at UW :

  1. Admission purpose requirements – for more details check the CADR’s website and scroll to “World languages”.
  2. Graduation requirements* – contact your major department directly as world language requirements vary for every major.  Undergraduate Academic Affairs Advising would also be able to advise on requirements.

*Korean –  Korean Heritage track students may take the Korean 100 test to fulfill their language requirement for graduation, but cannot take the Korean 100 test to replace Korean 135.**

**If you missed taking Korean 135 in Autumn Quarter please consult Asian Languages and Literature for more details.

  • Which Math test do I take?  The Math Placement Tests (MPT) provide placement into either:
    • Pre-calculus (General test): Math 98,107,111, 120
    • Calculus  (Advanced): qualifies up to Math 124 only
      • For more information regarding mathematics test scores and placement at UW Seattle, consult the UW Math Department. 
      • NO CALCULATORS ALLOWED for math tests.

Schedule for First-year Undergraduate Placement Exams

Registration closes 30 minutes before the scheduled start time for a testing session. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the scheduled start time. If you arrive after the scheduled start time, you WILL NOT be admitted to the exam. No late entry.
We offer Placement Testing year-round. Check https://oea.washington.edu/aptp.html for the most up to date list of available dates and seat availability.

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*For additional dates during Winter quarter Keep checking back**

Full Placement Sessions: Stand-by seats will be made available on a first-come, first-served basis. *Please arrive to the testing center up to 30 minutes prior to the session to receive a standby number. Bring a photo ID + cash/check $30 testing fee.* If no seats are available please select and register for an alternative future testing date- Placement Testing is year round!

You must PRE-REGISTER for ALL Placement Test Sessions: REGISTER HERE or email testingcenter@uw.edu with any questions of concerns.

Check https://oea.washington.edu/aptp.html for the most up to date list of available dates and seat availability.