Rationale for Placement Testing

In higher education, placement testing is actually a part of the instructional process. It provides information needed by faculty for placing students into the most appropriate courses within a given sequence of instruction. This is accomplished by placing students into courses where their prerequisite skills, as measured by the placement tests, fit those necessary to begin that course. This will tend to maximize their success in learning that subject. If students are properly placed, it is expected that they will learn more, and thus, derive greater satisfaction from that course then if they are improperly placed. For more information, visit the Student Support Services UW Placement Testing website

Testing Registration and Location