Course Placement Testing

All Madison College Testing Centers are open for in-person placement testing. Sessions are available at all campus locations. Registration is required and is payable by credit or debit card when registering.

Scheduling your placement test is easy! Here's some information to help you determine if you need to take the exam:

1. Have you taken the ACT in the last 2 years? If you sent your ACT scores to Madison College, then you may be able to enroll right away!

2. Do you have ACT scores and/or a high school GPA that is less than 5 years old? If you do, you may not need to take the placement test and can use this instead! If you are a newly admitted student, you should sign-up and attend one of the upcoming Advising and Registration events. You will receive an invitation for these events via your personal email. If you don't, please contact or call (608) 246-6210.

  • Please note that specific ACT scores and GPA ranges are required for course enrollment
  • Please note that ACT and/or GPA more than 2 years old will require review before being able to enroll. Fill out the Class Review Request Form here or get approval from an advisor.

3. If you do not have ACT scores or a high school GPA that is less than 5 years old, you will need to complete the Madison College Placement exam. Please click the "Register for a Placement Test" button (below) to check out the placement testing schedule, select a day/time and register! Once registered, you are now ready to take your placement test.

  • Please note, payment is required at time of registration by credit or debit card. 
  • Course placement is offered at all of our campuses district wide. With the link below, you will be able to select the campus where you want to test.

Register for a Placement Test

3 easy options for enrolling in classes after your placement test:

  1. If you have an assigned advisor, please work with them to register for classes right away. You can self-schedule an appointment using your Navigate account, accessible through MyMadisonCollege, call (608) 246-6076, or email to set up an appointment.
    • Information on Navigate can be found here.
  2. If you are a newly admitted student, you should sign-up and attend one of the upcoming Advising and Registration events. You will receive an invitation for these events via your personal email. If you don't, please contact or call (608) 246-6210. More information can be found here.
  3. Students can also self-enroll through MyMadisonCollege and select the "Classes" tile and then Add/Drop classes. Step-by-step registration guides and videos are available to assist you here.
Exam Components

The Course Placement exam measures academic skills of:

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Mathematics

Placement testing may not be necessary if you have:

  • ACT scores less than five years old. Must be submitted by ACT to Madison College Admissions.
    • If you scored a 17 on the English component and an 19 on the Reading component of the ACT, additional placement testing may not be necessary for courses with English requisites. If your ACT is below that level you will most likely be asked to take a College Prep course or you may take the placement test to raise your placement.
    • A score of 20 on ACT Math will place you into a transfer level math course. Additional testing may be required depending on your area of study.
  • A score of 165 on the Reading Through Language Arts section of the GED (this will waive the Reading and Writing sections of the ACCUPLACER placement test). Scores must be less than two years old.
  • Prior college credit fulfilling the desired course prerequisites. Submit official transcripts to Madison College Enrollment Services, 1701 Wright Street, Madison WI 53704-2599.
  • Test scores less than five years old from another college. Official Score Reports need to be submitted by the initial testing center to Madison College Testing Center, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704. Transcripts and Test Score Reports become the property of Madison College.

We encourage you to prepare for the exam. Preparing for the exam affects your course placement, which could result in saving you time and money!

A number of preparation resources are available on the CollegeBoard website.

Here are some additional resources:

The Madison College Student Achievement Center offers in-person study help and is available at all campuses except Madison West and Madison Commercial Avenue. You will need to have a Madison College student ID number to receive tutoring services. 

The Madison College library provides study resources including Brainfuse online tutoring, SkillSurfer, and LearningExpress library to help you prepare for the placement test.

Testing Fees
  • Fees will be charged at the time you register for a course placement session. Payment is by credit or debit card. No shows and late arrivals will still be charged full testing fees and are not eligible for refunds.
  • The cost depends on which course placement exam you are taking: Reading, Writing or Math. However, you may not need to take all three sections. This varies depending on what program or apprenticeship you are enrolled in. If you have any questions regarding this, please send an email to or call 608-246-5220 option 2.
  • Retests are allowed only once within two years. Subsequent retests must be approved by an academic advisor. Fees are payable at time of registration by credit or debit card.
  • For financial hardship cases, contact the Testing Center to inquire about a test fee waiver. Limited waivers are available with required qualifying documentation.
  • If you canceled a test session and paid online through Register Blast, complete a Test Fee Refund Request.

How do I submit test scores from another institution?

Test scores must be sent directly from the testing agency or external institution, or delivered in a sealed envelope to Madison College to be considered official. Madison College does not accept faxes, emailed, scanned, advising copies, campus use only, web produced transcripts or copies of student score reports or scores listed on high school transcripts. Test scores submitted to Madison College become the property of the college and cannot be returned to you. Test scores submitted to Madison College are electronically imaged and kept on file for three years.

What if I cannot travel to Madison College to take the exam? 

We understand that traveling to one of the Madison College campuses for your Course Placement test may not be possible. For information about additional testing center options, please call our office. In most cases, you may be able to utilize an alternate Test Center that is more conveniently located for you. Please note, Test Center Fees, which can vary, in addition to the $5 per component fee will apply.

What if I am taking the course placement test for another college?

Please notify the test proctor prior to testing. An invoice for the $5 per component fee will be mailed to you.

How do I request a copy of my course placement scores?

Students must not have an outstanding financial obligation to Madison College or score transcripts will not be processed until the hold is released by Madison College. If you need your test scores sent to another institution, complete this form Test Score Request