Course Placement Testing

What level of college courses are you ready for? Let's determine your readiness and place you in the appropriate reading, writing and math courses at Madison College.

As part of the Madison College course placement process, you have a few options to satisfy enrollment requirements:

1. Complete the Accuplacer assessment to determine appropriate course placement.

Sessions are available at all campus locations.

Registration is required and is payable by credit or debit card when registering.

What is the Accuplacer?

The Accuplacer is the computer-based assessment tool that we use to place you in the appropriate level of courses in subject areas like reading, writing and math.

Accuplacer is a multiple choice, untimed test - which means you can take it at your own pace.

Do I need to "pass" the Accuplacer to enroll?

The result of the Accuplacer assessment is not pass/fail but rather a placement system based on the answers you provided. It is meant to help you find the best starting point for Math, English and Writing.

Ready to take the Accuplacer?

Schedule your Accuplacer test appointment at one of our campus locations.

  • 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

If you have additional questions, please contact us at 608-246-5220 option 2.

If you require testing accommodations, please contact Disability Services at 608-246-6716 or email for assistance.

Do I have any other options for course placement besides taking the Accuplacer?

Yes, we have a few alternative options:

1. Submit ACT scores from test(s) taken in the last 5 years

a.If you didn't send your ACT scores to us, you can go to and have your scores sent to Madison College. Or, you can mail your scores or drop them off in person.

b. Please note that ACT scores more than 2 years old will require review before being able to enroll. Fill out the Class Review Request Form or get approval from an advisor.

2. Submit your high school transcript with final GPA that is less than 5 years old

a. We strongly encourage you to submit your transcripts to our Admissions Team for evaluation before taking a placement test.

3. A score of 165 on the Reading Through Language Arts section of th GED (this will waive the Reading and Writing sections of the Accuplacer placement test).

a. Scores must be less than two years old.

4. Prior college credit fulfilling the desired course prerequisites.

a. Submit official transcript to Madison College Enrollment Services, 1701 wright Street, madison, WI 53704-2599

5. Accuplacer scores less than five years old from another college.

a. Official Score Reports need to be submitted by the initial testing center to Madison College Testing Center, 1701 Wright Street, Madison, WI 53704

6. CLEP Exam for Credit

a. Registration is required and is payable by credit or debit card when registering.

Got it. How do I enroll in classes?

There are 3 easy options for enrolling in classes after you completed the placement test, submitted ACT scores or high school transcripts:

  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. Advising and Registration information.
  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.
Exam Components
  • Reading - Information and ideas (reading closely, determining central ideas and themes, summarizing, understanding relationships. Rhetoric (anaylzing word choice, text structure, point of view, purpose and arguments. Synthese (analyzing multiple texts). Vocabulary.
  • Writing
    • Expression of Ideas: Development; Organization; Effective Language Use
    • Standard English Conventions: Sentence Structure; Conventions of Usage and Punctuation
  • Arthimetic - whole number operations; Fraction operations; Decimal operations; Perent; Number comparisons and quivalents. Depening on your score, you may be route to:
  • Quantitative Reasoning, Algebra and Statistics - Rational numbers; Ratio and proportional relationships; Exponents; Algebraic expressions; Linear equations; Linear applications and graphs; Probability and sets; Descriptive statistics; Geometry concepts for Pre-Algebra; Geometry concepts for Algebra 1. Depending on your score, you may be routed to:
  • Advanced Algebra and Functions - Linear equations; Linear applications and graphs; Factoring; quadratics; Functions; Radical and rational equpations; Polynomial equations; Exponential and logarithmic equations; Geometry concepts for Algebra 1; Geometry concepts for Algebra 2; Trigonometry

Personal calculators are not allowed; however, if a test question needs one to solve the problem, a calculator tool will be offered onscreen.


What Should I Study?

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 study resources are available on the CollegeBoard website. The CollegeBoard writes the exam, let them help you study for each subject.

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 and Khan Academy 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 may not be eligible for refunds.
  • If you cancel your exam registration, reach out to us within 24 hours to inquire about rescheduling/refund possibilities. Formal refund request should be done through Test Fee Refund Request.
  • 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.

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 review our registration for options. In some cases, utilizing an alternate Test Center more conveniently located for you. Please note, alternate Test Center Fees, which can vary, are in addition to the $5 test component fees owed to Madison College.

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

Please notify the test proctor prior to testing.

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

If you need your test scores sent to another institution, complete this form Test Score Request.   Students with outstanding financial obligations to Madison College will not be granted a score release until outstanding fees are paid and the financial hold is lifted by Madison College Student Financials.