Test-out Exams

Students learning in a UW-Platteville math class.

If you believe that your mathematics placement score does not accurately represent your present mathematics ability level, then you may want to take a test-out exam in the mathematics course that you are placed into. As you register for classes, you should sign up for the mathematics course corresponding to your placement level. In the future, if you take and pass the test-out exam, then you will be moved into the next highest mathematics course. When deciding whether or not to try a test-out exam, please keep in mind that “testing out” of a course means that you have complete mastery and recall of the skills in that course. Simply completing or passing a class in high school does not guarantee that you will not need to repeat that class in college. The placement level gives us an indication of what you remember from that class. For example, if you have taken precalculus in high school but cannot recall algebra and trigonometry facts and cannot remember how to do problems in this course, then you should retake precalculus in college and not try to test-out of the course. It is better to spend a semester in college reviewing material from high school than taking a course where you do not remember prerequisite material and therefore do poorly in the course. Remember, the term “prerequisite” means that mastery of skills is assumed. So, for example, since precalculus is a prerequisite course for calculus, it will be assumed that the material studied in precalculus has been mastered by the student and these skills will not be reviewed in the calculus course.

Things to know about Test-out exams

  • A test-out exam is 2 hours long and can only be taken once. A test-out exam, once failed, may not be repeated.
  • If you decide to take a test-out exam, you are strongly encouraged to carefully review the material covered on the test-out exam before you take the test.
  • A list of topics covered on each test-out exam can be found on the Courses and Syllabi page.
  • The Mathematics Department does not provide any review materials for test-out exams.
  • A student who is attempting a test-out exam for a course in which he/she is currently registered in must complete the test-out exam by the last day courses can be added using PASS (day 5 of the semester).
  • A test-out exam is given by the Mathematics Department on the UW-Platteville campus.
  • A student may not take a test-out exam for a UWP mathematics course in which the student has already been assigned a grade. However, a student is still eligible to take a test-out exam for a course in the Mathematics Department from which the student has withdrawn.
  • A student will earn credit for a course if the student scores 70% or better on the test-out exam for that course.
  • The Mathematics Department adheres to the guidelines related to test-out exams as printed in the University undergraduate catalog.


To register for a mathematics test-out exam at, contact the Mathematics Department Office by phone 608.342.1743 or E-mail Barb Barnet at barnetb@uwplatt.edu. Please provide your name, the course you desire to test out of, e-mail address, phone number and the date you are registering for.

Dates - spring 2016

  • Monday, January 18, from 10:00 a.m. – noon in Boebel Hall, Room 211. (Please arrive by 9:50 a.m.)
  • Thursday, January 21, from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. in Boebel Hall, Room 211. (Please arrive by 3:50 p.m.)

Bring the Following items with you to the test-out exam

  1. Pencil with eraser.
  2. Calculator (for Math 10 and Math 15 only, please see below)
  3. Cash or check (made out to UW-Platteville) for the appropriate amount listed above.


The fee for a test-out exam in the Mathematics Department is $20 per credit hour. You MUST pay for the cost of the exam (cash or check only) on the day of the exam. We will collect the non-refundable fee immediately before the exam begins. You will NOT be allowed to take the test-out exam until you have paid the test-out fee.

MATH 0010 Elementary Algebra ($60)
MATH 0015 Intermediate Algebra ($60)
MATH 1530 College Algebra ($60)
MATH 2450 Precalculus ($100)
MATH 2530 Trigonometry and Analytic Geometry ($60)
MATH 2640 Calculus and Analytic Geometry I ($80)

Calculator Policy for test-out exams

Math 10 – Elementary Algebra  (Scientific calculator only, but TI-30XS or 34 MultiView calculator is not allowed;  graphing calculator is not allowed)

Math 15 – Intermediate Algebra  (Scientific calculator only, but TI-30XS or 34 MultiView calculator is not allowed;  graphing calculator is not allowed)

Math 1530, Math 2450, Math 2530 and Math 2640 - NO Calculators are allowed, the exams are written so calculators are not needed.

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