Testing and Assessment Center

Commercial Avenue 215 
2125 Commercial Avenue
Madison WI 53704 
(608) 246-5220

Downtown D205 
211 North Carroll Street
Madison WI 53703 
(608) 246-5220

Main Office
(920) 568-7200

Main Office
(608) 745-3100

Main Office
(608) 524-7800

Main Office
(608) 243-4200

TRUAX D2603 
1701 Wright Street
Madison WI 53704
(608) 246-5220 

Main Office
(920) 206-8000


Course Placement Testing

The Madison College placement test is a computerized, untimed placement tool that assesses your reading, math and English (grammar and essay writing) skills. Your scores will impact your educational planning, so we encourage you to prepare for the test.

View the Placement Testing calendar to register for a test session. Smart Start sessions are held at the South Campus for students needing help with the college's program application and financial processes.

If you need your test scores sent to another institution, contact the Testing Center with your request.

Exam Components
  • Photo ID is required at all test sessions.
  • Placement test scores are valid for two years from date of the exam.
  • Placement testing is required for all students, with a few exceptions (see below)
  • Exam sessions last 1.5 to 3 hours. You will work at your own pace.

Placement testing may not be necessary if you have:

  • ACT scores less than two years old. Must be submitted by ACT to Madison College Admissions.
  • If you scored a 17 on the English component and an 18 on the Reading component of the ACT, additional placement testing will not be necessary. If your ACT is below that level you will be asked to take a College Prep course or you may retest with our 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, Sentence Skills and Write Placer 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 two 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.

Components of the Exam

The Course Placement exam measures academic skills of:

  • Reading Comprehension
  • Sentence Skills
  • Essay Writing
  • Mathematics

We encourage you to prepare for the exam. A number of resources are available on the CollegeBoard website.

Here are some additional resources:

  • The cost is $5 for each component, which includes four sections of the exam series (Reading, Sentence Skills, Write-placer and Math).
  • Retests are $5 for each component and allowed only once within two years. Subsequent retests must be approved by an academic advisor.
  • Students are encouraged to make payments as soon as possible after testing to avoid class registration and financial aid delays. Payment is accepted at all campuses except the Commercial Avenue site.
  • For financial hardship cases, contact the Testing Center to inquire about a test fee waiver. Limited waivers are available and qualifying documentation will be required.

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.


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.


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 transcript of my COurse placement scores?

Students must not have an outstanding financial obligation to Madison College or credentials will not be processed until the hold is released by Madison College. You must submit a completed Test Score Record Request form (PDF) to the Testing & Assessment Center either in-person, by mail or fax.