Early Math Placement Tool

Sponsored by the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Welcome to the Wisconsin Early Mathematics Placement Tool (EMPT) Program.

The EMPT is designed to allow high school students to see how ready they are to pursue math courses on the post-secondary level. Each major at every post-secondary institution in the state has some mathematics requirement. In some cases, the requirement can be filled while still in high school but in most cases, additional mathematics course work is required and appropriate preparation is key to success in these courses.

The EMPT program consists of two parts:

  1. The first is a shortened version of the University of Wisconsin Mathematics Placement Test (UWMPT), available through high school mathematics teachers and other appropriate faculty. The EMPT uses test items that have been retired from UWMPT use which allows it to be equated to the UWMPT. Students who take the test can find out what level of mathematics their current preparation places them into at University of Wisconsin System campuses as well as at all institutions in the Wisconsin Technical College System.
  2. The second part is a resource guide. Every campus has information specific to that institution regarding what math courses fall into each preparation level and also information specifying how much math is required for each major offered at that campus. The resource guide may be accessed by clicking on the Math Requirements by Majors link in the Resources tab above.

The intent of the EMPT program is to encourage students to take college preparatory mathematics courses all four years of high school. Even if the high school preparation looks adequate for post-secondary course work or transition to work after junior year, not taking a mathematics course as a senior could lead to a serious drop in placement level when actual placement tests are administered.

The Early Mathematics Placement Tool Program is a partnership of the University of Wisconsin System, the Wisconsin Technical College System, the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction, and Wisconsin High Schools, with funding provided by the State of Wisconsin. The program is free to all participants.

For more information, please access the FAQ tab above or e-mail empt@exams.wisc.edu