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Language Placement Testing Times and Locations

Information for Fall 2016 Incoming Students

Online tests for Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Latin, Spanish and Swahili should be taken prior to arrival on campus. All other on-campus placement exams and interviews/validation of proficiency will be held on Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 3 pm.

Language Location Exam Format Notes
Arabic 1800 Sherman Ave., Suite 5400 (5th floor), office #5435 Online placement/oral interview All students who took the online placement test will be contacted by placement coordinator Fadia Antabli via email to sign up for a time slot to take the oral validation exam. Validation takes 15 minutes per student. Students with any prior experience with the language (formal or informal) must go through the placement process. The online placement exam should be taken before the validation session.
Chinese University Hall 122 Essay test/oral interview Students with prior experience in Mandarin Chinese should have completed the online placement test before this test. Please bring your own pencil.
Czech MMLC - Kresge Hall Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
French University Hall 121 Written test/oral interview The interview/validation test will take about 30 minutes total, and students can stop by anytime between 3 and 5 pm. However, please arrive no later than 4:30 pm in order to be done by 5 pm.
German Kresge 3-317 Written composition/oral interview Students take the placement exam online over the summer and will be notified of their results via email. Students should attend this session if they have questions about which German class to take, or if they have been invited via e-mail to take a validation exam (written and oral).
Ancient Greek BY APPOITMENT ONLY Written test/oral interview Email Prof. Ryan Platte to schedule
Hebrew Fisk 114 Email Prof. Eran Tzelgov to schedule
Hindi-Urdu University Hall 418 Written test/oral interview
  • Students who received a score of 5 or above on the Hindi or Urdu high-level IB exam, or who took the 10th or 12th grade Hindi or Urdu Board/Standardized Examination and scored 70% or above, should bring a copy of their IB exam or Standardized exam grade sheet and submit it to Dr. Rami Nair at the start of the placement/proficiency exam. 
  • The Hindi and Urdu placement/proficiency tests consists of both oral and written components. Both components will be tested on the same day.
  • Please see the Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information on who should take the Hindi-Urdu placement exam.
Italian Crowe 2-143 Oral Interview Please attend if you are interested in Italian and have questions about Italian courses or if you have taken the online placement test and need to complete it with an interview.
Japanese Kresge 2-524 Online and written exams See Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information. Students can arrive as early as 2pm.
Korean University Hall 101 Written test/oral interview Please come 10 minutes early with your student ID and pen. Prior to come to the validation test that will take approximately 60 minutes, you should take the online test first.
Latin BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Email Prof. Francesca Tataranni to schedule.
Persian (Farsi) 1800 Sherman ave., Rm #5436 Oral interview and reading Interested students should email Prof. Austin O'Malley to sign up for an interview time.
Polish MMLC - Kresge Hall Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
Portuguese Crowe 3-130 Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 75 minutes.
Russian MMLC - Kresge Online exam/ oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
Spanish Harris L04 Written composition/ oral interview The Spanish reassessment is only for students who earned "reassessment" on the placement exam. It will take about 30 minutes total, and students can stop by anytime between 3 to 5 pm. However, please arrive no later than 4:30 in order to be done by 5 pm. There will be an additional reassessment held Monday, Sept. 19, from 1 to 2 pm in Parkes 223.
Swahili BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Written test/oral interview To schedule please email Michael Wairungu.
Turkish BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Oral interview To schedule please email Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu.
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