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Language Placement Testing Times and Locations

Information for Fall 2017 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 12, 2017 at 3 pm.

Language Location Exam Format Notes
Arabic Crowe 4-133 Online placement exam 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 Harris 107 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 Kresge 3364 Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
French Kresge 2415 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 3317 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 BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Email Prof. Eran Tzelgov to schedule
Hindi/Urdu Kresge 2435 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 (rnair@northwestern.edu) for Hindi, and Dr. David Boyk (davidboyk@northwestern.edu) for Urdu at the start of the placement/proficiency exam. 
  • The Hindi 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.
  • Students should fill out the online questionnaire before they come to take the placement test at http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu/takeatest/index.html 
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 2524 Online and written exams See Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information. Students can arrive as early as 2pm.
Korean University 101 Written test/oral interview Please come 10 minutes early with your student ID and pen. Please take the online test before Tuesday, September 12th. The validation exam will take 60 minutes.
Latin BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Email Prof. Francesca Tataranni to schedule.
Persian (Farsi) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Oral interview and reading Interested students should email Prof. Austin O'Malley to sign up for an interview time.
Polish Kresge 3364 Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
Portuguese Kresge 3535 Written test/oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 75 minutes.
Russian Kresge 2510 Online exam/ oral interview Please be at the testing room right at 3 pm. The exam should take approximately 90 minutes.
Spanish Kresge 2530 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. 18, from 1 to 2 pm in Kresge 2-530.
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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