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Language Placement Testing Times and Locations

Information for Fall 2018 Incoming Students

Language placement and validation of proficiency exams take place on Monday, September 24, 2018.

Language Location Time Exam Format Notes
Arabic Crowe Hall 4-113 9:15am-12:45pm Online placement/oral interview •All students who took the online placement test will be contacted by placement coordinator Prof. 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 9:30-11:30 am Essay test/oral interview Students with prior experience in Mandarin Chinese should have completed the online placement test (http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.edu) before this test. Please bring your own pencil.
Czech BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Written test/oral interview To schedule please contact  Prof. Elisabeth Elliott: eelliott@northwestern.edu.
French Kresge 2415 9:30-11:30 am Written test/oral interview •The interview/validation test will take about 30 minutes total, and students can stop by anytime between 9:30 and 11:30 am. However, please arrive no later than 11:00 am in order to be done by 11:30 am.
German Kresge 3317 9:30-11:30 am 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 APPOINTMENT ONLY Written test/oral interview To schedule please contact Prof. Ryan Platte: ryan.platte@northwestern.edu.
Hebrew Kresge 2435 9:30-11:30 am Written test/oral interview For students who observe the holiday - Sukkot - there is an alternative time to take the Hebrew placement exam: Wednesday, Sept. 26, 9:30 am - 11:30 am in Swift Hall (the building attached to Cresap laboratories), room 107.
Hindi-Urdu Kresge Hall 2325 9:30-11:30 am 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: https://www.alc.northwestern.
edu/undergraduate/first-year-focus.html

• Students should fill out the online questionnaire before they come to take the placement test at http://placement-test.mmlc.northwestern.
edu/taketest/
Italian Crowe Hall 2-143 9:30-11:30 am Oral interview Please stop by Crowe 2-143 if you are interested in Italian, 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 9:00 am-12 pm Online and written exams Students can begin the exam as early as 9 am, but can arrive and start later as needed. Students should plan for the exam to take a minimum of one hour. See Dept. of Asian Languages and Cultures website for more information: https://www.alc.northwestern.
edu/documents/dalc-undergraduate-japanese-placement-current.pdf
.
Korean University Hall 101 9:30-11:30 am Written test/oral interview If possible, please come 15 minutes early with your student ID and pen. The online test should be taken before the validation test. The validation test will take approximately 60 minutes.
Latin BY APPOINTMENT ONLY To schedule please contact Prof. Francesca Tataranni: f-tataranni@northwestern.edu
Persian (Farsi) BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 9:30-11:30 am Oral interview and reading Interested students should email Prof. Pouye Khoshkhoosani at seyede.khoshkhoosani@
northwestern.edu to sign up for an interview time.
Polish Kresge 3359 9:30-11:30 am Online exam & oral interview All students who took the online placement exam will be contacted by placement coordinator Prof. Kinga Kosmala to schedule an appointment for an oral interview if needed. For more information on the Polish language program, students can email Prof. Kosmala at kinga.kosmala@
northwestern.edu or stop by her office on Monday, Sept. 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 am.
Portuguese Kresge 3535 9:30-11:30 am Oral interview All students who took the online placement test will be contacted by placement coordinator Prof. Ana Williams via email to take the oral validation exam. Validation takes approximately 15 minutes. 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. Email Prof. Williams for more information: ana-williams@northwestern.edu
Russian BY APPOINTMENT ONLY 9:30-11:30 am Online exam & oral interview All students who took the online placement exam will be contacted by placement coordinator Prof. Elisabeth Elliott to schedule an appointment for an oral interview if needed. For more information on the Russian language program, students should email Prof. Elliott at eelliott@northwestern.edu.
Spanish Kresge 2530 9:30-11:30 am 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 9:30 to 11:30 am. However, please arrive no later than 11:00 in order to be done by 11:30 am.  There will be an additional reassessment held on Thursday, September 27 from 1 to 2 pm in Kresge 2530.
Swahili BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Written test/oral interview To schedule please contact Prof. Peter Mwangi at peter.mwangi@northwestern.edu.
Turkish BY APPOINTMENT ONLY Oral interview To schedule please contact Prof. Oya Topçuoğlu at oya.topcuoglu@northwestern.edu.

 

 

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