Language Placement Guidelines

The language placement guidelines described on this page serve three different purposes:

  • to identify the appropriate level for the purposes of course enrollment 
  • to confirm placement above the intermediate level and fulfill the College's core requirement in foreign language 
  • to confirm AP and other credits (e.g., for transfer of college language courses from previous institutions).

Placement policies and procedures vary according to language, so please carefully read the specific instructions for each language that you have studied previously and that you anticipate studying, receiving advanced credit for, and/or fulfilling the language requirement in at Georgetown.

After you have reviewed these guidelines and confirmed your language level, please consult the Fall 2015 Schedule of Classes for language course listings and then preregister for courses as appropriate.

Reminders:

  • Students with no previous experience in a language should simply preregister for an introductory course in that language (in most cases, non-intensive introductory courses are numbered 001 and intensive introductory courses are numbered 011).
  • Students with advanced proficiency (including but not limited to native speakers) in a language not listed below who wish to sit for a placement exam in that language in order to fulfill the core requirement in foreign language should fill out the Supplemental Information Form (SIF).

Click on the appropriate language for placement instructions:


Arabic

Students with no previous Arabic language coursework should preregister for:

  • ARAB-011 Intensive First Level Modern Standard Arabic I.

Incoming first-year students with previous experience in Arabic must take the online placement exam during the summer for the purposes of course enrollment. Please follow the instructions below to take the exam.

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Arabic, and who do not intend to continue their study of Arabic at Georgetown, should sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. 

All incoming transfer students should also sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation, as this exam will produce the most accurate placement results.

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the exam named "Off-Campus Arabic Language Placement Exam," click the arrow, and click “enroll.” Do NOT select the exam named "Arabic Summer Program Placement Test."
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times; if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:

UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Arabic Department: Dr. Hanaa Kilany or Caitlin Bentley at 202-687-5743.


Chinese

Students with no previous Mandarin Chinese coursework should preregister for:

  • CHIN-011 Intensive First Level Chinese I.

Students with previous Mandarin Chinese experience who plan to continue with Chinese are required to take the preliminary online placement exam (Part I) during the summer and to follow the placement recommendations upon completion of the exam when preregistering for a Chinese class. To confirm placement, students MUST also take the on-campus proctored placement exam (Part II) during New Student Orientation in August.

Students seeking to place out of the College language requirement or to receive transfer credit MUST take both the online exam (Part I) and a proctored confirmation exam (Part II, given on campus during New Student Orientation).  For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

There are TWO versions of the Chinese placement exam:

•The simplified Chinese Exam is for those who read simplified characters.
•The traditional Chinese Exam is for those who read traditional characters.

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go."
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched. You will have 100 minutes to complete the exam.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:

UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures: Claudia Houndje or call 202-687-5918.


French

Students with no previous French language coursework should preregister for either:

  • FREN-001 Introductory French I, or
  • FREN-011 Intensive Basic French.

Students who have studied French in the past are required to take the online placement exam during the summer and to follow the placement recommendations at the end of the exam. Even if you have taken the SAT II, the French department requires all students planning to enroll in a fall 2015 French course to take the online placement exam during the summer and to follow the placement recommendations at the conclusion of the exam. In the event that there is a discrepancy between the placement exam result and the SAT II placement, you should use the higher placement.

Students who do not have a qualifying SAT II score and who do not plan to continue with the language must confirm their AP Credit by taking the proctored confirmation exam during New Student Orientation.

Students who have taken the SAT II in French can determine their level by consulting the French department’s placement scale.

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • You do not need to save your answers as they are saved automatically.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
French Department: Email Joan Matus or call 202-687-5717.


German

Students with no previous German language coursework should preregister for:

  • GERM-001 Introductory German I: Experiencing Germany, or
  • GERM-011 Intensive Basic German: Experiencing Germany.

Students with previous German language coursework should determine their preliminary placement by taking the German placement exam online (C-test, Listening, Reading) between June 24 and July 29. The placement indicated by the online placement exam is preliminary and should only be used for preregistration purposes this summer. To confirm their preliminary placement, students should make every effort to attend the “Meet your Professor” party in the German Department (Intercultural Center, 4th floor) at 2:30 p.m. on Monday, August 31, 2015.

Students seeking to place out of the College's core requirement in foreign language and/or confirm AP credit in German should take the online exam over the summer. Students who place into Advanced German I or higher on that exam will be contacted to schedule a confirmation exam during NSO in order confirm the preliminary placement.

For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

Placement according to the online placement exam result is by level. For preregistration purposes, students should consult the list below to find the course number that corresponds to the level into which they were placed.

  • Level I: GERM-001 Introductory German I: Contemporary Germany or GERM-011 Intensive Basic German: Contemporary Germany
  • Level II: GERM-021 Intermediate German I: Experiencing Germany or GERM-032 Intensive Intermediate German: Experiencing Germany
  • Level III: GERM-101 Advanced German I: Stories & Histories or GERM-111 Intensive Advanced German: Stories & Histories
  • Level IV: Any Level IV Course (GERM-152-199)

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the  “course search”” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the ““submit”” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distraction; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
German Department: Email Professor Marianna Ryshina-Pankova or call 202-687-6051.


Greek: Ancient

Students should contact Professor Alexander Sens for advice on final placement. A rough guide for preliminary placement is as follows:

  • 0–2 years: CLSG-001 Ancient Greek I
  • 3 years: CLSG-101 Intermediate Ancient Greek (offered in fall only)
  • 4+ years: CLSG-101 Intermediate Ancient Greek (offered in fall only) or Advanced Greek (CLSG 200+)

Greek: Modern 

Students with no previous experience in modern Greek should preregister for:

  • GREE-011 Intensive First Level Modern Greek I.

Students with previous modern Greek language coursework should take the departmental placement exam offered during New Student Orientation in August. A rough guide to placement (which should be confirmed by placement exam) is as follows:

  • 0–2 years: GREE-011 Intensive First-Level Modern Greek I
  • 3-4 years: GREE-111 Intensive Second-Level Modern Greek I
  • 5+ years: GREE-211 Intensive Third-Level Modern Greek

Please contact Professor Ismini Lamb for more information.


Hebrew 

Students with no previous experience in Hebrew or with basic skills in the Hebrew alphabet but little grammatical background should preregister for:

  • HEBR-011 Intensive Beginning Hebrew.

Students with previous Hebrew language coursework should contact the Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages Director Sylvia Önder to arrange for a placement examination.


Italian

Students with no previous Italian language coursework should preregister for:

  • ITAL-011 Intensive Basic Italian.

Determining placement:

Students with previous experience in Italian who have taken the SAT II can determine their level as follows:

  • 200-470 ITAL-011 Intensive Basic Italian
  • 480-600 ITAL-032 Intensive Intermediate Italian
  • 610-670 ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I
  • 680-730 ITAL-112 Intensive Advanced Italian II
  • 740-800 ITAL-231 Contemporary Italy or ITAL-233 Writing & Culture.

All students with previous experience in Italian who have NOT taken the SAT II should take the online placement exam during the summer to determine the appropriate level for purposes of course enrollment and preregister accordingly. The online exam will be available from June 24 through July 29.

Placing out of the foreign language requirement:

Students who are seeking to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Italian and who DO NOT intend to continue their study of Italian at Georgetown should first take the online placement exam over the summer. Students who place into ITAL-111 Intensive Advanced Italian I or higher on the online exam will be required to sit for a follow-up exam during NSO in order to confirm that they have placed out of the language requirement. The Italian department will contact these students in advance of NSO in order to arrange the examination.

Confirming AP credit:

Students who have taken both the AP exam and the SAT II exam: students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam and an SAT II score of 680-730 will receive 5 credits for ITAL-111; students with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam and a score of 740 or higher will receive 10 credits for ITAL-111 and 112. These students are not required to take either the online placement exam or a confirmation exam during NSO.

Students seeking to confirm AP credit in Italian who have NOT taken the SAT II should take the online placement exam over the summer. Students who place into Advanced Italian II or higher on the online exam will be required to sit for a follow-up exam during NSO in order to confirm their AP credit. 

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Italian Department: Email Professor Louise Hipwell or the administrative assistant, Lisa Comento, or call 202-687-5681.


Japanese

Students with no previous Japanese language coursework should preregister for:

  • JAPN-011 Intensive First Level Japanese I.

All other students must take the online placement exam during the summer to determine the appropriate level for purposes of course enrollment.

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Japanese, and who do not intend to continue their study of Japanese at Georgetown, should sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. 

Students seeking AP credit in Japanese should sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Japanese program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures: Email Professor Yoshiko Mori.


Korean

Students with no previous Korean coursework should preregister for:

  • KREN-011 Intensive First Level Korean I.

Students with limited Korean language skills (e.g. some speaking and listening ability but no reading and writing ability) who plan to continue with Korean should contact Professor Inku Marshall to arrange a placement exam in order to determine the appropriate level during New Student Orientation.

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Korean should also contact Professor Marshall during New Student Orientation.

In addition to KREN-011, the department will offer the following courses in the fall semester:

  • KREN-111 Intensive Second Level Korean I
  • KREN-211 Third Level Korean
  • KREN-311 Integrated Advanced Korean
  • KREN-321 Business Korean I
  • KREN-406 Studies in Korean Thought and Religion
  • KREN-456 Studies on North Korea I

Latin

Students with no previous experience in Latin should preregister for:

  • CLSL-001 Latin I.

All other students must take the online placement exam during the summer to determine the appropriate level for purposes of course enrollment.

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Latin, and who do not intend to continue their study of Latin at Georgetown, must take the online placement exam during the summer.  Students who place above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the online placement exam will be required to sit for a proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation in order to place out of the language requirement.  Students who place into CLSL-101 or below on the online exam should enroll in the appropriate course and continue their study through CLSL-101.

Students seeking AP credit in Latin must take the online placement exam over the summer.  For a score of 4 or 5 and placement above CLSL-101 (Intermediate Latin) on the online placement exam, students will receive four credits for CLSL-101.

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Classics Department: Charles McNelis, chair, or Sandro La Barbera, Latin coordinator.


Persian

Students with no previous background in Persian should preregister for:

  • PERS-011 Intensive First-Level Persian I.

All other students should see Professor Farima Mostowfi in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies upon arrival at Georgetown.


Polish

Students with no previous background in Polish should preregister for:

  • PLSH-001 Beginning Polish.

All other students should see Professor Iwona Sadowska in the Department of Slavic Languages upon arrival at Georgetown.


Portuguese

Students with no previous Portuguese coursework should preregister for:

  • PORT-011 Intensive Basic Portuguese.

Students with previous coursework in Portuguese should determine their level as follows:

  • 0-2 years: PORT-011 Intensive Basic Portuguese
  • 3 years: PORT-032 Intensive Intermediate Portuguese (not offered in fall)
  • 4-5 years: PORT-101 Advanced Portuguese I or PORT-102 Advanced Portuguese II (not offered in fall)
  • 6+ years: PORT-151 Advanced Portuguese Conversation

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Portuguese, and who do not intend to continue their study of Portuguese at Georgetown, should sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation.

Please contact Professor Vivaldo Santos for more information.


Russian

Students with no previous Russian coursework should preregister for:

  • RUSS-011 Intensive First-Level Russian I.

Students with previous coursework should determine their level as follows:

  • 0–2 years: RUSS-011 Intensive First-Level Russian I
  • 3 years: RUSS-012 Intensive First-Level Russian II
  • 4+ years: RUSS-111 Intensive Second-Level Russian I

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Russian, and who do not intend to continue their study of Russian at Georgetown, should sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation.

Please contact Professor George Mihaychuk in the Department of Slavic Languages for more information.


Spanish

Students with no previous Spanish language coursework should preregister for:

  • SPAN-001 Beginning Spanish, or
  • SPAN-003 Introductory Spanish I, or
  • SPAN-011 Intensive Basic Spanish.

All non-beginner students who plan to take fall semester Spanish courses MUST take the online summer placement exam to determine the appropriate level for course enrollment unless they have taken the SAT II in Spanish (language or literature).

Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Spanish, and who do not intend to continue their study of Spanish at Georgetown, should sit for the on-campus proctored confirmation exam during New Student Orientation unless they have a qualifiying SAT II score (see scale below). 

Students seeking AP credit in Spanish should sit for the on-campus proctored confirmation exam during New Student Orientation unless they have a qualifying SAT II score. For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

Students who have taken the SAT II may use their scores to place into a class at Georgetown, to confirm AP credit, and/or to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement. No further exams are necessary unless the SAT II score is a gross underrepresentation of your current language command.

Students who have taken the SAT II in Spanish should determine their level as follows:

  • 200-360 SPAN-003 Introductory Spanish I or SPAN-011 Intensive Basic Spanish
  • 370-480 SPAN-004 Introductory Spanish II
  • 490-550 SPAN-021 Intermediate Spanish I or SPAN-032 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • 560-630 SPAN-022 Intermediate Spanish II
  • 640-700 SPAN-103 Advanced Spanish I or SPAN-111 Intensive Advanced Spanish I
  • 710-740 SPAN-104 Advanced Spanish II
  • 750-800 SPAN-2** (Any 200 level course)

How to take the online placement exam:

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in its Blackboard site.

  1. Go to Georgetown University’s Blackboard login page at campus.georgetown.edu.
  2. Log in using your NetID and NetID password. Note: If you need help with your NetID, contact the UIS Service Center at 202-687-4949.
  3. After logging in, click the ”courses” link (in the top blue graphic).
  4. In the ”course search” box, type placement and click “go.”
  5. Place your mouse over the name of the language placement exam you need to take, click the arrow, and click “enroll.”.
  6. Confirm your enrollment by clicking the “submit” button.
  7. Click the “OK” button to enter the placement exam site.
  8. Follow the instructions on the placement exam site to take the exam.
  • Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.
  • Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed.
  • To begin the exam, click the link only once. It may take some time for the exam to load; give it at least one full minute. If, after clicking once, nothing happens for over a minute, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible. Do not click the link multiple times: if you do, you will see a message stating that you have already taken the exam and you will not be able to access it again.
  • Do not use the Back and Forward buttons in your browser to move around within the exam. Use the links and buttons in the exam pages to proceed.
  • Do not click the final Save and “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam.
  • If you encounter a problem or a technical difficulty that prevents you from finishing the exam, contact the UIS Service Center as soon as possible.

Contact information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Spanish Department: Email Professor Alfonso Morales-Front or call 202-687-6134.


Turkish

Students interested in taking Turkish should preregister for:

  • TURK-011 Intensive Beginning Turkish I, or
  • TURK-021 Intermediate Turkish I (with instructor’s permission, upon arrival), or
  • TURK-201 Advanced Turkish I (with instructor’s permission, upon arrival).

Email Professor Sylvia Önder or contact the Division of Eastern Mediterranean Languages in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies at 202-687-5743 for more information.


Ukrainian

Students with no previous background in Ukrainian should preregister for:

  • UKRN-301 Beginning Ukrainian.

All other students should see Professor George Mihaychuk in the Department of Slavic Languages upon arrival at Georgetown.