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Language Placement Guidelines

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All students in the College must demonstrate proficiency in a foreign language (ancient or modern) through the intermediate level. During New Student Orientation, proctored placement exams are offered in most languages. Students who place above the intermediate level on a language placement exam have fulfilled the foreign language requirement. Students who do not place above the intermediate level on a language placement exam must complete language coursework through the intermediate level in order to fulfill the requirement.

These guidelines are for students placing into a language that they have studied previously or seeking to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement. Students with no previous experience in a language should enroll in an introductory course and need not take a placement exam.

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 AP and other credits (e.g., for transfer of college language courses from previous institutions)
  • to confirm placement above the intermediate level and fulfill the College's general education foreign language requirement

Placement procedures vary according to language. Depending on the language, placement is determined by online exam during the summer; on-campus proctored exam during New Student Orientation; SAT II score; and/or approximation based on years of study. Please carefully read the specific instructions for each language that you will/may study at Georgetown, and/or for which you are seeking AP or other credits.

Many departments offer online placement exams over the summer. If you are directed to take an online exam, you should take the exam before submitting your course requests for the fall semester. You are expected to abide by the Georgetown University Honor System: all work must be your own, with no outside assistance.

After you have reviewed these guidelines and/or taken an online exam, please consult the Fall 2013 Schedule of Classes for meeting days and times of language classes and then preregister for the appropriate course.

Click on the appropriate language for placement instructions:

Arabic

Students with no previous Arabic language coursework should register for:

ARAB 011 Intensive First Level Modern Standard Arabic I

All other students must take the online placement exam during the summer. Please follow the instructions below to take the exam.

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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

Chinese 

Students with no previous Mandarin Chinese coursework should register for:

CHIN 011Intensive 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 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).
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.

For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the 2013-14 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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

French

Students with no previous French language coursework should register 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 2013 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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

German 

Students with no previous German language coursework should register 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 Part One of the German placement exam online before coming to campus in August. 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, place out of the College’s foreign language requirement, and/or to receive AP credit in German, students must take Parts Two and Three of the German placement exam on campus during New Student Orientation in late August.

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)

For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the 2013-14 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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

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 the fall semester only)
4+ years: CLSG 101 Intermediate Ancient Greek (offered in the fall semester
only) or Advanced Greek (CLSG 200- or 300-level)

Greek: Modern

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

HEBR 001 Introductory Modern Hebrew I

Students with previous Hebrew language coursework should determine their level as follows:

0-2 years: HEBR 001 Introductory Modern Hebrew I
3-4 years: HEBR 021 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I
5+ years: HEBR 101 Advanced Modern Hebrew I

Please contact Professor Yoel Wachtel for more information.

Italian

Students with no previous Italian language coursework should register for:

ITAL 011 Intensive Basic Italian

Students with previous experience in Italian who have not taken the SAT II in Italian MUST take the online placement exam during the summer to determine the appropriate level.

Students who believe they will 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 also sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation.

For preregistration purposes, students who have taken the SAT II should 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 233 Italian Writing and Culture or ITAL 231 Contemporary Italy

(For upper division courses the department chair's permission is required)
All other students must take the online placement exam.

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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

Japanese

Students with no previous Japanese language coursework should register for:

JAPN 011 Intensive First Level Japanese I

All other students must take the online placement exam during the summer. Please follow the instructions below to take the exam.

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 also sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. 

For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the 2013-14 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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

Korean

Students with no previous Korean coursework should register for:

KREN 011 Intensive First Level Korean I

Students with limited Korean language skills (e.g. having some speaking and listening ability but not having reading and writing ability) who plan to continue with Korean should contact Professor In Ku Marshall (marshali@georgetown.edu) for a placement exam 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 at Georgetown 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 310 Advanced Oral Communication I
  • KREN 321 Business Korean I
  • KREN 331 Readings in Korean: Current Affairs I
  • KREN 351 Introduction to Korean Literature I
Latin

Students with no previous experience in Latin should register for:

CLSL 001 Latin I

All other students must confirm their placement by taking the departmental placement exam administered during New Student Orientation.

Students who have taken the SAT II may use the following as a rough guide for determining their level:

  • 200-520: CLSL 001 Latin I
  • 530-650: CLSL 101 Intermediate Latin
  • 660+: Advanced Latin (CLSL 200- or 300-level)

Students who have previous experience in Latin but have not taken the SAT II may use the following as a rough guide for determining their level:

  • 0-2 years: CLSL 001 Latin I
  • 2-4 years: CLSL 101 Intermediate Latin
  • 5+ years: Advanced Latin (CLSL 200- or 300-level)

For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the 2013-14 AP/IB Policies.

Please contact Professor Charles McNelis for further information.

Persian

See Professor Farima Mostowfi in the Department of Arabic and Islamic Studies upon arrival at Georgetown.
 

Polish

See Professor Iwona Sadowska in the Department of Slavic Languages upon arrival at Georgetown.

Portuguese

Students with no previous Portuguese coursework should register 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 Intensive Advanced Portuguese I or PORT 112 Intensive Advanced Portuguese II
  • 6+ years: PORT 153 Portuguese Expository Writing

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 register 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 David Andrews in the Department of Slavic Languages for more information.

Spanish

Students with no previous Spanish language coursework should register for:

  • SPAN 003 Introductory Spanish I or
  • SPAN 001 Beginning Spanish 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 unless they have taken the SAT II in Spanish (language or literature).

Students who have not taken the SAT II must take the on-campus proctored confirmation exam during New Student Orientation in order to receive Spanish AP credit and/or to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement with Spanish.

Students who have taken the SAT II may use their scores to confirm AP credit, to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement, or to place into a class at Georgetown. 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 Desk at 202-687-4577.
  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 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 Desk 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 Desk as soon as possible.

Contact information:

Turkish

Students interested in taking Turkish should register 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 W. 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

For placement, see Professor George Mihaychuk in the Department of Slavic Languages upon arrival at Georgetown.

 

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