2022 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 (note: for SFS students, the proficiency exam is required to fulfill the SFS foreign language requirement. Please consult your advising dean).
  • to confirm eligibility for 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 at Georgetown College.

After you have reviewed these guidelines and confirmed your language level, please consult the Fall 2022 Schedule of Classes for language course listings, then register for courses as appropriate.

Language programs at Georgetown usually provide language testing once a year for students who believe they will test out of the College’s foreign language requirement, and who do not intend to continue their study of language at Georgetown.

*Note for SFS students: All School of Foreign Service students must take the relevant language placement exam or fill out the google form for fluency regardless of their level. The placement exam does not confer proficiency and will not meet the SFS-language proficiency requirement.

Reminder:

Students with no previous experience in a language should simply register for an introductory course in that language (in most cases, non-intensive introductory courses are numbered 001 and intensive introductory courses are numbered 011).

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.

Students who have previously studied Arabic and wish to either continue their language study or place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Arabic should follow the appropriate instructions below.

Incoming students with previous experience in Arabic must take the online placement exam during the summer for the purposes of course enrollment.

Instructions for accessing the Arabic online placement exam:

1. Open https://georgetown.instructure.com/enroll/3LR977 in your browser.

2. Log in to Canvas using your NetID and Password. Make sure your DUO is activated.

3. On the right side of the screen you will see a blue button that says “Enroll in course” click this. Then you will be taken to a screen with a blue button on the right that says “Go to course.” Click this button as well.

4. You will need to click on Exam Instruction

5. After reading the instructions, click the button that says “Next” on the bottom right corner of your screen. This will take you to the Language Profile. When you reach the Language Profile chart, you will have to select the corresponding score to the statement that best fits you. Click next. PLEASE NOTE: YOU WILL NEED TO REMEMBER YOUR LANGUAGE PROFILE SCORE. THE LANGUAGE PROFILE SCORE IS THE ACCESS CODE TO THE EXAM YOU ARE TAKING.

6. Read through the honor code and then push the button that says “Next.” You will be taken to a screen that asks you what score you received on the Language Profile. This corresponds to the exam that you will take. Click the link that corresponds to the score you received. This will then take you directly to the instructions of the exam that you have selected to take based on your language profile.

7. Once you have read the instructions, click next. This will take you to the first section of the exam and begin the timer once you click “Take the Quiz.”

a) The Score from your language profile is the access code that gets requested when you go to begin each section of the exam.

b) Once you have completed each section, you will have to click “Submit Quiz” PLEASE NOTE: THERE IS NO WAY TO GO BACK ONCE YOU HAVE SUBMITTED THE QUIZ

c) Once you submit the quiz, click “Next” on the following screen in order to proceed to the next section.

NOTE:  YOU WILL NEED TO ENTER YOUR ACCESS CODE AND FOLLOW STEPS 7a – 7c FOR EACH PART (Listening, Reading, Grammar and Vocabulary) OF THE EXAM

8. After you have completed all four parts of the exam, you will hit “Submit Quiz” one final time, the exam will time out.

Contact Information:
UIS Service Center: 202-687-4949 or help@georgetown.edu.
Arabic Department:  Students may contact the Department at arabic@georgetown.edu or Prof. Ghayda Al Ali.

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 follow the instructions below.

Take the online Arabic Placement Exam (remotely proctored via Proctorio) on Wednesday, August 17th at 3:30 p.m. Instructions for the Arabic Placement Exam can be found here.

If your computer doesn’t support Proctorio, take the unproctored online Arabic Placement Exam no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, August 16th. Instructions for the unproctored Arabic Placement Exam can be found here. Students taking the unproctored Arabic Placement Exam MUST also complete a 15 min follow-up Zoom Interview. Zoom interviews will be held on Wednesday, August 17th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. Please sign up for the Zoom Interview here.


Catalan

Students should contact Professor Elena Herburger, Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Spanish and Portuguese, for guidance in taking Catalan.


Chinese

Students with no previous Mandarin Chinese coursework should register for CHIN-011 Intensive First Level Chinese I.

Students with previous Mandarin Chinese experience who plan to continue with Chinese, or who wish to place out of the College language requirement, are required to take a two-part placement exam:

  1. Students should take the preliminary online placement exam (Part I) during the summer. Students who wish to register for a Chinese course in the fall should follow the placement recommendations upon completion of the exam.
  2. To confirm placement, students MUST also complete a writing test via Zoom (Part II), which will be scheduled by the Department. Zoom tests will be conducted the week of August 15th.

More information about the Chinese placement exam can be found on East Asian Language & Culture Department’s webpage.

Students with an AP score of 4 or 5 are eligible for credit if they are placed beyond CHIN-112 on the Chinese placement test (Part I and II) and also successfully complete CHIN-211 or a more advanced Chinese course at Georgetown. 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.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must self-enroll in this “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here.

2. Log in to Canvas using your NetID and password.  

3. After logging in, click “Enroll in Course.”

4. Click “Go to the Course.”

5. Follow the instructions in the course to take the placement exam.

Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Use either Chrome or Firefox to take the exam. 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 “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: Fei Ren or call 202-687-5918.
More information can also be found at ealac.georgetown.edu/language-assessment/chinese-fall2018/


French

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

  • FREN-001 Introductory French I, or
  • FREN-011 Intensive Basic French (a one-semester, intensive course equivalent to FREN-001 Introductory French I and FREN-002 Introductory French II).
  • Students who are advanced speakers of Spanish have the option of enrolling in FREN-009 (French for Spanish Speakers) and completing a full year of French in one semester (3 credits), the equivalent of either FREN-001 and FREN-002 or FREN-011.

Students with previous French experience who wish to continue studying French are required to take the online placement exam during the summer and to follow the placement recommendations at the end of the exam. Here is the French department’s placement scale for your reference.

Students who wish to earn AP credit must take the online placement exam and take the appropriate course. For more information, please see: Earning AP credit and Placing out of the College Language Requirement.

Students who wish to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in French, and who do not intend to continue their study of French at Georgetown, should take the online placement exam at any time prior to August 15, 2022 and complete a Zoom interview, which will be scheduled by the Department. Please contact the Placement Exam and Confirmation Oral Interview Coordinator, Prof. Andrade, at aa1437@georgetown.edu by August 15. Zoom interviews will be scheduled for Thursday, August 18 and Friday, August 19.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must self-enroll in this “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here. (new window)

2. Log in using your NetID and password.

3. After logging in, click “Enroll in Course.”

4. Click “Go to the Course.”

5. Follow the instructions in the course to take the placement exam.

Once in the Placement Exam course, please ignore the “Complete One Item” ovals. Those are not buttons and cannot be pressed. Click instead on the name of each item, starting with “Click Here for Instructions.” 

Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection. Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the test so that you can complete the test in one sitting, which we recommend. 

Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distraction; focus only on the test 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 refresh the browser window after beginning the test. 

Do not click the final “submit” button until you are finished with the test.

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: Saralynn Nege


German

Students with no previous German language coursework should register for either:

  • 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 (Three parts: C-test, Listening, Reading) between July 5 and July 31. Placement according to the online placement exam result is by level. For registration purposes, students should consult this list to find the course number that corresponds to the level into which they were placed:

  • Level I: GERM-001 Introductory German I: Experiencing 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)

Students seeking to place out of the College’s core requirement in foreign language in German should take the online exam (all three parts) over the summer. Students who place into Advanced German I or higher on that exam will be contacted by the department to schedule a Zoom interview.

Note that in order to receive AP credit, students will need to be placed in an appropriate level and also complete a course at that level. For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must self-enroll in this “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here.  

2. Log in using your NetID and password.  

3. After logging in, click “Enroll in Course.”

4. Click “Go to the Course.”

5. Follow the instructions in the course to take the placement 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 “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 Joe Cunningham or call 202-687-6051.


Greek: Ancient

Students should contact Professor Charles McNelis, Classics placement coordinator, 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 register for GREE-011 Intensive First Level Modern Greek I.

Students with previous modern Greek language coursework should contact Professor Ismini Lamb for instructions on how to complete the placement exam and a Zoom interview. Zoom interviews will be conducted largely during NSO and will be completed prior to the start of classes. 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

Hebrew 

Students with no previous experience in modern Hebrew or with a basic knowledge of the Hebrew alphabet but little grammar background should register for HEBR-101 Intensive Beginning Hebrew.

The Placement Exam

The following students are required to take a Hebrew Placement Exam by August 20:

  1. All students new to Georgetown’s Hebrew program who have prior Hebrew grammar knowledge.
  2. Students who believe they will place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Hebrew, and who do not intend to continue their study of Hebrew at Georgetown

Please contact Professor Meital Orr to arrange to take the exam.

Hebrew Courses

The Hebrew course offerings at Georgetown (the completion of which constitute the Hebrew minor) are as follows:

  • HEBR-101 & 102 Intensive Beginning Hebrew I & II
  • HEBR-201 & 202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew I & II
  • HEBR-300 & 302 Advanced Modern Hebrew I & II

Language Requirement Information

Students in the College who wish to satisfy the language requirement with Hebrew must complete HEBR-202 Intermediate Modern Hebrew II, or four semesters of Hebrew (two semesters of Intensive Beginning Hebrew, and two semesters of Intermediate Hebrew: HEBR-201 and HEBR-202). For more information about Hebrew courses or registering for exams, please contact Professor Meital Orr or Brittany Fried in the Center for Jewish Civilization.


Italian

Students with no previous Italian language coursework should register for ITAL-011 Intensive Basic Italian.

Determining placement:

Students with previous Italian experience who wish to continue studying Italian are required to take the online placement exam during the summer and to follow the placement recommendations at the end of the exam. 

Students seeking to place out of the foreign language requirement, who do not intend to continue their study of Italian at Georgetown, should also take the online placement exam (new window) during the summer. Students who place into Advanced Italian will be contacted by the department to schedule a Zoom interview. Zoom interviews will be conducted on Tuesday, August 16th. 

Placing out of the foreign language requirement:

Students seeking to place out of the foreign language requirement, who do not intend to continue their study of Italian at Georgetown, should take the online placement exam (new window) during the summer. Students who place into Advanced Italian will be contacted by the department to schedule a Zoom interview. Zoom interviews will be conducted on August 16th.

Earning AP credit:

Students of Italian with a score of 4 or 5 on the AP exam are eligible for credit.  In order to receive credit, these students must place into and successfully complete ITAL-112, in which case they will receive 5 credits for ITAL-111. Students who place into and successfully complete a 200-level Italian course will receive 10 credits for ITAL-111 and 112.


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 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 take the online placement exam during the summer and complete a Zoom interview on August 19. Students taking the Japanese Zoom interview must sign up via this form using their GUID. After signing up, they will be provided with the link to join a Zoom meeting by email.

Students seeking AP credit in Japanese should take the online placement exam. In order to receive AP credit, students must take at least one Japanese language course at the level of their placement (beyond JAPN 112) at Georgetown. For additional information about advanced credit, please consult the AP/IB Policies.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must self-enroll in this “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here.  

2. Log in to Canvas using your NetID and password.

3. After logging in, click “Enroll in Course.”

4. Click “Go to the Course.”

5. Click “Instructions” to start the test.

6. Use the “Next” button on the bottom to navigate the test.

7. Make sure to click on the “Submit Quiz” button on the right bottom for each section, even if you do not answer all questions in the section.

8. When you successfully complete the test, you will see the placement chart. Refer to “Grades” on the left for your score.

9. Enroll in the appropriate course based on your placement result.

Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection and that your browser is up to date. We recommend Google Chrome or Firefox, but not Safari. If the audio does not work during Audio Check, try a different browser. Make sure that the speakers or headsets are properly connected to your computer, and that the speakers are on. Close other programs running on the computer.

Set aside ample quiet time before you begin the test so that you can complete it in one sitting; you will not be able to stop and restart once the exam has launched.

Avoid distractions; focus only on the exam until it is completed. Do not refresh the browser window after beginning the test. 

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.

Make sure to click on the “Submit Quiz” button on the right bottom for each section, even if you do not answer all questions in the section; otherwise, you will not be able to proceed to the next section. To proceed to the next section, select “Next” at the bottom of the page. Submit all sections until you see a message with the placement results chart.

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.
If you have a question or concerns regarding your placement, contact the Japanese program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures: Email Professor Yoshiko Mori.


Korean

Students with no previous Korean coursework should register for KREN-011 Intensive First Level Korean I.

Students with previous Korean learning experiences who plan to continue with Korean, or who wish to place out of the College language requirement, are required to take a two-part placement exam:

  1. Students should take the preliminary online placement exam (Part I) during the summer. Students who wish to register for a Korean course in the fall should follow the placement recommendations upon completion of the exam.
  2. To confirm placement, students MUST also complete the confirmation test comprised of an oral interview and writing test with a Korean faculty members via Zoom (Part II). The confirmation test will be conducted during the week of August 15th. To make an appointment for the interview, please contact Prof. Choi at mc1783@georgetown.edu.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must self-enroll in this “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here.    

2. Log in with your NetID and password.

3. Enroll in the course.

4. Click the “Instructions” section at the top of the page.

5. Read and follow the instructions carefully.  

The online placement test is comprised of 100 multiple-choice questions testing your grammar and reading in Korean, and there is a 140-minute time limit to complete the online test.

Make sure that you have a reliable Internet connection and set aside ample quiet time to take the exam so that you can complete it in one sitting.

Close other programs running on the computer. Avoid distraction; focus only on the test 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 resize or refresh the browser window after beginning the test. Make sure that it is the size you want before you begin.

Make sure that you click “Submit Quiz” button after you complete each section.

We recommend that you use Chrome (Windows and Mac) or Firefox (Windows and Mac) when taking the exam.

If you have problems in logging in and technical difficulties, please contact the Student Help Desk (Email: help@georgetown.edu (new window) or call at 202-687-4949).

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 I
KREN-311 Integrated Advanced Korean
KREN-321 Business Korean (taught in Korean)
KREN-341 Gender and Sexuality in Korean Culture (taught in English)

If you have any questions regarding the placement exam, please contact Professor Min Koo Choi.


Latin

Students with no previous experience in Latin should register for CLSL-001 Latin I.

Students with previous experience in Latin 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 at any time prior to August 20th. Individuals who score above CLSL 101 should contact Professor Charles McNelis for a follow up exam.

Students seeking AP credit in Latin for an AP score of 4 or 5 must take the online placement exam over the summer. Students are eligible to receive four credits for CLSL 101 (Intermediate Latin). In order to receive credit for Intermediate Latin, a student must place into and successfully complete one course in Latin (CLSL) at the 200-level or above. Students who place into or take CLSL 001/002 or CLSL 101 will not receive AP credit.

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in the “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here

2. Log in to Canvas using your netID and password. If you need help with your netID and password, contact the Student Help Desk at 202-687-4577 or at help@georgetown.edu (new window).

3. After logging in, click “Enroll in Course.”

4. Click “Go to the Course.”

5. Click “Cover Page” to start the exam.

6. Use the “Next” button on the bottom to navigate to the next section of the exam.

7. When you complete the exam, you will be notified about the results within one week. If you want to register for Latin on your registration date, please make sure to take the test at least week one before that date. Otherwise, you can register for the appropriate course once you get your results.

8. After you receive the results, you should enroll in the appropriate course. If you have a question or concerns regarding your placement, contact Professor McNelis.

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 “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: Professor Charles McNelis, Classics placement coordinator.


Persian

Students with no previous background in Persian should register for PERS-011 Intensive First-Level Persian I.

Students with one year of Arabic, equivalent of 12 credits, without knowledge of Persian should register for PERS-009-01 Persian for Arabic speakers I.

All other students should contact Professor Farima Mostowfi.


Polish

Students with no previous background in Polish should register for PLSH-001 Beginning Polish.

All other students should contact Professor Iwona Sadowska in the Department of Slavic Languages.


Portuguese

Students with no previous Portuguese coursework, who have completed an advanced level of a Romance language, or who are heritage/native speakers of a Romance language should register for:

  • PORT-050 Accelerated Portuguese

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

  • Less than 2 years: PORT-050 Accelerated Portuguese or PORT-101 Advanced Portuguese I. Take the placement exam during New Student Orientation to confirm the appropriate level.
  • 2-5 years: PORT-101 Advanced Portuguese I. This is a required course for majors and minors. All majors and minors must take PORT 101 regardless of the order in which they take Portuguese courses. Heritage speakers are placed here also.
  • 5+ years: PORT 199 Literature & Culture of the Portuguese-speaking World, offered every semester, or PORT 151 Advanced Conversation, offered every fall.

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 take the Placement Exam during the summer and contact Prof. Sarah Lucena to schedule a Zoom interview.

Please contact Professor Vivaldo Santos or Professor Sarah Lucena in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese if you have questions about how the guidelines above may apply to you specifically or for more information.


Russian

Students with no previous Russian coursework should register for RUSS-011 Intensive First-Level Russian I.

All students with any previous knowledge of Russian MUST take the proctored placement exam during the summer. You may not place yourself into a language class. The results of the placement exam will indicate what class a student should register for.

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 also take the proctored placement exam during the summer. Students who place beyond RUSS-012 on the placement exam will have met the College language requirement.

The Russian placement exam will be available online as of July 15. All test takers should contact Prof. Lioudmila Fedorova to take the Russian Placement exam (written/online and oral/Zoom). You will then receive instructions for taking the exam. Both parts must be completed by Aug. 10 at the latest.


Spanish

Students with no previous Spanish language coursework should register for:

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

In order to receive credit for advanced exams (AP, IB, SAT II, etc.), students must take the online placement test on Canvas and enroll in (and pass) a course at Georgetown. SFS students must place in at least SPAN 161 or above in order to receive credit for SPAN 101 and 102, which can be done by taking the Spanish Validation Exam

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

In order to take the language placement exam, you must enroll in the “course” on Canvas.

1. Click here.

2. Follow prompts to enroll.

3. Read carefully all the information on the homepage.  

4. Once you have read the instructions you will find the link for the test at the bottom of the page.

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 “submit” button until you are completely finished with the exam. Please note that although you will receive a notice saying that some parts of the exam still need to be graded, the result that you receive at the end of the Canvas test is your final placement.

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 Anne Thinglum.

All other 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 take the Validation Exam on Wednesday, August 17. Students should visit this page before the 17th to a) enroll in the Spanish Validation Exam course, b) read additional instructions, and c) ensure that their computers meet the exam requirements (Proctorio). On the 17th the exam will be accessible between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.


Turkish

Students with no previous background in Turkish should register for TURK-011 Intensive Beginning Turkish I

Students should contact Professor Sylvia Onder, Head of the Turkish Program, for guidance in taking Turkish placement tests or testing to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement in Turkish.


Ukrainian

Students with no previous background in Ukrainian should check the fall 2022 schedule of classes and register for UKRN-301, Beginning Ukrainian, or contact Professor Elena Boudovskaia for more information.

All other students should contact Professor Boudovskaia in the Department of Slavic Languages.