2019 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 at Georgetown College.

After you have reviewed these guidelines and confirmed your language level, please consult the Fall 2019 Schedule of Classes for language course listings, then register for courses as appropriate.

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.

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. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for 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. These students should bring to the exam their GUIDs (as above).

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 “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:  Prof. Ghayda Al Ali or contact the Department at arabic@georgetown.edu (new window).


Catalan

Students should contact Professor Sylvia Onder, Coordinator of Small Program Languages, 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 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 registering 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 taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

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).  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.

How to take the online placement exam:

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.


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).

If a student is an advanced speaker of Spanish, s/he has 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 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 2019 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 have taken the SAT II in French can determine their level by consulting the French department’s placement scale.

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.

How to take the online placement exam:

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: call 202-687-5717.


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 the German placement exam online (Three parts: C-test, Listening, Reading) between July 5 and July 31. The placement indicated by C-test of the online placement exam is preliminary and should only be used for registration 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 1:00 p.m. on Tuesday, August 27, 2019.

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 (all three parts) over the summer. Students who place into Advanced German I or higher on that exam will be contacted to schedule a confirmation exam during New Student Orientation (on Monday, August 26 at 11:30 a.m. in Reiss 282) in order confirm the preliminary placement. 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.

Placement according to the online placement exam result is by level. For registration 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: 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)

How to take the online placement exam:

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 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 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 or with basic skills in the Hebrew alphabet but little grammatical background should register for:

  • HEBR-011 Intensive Beginning Hebrew.

Students should contact Professor Sylvia Onder, Coordinator of Small Program Languages, for guidance in taking Hebrew.


Italian

Students with no previous Italian language coursework should register 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 or ITAL- 009 Italian for Spanish Speakers if they are fluent in Spanish (students interested in ITAL 009 should contact Professor Giuseppe Tosi before they register).
  • 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 register accordingly.

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. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

Confirming 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. Students with an SAT II score of 680-730 can enroll directly into ITAL-112 without taking a placement exam.  Students with an SAT II score of 740 or higher can enroll directly into a 200-level Italian course without taking a placement exam. 

Students who have only completed the SAT II (and not the AP) will not earn credit. They can only use that score for placement purposes.

How to take the online placement exam:

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.
  • Once in the Placement Exam course, please ignore the “Complete All Items” ovals. Those are not buttons and cannot be pressed. Click instead on the name of each item, starting with “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.
Italian Department: Email Professor Louise Hipwell or the administrative assistant, Mariam Boubou, or call 202-687-5681.


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 sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

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.

How to take the online placement exam:

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 should take the online placement exam (Part I) during the summer and register for a Korean class according to the placement recommendation. Students also MUST confirm placement results by taking the oral and writing exam (Part II) proctored on-campus during New Student Orientation in August. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

Students who seek to place out of the College’s foreign language requirement or to receive transfer credit MUST follow the same procedure by taking the online exam (Part I) during the summer and a proctored oral and writing exam (Part II) during the New Student Orientation.

How to take the online placement exam:

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.
  • Please use an up-to-date version of one of the following browsers: Chrome (Windows and Mac), Firefox (Windows and Mac), and Safari (Mac).

Important: Internet Explorer has a known problem with text display. Please do not use Internet Explorer to take the online test.

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
  • KREN-306 Introduction to 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

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 taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation. 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, 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.

How to take the online placement exam:

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 August 5, 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, Latin placement coordinator.


Persian

Students with no previous background in Persian should register for:

  • PERS-011 Intensive First-Level Persian I.

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


Polish

Students with no previous background in Polish should register 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 or who have taken a maximum of one year of Portuguese should register for:

  • PORT-050 Accelerated Portuguese

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

  • 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 sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

Please contact Professor Vivaldo Santos in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese 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

All students with any previous knowledge of Russian MUST take the in-person placement exam during NSO (bring your GUID as below). You may not place yourself into a language class. While the above information serves as a general guide, 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 sit for the proctored placement exam during New Student Orientation. Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus confirmation exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

Please contact Professor George Mihaychuk  (new window)in the Department of Slavic Languages for more information.


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.

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 qualifying SAT II score (see scale below). Students taking this test should bring their Georgetown ID (GUID) to the on-campus confirmation exam; students will obtain this ID upon their arrival on campus for New Student Orientation.

Students who wish to earn AP credit must take the online placement exam (unless they have a qualifying SAT II score) and take the appropriate course. 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 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 or SPAN-011 Intensive Basic Spanish
  • 490-550 SPAN-021 Intermediate Spanish I or SPAN-032 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • 560-630 SPAN-022 Intermediate Spanish II or SPAN-032 Intensive Intermediate Spanish
  • 640-700 SPAN-103 Advanced Spanish I or SPAN-110 Intensive Advanced Transatlantic Visions
  • 710-740 SPAN-104 Advanced Spanish II or SPAN-110 Intensive Advanced Transatlantic Visions
  • 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 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.
  • 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.


Swahili

Students with no previous background in Swahili should register for:

  • INAF-104 Beginning Swahili I.

Students should contact Professor Sylvia Onder, Coordinator of Small Program Languages, for guidance in taking Swahili.


Turkish

Students with no previous background in Turkish should register for:

  • TURK-011 Intensive Beginning Turkish I

Students should contact Professor Sylvia Onder, Coordinator of Small Program Languages, for guidance in taking Turkish.


Ukrainian

Students with no previous background in Ukrainian should register for:

  • UKRN-301 Beginning Ukrainian.

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