Placement Tests

Placement and Proficiency Tests

Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study or want to test out of a language requirement.   No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended to be a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level.  

Arabic Language Tests

Arabic placement tests will be offered in 1500 North Quad on dates to be determined by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Registration is required for all test dates. To find out the dates and times of upcoming scheduled tests and to register for a test, click here. If you cannot make it to a date that is currently scheduled, you can register and request to be informed by email of new upcoming test administrations as they are added to the schedule. 

Review the frequently asked questions about the test here. Then, contact Martha Schulte-Nafeh ( if you have any more questions about the placement test.

Additional Information:

ARABIC 101 is open to all students with no prior knowledge of Arabic. Students who know some Arabic because they 1) have an Arabic-speaking parent or 2) have had schooling in an Arabic-speaking country or 3) have studied Arabic before, must take the Arabic proficiency test in order to determine their placement.

Students are encouraged to take a placement test at their earliest convenience in order to know where they should begin their study of Arabic, even if they do not plan to take Arabic immediately.

UM’s Arabic curriculum is a dual register curriculum in which students learn to speak and understand either the Egyptian dialect or the Levantine dialect (the dialect of Jordan, Syria, Palestine and Lebanon) in addition to learning to read and write and understand formal Arabic (fuSHa). Students starting to learn Arabic, if they have no background in Arabic, can choose to take either dialect and can switch their dialect focus from one semester to the next. However, learners who already have a basic conversational ability (Novice High or above) in either Levantine Arabic or Egyptian Arabic, must register in a section of 101 that is teaching the dialect that they do NOT know so that they are learning something new. The dialect focus of each class section is indicated at the schedule of classes.

Students who have taken Arabic at other institutions and wish to continue their Arabic study at UM must take the placement test to determine their level. Credits for Arabic study undertaken at another institution prior to joining UM or in a summer program while attending UM, transfer in as generic departmental credits and students must take the placement test to determine credit equivalencies to UM courses.

Armenian Language Tests

Armenian placement tests are given by appointment with Prof. Kevork Bardakjian (, who will also communicate test results.

Hebrew Language Tests

Modern Hebrew

Hebrew placement exams are for University of Michigan students with previous experience in Hebrew who would like to determine which course level is appropriate for their skill (place-in) or would like to prove proficiency in Hebrew to fulfill a language requirement (place-out). The exam consists of reading multiple choice questions in Hebrew. No listening or writing is involved. No preparation is necessary for the placement exam.

Please note that students may be asked to take a 300-level Hebrew course if wishing to receive retro-active credit for the placement exam. Students pursuing an NES major where Hebrew is used to meet the language requirement must take a 300-level Hebrew course regardless of placement.

Hebrew placement exams are provided by the Office of Evaluations & Examinations during freshman orientation. For placement evaluation during the regular academic terms (Fall/Winter), and in case of marked discrepancy between the result on the placement exam and the student’s background, please e-mail Doron Lamm (

Classical Hebrew

​Interested students should contact Brian B. Schmidt ( to schedule a placement test. Following test completion, the student will be notified directly or by e-mail of their placement test results. For first year Classical Hebrew, a standard form of testing the basics of Classical Hebrew is employed. The test for second year includes translation passages of the Hebrew Bible and analysis of Classical Hebrew syntax and presupposes an intermediate proficiency in classical Hebrew.

Persian Language Tests

Persian placement tests are given by appointment with Dr. Behrad Aghaei (, who will also communicate test results.

The placement tests includes four sections: 1) Listening, 2) Reading, 3) Speaking and 4) Written. The Listening and Speaking components of the test are usually conducted through a conversation with the student.

A placement result is valid for one year. You cannot retake the test within a 4 month period.

Turkish Language Tests

Turkish placement tests are given by appointment with Nilay Sevinc (, who will also communicate test results.