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 at the Language Resource Center (1500 North Quad lower level) on dates to be determined by the Department of Near Eastern Studies.

Registration is required for all test dates.  There are currently no tests scheduled, however you can register and request to be informed by e-mail of upcoming test administrations as they are added to the schedule.  Register here.

Click Here if you have questions about the format of the test.  Contact Martha Schulte-Nafeh (marthasn@umich.edu) if you have more questions about the placement test.

Armenian Language Tests

Armenian placement tests are given by appointment with Prof. Kevork Bardakjian (kbar@umich.edu), 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 (dlamm@umich.edu).

Classical Hebrew

​Interested students should contact Brian B. Schmidt (bschmidt@umich.edu) 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 (aghaieb@umich.edu), 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 (nsevinc@umich.edu), who will also communicate test results.