Language Placement Tests

Language Placement Test

You must take the placement test to determine which course level is appropriate for your skills, if you would like to continue language study begun in high school or at another college/university.

No preparation is necessary for the placement test – it is intended as a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your level. For this reason, placement tests may not be retaken.

French and Italian placement tests are offered during the orientation programs, at or near the beginning of each term, and during the open enrollment periods. The dates, times, and locations of the French and Italian language tests are listed in the tabs below. Details and instructions for each test are also listed.

The Spanish placement test is an online test. It is available prior to the start of each term, during the open enrollment periods, and for sessions throughout the spring and summer. The availability of the Spanish language test is listed in the tab below. Details and instructions for this test are also listed; they are different for both incoming and continuing students. 

Please know that it is not possible to schedule a placement exam in French, Italian, or Spanish for one student. 

The results of the French, Italian, and Spanish placement tests are available to you on Wolverine Access. To learn your results, go to Wolverine Access > Student Business > Academic Records > View Placement Exam Results. 

Portuguese placement tests are given by appointment with Niedja Fedrigo, who will also communicate your test results to you.

You may be placed in one of the following courses: 101 (elementary), 103 (elementary review), 231 (second year, first semester), or 232 (second year, continued). In Italian, you may also be placed into 102 (elementary, continued). If you place beyond the 232 level, you will have satisfied the LSA language requirement. To navigate the RLL language sequence and help you in your course selection, please reference the RLL Course Progress Chart.

For questions about your placement during the Fall and Winter terms, you should consult the course coordinator of the course into which you have been placed. In the Spring and Summer terms, please contact the RLL Main Office

LSA students who believe they have a learning disability that interferes with their learning a foreign language may petition the LSA Academic Standards Board for a language substitution. Information and instructions on how to petition for a language substitution can be found on the Petitions for Requirement or Policy Exceptions portion of the LSA website. 


Questions? Email the RLL Main Office.

French Placement Tests

All testing times begin on the hour, not Michigan time. Please arrive 5 minutes before the test is scheduled to begin. Bring a No. 2 pencil and a photo ID. 

Date Time Location
May through August see below see below
September 3rd & 5th 4pm LSA 0205

 

May through August. These exam dates are scheduled to coincide with the Transfer and Freshmen Orientation programs scheduled by the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP). Although intended for new students, the exams are still open to ALL continuing UM students.

Click here for a full schedule of summer exam dates. Contact ONSP at onsp@umich.edu or 734/764-6413 to confirm the dates, times, and location of the test. No pre-registration is required.

All new or incoming students should contact ONSP directly for more information about placement testing.

September. The French placement exam will be offered twice during the first week of Fall term. To register for the exam, please email ro.placements@umich.edu

Italian Placement Tests

Testing times begin on the hour, not Michigan time. Please arrive 5 minutes before test is scheduled to begin. Bring a No. 2 pencil and a photo ID.

Date Time Location
May through August see below see below
September 4th 4pm LSA 0205

 

May through August. These exam dates are scheduled to coincide with the Transfer and Freshmen Orientation programs scheduled by the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP). Although intended for new students, the exams are still open to ALL continuing UM students.

Click here for a full schedule of summer exam dates. Contact ONSP at onsp@umich.edu or 734/764-6413 to confirm the dates, times, and location of the test. No pre-registration is required.

All new or incoming students should contact ONSP directly for more information about placement testing.

September. The Italian placement exam will be offered once during the first week of Fall term. To register for the exam, please email ro.placements@umich.edu

Portuguese Placement Tests

Portuguese placement tests are given by appointment only. If you are interested in taking the Portuguese placement test, please contact Niedja Fedrigo to schedule an appointment. 

 

 

Spanish Placement Tests

The Spanish placement test is now online and can be taken at your convenience prior to Sunday, September 14. It takes 2-3 business days for scores to process, so please plan accordingly. Scores cannot be rushed. Please also note the RLL registration policies

The Spanish placement test requires a reliable internet connection on a computer (no ipads, tablets, or other mobile devices). The recommended browser is Firefox, version 3.0 or later. Safari 3.2.1+ on Mac OS X is supported. Mac OS 9 is not supported. For technical assistance, contact UM Information and Technology Services at 4help@umich.edu or 734/764-4357.  

Students who require extra time due to a verified disability should contact the LSA Testing Accommodation Center at lsa.testcenter@umich.edu to make the necessary time arrangements.

Continuing students and guest students who are interested in RLL language courses and have prior knowledge of Spanish must take the placement test. Please contact the RLL Main Office (rll.mailbox@umich.edu) to register and obtain instructions. 

New and incoming students should contact the Office of New Student Programs directly for information about Spanish placement testing. Students must take the placement test at least five business days prior to their orientation program.  ONSP can be reached at onsp@umich.edu or 734/764-6413.