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Office of Educational Assessment

Undergraduate Foreign Language

If you are unsure whether you need a foreign language test, please consult UW Advising.

Test fee: $50

Location: Room 440, Schmitz Hall, Testing Center

Tests offered: Arabic, Bulgarian, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian (Farsi), Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Urdu.

ARABIC: Arabic placement exams are offered beginning two weeks after the end of spring quarter, up until two weeks before the beginning of autumn quarter (Summer Quarter). Exams will be graded after the exam period closes. Students are advised to take the test as soon as they return from summer study abroad programs or elsewhere. Scores for all Arabic Exams can only be used for placement and registration purposes within the current academic year of testing.
Test:
DEFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement and/or are seeking admission to ARABIC 201.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
SECOND-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who have completed two years of Arabic and are seeking admission to ARABIC 401.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
THIRD-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who seek to satisfy the NELC foreign language requirement of three years of Arabic language study.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
BULGARIAN:
Test:
CREDIT BY EXAM
Purpose:
Used for undergraduate, matriculated students who want to earn UW course credit without completing a course.
More Information:
Contact Graduation and Academic Records, (206) 543-1803, 264 Schmitz Hall or see Earning Credit by Special Examination.
FRENCH:
Test:
UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first-year language series.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
100 multiple choice questions. No listening. See Undergraduate Placement Exams.
Test:
SECOND-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within second-year as high as 301.
Requirement:
Sufficient score on the First-Year Placement Test or permission from Advisors in Romance Languages and Literature.
More Information:
Test length: 1 hour, short essay questions. Retest Policy: May only be taken once ever. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
GRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for graduate students who need to show language proficiency to earn their Master or Doctoral degrees in certain academic departments.
More Information:
See Graduate Foreign Language Exams.
GERMAN:
Test:
Test: UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first-year language series.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
100 multiple choice questions. No listening. See Undergraduate Placement Exams.
Test:
GRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for graduate students who need to show language proficiency to earn their Master or Doctoral degrees in certain academic departments.
More Information:
See Graduate Foreign Language Exams.
Test:
CREDIT BY SPECIAL EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for undergraduate, matriculated students who want to earn UW course credit without completing a course.
More Information:
Contact Graduation and Academic Records, (206) 543-1803, 264 Schmitz Hall. See Earning Credit by Special Examination.
HEBREW: Before signing up for a Modern Hebrew Test, please consult Professor Naomi Sokoloff, Near Eastern Languages & Civilization, 206-543-7145 or by email: naosok@u.washington.edu.
Test:
DEFICIENCY TEST (MODHEB 101-102-103)
Purpose:
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST (MODHEB 101-102-103)
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
SECOND-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST (MODHEB 201-202-203)
Purpose:
Used for UW students who seek to satisfy the NELC foreign language requirement of two years of Hebrew language study.
More information:
Test length: 2 hours. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
CREDIT BY SPECIAL EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Any of the Hebrew Tests can be used for undergraduate, matriculated students who want to earn UW course credit without completing a course.
More Information:
Contact Graduation and Academic Records, (206) 543-1803, 264 Schmitz Hall. See Earning Credit by Special Examination.
HINDI:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 90 minutes. Short answer, translation, essay. Retest Policy: May only be taken once ever. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
ITALIAN:
Test:
Test: UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first-year language series.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
:
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
100 multiple choice questions. No listening. See Undergraduate Placement Exams.
Test:
SECOND-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within second-year and as high as 301.
Requirement:
Sufficient score on the First-Year Placement Test or permission from Advisors in Romance Languages and Literature.
More Information:
Short essay questions. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
GRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for graduate students who need to show language proficiency to earn their Master or Doctoral degrees in certain academic departments.
More Information:
See Graduate Foreign Language Exams or contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
JAPANESE:
Test:
Test: UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first-year language series.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
70 multiple choice questions. No listening. See Undergraduate Placement Exams.
KOREAN:
Test:
UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR and SECOND-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used to place into first and second year Korean classes.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information
1st year – 90 questions with listening portion.
2nd year – 50 questions and no listening.
See Undergraduate Placement Exams.

Additional Information:

The Korean Proficiency Exam is only for students NOT wanting to take Korean language courses. Students should only take the proficiency exam if they are looking to fulfill their foreign language requirements. The is no credit assigned for the proficiency exam. Email EunYoung Won <woney@uw.edu> for first, second, and third-year Korean courses. Email Heekyoung Cho <hchohcho@uw.edu> for fourth-year Korean courses. Additional information can be found on: http://asian.washington.edu/korean-proficiency-placement.
PERSIAN (FARSI):
Test:
Test: FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 1 hour, 15 minutes. Short essay and translation. Retest Policy: May only be taken once ever. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
POLISH:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Short answer, fill in blank, translation. Retest Policy: Department permission. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
PORTUGUESE:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first- or second-year language series or 301.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Short answer, fill in blank, translation. Reading passage with questions. Retest Policy: Department permission.
Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
Test:
GRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for graduate students who need to show language proficiency to earn their Master or Doctoral degrees in certain academic departments.
More Information:
See Graduate Foreign Language Exams or contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
ROMANIAN:
Test:
CREDIT BY SPECIAL EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for undergraduate, matriculated students who want to earn UW course credit without completing a course.
More Information:
Contact Graduation and Academic Records, (206) 543-1803, 264 Schmitz Hall or see Earning Credit by Special Examination.
RUSSIAN:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
*Please note: if you need to take a placement test, contact the Slavic Department directly.
More Information
Test length: 2 hours.

Listening, reading, grammar, vocabulary, and essay.

 

IF YOU ARE TAKING THE TEST DURING SUMMER QUARTER: Although there are no date restrictions on taking the test during the Summer quarter, tests completed toward the end of the quarter may experience delays in grading, and the results will not be available until Autumn quarter.

 

Retest Policy: Department permission. For additional information, contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.

SERBIAN/CROATIAN/BOSNIAN:
Test:
CREDIT BY SPECIAL EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for undergraduate, matriculated students who want to earn UW course credit without completing a course.
More Information:
Contact Graduation and Academic Records, (206) 543-1803, 264 Schmitz Hall or see Earning Credit by Special Examination.
SPANISH:
Test:
UNDERGRADUATE FIRST-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within the first-year language series.
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
Used for UW applicants who seek to remove an admission deficiency.
More Information:
80 questions with listening. See Undergraduate Placement Exams for information about testing schedule and retest policy. See the Spanish Language Program website for a sample of the test.

Can not take the 100-level test if a student has completed a 200-level class.

Test:
SECOND-YEAR PLACEMENT TEST
Purpose:
Used for placement within second-year and as high as 301.
Requirement:
Sufficient score (70+) on the First-Year Placement Test or permission from the Advisor in Spanish and Portuguese Studies. Contact spsadv@uw.edu with the details of your situation, to request permission.
More Information:
Test length: 2 1/2 hours. Grammar, vocabulary, short answer, and translation.

Retest Policy: May only be taken once ever.

Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171 or 440 Schmitz Hall to schedule.

Results typically available in about 3 weeks.

**If testing in Summer: Scoring is not until late September, typically not in time to register for a Spanish class for the autumn quarter. Contact Jorge Gonzalez to follow up on the status of your results.

Test:
GRADUATE FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXAMINATION
Purpose:
Used for graduate students who need to show language proficiency to earn their Master or Doctoral degrees in certain academic departments.
More Information:
See Graduate Foreign Language Exams or contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.
UKRAINIAN:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
More Information:
Test length: 2 hours. Short answer, translation, essay, fill in the blank. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.

**If testing in Summer: Must have permission from department. Email slavadm@uw.edu –If Permission is granted to take the test during the Summer quarter, tests completed toward the end of the quarter may experience delays in grading, and the results will not be available until Autumn Quarter.

Retest Policy: Department permission.

URDU:
Test:
FIRST-YEAR PROFICIENCY TEST
Purpose:
Used for UW students who need to fulfill the UW undergraduate foreign language graduation requirement.
More Information:
Test length: 1 hour. Translation and essay. Retest Policy: May only be taken twice ever. Contact the Testing Center (206) 543-1171, 440 Schmitz Hall.

Disability Accommodation

To request disability accommodation for testing, please contact the OEA Testing Center at (206) 543-1171 or via email at testingcenter@u.washington.edu before registering for the test.