Foreign language placement test

Proficiency tests in Arabic, Bulgarian, Czech, French, German, Hebrew, Hindi, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian/Croatian/Bosnian, Spanish, Ukrainian and Urdu can be taken at the UW's Testing Center. For other languages, contact the appropriate department for placement and proficiency information. 

If you would like to take a proficiency test in a language that is not taught at UW please contact the UW Language Learning Center.

Languages taught at the UW

Language & Intro CourseDepartmentContact
American Sign Language
ASL 101
Linguisticslingadv@uw.edu
Arabic
ARAB 411
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Bengali
BENG 311
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian
BCS 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Bulgarian
BULGR 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Burmese
JSIS 486
International Studiesjsisadv@uw.edu
Chinese (Mandarin)
CHIN 101 or 111
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Czech
CZECH 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Danish
DANISH 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Estonian
ESTO 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Finnish
FINN 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
French
FRENCH 101 or 110
Romance Languages and Literature (French and Italian)frenital@uw.edu
German
GERMAN 101 or 111
Germanicsuwgerman@uw.edu
Greek (Classical)
GREEK 101
Classicsclasdept@uw.edu
Greek (Modern)
JSIS E 111
International Studiesjsisadv@uw.edu
Hebrew (Biblical)
HEBR 414
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Hebrew (Modern)
HEBR 411
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Hindi
HINDI 311
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Indonesian
INDON 111
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Italian
ITAL 101 or 111
Romance Languages and Literature (French and Italian)frenital@uw.edu
Japanese
JAPAN 101
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Kazakh
TKIC 414
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Khmer
JSIS 486
International Studiesjsisadv@uw.edu
Korean
KOREAN 101
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Latin
LATIN 101
Classicsclasdept@uw.edu
Latvian
LATV 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Lithuanian
LITH 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Norwegian
NORW 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Persian
PRSAN 411
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Polish
POLSH 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Portuguese
PORT 101 or 110
Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish)spsadv@uw.edu
Russian
RUSS 101
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Sanskrit
SNKRT 301
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Slovenian
SLVN 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Spanish
SPAN 101, 110, or 121
Romance Languages and Literature (Spanish)spsadv@uw.edu
Swahili
SWA 101
American Ethnic Studiesaes@uw.edu
Swedish
SWED 101
Scandinavian Studiesscandadv@uw.edu
Tagalog (Filipino)
TAGLG 101
American Ethnic Studiesaes@uw.edu
Thai
THAI 111
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Turkish
TKISH 411
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Ukranian
UKR 401
Slavic Languages and Literaturesslavadm@uw.edu
Urdu
URDU 311
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu
Uyghur
TKC 417
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Uzbek
TKIC 411
Near Eastern Languages and Civilizationnelcua@uw.edu
Vietnamese
VIET 111
Asian Languages & Literatureasianll@uw.edu

If you are fluent in a language that is not offered at the UW, it is still possible for you to demonstrate proficiency, and thus meet the language requirement of many majors, as noted above. Contact the College of Arts and Sciences for more information.

Spanish

 101110*102103**Proficient/201**
SP100A (100-level) 0-1510-4416-4445-6970-80
 201202203301
SP200A (200-level) 0-7576-145146-165166-175

*The student must also have taken two years of high school Spanish to be eligible for SPAN 110.

**The student is proficient through the first year of study. May enroll in SPAN 201, or may take
the second-year test to attempt to place higher.

French

 101110102103Proficient/201*
FR_TL0-1410-3015-3031-5657-100

*The student is proficient through the first year of study. May enroll in FRENCH 201 or contact the Testing Center to schedule a second-year test.

German

 101111102103Proficient*
GER_TL0-110-3512-3536-5657-100

*The student may enroll in GERMAN 201. A student who wants to attempt to place higher may contact Germanics, 206-543-4580, 340 Denny Hall.

Italian

 101102103Proficient*
IT100A0-1415-3031-5657-100

*The student is proficient through the first year of study. May enroll in ITALIAN 201 or contact the Testing Center to schedule a second-year test.

Japanese

 111Interview*Proficient*
JP100A0-56-3940-70

*Students must complete the Interview on the Asian Languages & Literature website.

**The student is proficient through the first year of study. For placement in the second year or above, contact Asian Languages and Literature: 225 Gowen or 206-543- 4996 for an advising appointment.

Chinese

Placement

• Students with any background in Chinese, formal or informal, who wish to take Chinese language courses must fill in and submit an online questionnaire for placement. You can find a link for the online questionnaire on the Asian Languages and Literature homepage.

• The Asian Languages and Literature Department uses this questionnaire to accurately place students in Mandarin Chinese courses. If you do not see the questionnaire when you go to one of the above websites, the questionnaire has been “closed”. This means that the department is no longer placing students in Chinese language courses.

• After completing and submitting the questionnaire, an instructor in Asian Languages and Literature may interview you for placement. If you do not receive an interview, you will be given an add code for a particular Chinese language course.

Proficiency

• The Asian Languages & Literature department administers a proficiency test once each quarter. Please check the Asian Languages & Literature “Placement and Proficiency” webpage for the time and location of the next test.

• Contact the department to register, 206-543-4996. Early registration is recommended.

Korean

 Both levels
KR100A & KR200ANo score is reported, only course placement

Vietnamese

Placement

The Vietnamese instructor will conduct individual placement tests in her office (Gowen Hall M233) before/during the start of each quarter's registration period. Please see the Asian L&L placement webpage for the upcoming test dates.

Proficiency

The Asian L&L department administers a proficiency test once/quarter. Please see the Asian L&L placement webpage for the upcoming test date.