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

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
April 3 4pm LSA 3242
May through August see below see below
September TBD TBD


April. The French placement exam will be offered once during the week prior to undergraduate registration for Fall term. To register for the exam, please email ro.placements@umich.edu

May through August. These exam dates are scheduled to coincide with the Spring, Summer, and Fall 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 testing dates. 

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

September. The French placement exam will be offered once 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
April 2 4pm LSA 0205
May through August see below see below
September TBD TBD

 

April. The Italian placement exam will be offered once during the week prior to undergraduate registration for Fall term. To register for the exam, please email ro.placements@umich.edu

May through August. These exam dates are scheduled to coincide with the Spring, Summer, and Fall 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 testing dates. 

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 online Spanish placement test is or will be open during the following periods. It takes 2-3 business days for results to post, so please plan accordingly.

  Open Testing Period Last day to request instructions
Session 1 Mar 30 - Apr 27 April 27, 12pm noon
Session 2 May 5 - May 14 May 13, 4pm
Session 3 May 27 - Aug 9 Aug 7, 4pm
Session 4 Aug 19 - Sep 13 Sep 11, 4pm

 

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

New and incoming students must first register for an orientation session. Each student, once they pay the U-M enrollment fee, will receive information directly from the Office of New Student Programs regarding orientation and the Spanish placement test. ONSP can be reached at onsp@umich.edu or 734/764-6413.