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Placement & Proficiency Tests

Language exams are for University of Michigan students who are planning on furthering their language study (place-in) or want to test out of a language requirement (place-out). Registration is required for some of the exams and is noted below with the test date information. Questions regarding exams should be directed to the listed contact person. Students should bring a valid UM ID card to the exam with a pencil. 

Test information for Fall term is initially updated on the site in early June, with locations finalized by early August. Test information for Winter term is updated on the site in late November. ALC only offers Chinese and Japanese language exams for incoming freshmen during the summer months. 

After taking an exam, students are notified by the language program of their scores.Test scores are also uploaded into Wolverine Access within seven business days and, therefore, visible to School/College administrators. Questions about language waivers, receiving credit for an exam, etc. should be directed to a student's general advising office. 

NOTE:

  • Placement exam results are valid for one year. Students who do not enroll in the language course appropriate to their placement within one year of their test date may be required to retake the placement test.
  • If you have no prior knowledge, you should not take the proficiency test but should enroll in the first semester of the language.
  • There is an exemption from the LSA language requirement for students whose first language is not English AND they completed High School in the target language. Students who qualify for an exemption should speak with their general advisor.

Non-UM Ann Arbor students who require a proficiency exam should contact um-alc@umich.edu. 

Chinese Language Tests

For students who have finished High school in Chinese, you DO NOT have to take the Chinese Placement Test. You are considered as native speakers of Chinese. If you completed Elementary or middle school in Chinese or if you need official proof of native/native-like proficiency, please contact Dr. Kening Li, Director of the Chinese Language Program, at keningli@umich.edu. If you plan to take advanced Chinese courses we offer to native speakers of Chinese, please contact Dr. Li too. Students who received some Chinese education in Hong Kong, Macao or other regions in Southeast Asia, please contact Dr. Li as well. 

Summer Freshman/Transfer Orientation:

As part of the communication from the Office of New Student Programs (i.e. "My Guide"), you will be provided with information on how to sign up for a language placement test. Please be on the lookout for this communication about 2-3 weeks prior to your orientation date. Please note the specific instructions and timing for the specific language placement you choose.

Fall/Winter

Friday, August 28th

Purpose: place-in or place-out

Time: 1:00-3:00pm; 3:00-5:00pm

Location: Language Resource Center (North Quad Room 1500; Mac Lab)

Registration Required (REGISTRATION)

For more information on Chinese language exams, visit the Chinese Language Program web page.

Chinese contact: Kening Li (keningli@umich.edu)

Japanese Language Tests

Summer Freshman/Transfer Orientation:

As part of the communication from the Office of New Student Programs (i.e. "My Guide"), you will be provided with information on how to sign up for a language placement test. Please be on the lookout for this communication about 2-3 weeks prior to your orientation date. Please note the specific instructions and timing for the specific language placement you choose.

Fall/Winter:

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Time: 10:00am

Location: 1500 North Quad (Language Resource Center)

Purpose: Place-in and place-out, computer based

Registration Required: No

Korean Language Tests

Summer 2020 (May 11th - July 17th)

Purpose: Place in or place out

Guidelines

  • The Korean placement exam consists of three parts.

    • Part 1: registration (Qualtrics)

    • Part 2: online exam (Canvas) - 140 minutes

    • Part 3 (selected students only): interview (Zoom) - 20-30 minutes

  • An interview (Part 3) will be conducted if:

    • A student places in Third Year Korean (ASIANLAN 335) or above according to the online exam, or

    • The proctors deem the interview necessary to make the final placement decision.

  • Students who need to take the interview will be contacted by email to schedule their interview.

  • There will be ten 5-day windows of exam openings from May 11th to July 17th. Students are responsible for choosing an exam date appropriate for them to receive the placement results in a timely manner (e.g., before their orientation date).

Exam

Opening

Registration &

Online Exam

Interview Result Report
1 May 11 - May 15 May 25 - May 28 May 29
2 May 18 - May 22 June 1 - June 4 June 5
3 May 25 - May 29 June 8 - June 11 June 12
4 June 1 - June 5 June 15 - June 18 June 19
5 June 8 - June 12 June 22 - June 25 June 26
6 June 15 - June 19 June 29 - July 2 July 6
7 June 22 - June 26 July 6 - July 9 July 10
8 June 29 - July 3 July 13 - July 16 July 17
9 July 6 - July 10 July 20 - July 23 July 24
10 July 13 - July 17 July 27 - July 30 July 31
  • NOTE: You must complete the entire online exam within your exam period (the 5-day window). For example, you cannot take the grammar portion of the exam during Exam Opening #1 and take the rest of the online exam during Exam Opening #2. If a student fails to complete the entire online exam within one exam opening, s/he must wait one year to reattempt the placement exam.

  • NOTE: Your placement test result does not guarantee a space in the class. You need to register for the class yourself based on the test result. If the class is full, you can contact the instructor of the class to request an override. The instructor reserves the right to approve or reject your request.  

  • If you want to request your placement test result before it is posted, or petition the placement test result, please email Dr. Soyeon Kim, Director of the Korean Language Program, at ksoyeon@umich.edu.  

 

Registration required REGISTER HERE

Korean contact: Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu)

Summer Freshman/Transfer Orientation:

As part of the communication from the Office of New Student Programs (i.e. "My Guide"), you will be provided with information on how to sign up for a language placement test. Please be on the lookout for this communication about 2-3 weeks prior to your orientation date. Please note the specific instructions and timing for the specific language placement you choose.

Fall/Winter

Please email Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu)

Purpose: Place in or place out

Steps

  1. Online Registration: The link to online registration becomes available on this page a month prior to the on-site exam.
  2. Online Exam: Information about the online exam will appear upon completion of the online registration. The online exam must be completed in order to take the on-site exam.
  3. On-site Exam: The on-site test originally scheduled at 5:30-7:00 on March 16th is cancelled; it will be administered online as soon as the online migration is complete. Those who registered for the test by March 15th will receive an email announcement soon.

Registration required REGISTER HERE

Korean contact: Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu)

A student whose first language is not English and who attended a high school where English was not the language of instruction is considered to have met the LSA language requirement. This is only the case for completing high school, however. If they only completed primary or middle school in Korea, then it cannot count. Students who qualify for an exemption should speak with their general advisor in order to get this put into their file.

South Asian Language Tests

Summer Freshman/Transfer Orientation:

Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil

As part of the communication from the Office of New Student Programs (i.e. "My Guide"), you will be provided with information on how to sign up for a language placement test. Please be on the lookout for this communication about 2-3 weeks prior to your orientation date. Please note the specific instructions and timing for the specific language placement you choose.

Fall/Winter:

Please email Syed Ali (ekhteyar@umich.edu)

Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil

Purpose: Place-in or place-out

Registration Required (REGISTER HERE)

Please email Syed Ali (ekhteyar@umich.edu) if you have questions regarding this exam. 

For a placement exam in Sanskrit or Tibetan language, please contact the department at alc-studentservicesassistant@umich.edu. 

Southeast Asian Language Tests

Summer Freshman/Transfer Orientation:

Thai and Indonesian

As part of the communication from the Office of New Student Programs (i.e. "My Guide"), you will be provided with information on how to sign up for a language placement test. Please be on the lookout for this communication about 2-3 weeks prior to your orientation date. Please note the specific instructions and timing for the specific language placement you choose.

Fall/Winter

Filipino

Place-in and Place-out language exams are by appointment only. Please email the contact person to set up a time for an exam.

Filipino contact: Oliva Kuester (oakuster@umich.edu)

Indonesian

Place-in and Place-out language exams are by appointment only. Please email the contact person to set up time for an exam.

Indonesian contact: Agustini (agustini@umich.edu)

Thai

Place-in and Place-out language exams are by appointment only. Please email the contact person to set-up a time for the exam.

Thai contact: Aimkamon Bunmee (aimkamon@umich.edu)

Vietnamese

Please email Thuy-Anh Nguyen (tanguyen@umich.edu)

A Vietnamese language place-in or place-out exam is offered each Fall and Winter semester. For additional information on the Vietnamese language exam, including the date and location of the exam, please click here. Please contact Thuy-Anh Nguyen (tanguyen@umich.edu) with any questions.