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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 also offers placement exams over the summer for incoming first-year and transfer students in preparation for their orientations.

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 up to middle school education in a Chinese school in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Macao or Taiwan, you DO NOT have to take the Chinese Placement Test and you are considered as native speakers of Chinese. If you need official proof of your native proficiency at your school or college's request, please contact Dr. Kening Li, Director of the Chinese Language Program, at keningli@umich.edu and compose the email in Chinese. You are still welcome to take our advanced Chinese courses we offer to native speakers of Chinese though. If you plan to do so, please contact Dr. Li too. 

First-Year/Transfer Orientation

Registration Required: Register Here

Following registration, you will recieve a Zoom link before the test date. Students who test above 200-level will receive notifications from the Chinese Language Program to schedule a verification interview.

Questions about the exam should be sent to Dr. Kening Li (keningli@umich.edu)

Fall/Winter

Sunday, April 18, 2021: 2:00-4:00PM

All exams will occur remotely on Zoom.

Registration Required: Register Here

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 First-Year/Transfer Orientation:

The Japanese Placement Exam will be available anytime between May 10 and August 15, 2021. Complete the online portion of the placement exam here. Following the online portion, you will be asked to schedule an interview with one of our Japanese instructors.

Questions about the exam should be sent to Ayaka Sogabe (asogabe@umich.edu) or Yoshihiro Mochizuki (mochiey@umich.edu).

Fall/Winter:

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

Registration Required: Yes

If you are intending to enroll in Japanese in Winter 2021, you can sign up for the Japanese Placement exam here. No placement test will be required if you have never studied Japanese.

The Japanese Language Program offers the Placement test remotely. Our placement exam consists of 1) Grammar, 2) Reading Comprehension, 3) Writing, and 4) Interview. Please read the directions carefully before starting the exam and follow them as you proceed.

Make sure that you make an appointment for the interview portion of the exam with one of the instructors. Interviews will be offered remotely from 11/5-12/18/20 and 1/11-1/15/21.

Korean Language Tests

First Year/Transfer Orientation

The online placement exam will be available anytime between May 17 and July 16, 2021. Register for and take the exam through Canvas. An interview will be conducted for selected students only when the proctors deem it necessary to make the final placement decision. Students who need to take the interview will be contacted via email for scheduling. Results can take up to 14 business days to be posted.

Questions about the exam can be sent to Dr. Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu)

March 2021

Purpose: Place in or place out

Guidelines

  • The Korean placement exam consists of four parts. Please note the dates when each part is administered carefully.
    • Part 1 (March 8-11): registration (Qualtrics)
    • Part 2 (March 8-11): online exam (Canvas) - 90 minutes
    • Part 3 (March12): writing exam (Canvas & Zoom) - 50 minutes
    • Part 4 (selected students only; March 16-19): interview (Zoom) - 20-30 minutes
  • Registration (Part 1) will open on March 8th at 12:00am and close on March 11th at 10:30pm. Upon registration, you will see a link to a Canvas site where the online exam (Part 2) is available. You can complete registration (Part 1) and the online exam (Part 2) anytime between March 8 and March 11.
  • A writing exam (Part 3) will be conducted on November 6th with a live proctor present in Zoom. Students need to choose one of the two following exam times:
    • Friday, March 12th at 9:00AM (EST)
    • Friday, March 12th at 8:00 PM (20:00) (EST)
  • An interview (Part 4) will be conducted for selected students only when 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.
  • The placement result will be posted on Wolverine Access no later than Monday, March 22nd.
  • 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 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.
  • A student whose first language is not English and who attend 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, and they should take the placement exam. Students who qualify for an exemption should speak with their general advisor in order to get this put into their file.

Registration required: REGISTER HERE

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

Korean Placement Test Schedule

The Korean placement and proficiency exam is administered three times a year: Summer Orientation (June-July), November, and March. The exact dates will be announced on this page when available. Please email Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu) for questions.

South Asian Language Tests

Summer First-Year/Transfer Orientation:

Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil

Visit the LSA Advising Appointment System to schedule a placement interview between April 28 and August 19, 2021.

Contacts:

  • Bengali: Faijul Hoque (drhoque@umich.edu)
  • Hindi and Urdu: Syed Ali (ekhteyar@umich.edu)
  • Punjabi: Pinderjeet Gill (pjgill@umich.edu)
  • Tamil: Vidya Mohan (mohanvid@umich.edu)

Fall/Winter:

Sign up for an online placement interview 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 First-Year/Transfer Orientation:

Filipino

Enroll in and take the online exam through Canvas. You will then be asked to schedule an interview by contacting Irene Gonzaga (igonzaga@umich.edu).

Indonesian

Enroll in and take the online exam through Canvas. You will then be asked to schedule an interview by contacting Agustini (agustini@umich.edu)

Thai

Enroll in and take the online exam through Canvas. You will then be asked to schedule an interview through the LSA Advising Appointment System.

Vietnamese

Every semester, students can register for a Vietnamese Placement Test that will determine a student's proficiency level within the language.

The placement test consists of both Written and Oral sections. The date for the Summer 2021 will be in August 2021 - the official date will be confirmed by August 2, 2021. 

If you are interesting in taking the Vietnamese placement test, you should visit the Canvas site and fill out the Google form linked here and try to answer all the questions in Vietnamese as best as you can. The form serves as your registration to the Placement test and is the first step to be qualified to take the Summer 2021 exam. 

Contact Cô Thúy Anh Nguyễn (tanguyen@umich.edu) for further information.

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: Irene Gonzaga (igonzaga@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

Every semester, students can register for a Vietnamese Placement Test that will determine a student's proficiency level within the language.

The placement test consists of both Written and Oral sections. The date for the Summer 2021 will be in August 2021 - the official date will be confirmed by August 2, 2021. 

If you are interesting in taking the Vietnamese placement test, you should visit the Canvas site and fill out the Google form linked here and try to answer all the questions in Vietnamese as best as you can. The form serves as your registration to the Placement test and is the first step to be qualified to take the Summer 2021 exam. 

Contact Cô Thúy Anh Nguyễn (tanguyen@umich.edu) for further information.