Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$root.page}}

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 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. 

Fall/Winter

Thursday, December 3, 2020 - 4:00-6:00PM

Friday, December 4, 2020 - 10:00AM-12:00PM

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:

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:

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

Registration Required: Yes

Interviews offered remotely 11/5-12/18/20; 1/11-1/15/21. Exam available now.

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

November 2020

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 (November 2-5): registration (Qualtrics)
    • Part 2 (November 2-5): online exam (Canvas) - 90 minutes
    • Part 3 (November 6): writing exam (Canvas & Zoom) - 50 minutes
    • Part 4 (selected students only; November 10-12): interview (Zoom) - 20-30 minutes
  • Registration (Part 1) will open on November 2nd at 12:00am and close on November 5th 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 November 2 and November 5.
  • 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, November 6th at 10:00AM (EST)
    • Friday, November 6th at 9:00PM (21:00) (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 on Friday, November 13th.
  • 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)

Fall/Winter

The Korean placement exam will be administered in November 2020 and March 2021. The exact dates will be announced on this page when available. Please email Soyeon Kim (ksoyeon@umich.edu) for questions.

Winter 2021

The Korean placement exam will be administered in March 2021. 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

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:

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:

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.