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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 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. 

Summer First-Year/Transfer Orientation:

If you are intending to enroll in Chinese in Fall 2020, you can sign up for the Chinese Placement exam here. The Chinese Language Program offers Chinese Placement Test a couple of times in either fall or winter semester (the first one in the fall semester usually occurs at the end of August), so if you do not plan to take Chinese in the fall semester, you do not have to take the Chinese Placement Test during the summer as an incoming first-year or transfer student (actually the placement result is only valid for a year). But note that not every course is offered every semester so you do need to plan ahead. To know which course is offered when, please refer to the Chinese course list on the ALC website.

Fall/Winter

If you intend to take Chinese in the fall semester 2020 but haven't taken the placement test yet, please email Dr. Kening Li at keningli@umich.edu. Placement tests in the fall will be conducted online and details will be announced later.

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 8/19-8/26. Exam available now.

If you are intending to enroll in Japanese in Fall 2020, 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 8/19-8/26.

Korean Language Tests

August 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 (August 17-20): registration (Qualtrics)
    • Part 2 (August 17-20): online exam (Canvas) - 90 minutes
    • Part 3 (August 21): writing exam (Canvas & Zoom) - 50 minutes
    • Part 4 (selected students only; August 25-27): interview (Zoom) - 20-30 minutes
  • Registration (Part 1) will open on August 17th at 12:00am and close on August 20th 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 August 17 and August 20.
  • A writing exam (Part 3) will be conducted on August 21st with a live proctor present in Zoom. Students need to choose one of the two following exam times:
    • Friday, August 21st at 9:00AM (EST)
    • Friday, August 21st 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, August 28th.
  • 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.

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:

September 2, 2020: 1:00-2:30PM

In-Person - CHEM 1210 (930 N University Ave; Room 1210)

Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu, Tamil

Purpose: Place-out for Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, and Tamil; Place-In and Place-Out for Urdu

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 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.