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Language Placement Tests


Who is required to take an RLL Placement Test?

Any student who has taken French, Italian, Portuguese, or Spanish previously and plans to continue study in that same language at UM-Ann Arbor must take the placement test prior to enrolling in an RLL language class.

If you have no prior knowledge of the target language, you do NOT need to take the placement test; you are eligible to directly enroll in either the 100 (intensive) or 101 (standard) level course.

Should I study for the test?

No. Preparation is not necessary for the placement test – it is intended as a tool to place you in the course most appropriate for your skill level.

How many times can I take the test?

Only once. You may not take the same placement test more than one time.

When is the test offered?

French and Italian placement tests are offered during the orientation programs, at or near the beginning of each term, and during the backpacking/open enrollment periods. The dates, times, and locations of the French and Italian language tests are listed in the tabs below. Please understand that it is not possible to schedule a placement exam in French or Italian for one student.

The Spanish placement test is an online test. It is available prior to the start of each term, during the backpacking/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 about registering for this test are also listed; they are different for both incoming and continuing students. Please understand that it is not possible to schedule a placement exam in Spanish for one student.

The Portuguese placement test is offered by individual appointment only. Details are listed in the tab below.

How far in advance should I take the test?

If you are an incoming student interested in the French or Italian placement test, you will take the test on site during your orientation visit.

If you are an incoming student interested in the Spanish placement test, you must take the test at least five business days prior to the start of your orientation visit so that you are able to receive your results by the time you register. Students who do not take the test in time may not be able to register for a language course during orientation. Results cannot be rushed.

If you are a current student, you should plan to take the French or Italian test at a time prior to your registration appointment (usually during backpacking). The Spanish placement test should be taken at least 2-3 business days before your registration appointment. This will allow you enough time to receive your results ahead of your appointment. Results cannot be rushed.

All students interested in the Portuguese placement test should read the details in the tab below. Appointments are only available during the academic year (September through April).

Where can the test be taken?

The French, Italian, and Portuguese tests are proctored. These must be taken on campus and in-person on a date scheduled below. The Spanish test is online and may be taken in any quiet place, free of all distractions and any interruptions, and with a reliable internet connection.

What if I require special testing accommodations?

If you are an incoming student, you should write to the Office of New Student Programs before your stay on campus or before you plan to take the online test to request accommodations on the placement tests.

If you are a current student who has already registered with Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD), you should contact the LSA Testing Accommodation Center at lsa.testcenter@umich.edu to make a request for extended time accommodations two (2) business days in advance of when you will take the online Spanish test. For French and Italian, write to ro.placements@umich.edu to notify them of your request. For Portuguese, please include this information in your request to take the test.

How long does it take to receive my results?

It typically takes 2-3 business days for your results to become available. Results cannot be rushed, so please plan accordingly.

How can I view my results? 

If you are an incoming student, you will not see your placement result immediately, rather you will receive it during orientation. 

If you are a current student, be aware that it takes 2-3 business days for scores to process. You will NOT be notified of your score automatically. You may view your placement results via: Wolverine Access > Student Business > Academic Records > View Placement Exam Results.  

In which courses could I be placed?

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.

What if I have questions about my course placement?

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

What if I have severe trouble learning a foreign language?

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. 

What if I have read this and still have questions?

Email the RLL Main Office.

French Placement Tests

To register for the exam, students must email ro.placements@umich.edu 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.

November. The French placement exam will be offered on the following date for Winter 2018 registration:

    - Thursday, November 30th at 4:00pm - Mason Hall 1449

TO REGISTER: Email ro.placements@umich.edu to register.

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

 

Italian Placement Tests

To register for the exam, students must email ro.placements@umich.edu 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.

November. The Italian placement exam will be offered on the following date for Winter 2018 registration:    

    - Wednesday, November 29th at 4:00pm, location TBD

TO REGISTER:  Email ro.placements@umich.edu to register and to obtain the testing location.  

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

 

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


New and incoming students (including transfer students) 
must register for an orientation session to obtain placement exam access and information. Each student, once they pay the U-M enrollment fee, will receive information directly from the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP) regarding orientation and the Spanish placement test. ONSP can be reached at onsp@umich.edu or 734/764-6413.
  
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 (dates below), please contact the RLL Main Office at spanish.placement@umich.edu to register and obtain instructions. You will need to provide your Umich email address and UM identification number. Requests will be processed within two business days. 

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

 November 13 – December 8

Wednesday, December 6th at noon

Session 2

December 18 – January 5

Wednesday, January 3rd at noon