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Placement Tests

The Slavic department offers placement tests for the following languages:

Please contact slavic@umich.edu to arrange a proficiency exam for Albanian, Bulgarian, Lithuanian, or Romanian.

New & Returning Students

Placement tests are for students who are planning to further their language study or want to test out of the language requirement. If you previously studied one of the languages below and wish to continue studying that same language at U-M Ann Arbor, you MUST take a placement exam prior to enrolling in one of our language courses.

Placement test 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 are required to retake the placement test.

New Language Learners

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 the first term of the first-year language course: BCS 131/531, Czech 141/541, Polish 121/561, Russian 101/511 or Russian 103, UKR 151/551. Please note that the first term of our first-year language courses is offered only in the fall term with the exception of Russian 123/523, which is usually offered in the spring term.

Heritage Russian Speakers

We offer special language courses for heritage speakers of Russian. If you have previous experience speaking Russian or listening to Russian and would like to obtain reading and writing proficiency, please register for Russian 125/524 (Russian for Heritage Speakers I). If you have any questions about your Russian placement, please email slavic@umich.edu.

Taking a Placement Test

Bosnian, Croatian, Serbian (BCS) Placement Tests

Students of any level of the BCS languages are invited to take the BCS written placement test, which will be followed by an oral interview. 

Registration is required for the BCS placement test: REGISTER HERE. The proctor of the test will contact you shortly to schedule your interview. 

If you place beyond the fourth term language level on this test you will have satisfied the LSA language requirement.

Please email slavic@umich.edu if you have questions regarding this test. 

Czech Placement Tests

Students of any level of Czech language are invited to take the Czech written placement test, which is followed by an oral interview.

Registration is required for a Czech placement test: REGISTER HERE. The proctor of the test will contact you shortly to schedule your oral interview.

If you place beyond the fourth term language level on this test you will have satisfied the LSA language requirement.

Please email slavic@umich.edu if you have questions regarding this test.

Polish Placement Tests

Students of any level of Polish language are invited to take the Polish written placement test, which is followed by an oral interview. 

The group Polish placement exam will be held on August 28, 2020, in Modern Languages Building 3308 from 2-4pm. If you are interested in taking the test but cannot make the scheduled time, please contact slavic@umich.edu to schedule an alternate option. 

Register here for a seat in the test.

If you place beyond the fourth term language level on this test you will have satisfied the LSA language requirement.

Please contact slavic@umich.edu if you have any questions about the Polish placement test.

Russian Placement Tests

Russian Placement Test

Russian online placement tests are offered during orientation programs, at or near the beginning of each term, and during the backpacking/enrollment periods. 

Please register here for one of the following placement test dates in 2020:

Thursday, May 21st, 10am-12pm
Thursday, May 28th, 10am-12pm
Thursday, August 27, 10am-12 pm
Friday, August 28, 10am-12pm

Russian Placement Test to Satisfy the Language Requirement

Students interested in taking the placement test to satisfy the language requirement for various majors MUST schedule both an online Russian placement test (see above dates) and an oral proficiency interview (over the phone, remotely, and/or in-person) by individual appointment with a faculty member. 

Please schedule your Russian oral proficiency interview here.

Please email slavic@umich.edu if you have questions regarding the Russian placement test.

Ukrainian Placement Tests

Students of any level of Ukrainian language are invited to take the Ukrainian written placement test, which is follolwed by an oral interview. 

Registration is required for a Ukrainian placement test: REGISTER HERE. The proctor of the test will contact you shortly to schedule an oral interview.

If you place beyond the fourth term language level on this test you will have satisfied the LSA language requirement.

Please email slavic@umich.edu if you have questions regarding this test.

Non-U-M Students

Students who are not enrolled at the University of Michigan will be charged a fee to take a placement test.