Language Self-Evals, Placement Tests and Waiver Tests

Site updated Tuesday 06/06/2022

FRESHMAN-CALL FOR INFORMATION 703-993-1220 or 703-408-9185

LANGUAGE TESTING FOR STUDENTS GETTING A BA DEGREE OR A SECOND MAJOR/MINOR IN A LANGUAGE

WE ARE OPEN FOR FRESHMAN TESTING NOON-2PM ON THE FOLLOWING DATES; PLEASE BRING EARPHONES OR HEADPHONES:

JUNE 17, JUNE 24, JULY 1, JULY 12, JULY 15, JULY 19

WE ARE OPEN FOR HONOR STUDENTS 2:30PM-5:00PM ON JUNE 28

IN ADDITION, THESE STUDENTS CAN COME FOR TESTING ON TUESDAYS THROUGHOUT THE SUMMER AT 2:00PM AS SEEN ON CALENDAR BELOW.

 

 Foreign Language Placement Tests/Self Evaluations

(for finding out where your language skill/knowledge lines up with our courses; then you will know what course to take first)

 

Remote Placement Tests / Self-Evaluations

You can access our online placement tests or self-evaluations below to assist you with placement. For this, please click "Online Test ↓|" or "|Self-Evaluation ↓|" next to a language. If you use the self-evaluation for placement, and you register for a language course, you should notify your instructor before the first day of class. At that time, help your instructor confirm that you chose the appropriate level. There can be both academic and financial consequences for staying in a course that is not proper placement; please work with your instructor about placement decisions.

 

Arabic |Online Placement Test |

Naglaa Hussein / nmahmou4@gmu.edu

Chinese |Online Placement Test |

Xi Chen / Xchen8@gmu.edu

French |Online Placement Test |

Raluca Romaniuc / rromaniu@gmu.edu

German |Self-Evaluation |

Natalia Dudnik / ndudnik@gmu.edu

Italian

Kristina Olson / kolson4@gmu.edu

Japanese |Self-Evaluation |

Manako Fujiwara / mfujiwar@gmu.edu

Korean |Online Placement Test |

Jihye Moon / jmoon9@gmu.edu

Latin

Martin Winkler / mwinkler@gmu.edu

Russian |Self-Evaluation |

Lena Guglielmi / hgugliel@gmu.edu

Spanish |Online Placement Test |

Portuguese (No placement test available)

please contact: Tatiana Queenan / tqueenan@gmu.edu

Persian |Self-Evaluation ↓|

 For questions, please email language@gmu.edu     

  

In-person Placement Tests

We have Italian, Latin, and Spanish placement tests in our lab.  Others can be taken in our lab if you prefer that over the online tests. You do not need to sign up for these tests. If you want to take one or more of these placement tests, please come to campus. Please bring your own earphones that can be plugged into our PC’s (earphones not needed for the Italian test). You will find building/room, days/times and calendar below for open testing times.

Foreign Language Waivers and Tests 

(waiver tests are taken in an attempt to ‘test out of’ the 100 and 200 levels of language requirements that BA degrees have. There is not a test for ‘testing out of’ the 100 level, there is only one test and it is for the 100 and the 200 level.)

FOR MORE WAYS TO SATISFY YOUR FOREIGN LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS OTHER THAN WHAT IS DETAILED BELOW, AND INFO ABOUT A FOREIGN LANGUAGE EXEMPTION, PLEASE SEE THIS CHSS WEBSITE:  https://academicaffairs.chss.gmu.edu/ugradpolicies/ugpolicies/flwaiver

The Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) does not award credits for our language waiver tests.  For passing one of our language waiver tests (placed beyond all 200 levels of a language), students who have a foreign language requirement for their major will instead receive a language waiver (satisfying required language courses). In satisfying their foreign language requirements, we submit the information to the registrar for processing. Therefore, our waiver tests are not for students who do not have a foreign language requirement.

You are permitted to take each language waiver test only one time

In-person Waiver Tests 

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish tests are offered in our computer lab on campus.  You do not sign up for these tests.  See the calendar below for days of the tests.

Please arrive at 2:00pm at 5100 Horizon Hall or 5008 Horizon Hall on days marked in green and bring your own earphones that can be plugged into our PC’s (no earphones needed for Arabic, Italian, and Japanese tests).  You will be allowed 60-90 minutes to take the test depending on the language.  For questions call 703-993-1220. 

calendar

 

Remote Waiver Tests 

If you cannot come to campus to take the test, we do have remote waiver tests for Chinese, French, Korean, and Spanish. For the remote tests, we ask that you first take the placement test, and see that you place into course number 201 or higher.  Links to these are found in the highlighted area under the Placement heading above. If you complete the eval/placement test well as described above, you are ready for a remote waiver test. If for some reason the lock down browser for the test does not video tape your entire test, you will be asked to come to our testing lab.  Please sign up using this link: 

Sign up for a remote Foreign Language Waiver Test

It may take five days after you sign up to be added to and be invited to take the test.

Waivers for Languages We Do Not Teach

Students who are native speakers of a language other than English and other than the languages taught at GMU, can also be tested and waive their GMU foreign language requirement. At least one semester or more before their graduation date, a student can be tested by an acceptable examiner in the language. It is best to get the examiner approved by our advisor, Xi Chen. xchen8@gmu.edu  Like all other language waivers, no credit is given. Here is the link to the procedures and forms.     

Waiver Forms (used for being tested elsewhere for languages not taught at GMU)