Language Self-Evals, Placement Tests and Waiver Tests

Site updated Tuesday 08/23/2021


Online 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.


In-person Placement Tests

If you need a language waiver test quickly but cannot take the test during our testing schedule, please call our office. 703-993-1220.

 We have a Spanish placement test in our lab, and Italian and Latin placement tests are only offered in our computer lab on campus.  You do not need to sign up for these tests.  These tests can only be taken one time. If you want to take one of these placement tests, please come to campus--you will find a calendar and times below. 



Arabic |Online Placement Test |

Naglaa Hussein /

Chinese |Online Placement Test |

Xi Chen /

French |Online Placement Test |

Raluca Romaniuc /

German |Self-Evaluation |

Natalia Dudnik /


Kristina Olson /

Japanese |Self-Evaluation |

Manako Fujiwara /

Korean |Online Placement Test |

Jihye Moon /


Martin Winkler /

Russian |Self-Evaluation |

Elena Guglielmi /

Spanish |Online Placement Test |

Alexia Vikis /

Persian |Self-Evaluation |

Maziar Valamotamed/

Portuguese (No placement test available)

please contact: Tatiana Queenan /

 For questions, please email      


Foreign Language Waivers and Tests 


The Department of Modern and Classical Languages (MCL) has discontinued the awarding of three credits for any kind of language waiver.  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.

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

In-person Waiver Tests 

If you need a language waiver test quickly but cannot take the test during our testing schedule, please call our office. 703-993-1220.

Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, 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—they run through the last day of class, Dec 3.

Please arrive between 11:00 am and 1:00pm at 5100 Horizon Hall or 5008 Horizon Hall on days marked in green and bring your own earphones.  You will be allowed 60-90 minutes to take the test depending on the language.  For questions call 703-993-1220.


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 202 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.  Please sign up using this link: 

Sign up for a remote Foreign Language Waiver Test

You can sign up from now through December 3, and take the tests through December 17, 2021. All Remote language waiver tests will be closed from December 18 – through January 7, 2022. 

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 still waive their GMU foreign language requirement.  They can be tested by an acceptable authority in the language. No credit will be given. For this, you can find a link to the waiver forms and instructions at the bottom of this page