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Students who are contemplating enrollment into foreign language courses and have taken a foreign language prior coming to Miami are highly encouraged to take a language placement exam before enrolling in any courses.

The language placement exam gives you a current assessment of your language proficiency and will place you into a language course that will most likely fit your current competence and knowledge of your language. Exam results are usually accurate for up to six months. If you have taken the test but not enrolled in a language course in a timely manner, you should retake that language placement exam again to get a current placement.

What languages are available?

Computerized language placement tests are available in the following languages:

What about  languages that Miami teaches, but are not listed above?

For languages not listed above, it is recommended that you talk to a language advisor prior to enrolling in a language course. The language advisor  for each language would be able to interview briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening,  literary, and cultural competence. For the languages not listed above, please contact the following departments:

Department of Classics:

Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures:

Department of French & Italian:

Department of Spanish & Portuguese:

Detailed language advisor contact information and placement recommendation guides may also be found on the language placement test site information above.

Does American Sign Language (ASL) count as a language at Miami?

Yes it does! The Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology (SPA) offers ASL courses and by passing SPA 202 - Intermediate American Sign Language II - you will be able to meet your CAS-A language requirement. All placement assessments for American Sign Language are conducted within the SPA department by a full time instructor.  Students will be assessed based on their receptive/expressive knowledge of conversational vocabulary as well as appropriate grammatical features.  All students wishing to complete the assessment should contact Mrs. Megan Gross via email to schedule an appointment. 

What if I am fluent in a language that Miami does not teach?

If you are fluent in a language that Miami does not teach, there are some procedures in place to verify your language proficiency. The first thing you will need to do is to set up an appointment with the College of Arts and Science Advising Office to develop a self-study plan and make sure everything will be approved before testing your oral and written proficiency. Miami will not award academic credit for testing out of a language in this manner, but you will meet your CAS-A language requirement for graduation if you test high enough and if the College of Arts and Science Advising Office approves your plan. If you are interested in establishing proficiency (no credit) in languages not offered at Miami, you should contact the CAS Advising Office no later than your first year at Miami.

What if I want to start with a new language?

Students may start a new language if desired; there is no requirement that the previously studied language must be pursued.  Students beginning a new language should enroll in a course numbered 101 in the desired language and do not need to take a placement exam.

What do I do if I can't get my current placement?

If you have taken the placement test and for some reason cannot access your placement test scores, please contact Daniel Meyers at (513) 529-2510 or meyersde@miamioh.edu and he will look up your results from the placement testing database. Be sure to give your full name, your uniqueID, and the approximate date when you took the placement test so as to find your results quickly.

Can I get my results later after taking the placement exam?

Yes! there are two ways you can access your test results:

  1.  Log back in to the language placement testing database at http://www.miamioh.edu/fltests/ with your UniqueID and MUNet password. Scroll doan and you will see any past tests taken with your raw score and suggested placement.
  2. Log in to BannerWeb at https://bannerweb.miamioh.edu with your UniqueID and MUNet password. Click on the tab for "Student Services & Financial Aid," then click the link for "Student Records" and then "View Test Scores." Both language placement test and math test results are available via this screen.

Can I get academic credit for taking a language placement exam?

No. Foreign language course credit is only awarded through transfer from another college or university, through Advance Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate Program (IB), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and by completing course work.

If I place into a level, can I just skip to a higher or lower level to meet the language requirement?

In order to "get a better grade," or "to make up for a deficient high school experience," starting a language sequence below the level of testing advice should be avoided; it wastes your time, credit hours, and money.  Review courses are available for that purpose. If you really feel that your placement is inaccurate, you will need to speak to a language advisor first in order to receive permission to force-add into a course other than what you placed into.

Wherever a student starts in a course sequence, the usual course sequence (101-102-201-202) may not be interrupted until completion of 202.  Courses in the sequence may not be skipped. Completion of a course numbered 202 or higher (not in translation) with a passing grade fulfills the College of Arts and Science language requirement (CAS-A Foreign Language).