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.
If you anticipate or experience a disability related barrier to accessing the language placement test, please contact the Miller Center for Student Disability Services at email@example.com or (513) 529-1541 to request reasonable accommodation. The online tests are untimed. Tests in French, German, and Spanish may have audio or video as part of their test components.
Computerized language placement tests are available in the following languages:
For languages not listed above, the respective language advisors have given some initial guidelines and advice for placement in the following language pages.
We recommended that you talk to a language advisor prior to enrolling in a language course in addition to viewing the basic guidelines and advice given here. The language advisor of each language would be able to interview briefly and recommend a best placement based on your written, spoken, listening, literary, and cultural competence.
|Guidelines and Advice||Department|
||Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures|
||Department of French, Italian, and Classical Studies|
||Department of Spanish & Portuguese|
Students may start a new language if desired; there is no requirement that the previously studied language must be pursued or continued. Students beginning a new language, except Spanish, should enroll in a course numbered 101 in the desired language and do not need to take a placement exam.
Students wishing to begin Spanish at the 101 level will need to check specific instructions on the Spanish Language advisement page.
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