If your native language is Russian, or your predominant language is English but have grown up or lived in a Russian speaking community or household, you should take the placement test and additionally schedule an interview with the College of Arts and Science academic advising office. The College academic advisors will guide you through the many factors pertaining to your unique position and will recommend a language course or plan of action that best fits your situation so you can meet the CAS-A language requirement.
The Russian placement test at Miami University does not allow you to skip the language requirement. It is intended for students who have had experience with the Russian language and want to continue studying Russian at Miami. This test will help students with previous Russian experience determine which course at Miami is the appropriate course to continue their Russian studies.
Typically, two (or sometimes three) years of Russian in high school may only represent the material contained in the first year of the Russian 101/102 sequence at Miami. After considering both your high school preparation in Russian as well as the results of this examination, any doubts or questions concerning your placement should be considered with the assistance of one of the advisers and with the assistance of the course descriptions in the Bulletin or in your Guidebook for New Students. An adviser will be available for your questions at times indicated in your Orientation materials.
Self-placement below the level indicated by this guide without consultation with an advisor is not permitted! Please remember that once you have been placed into a Russian class, you must follow the course sequence leading to Russian 202 in order to meet the Miami Plan CAS-A language requirement.
PLEASE REMEMBER! If you are taking this placement test within 48 hours of your registration period, please expect that you may not be able to register for the course you intend. Results from this Canvas placement may take up to two (2) business days to process into the university systems, depending on the time of day you've taken the placement.
This assessment does not require the use of a speaker or headset. There will not be audio or video segments on this exam.
You may take this assessment once. If you believe that your score does not reflect your language ability, you must email the contact at the bottom of this page and give detailed reasons and detailed explanations. It is the contact's discretion whether or not they will allow a retake of the placement exam.
Although this assessment is untimed, please give yourself a good 60 minutes of unobstructed time in a quiet, distraction-free place to take this exam.
The exam will consist of several multiple-choice questions.
Self-Enroll into the Russian Placement Test Canvas website. You can do this by clicking on the button to the right of this page.
If prompted, enter in your Miami UniqueID and Miami password.
You will get a prompt to enroll into the Canvas course. Click the Enroll button.
You will see another screen confirming you have enrolled.
Access the Canvas Dashboard and click on the newly added "Russian Placement Test" site.
You will see a module in the Placement test (shown below)
Click on the Placement Exam link to begin your assessment.
When you are finished, your test will be automatically graded.
The test will be recorded into this Canvas site immediately and into the Foreign Language Placement Testing Database within 2 business days.
Click on the "Grades" link in Canvas to bring up your individual grade sheet. Your placement will show in the upper right-hand corner of the screen, or find the percentage of your exam and use the scale below:
The test scale for this placement test is:
If you need to retrieve your score or placement, log in to the FLTEST score lookup site by clicking the link at the top of this page. If there are any issues or concerns regarding this placement test, please contact:
Dr. Benjamin Sutcliffe
Lead Department Adviser
Department of German, Russian, Asian, and Middle Eastern Languages & Cultures
Irvin Hall 148
(513) 529-2526 Department Office
(513) 529-1822 Office
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Oxford, OH 45056
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