Language Placement Exam

Please note: Only currently enrolled students at the University of Dayton should access the placement exam from this site.  If you are an incoming first-year student, you may find the following information helpful but do not access the language placement exam from this site. You will receive information from the Office of Admission and should access the language placement exam through their orientation site.  If you are unsure if you should proceed, please contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at 937-229-2449.

The language placement exam is designed to determine which language course at the University of Dayton best matches your current skill level. Your results will indicate which language course you begin taking at the University. Language placement exams are available for the following languages offered by the Department of Global Languages and Cultures:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish.

New to language

If you are new to a language, have never taken classes and do not have experience in the language, you do not need to take the language placement exam.  Since you are new to the language, you would begin by taking a 101 class.

Previous experience / classes in a language

If you have taken language classes or have experience in a language prior to attending the University, you are required to complete the language placement exam before taking a language class.

Example: You have taken French classes in high school but decide you would like to take Spanish at the University of Dayton. If you have never taken a Spanish class before and do not have experience in the language, then you would not need to take the language placement exam but would begin by taking a SPN 101 class. If in the future you decide you would like to take a course in French, then you would be required to take the French placement exam before taking a French class since you have taken French classes prior to attending the University. The French placement exam results would indicate which French course you begin taking.

Placement Exam

Currently enrolled students at the University can access the language placement exam online for: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Latin, Russian and Spanish. For the Arabic placement exam, you will need to contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures at 937-229-2449.

Upon completion of the Phase I online language placement exam, your course placement will be highlighted. These results indicate the language course you will begin taking.

Depending on your Phase I score, you may be required to complete the Phase II placement exam. The Phase II exam is reviewed by a language faculty member and must be completed for your course placement to be determined.  Taking the Phase II exam does not necessarily indicate placement into an advanced level class.

You can take the online language placement exam from your own computer or you can use the Language Learning Center located in the Jesse Philips Humanities Center Room 305. The LLC is open when classes are in session during the fall and spring terms Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The attendant on duty will be able to assist you. The LLC is not available during the summer or when classes are not in session.

Placement Results

Language placement exam results will indicate which language course you begin taking at the University.  Because we are a proficiency-based program, language placement exam results are only valid for one year. If you do not take the language course indicated by your placement exam results within that time, you will need to retake the language placement exam before taking a language course.

Have more questions about the language placement exam? You may find your answers in our Language Placement Exam Frequently Asked Questions (www)>>

If you still have questions regarding the language placement exam, you can contact the Department of Global Languages and Cultures by phone at 937-229-2449 or send an email.

Ready to take your language placement exam?

If you are a currently enrolled student at the University, select the appropriate language below and follow the instructions carefully:

Arabic
Chinese
French
German
Italian
Latin
Russian
Spanish

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