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(217) 244-4437
pnp@illinois.edu


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8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Testing in Less Commonly Studied Languages    (last updated June 21, 2018)

Placement testing is NOT NECESSARY if you have never studied the language. The purpose of placement testing is to identify which Illinois course is most appropriate for you so that you can pick up your studies where you left off. If you are not familiar with a language, you don't need to take any placement test. You will simply enroll in the first elementary-level course.

Placement testing and proficiency testing in a less commonly studied language are carried out by the department that offers the language. The department decides the date and time of the test, the manner in which testing is conducted, and the score. The test administrator determines your level of proficiency as well as your course placement, based on your performance. The department also determines how much proficiency credit, if any, your performance earns. Credit hours are NOT automatically posted to your academic record simply because you took a language proficiency exam. Sometimes passing the proficiency exam fulfills your General Education language requirement but does not earn course credit. Consult with your academic advisor to find out how your academic record will be affected.

Please be aware that a less commonly studied language MIGHT NOT BE OFFERED every semester. Just as course availability depends on instructor availability, placement testing and proficiency testing also depend on the availability of an instructor who is qualified to assess your language skills. Thus, placement and proficiency testing in a particular less commonly studied language might not be offered every semester. If this is the case for you, please check with the department that is responsible for the language to see what your options are.

A fee may be charged to defray the cost of administering and grading a proficiency exam. The student is responsible for paying any fees that the department charges.

Language

Department Responsible For Testing

Sub-Saharan
African Languages
(Swahili and Wolof)

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mary Gathogo
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: gathogo@illinois.edu

ASL

Dept. of Speech and Hearing Science.
Ms. Susan Dramin Weiss (by appointment only)
PHONE: 217-333-2230
EMAIL: sdramin@illinois.edu

Arabic

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Eman Saadah
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: esaadah2@illinois.edu

Basque

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Dr. Jose Ignacio Hualde
PHONE: 217-244-7161
EMAIL: jihualde@illinois.edu

Bengali

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Bosnian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-333-0680
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

The next test will be given on Friday, August 24 and again on Friday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1030 FLB.

For general information about the Slavic placement tests, go here.
Bulgarian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Richard Tempest
PHONE: 217-244-4720
EMAIL: rtempest@illinois.edu
*Placement testing only* There are two courses.

Catalan

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Dr. Jose Ignacio Hualde
PHONE: 217-244-7161
EMAIL: jihualde@illinois.edu

Chinese

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
EMAIL: slclundergradservices@illinois.edu

Placement testing for Chinese is now available online for both incoming students and currently enrolled students. If you are a native speaker of Chinese, DO NOT TAKE THIS TEST unless you want to enroll in a Chinese course. The Chinese Placement Test serves only to determine which of our Mandarin courses a learner of the language should enroll in. This test does not fulfill the Gen Ed language requirement.

  1. First you will enroll yourself to take the test.
  2. Then you must complete the Technology Check to make sure that your computer is equipped to allow you to answer the questions.
  3. Lastly, you must complete the entire test in one sitting. There are four parts, administered in this order: Speaking, Listening Comprehension, Reading Comprehension (which also assesses vocabulary and grammar), and Writing (for which you will hand-write or type a short essay). You should budget 90 minutes to take the test.

We hope to offer a proctored, online Chinese Proficiency Test in Fall 2018. Please check back. More information will be posted when it is available.

Czech/Slovak

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. David Cooper
PHONE: 217-244-4666
EMAIL: dlcoop@illinois.edu

Farsi (Persian)

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Eman Saadah
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: esaadah2@illinois.edu

German

Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures.
Proficiency testing only! New students must take the online German placement test prior to enrolling in a German course. Continuing students must request a face-to-face testing appointment. All German proficiency exams are administered on an individual basis.
Mr. Charles Webster
PHONE: 217-244-6609
EMAIL: cwebste@illinois.edu

Classical Greek

Classics Dept..
Professor Jon Solomon
PHONE: 217-333-1008
EMAIL: josolomo@illinois.edu

Modern Greek

Modern Greek Studies Program
Dr. Stefanos Katsikas
PHONE: 217-300-7188
EMAIL: skatsika@illinois.edu

Gujarati

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Hebrew

Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Dr. Sara Feldman
PHONE: --- (Please contact her by email)
EMAIL: sarafeld@illinois.edu

Dr. Bruce Rosenstock
PHONE: 217-333-0473
EMAIL: brsnstck@illinois.edu

 

Dr. Brett Kaplan
PHONE: 217-333-1253
EMAIL: bakaplan@illinois.edu
Hindi

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Italian

Dept. of French and Italian
Ms. Laura Callegari Hill
PHONE: 217-244-9375
EMAIL: lchill1@illinois.edu

Placement tests for Italian are offered face-to-face, not online. An effort will be made to schedule them in combination with the student’s Summer Registration Program. To set up a 30-minute appointment, please contact Laura Hill, Director of the Basic Italian Language Program, at least one week in advance of your desired test date.

Japanese

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
EMAIL: slclundergradservices@illinois.edu

The placement test will be given on Friday, August 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in Room G30 FLB. Registration is required. Register here.

Kannada

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Korean

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
EMAIL: slclundergradservices@illinois.edu

The test will be given on Friday, August 24 from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. in Room G27 FLB. Registration is required. Register here.

Latin

Classics Dept.
Proficiency testing only! New students must take the online Latin placement test prior to enrolling in a Latin course. Continuing students must request a face-to-face testing appointment. All Latin proficiency exams are administered on an individual basis.
Dr. Ariana Traill
PHONE: 217-333-7661
EMAIL: traill@illinois.edu

Malayalam

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Marathi

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Native American Languages: Quechua

Upon consent from the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Dr. Kasia Szremski
PHONE: 217-300-2231
EMAIL: szremski@illinois.edu

Polish

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-333-0680
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

The next test will be given on Friday, August 24 and again on Friday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1038 FLB.

For general information about the Slavic placement tests, go here.
Portuguese

Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese
Mrs. Raquel Castro Goebel
PHONE: 217-333-3390
EMAIL: rcgoebel@illinois.edu

Punjabi

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Russian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-333-0680
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

The next test will be given on Friday, August 24 and again on Friday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1030 FLB.

For general information about the Slavic placement tests, go here.
Sanskrit

Dept. of Religion
Dr. Jessica Vantine Birkenholtz
PHONE: 217-333-0473
EMAIL: jvanbirk@illinois.edu

Scandinavian Languages

Dept. of Germanic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Verena Jessica Hoefig
PHONE: --- (Please contact her by email)
EMAIL: verena@illinois.edu

Serbian/Croatian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-333-0680
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

The next test will be given on Friday, August 24 and again on Friday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1030 FLB.

For general information about the Slavic placement tests, go here.
Tamil

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Telugu

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

There is a fee for this test. The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Turkish

Turkish Studies
Dr. Ayse Ozcan
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: aozcan@illinois.edu

Ukrainian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-333-0680
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

The next test will be given on Friday, August 24 and again on Friday, August 31 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room 1030 FLB.

For general information about the Slavic placement tests, go here.
Urdu

Linguistics Dept.
Dr. Mithilesh Mishra
PHONE: 217-333-3563
EMAIL: mkmishra@illinois.edu

The next proficiency test will be given on September 4, 2018. Registration is required. Register here.

Yiddish

Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Dr. Sara Feldman
PHONE: --- (Please contact her by email)
EMAIL: sarafeld@illinois.edu

IF YOUR LANGUAGE IS NOT LISTED ABOVE:

You may make arrangements to take an external exam from one of the institutions whose test results we accept for LOTE purposes, if that institution offers your language. Please note that you are responsible for all proctoring and testing fees. You should plan on taking the exam during Fall or Spring semester, as faculty are not usually available during the summer to administer language tests.

The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign accepts test results from the following institutions:

After verifying that the institution offers an exam in the language that you want to test in, your next step is to contact our Testing Center and make arrangements to test under proctored conditions.

For other questions, please contact pnp@illinois.edu or call 217-265-6248 during business hours.