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Placement & Proficiency
(217) 244-4437
pnp@illinois.edu


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

Testing in Less Commonly Studied Languages    (last updated May 19, 2017)

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 the language, you will enroll in its first-semester, elementary-level course.

Placement testing and proficiency testing in a less commonly studied language is carried out by the department that offers the language. The department decides the manner in which testing is conducted, the course placement you should receive based on your performance, and your level of proficiency as well as the dates and times of the testing. The department also determines how much, if any, proficiency credit your performance may earn. 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 Gen Ed 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 as well as 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.

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

 

American Sign Language

Speech and Hearing Science Dept.
Mr. Donald Haring (by appointment only)
PHONE: 217-689-0304
EMAIL:dharing@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

Bulgarian

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, Japanese, and Korean

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

For dates and other information related to EALC placement testing, please email Debbie Kraybill at debrice@illinois.edu

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

Classical Greek

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

Modern Greek

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

Hebrew

Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Ms. 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

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 lchill1@illinois.edu at least one week in advance of your desired test date.

Latin

Classics Dept.
Proficiency testing only! Latin placement testing is done online. All Latin proficiency exams are administered on an individual basis.
Dr. Ariana Traill
PHONE: 217-333-7661
EMAIL: traill@illinois.edu

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. George Gasyna
PHONE: 217-244-3070
EMAIL:ggasyna@illinois.edu

Professor Gasyna will meet by appointment only, as he will not be holding regular office hours during Fall 2017. His office is Room 3056 FLB. Click here for dates and other information related to Polish placement and proficiency testing.

Portuguese

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

Russian

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

Click here for dates and other information related to Russian placement and proficiency testing.

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

Click here for dates and other information related to Bosnian, Serbian, and Croatian placement and proficiency testing.

Turkish

Turkish Studies
Ms. 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

Click here for dates and other information related to Ukrainian placement and proficiency testing.

Yiddish

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

IF YOUR LANGUAGE IS NOT LISTED ABOVE: 

If you need to take a placement or proficiency exam and your language is not listed above, you may make arrangements to take the NYU exam or the U-Penn exam, if NYU or UPenn offers your language. You will need to contact the Testing Center and make arrangements for them to proctor you while you take the exam. Please note that you are responsible for all proctoring and testing fees. Strong performance on the 12-point NYU exam or the UPenn exam will fulfill Illinois' General Education LOTE requirement.

For other questions, please contact pnp@illinois.edu or call 217-244-4437.