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(217) 244-4437
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Testing in Less Commonly Studied Languages    (last updated November 5, 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.

CHINESE PROFICIENCY TESTING: This exam serves to fulfill the General Education language requirement. It is now offered online at the Testing Center and consists of listening comprehension, reading comprehension, and writing an essay. Contact Melissa Minarik at the Testing Center at least 5 business days before your desired test date to schedule your appointment.

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: 217-244-4515
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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Bosnian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Roman Ivashkiv
PHONE: 217-244-1063
EMAIL: roman904@illinois.edu

Fall testing is finished. 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
Dr. Chilin Shih
PHONE: 217-244-2725
EMAIL: Please contact Debbie if you have questions about Chinese testing debrice@illinois.edu

CHINESE PROFICIENCY TESTING IS NOW ADMINISTERED AT THE TESTING CENTER. Please contact Melissa Minarik at least 5 business days before your desired test date to schedule your appointment.

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: 217-244-4515
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: 217-333-1288
EMAIL: cwebste@illinois.edu

Classical Greek

Classics Dept..
Dr. Brian Walters
PHONE: 217-333-1008
EMAIL: bwaltrs@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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Hebrew

Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Ms. Sarah Elder
PHONE: 217-333-7978
EMAIL: srwilkin@illinois.edu


Dr. Dara Goldman
PHONE: 217-333-0986
EMAIL: degoldma@illinois.edu
Hindi

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

The next opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

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
Dr. Misumi Sadler
PHONE: 217-244-2725
EMAIL: Please contact Debbie if you have questions about Japanese testing debrice@illinois.edu

The next opportunity to take the placement exam will be in January 2019 prior to the start of Spring semester.

Kannada

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

There is a fee for this test. The next opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Korean

Dept. of East Asian Languages and Cultures
Dr. Jeeyoung Ahn Ha
PHONE: 217-244-2725
EMAIL: Please contact Debbie if you have questions about Korean testing debrice@illinois.edu

The next opportunity to take the placement exam will be in January 2019 prior to the start of Spring semester.

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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Marathi

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

There is a fee for this test. The next opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Native American Languages: Quechua

Upon consent from the Associate Director of the Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies
Mr. Carlos Molina Vital
PHONE: 217-333-3182
EMAIL: crm5@illinois.edu

Polish

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

Fall testing is finished. 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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Russian

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

Fall testing is finished. 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

Fall testing is finished. 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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Telugu

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

There is a fee for this test. The next opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

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

Fall testing is finished. 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 opportunity to take the proficiency exam will be given on January 22, 2019 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Check back later for the online registration form.

Yiddish

Program in Jewish Culture and Society
Ms. Sarah Elder
PHONE: 217-333-7978
EMAIL: srwilkin@illinois.edu


Dr. Dara Goldman
PHONE: 217-333-0986
EMAIL: degoldma@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:

  • Brigham Young University - BYU's FLATS exams assess through the third level of a language.  Before registering for a BYU exam, please check with your academic advisor to confirm the language requirement that you need to fulfill. All programs in the Gies College of Business, most programs in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, and some programs in the College of Fine & Applied Arts require demonstration of fourth-level proficiency rather than third-level proficiency.

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.