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Testing in Less Commonly Studied Languages    (last updated June 17, 2019)

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. Placement testing is NOT NECESSARY if you have never studied the language. If you want to begin studying a new language, you can enroll in its elementary-level course.

The purpose of proficiency testing is usually to try to fulfill the General Education language requirement. Most of the language proficiency exams do not award academic credit.

Placement testing and proficiency testing in a less commonly studied language are carried out by the department that offers the language, usually at the beginning of each Fall and Spring semester. The department decides the date and time of the test, the manner in which testing is conducted, and the grading scheme. The department also determines how much academic credit, if any, your performance earns. Credit hours are NOT automatically posted to your academic record simply because you took a proficiency exam. 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 four language skills - reading, writing, listening, and speaking. If testing is not available when you wish to test, 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 are charged.

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 test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Bosnian

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

The next opportunity to take this test will be on Friday, August 23 or on Friday August 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room G18 FLB. General information about the Slavic placement tests is available on their website.

Bulgarian

Dept. of Slavic Languages and Literatures
Dr. Richard Tempest
PHONE: 217-244-4720
EMAIL: rtempest@illinois.edu
*Placement testing only*  There is no proficiency test in Bulgarian for the purpose of fulfilling the Gen Ed language requirement.

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 PLACEMENT TESTING IS DONE ONLINE. New freshmen and new transfer students should log in through New Student Placement Testing. Currently enrolled students can self-enroll into the test for Continuing Students.

CHINESE PROFICIENCY TESTING IS 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.
Face-to-face proficiency testing is available by appointment only. Face-to-face placement testing is available by appointment only for continuing students. New students take the online German Placement Test.
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

Department of the Classics
Dr. Antony Augoustakis
PHONE: 217-333-7327
EMAIL: aaugoust@illinois.edu

Gujarati

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Hebrew

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Ms. Regina Cassidy
PHONE: 217-333-7978
EMAIL: rcassidy@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 test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is no fee for this test.

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 Registration/Advising date. 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 Japanese Placement Test will be offered on August 23, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. in Room G18 FLB. You must register in advance.The next opportunity will be in January 2020.

Kannada

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

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 Korean Placement Test will be offered on Friday, August 23, 2019 at 9:30 a.m. in Room G27 FLB. You must register in advance. The next opportunity will be in January 2020.

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Marathi

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

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

The next opportunity to take this test will be on Friday, August 23 or on Friday August 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room G20 FLB. General information about the Slavic placement tests is available on their website.

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Russian

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

The next opportunity to take this test will be on Friday, August 23 or on Friday August 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room G18 FLB. General information about the Slavic placement tests is available on their website.

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 opportunity to take this test will be on Friday, August 23 or on Friday August 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room G18 FLB. General information about the Slavic placement tests is available on their website.

Tamil

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Telugu

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

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 opportunity to take this test will be on Friday, August 23 or on Friday August 30 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. in Room G18 FLB. General information about the Slavic placement tests is available on their website.

Urdu

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

The next test will be given on Tuesday, September 3 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. Registration is required. There is a fee for this test.

Yiddish

The Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Ms. Regina Cassidy
PHONE: 217-333-7978
EMAIL: rcassidy@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.