Language Placement

At the time they first enroll in a beginning- or intermediate-level language course, all students who have previously studied that language must have a placement score. The only students exempt from having a placement score are those who have never studied the language before. Credit will not be given for a language course taken at a lower level than a student’s placement score indicates.

Certain language departments offer written exams at the beginning of each semester. The schedule and location of these exams in the fall will typically appear on the New Student Orientation website during the preceding summer. You can also reach out to the language department for information.

Students wishing to be evaluated in a modern language other than those taught by the language departments should consult the Penn Language Center.

Students who feel their placement scores do not accurately reflect their language level, or students who have other questions about their language study, should make an appointment to speak with the coordinator of their particular language program.