Language Placement

For students entering Wharton in fall 2017 or later

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 appear on the New Student Orientation website during the preceding summer.

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.

Students who have taken the SAT II exam prior to the beginning of their first semester at Penn may use that score to place them in the proper level:

SAT II Score Register for
French Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
FREN 110
FREN 121
Fulfills Requirement
German Under 350
350 – 440
450 or above
GRMN 101
GRMN 102
Fulfills Requirement
Hebrew* 700 or above Fulfills Requirement
Italian Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
ITAL 110
ITAL 120
Fulfills Requirement
Japanese Students who score 450 or above may fulfill the language requirement
Latin Under 450
450 –540
550 or above
LATN 101
LATN 102
Fulfills Requirement
Russian Under 350
350 – 440
450 or above
RUSS 001
RUSS 002
Fulfills Requirement
Spanish Under 380
380 – 440
450 or above
SPAN 110
SPAN 121
Fulfills Requirement

* Students who score under 700 in Hebrew and wish to continue in the language must take the placement exam offered during New Student Orientation.