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Language Placement Exams

All students are expected to take a placement exam before registering for language classes!

Current Undergraduate and Graduate students must request access to placement exams. After a student has requested and received access, the exam will become available via MySlice within 24 hours.

Click here for online Placement Exams.

Then sign into MySlice and navigate to Student Services > Placement Exams > Take Placement Exams.

If you have access to PEs (students in their first term at SU) you will move directly to the Placement Exam site in Blackboard. If you do not have access (you are a returning student), you will need to be given access to Placement Exams by providing the information requested. The Placement Exams will become available via MySlice approximately 24 hours after the request has been processed.

To be given registration access to the appropriate Language course, ESF students must contact the Language department once the exam has been completed. Please email Colleen Kepler, cdkepler@syr.edu, with your name and student ID number.

Please Note:

First term undergraduate students (new 1st year and new transfer students) are able to access and take the Placement Exams when the student accepts the admission offer and is term activated (in May for Fall admits, on a rolling basis beginning in December for Spring admits). To access the appropriate language exam, go to MySlice, log in, and then scroll down the middle column to "Placement Exams."

Arabic

If you have studied Arabic either formally or informally, lived in an Arabic-speaking country, or grown up in an Arabic-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any ARB course. For more information, contact Dr. Rania Habib prior to the beginning of the semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Chinese

If you have studied Chinese either formally or informally, lived in a Chinese-speaking country, or grown up in a Chinese-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any CHI course. For more information, contact Lanjing Zhou prior to the beginning of the semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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ESOL (ELAE)

All students for whom English is not their native language should take the English Language Assessment Exam (ELAE) on one of the following days: August 21, 23, or 24, 2017, 8:30 am-noon. Room location is Gifford Auditorium, HB Crouse for August 21 and August 23, and Kittredge Auditorium, HB Crouse for August 24. Students are required to sign up for the exam by clicking here. The exam starts sharply at 8.30 am. Students should bring their SUID and a pencil (two parts of the exam are graded by computer, and answers cannot be changed if done in ink). The exam contains three parts: a composition on an assigned topic; a test of listening comprehension; and a test of grammar, vocabulary, and reading comprehension. If you are an undergraduate student, the results of the exam will tell you which ENL/WRT course you should take to begin completing your undergraduate writing requirement. If you are a graduate student, further language study might be recommended, but not required, so this does not usually affect your course of study. For more information, contact Youmie Kim or Matthew Hammill prior to the beginning of the semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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French

If you have studied French either formally or informally, lived in a French-speaking country, or grown up in a French-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for French classes. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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German

If you have studied German either formally or informally, lived in a German-speaking country, or grown up in a German-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any GER course. To access the German exam, please go to MySlice. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Karina von Tippelskirch.
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Greek

If you have studied Ancient Greek either formally or informally, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any Greek grammar course. The placement exam will be administered the Saturday before classes begin in the fall semester, and will consist of translation passages and an interview (in English) to assess your Greek background and ability. For admittance into GRK courses in the spring, please contact Professor Jeffrey Carnes to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the spring semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Hebrew

If you have studied Hebrew either formally or informally, lived in Israel, or grown up in a Hebrew-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before the class begins. If you register for classes without taking the exam and you have prior Hebrew experience (beyond basic reading skills), you will be asked to take the exam and re-register for the correct level of Hebrew class. To access the Hebrew exam, please go to MySlice. If you have any questions, please contact Erella Brown Sofer.
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Hindi

If you have studied Hindi either formally or informally, lived in a Hindi-Urdu speaking country, or grown up in a South Asian household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any HIN course. The placement exam consists of two written pages and a short oral. It is administered in person on Thursday, August 27, from 1-3 pm, and Friday, August 28, from 4:30 to 6:15 pm in HBC 312. For admittance into HIN courses in the spring, please contact Professor Tej Bhatia to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the spring semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Italian

If you have studied Italian either formally or informally, lived in an Italian-speaking country, or grown up in an Italian-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any ITA course. To access the Italian exam, please go to MySlice. Contact Prof. Giannini for more information prior to the beginning of the semester.
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Japanese

If you have studied Japanese either formally or informally, lived in Japan, or grown up in a Japanese-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any Japanese grammar course. For more information, contact Tomoko Walter prior to the beginning of the semester. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Korean

If you have studied Korean either formally or informally, lived in Korea, or grown up in a Korean-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any KOR course. For admittance into KOR courses in the fall, please contact Seungmin Yun to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the fall semester. If you register for classes without taking the exam and you have prior Korean experience, you will be asked to take the exam to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate class. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Latin

If you have previously studied Latin you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any LAT course above the 101 level. The placement exam will be administered the Saturday before classes begin in the fall semester, and will consist of translation passages and an interview (in English) to assess your Latin background and ability. For admittance into LAT courses in the spring, please contact Professor Jeffrey Carnes to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the spring semester.
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Portuguese

If you have studied Portuguese either formally or informally, lived in a Portuguese-speaking country, or grown up in a Portuguese-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any POR course. For admittance into POR courses in the fall, please contact Dennis Harrod to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the fall semester. If you register for classes without taking the exam and you have prior Portuguese experience, you will be asked to take the exam to ensure that you are placed in the appropriate class. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Russian

If you have studied Russian either formally or informally, lived in a Russian-speaking country, or grown up in a Russian-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any RUS course. The exam is administered in person the last Thursday and Friday before classes begin in the fall semester. For admittance into RUS courses in the spring, please contact Professor Erika Haber to schedule an exam prior to the beginning of the semester. If you register for classes without taking the exam and you have prior Russian experience, you will be asked to take the exam and re-register for the correct level of Russian class. Admittance into LIT courses that are cross-listed with RUS courses does not require a placement exam but you cannot use LIT courses towards the Russian major or minor; instead, you must register for the RUS side of the course. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Spanish

If you have studied Spanish either formally or informally, lived in a Spanish-speaking country, or grown up in a Spanish-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any Spanish classes. You must present your student ID to take all language placement tests.
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Turkish

If you have studied Turkish either formally or informally, lived in a Turkish-speaking country, or grown up in a Turkish-speaking household, you must take a placement exam before being allowed to register for any TRK course. To access the Turkish exam, please go to MySlice. If you have any questions, please contact Professor Jaklin Kornfilt.
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