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Fall Placement Testing

AY 24-25 Placement Testing

Deadlines are fast approaching! Click on a language below for details and plan accordingly.

Honor Code

While taking any placement test, remember that you are subject to the Stanford Honor Code and Fundamental Standard.  Specifically, you are not permitted to receive outside assistance on these examinations.  "Outside assistance" means, among other things, the use of books, notes, dictionaries, grammar books, spell checkers, grammar checkers, translation tools, cutting and pasting foreign language items from the web, and composing items in writing before speaking.

It is very important that you do your best on this exam and that you do not receive any help with it. In order to make good judgments about your language placement in Stanford programs, we need good information about your level and knowledge.

Arabic Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Arabic includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with an Arabic instructor between July 15 and August 31, 2024. Placement testing for Arabic generally only takes place once per year (prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly. 

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment between July 15 and August 31, 2024.

Click here to schedule your test

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, ARABLANG 21).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) if you have any questions.

Classical Greek Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Classical Greek will take place in a scheduled session during New Student Orientation (NSO). Please see the NSO schedule for details. Students who plan to take the test should sign up on the Canvas site (link below) in advance.

Sign up here

Please email John Tennant or the classics [at] stanford.edu (Department of Classics) if you have questions about the placement testing process for Classical Greek. 

For questions about satisfying the undergraduate language requirement, please contact the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center).

Filipino Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Filipino includes both written and oral components and will take place online between August 15 - 31, 2024 by appointment. All placement testing should be completed by August 31, so students should plan accordingly.

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment between August 15 - 31, 2024.

Click here to schedule your test

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade.  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) if you have any questions.

French Placement Testing

French Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take both the online text component and oral test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

This online exam represents step one of the French Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers.

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline. 

Important:  You will have 60 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test. 

take Online Text Component here

Oral Portion
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral test.

The next step of the placement process is an oral interview. This will be a live, one-on-one interview via Zoom with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the French placement test (link above for online text component). NOTE: At the time of your interview, you will need a photo ID, your Stanford ID number, and SUNet ID.

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, FRENLANG 21C).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

German Placement Testing

German Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take both the online text component and oral test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

This online exam represents step one of the German Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers. You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15. 

Important:  You will have 60 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Online Text Component here

Oral Portion
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral test.

The next step of the placement process is an oral interview. This will be a live, one-on-one interview via Zoom with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the German placement test (link above for online text component). NOTE: At the time of your interview, you will need a photo ID, your Stanford ID number, and SUNet ID.

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, GERLANG 21).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Hebrew Placement Testing

The placement test for Hebrew will take place on September 5th, 6th and 9th by appointment. Please use the link below to sign up on the Canvas site and make an appointment for your test.

The placement assessment for Hebrew includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with a Hebrew instructor. Placement testing for Hebrew generally only takes place once per year (during the summer prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly.

Click here to sign up for the Hebrew test.

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade.  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center )if you have any questions.

Hindi Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Hindi includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with a Hindi instructor between August 1 to 31, 2024. Placement testing for Hindi generally only takes place once per year (during the summer prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly.

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment from August 1 to 31, 2024. Testing will conclude on August 31, 2024.

Click here to schedule your placement test

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, SPECLANG 152B: First-year Hindi, Second Quarter).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) if you have any questions.

Italian Placement Testing

Italian Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take both the online text component and oral test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

This online exam represents step one of the Italian Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers.

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline.

Important:  You will have 60 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Online Text Component here

Oral Test
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral test.

The next step of the placement process is an oral interview. This will be a live, one-on-one interview via Zoom with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Italian placement test (link above for online text component). NOTE: At the time of your interview, you will need a photo ID, your Stanford ID number, and SUNet ID.

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, ITALLANG 21A).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Japanese Placement Testing

Japanese Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take the Online Text Component, followed by a separately scheduled Zoom appointment for an oral and written test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral and written test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline. 

This online exam represents step one of the Japanese Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers. Please see below for guidelines on when to take the online test.

Important:  You will have 60 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Online Text Component here

Oral and Written Test
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral and written test.

 

The next step of the placement process is an online oral interview and writing test conducted during a scheduled 60-minute Zoom session. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Japanese placement test (link above for online text component).

At the time of your Zoom interview, please be sure to have the following items at hand:  

   1. Pen/pencil and blank paper  

   2. Your Stanford ID number  

   3. A photo ID  

  4. Your SUNet ID

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, JAPANLNG 21).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Korean Placement Testing

Korean Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take the Online Text Component, followed by a separately scheduled Zoom appointment for an oral and written test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral and written test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline. 

This online exam represents step one of the Korean Placement Test and covers vocabulary, grammar, and typing short answers. Please see below for guidelines on when to take the online test.

Important:  You will have 60 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Online Text Component here

Oral and Written Test
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral and written test.

 

The next step of the placement process is an online oral interview and writing test conducted during a scheduled 60-minute Zoom session. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Korean placement test (link above for online text component).

At the time of your Zoom interview, please be sure to have the following items at hand:  

   1. Pen/pencil and blank paper  

   2. Your Stanford ID number  

   3. A photo ID  

  4. Your SUNet ID

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, KORLANG 21).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Latin Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Latin will take place in a scheduled session during New Student Orientation (NSO). Please see the NSO schedule for details. Students who plan to take the test should sign up on the Canvas site (link below) in advance.

Sign up here

Please email John Tennant or the classics [at] stanford.edu (Department of Classics) if you have questions about the placement testing process for Latin. 

For questions about satisfying the undergraduate language requirement, please contact the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center).

Modern Chinese Placement Testing

Modern Chinese Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take the Online Text Component, followed by a separately scheduled Zoom appointment for an oral and written test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral and written test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline. 

This online exam represents step one of the Chinese Placement Test and covers reading, grammar, and vocabulary. Please see the table below for guidelines on when to take the online test.

Important:  You will have 90 minutes to complete the test once you log in and begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the appropriate link below (Simplified or Traditional according to your preference), sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page.   Before you start the online text component in "Quizzes" be sure you have read the instructions, have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Simplified Chinese Online Text Component here

take Traditional Chinese Online Text Component here

Oral and Written Test
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral and written test.

 

The next step of the placement process is an online oral interview and writing test conducted during a scheduled 60-minute Zoom session. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Chinese placement test (link above for online text component).

At the time of your Zoom interview, please be sure to have the following items at hand:  

   1. Pen/pencil and blank paper  

   2. Your Stanford ID number  

   3. A photo ID  

  4. Your SUNet ID

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, CHINLANG 3).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Persian Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Persian includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with a Persian instructor from June 15 to July 31, 2024. Placement testing for Persian generally only takes place once per year (during the summer prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly.

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment from June 15 to July 31, 2024.

Persian Placement Test

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) if you have any questions.

Portuguese Placement Testing

The placement assessment for Portuguese includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with a Portuguese instructor between July 1 and August 15, 2024. NOTE: International students who have done the majority of their schooling in Portuguese, should not take this test. Please contact the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) for guidance.

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment between July 1 and August 15, 2024.

Click here to schedule your test

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, PORTLANG2A).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center )if you have any questions.

Russian Placement Testing

Russian Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

The placement assessment for Russian includes an online text component, followed by an oral and written exam conducted in person or on Zoom.

Placement testing for this language generally only takes place once per year (prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly. 

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

This online exam represents step one of the Russian Placement Test and covers reading-comprehension, culture, and language structure.

You must complete the online text component and have signed up for the oral portion by July 15, 2024.  We cannot guarantee appointments or placements for students who miss the deadline. 

Important:  You will have 75 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test.

take Online Text Component here

Oral and Written Test
(Schedule appointment by July 15)

Note: you must take the online text component before you take the oral and written test.

 

The next step of the placement process is an online oral interview and writing test conducted during a scheduled 60-minute Zoom session. This will be a live, one-on-one interview with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Russian placement test (link above for online text component). Zoom appointments will take place from June 1 to July 15. Please plan accordingly.

At the time of your Zoom interview, please be sure to have the following items at hand:  

   1. Pen/pencil and blank paper  

   2. Your Stanford ID number  

   3. A photo ID  

  4. Your SUNet ID

 

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, SLAVLANG 3).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Spanish Placement Testing

Spanish Placement Testing
June 1 - July 15

To complete the placement process, you must take both the online text component and oral test.

The online text component must be completed before the oral test.

Online Text Component
Complete by July 15, 2024

This online exam represents step one of the Spanish Placement Test and covers listening, grammar, and typing short answers. Please see below for guidelines on when to take the online test.

 

Important:  You will have 75 minutes to complete the test once you begin. When you are ready to enroll in the test, click on the link below that says "Take Online Text Component here," sign in with your SUNet ID and password, then click "Enroll in Course" to get to the instructions page. Before you start the written test in "Quizzes" be sure you have a good internet connection and enough time to take the entire test in a single sitting. You cannot stop and restart the test. 

 

AP Note:  If you are an incoming freshman who received a 4 or 5 on the AP Spanish Language Exam, you do not need to take the online written portion of the Spanish placement test. If you plan to continue in the language, you simply need to complete the oral portion of the placement test (please be sure to upload your qualifying AP score report in Canvas). To upload your score, you will need to enter the Canvas site by clicking on the link below for the Online Text Component. See instructions below for completing the oral portion of the test.  This exemption applies only to incoming/current freshmen, and does not apply to students applying for any BOSP program for which a Spanish placement test is needed.

 

take Online Text Component here

Oral Portion
Sign up for appointment by July 15

The next step of the placement process is an online interview over the summer. This will be a one-on-one interview via Zoom with a certified tester, one of the instructors in the program. Please sign up for your interview using the link provided on the introduction page of the Spanish placement test (link above for online text component).

For students with qualifying AP scores, click on the link for the online text component, then you will see a link for the oral exam. Be sure to read the instructions carefully and upload your AP score using the link provided.

At the time of the interview, please be sure to have your photo ID, Stanford ID number, and SUNet ID ready to present to the interviewer.  

Receiving your Placement

Your placement will be emailed to you within a week to 10 days after completion of the exam. The placement result will be a class, not a grade (for example, SPANLANG 11).  Students must enroll in the class in which they are placed, rather than trying to self-place in another level. If you have questions/concerns about your placement, please contact the coordinator of the language program.

Vietnamese Placement Test

The placement assessment for Vietnamese includes both written and oral components and will take place during a scheduled 60-minute one-on-one Zoom meeting with a Vietnamese instructor between August 1 to 31, 2024. Placement testing for Vietnamese generally only takes place once per year (during the summer prior to the start of the academic year), so students should plan accordingly.

Please use the following link to schedule a placement assessment between August 1 to 31, 2024.

Click here to schedule your test

Please email the languagecenter [at] stanford.edu (Language Center) if you have any questions.