Foreign Language Placement

If your major requires a one- or two- year level of demonstrated competency in a foreign language, you may come to the Language Lab to take a proficiency test. This test is proctored and takes 15-30 minutes. Based on your results, you may not need to take a foreign language class.

If you have questions or need additional information, contact us or come see us in 101 Brock Hall.

Online Language Placement Tests

If you are unsure which language class you need to take, you may take a placement test to determine your current level in Spanish, French, German, or Latin. When taking these exams, please follow the instructions carefully or your scores will not be reported to the registrar properly and you will be unable to register for any language class except the first semester (i.e., SPAN 1010: Elementary Spanish) course. 

When you click on a link to take a placement test, you will be asked for your email address. You must enter it in the format where ABC123 is your UTC ID. (Use your UTC email address only!) 

For your semester, select "not enrolled" and enter "summer14" for the passcode.

Foreign languages available for testing

Language placement testing is available online for these languages:

  • French
  • German
  • Latin
  • Spanish

Understanding your results

When you have completed the online testing, you will be taken to a screen that states "Placement into semester #".  Based on that number, you will be able to register for one of the following courses:

  1 2 3 4 5
FRENCH        FREN 1010       FREN 1020       FREN 2110       FREN 2120      

FREN 3000+  

GERMAN GER 1010 GER 1020 GER 2110 GER 2120        

GER 3000+  

SPAN 21301
SPAN 2120
SPAN 21402
SPAN 3000+
LAT 11103
LAT 1020
LAT 11204
LAT 2010 LAT 2020 LAT 3000

*It may take up to 1 week or more once the Registrar receives your results to be able to register for your class.


  1. If you place into Semester 5, please see an MCLL professor for precise placement.
  2. If you think you might major or minor in Spanish, you should take 2110 (Semester 3) and 2120 (Semester 4); otherwise if not, take 2130 (Semester 3) and 2140 (Semester 4)
  3. If you are majoring in a science that requires one year of a foreign language (Biology or Chemistry), you should take 1110 (Semester 1) and 1120 (Semester 2); otherwise, take 1010 (Semester 1) and 1020 (Semester 2).
  4. Results are generally posted to the Registrar each weekend. If you need them sooner, please take the exam in the Language Lab for same-day posting.

Fluency in other languages

If you are a native speaker of a language other than French, German, or Spanish, please contact the Department Head to arrange a fluency examination. Once you complete this test (usually a written exam) and receive documentation of your proficiency, the Language Department can notify the Records Office of your exemption from the language requirement.

Native speakers are more likely to receive a full exemption for their language requirement; heritage speakers (those who have strong exposure to a language without formal education in the language) are more likely to receive higher test scores in oral/listening comprehension than in grammar/reading comprehension. For this reason, heritage speakers may need to take one or more courses to satisfy the language requirement for their major.