Placement Testing for MESALC Language Study

Students can gain an exemption from their College Foreign Language Requirement by demonstrating a "2020-level" of proficiency in speaking, reading, and writing in one of the MESALC languages. See below for specific information on each language -- or contact the Language Program Coordinator directly.

 

 


Arabic

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Arabic:

Placement into Arabic language courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. Both written and oral competence in Modern Standard Arabic will be evaluated.

Who should take the placement test:

1. Students who have studied Arabic previously, or who come from Arabic-medium schools, and
2. Students who wish to be exempted from the College’s Foreign Language requirement.

When to take the test:

At the start of the Fall semester of every academic year. You must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting the Arabic Language Program Coordinator. The 2017 placement test for Arabic language will take place on Monday, August 21st at 12:00 PM in 129 New Cabell.

When you will know the result:

We will discuss your placement at the end of the exam.

Who to contact:

Please contact the Arabic Language Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the procedures outlined above.

 


Hebrew (Modern)

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Modern Hebrew:

Placement into Modern Hebrew language courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. This test should take no longer than 20-30 minutes. Both written and oral competence in Modern Hebrew will be evaluated.

Who should take the placement test:

1. Students who have studied Hebrew before at home or in some setting other than UVa and don't know exactly which class they should take should take the placement test before they register, and
2. Students who wish to be exempted from the College’s Foreign Language requirement.

When to take the test:

Placement for the Modern Hebrew language program takes place the two days prior to the beginning of classes each semester. You must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting the Hebrew Language Program Coordinator.

When you will know the result:

We will discuss your placement at the end of the exam.

Who to contact:

Please contact the Hebrew Language Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the procedures outlined above.

 


Hindi/Urdu

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Hindi / Urdu:

Placement into Hindu or Urdu language courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. The tests typically consist of three parts: (1) an oral component, (2) a sight reading component, and (3) a written component.

Who should take the placement test:

1. Students who have some prior knowledge of the language(s) and who wish to be located in an appropriate Hindi or Urdu class, and
2. Students who wish to use Hindi or Urdu to gain exemption from the College’s Foreign Language requirement.

When to take the test:

The placement tests are given only during the first three weeks of each semester. You must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting the Hindu/Urdu Language Program Coordinator.

When you will know the result:

We will discuss your placement at the end of the exam.

Who to contact:

Please contact the Hindu/Urdu Language Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the procedures outlined above.

 


Persian

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Persian:

Placement into Persian language and literature courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. The test has two parts: a written part and an oral interview. The written test takes approximately 1 hour and the oral interview takes about 5-10 minutes.

Who should take the placement test:

1. You grew up speaking Persian at home (brief interview only), or
2. You have studied Persian before, in any setting, or
3. You lack the prerequisites for the PERS course you would like to enroll in.

When to take the test:

You must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting the Persian Language Program Coordinator during the first week of classes.

When you will know the result:

We will discuss your placement at the end of the exam.

Who to contact:

Please contact the Persian Language Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the procedures outlined above. Students seeking exemption from the College’s Foreign Language Requirement should also contact the Persian Language Program Coordinator to schedule an exam/interview OR to submit a transcript that demonstrates secondary education in Persian.

 


Sanskrit

Placement / Foreign Language Requirement Exemption for Sanskrit:

Placement into Sanskrit language courses of various levels at the University of Virginia is done through an informal test administered in person by the teacher of the language classes. The exam will test you on your reading ability of Sanskrit and takes approximately 45 minutes.

Who should take the placement test:

1. Students who have previous experience learning Sanskrit, or
2. You are seeking exemption from the College’s Foreign Language Requirement.

When to take the test:

You must make prior arrangements to take a placement examination by contacting the Sanskrit Language Program Coordinator.

When you will know the result:

We will discuss your placement at the end of the exam.

Who to contact:

Please contact the Sanskrit Language Program Coordinator directly if you have any questions about the procedures outlined above.