The Modern Language placement test evaluates skills in understanding and
grammar of specific modern languages. Most tests have a two-hour time
limit and some require a computer that can play streaming audio, as well
as speakers or headphones for a listening comprehension portion. Once
you start the exam, your time will begin counting down.
Am I required to take a modern language placement test?
Students wishing to study a language of which they have no prior
knowledge are not required to take the modern language test and will
start in the introductory course.
Online exams include:
- Spanish / Heritage Spanish
Learn more about how to take the language placement and proficiency tests at DePaul
. To be evaluated in another language, contact the Modern Languages Department.
About the Spanish and Heritage Spanish Placement Tests
There are two Spanish tests available to help ensure that each student
is placed in the course most appropriate for their level of knowledge
and language skills. The standard Spanish exam is used to assess
non-native speakers who have previously taken courses in Spanish. The
Heritage Spanish exam is intended to assess students with a more
in-depth knowledge of Spanish, either as a native speaker or as a result
of using the language in everyday life.
To gain access to the Heritage Spanish or standard Spanish placement
test, the student will first take a short survey (one question) to gauge
which test is appropriate. The response to this survey will determine
whether the Heritage or regular Spanish test is offered. (Note: neither
testing option will display before the survey is taken, and only the
appropriate test will be accessible once the survey has been completed.)
No special preparation is necessary for the language placement tests.
However, you can help refresh your knowledge of a language by:
- Reviewing the final chapters from the language textbooks that you last used
- Reading ordinary printed material (newspapers, websites) in the language
- Watching television programs or listening to radio broadcasts in the language (if available)
- Listening to music or watching movies in the language
- Practicing ordinary conversation with friends or relatives who speak the language
Together, these activities can help refresh your skills in reading,
writing, speaking and listening to a language that you have previously
studied or used.