Ohio University

Language Placement

Language Placement Testing 

Students will have the opportunity to take a Language Placement Test at orientation. Students who would like to begin with a new language do not need to take a placement test but should register for the beginning course (E.g.: 1110). Students who have prior experience or speaking ability must take a Language Placement Exam prior to registering for any of the below languages: 

Modern Languages Linguistics International Studies Communication Sciences and Disorders Classics and World Religions
French Arabic Akan (Twi) American Sign Language Latin
German Chinese (Mandarin) Wolof   Greek
Italian Japanese  Hindi    
Portuguese Swahili Indonesian    
Russian   Khmer    
Spanish   Malaysian    
    Thai    

At orientation, students may take the placement exam for French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish in the Gordy Hall 115 computer lab. Students are always strongly encouraged to take the placement test if they have had any experience with the language they wish to continue in college. However, for FR/GER/SPAN 1110, they no longer have to take the placement test. If students choose to go this route, they will not be able to take the placement test later to try to bump up or place out of a requirement. Additional information is available on the Deptartment of Modern Languages website.

Students who have prior speaking or language knowledge of Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese or Swahili should contact the Department of Linguistics for test-out and language course placement information. Students wishing to take placement tests must stop by to take the test in Gordy Hall 383 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call the Department of Linguistics 740.593.4564, to schedule an appointment. For more information, visit the Department of Linguistics Foreign Language website.

Students who have prior speaking or language knowledge of Akan (Twi), Wolof, Hindi, Indonesian, Khmer, Malaysian, or Thai should contact the Center for International Studies for language placement testing. To take the test, please come to Yamada International House, 56 E. Union Street, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, or call the front desk to make an appointment at 740.593.1840. Please plan for up to one hour to take the written test. The tests will not be graded immediately during orientation, but an advisor will work with the student to place them in the appropriate level after the test is graded. For more information, visit our website.

Students with prior experience in American Sign Language should contact Communication Sciences and Disorders to schedule a placement test at 740.593.1407 or Grover Center W218. 

Students with prior experience in Latin or Greek should contact the Department of Classics and World Religions to schedule a placement test at 740.597.2100 or Ellis Hall 201B. 

If you require accommodations for placement testing as a student with a disability, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 740.593.2620 or disabilities@ohio.edu


Placements are not exemptions. Each of the placement tests is designed to identify the course in which a student should begin. A placement does not exempt a student from a required course.