Placement Testing

Because students arrive at Yale with varied experience in foreign language, language programs administer placement exams to determine each student's proficiency level. Most language programs administer these exams during the opening days of the fall semester, and some also offer placement tests at the beginning of the spring semester. In some smaller language programs, instructors might not hold scheduled placement exams, using some other means such as a brief oral interview with each student.

Exam Results

There are five possible scores on a placement exam: L1, L2, L3, L4, and L5. L1 indicates that you should start studying the language with the first semester offered in that language, L2 that you should start with the second-semester course, and so on. L5 indicates that you are at some level beyond the fourth semester (it could be third year, fourth year, or beyond), at which time you are eligible to take any advanced-level course in that language (subject to course prerequisites and language program restrictions). These scores not only dictate your starting point for language study at Yale, but also tell you which semesters you will need to complete to fulfill the Foreign Language Requirement. Consult our Foreign Language Requirement page for more information on how your score tells you what you need to do to fulfill the requirement.

In addition to one of these five scores, some placement test results may give you additional information, such as whether you should pursue a "heritage learner" track. If you believe that a heritage or intensive course would suit your background and needs, talk with the language program director or the course's instructor.

Language Specific Information

Chinese Placement Test

Updated 6/3/2015

Please refer to the East Asian Languages and Literatures website for placement exam information: http://eall.yale.edu/academics/language-programs

French Placement Test

Updated 6/3/2015

The online placement test will be available from 9am (EST) July 1, 2015 through 5pm (EST) August 15, 2015

You will have 90 minutes to complete the online test. It can only be started once and cannot be paused. The top of the screen shows the total minutes remaining. You’ll be able to review your answers after the written sections, but not after the listening comprehension. Please take the test in a quiet room with a good pair of headphones (or ear buds) and no distractions. If you don’t know the answer, leave it blank. Please, don't guess.

For additional information on the placement testing process for French, refer to the department website http://french.yale.edu.

Technical Requirements: Do not use an electronic tablet to complete the exam. Mac (OSX) or PC (Win XP/7/8) with a stable internet connection and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Chrome web browser with the latest version of Flash Player and Java is required. Although other browsers are supported, Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser to use when taking the test. To be sure all requirements are met a system check will be performed at the beginning of the test and may also be accessed in advance at https://testing.cls.yale.edu/Browser/TestFor technical support with this test, complete the Placement Test Support Form.

Prior to taking the test please review the Yale College policy on academic honesty and be sure all technical requirements are met.

When you are ready to take the placement test, click on the link below and log in with your Yale NetID and password.

Results will be posted August 26th at 2pm. 

Click Here to Begin the Test

Modern Hebrew Placement Test

Updated 6/9/2015

Students interested in taking the Modern Hebrew placement test must meet on Sunday, August 30, 2015 at the Center for Language Study on 370 Temple Street. Additional information may be found at http://hebrew.yale.edu.

Hindi Placement Test

A placement test is not offered for the Hindi language program. Please visit http://www.yale.edu/hindi for information relating to the program.

Italian Placement Test

Updated: 7/10/2015

Please visit http://italian.yale.edu/undergraduate/placement-testing for additional information.

The online placement test will be available from 9am (EST) July 1, 2015 through 5pm (EST) August 15, 2015

Technical Requirements: Do not use an electronic tablet to complete the exam. Mac (OSX) or PC (Win XP/7/8) with a stable internet connection and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Chrome web browser with the latest version of Flash Player and Java is required. Although other browsers are supported, Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser to use when taking the test. To be sure all requirements are met a system check will be performed at the beginning of the test and may also be accessed in advance at https://testing.cls.yale.edu/Browser/TestFor technical support with this test, complete the Placement Test Support Form.

Prior to taking the test please review the Yale College policy on academic honesty and be sure all technical requirements are met.

When you are ready to take the placement test, click on the link below and log in with your Yale NetID and password.

Click here to begin the test

Japanese Placement Test

Updated 6/9/2015

Please click here for the information about the Japanese placement test.

 

Korean Placement Test

Updated 6/3/2015

Students seeking to demonstrate proficiency through examination or seeking placement based on prior study must take these exams when offered in the fall.           
The Korean test includes three components:
   (1) Online component that students must complete between 9:00 am (EST) July 1, 2015 and 5:00 pm (EST) August 15, 2015.      (See additional information below)
   (2) Oral Interview Test AND
   (3) Writing Test
    
Oral Interview Test and Writing Test:
           Time: Sunday, August 30th, 2015, from 9 am to 12 noon  
           Location: Center for Language Study, 370 Temple Street   (Room #s will be posted on the main door.)

Prior to taking the test please review the Yale College policy on academic honesty and be sure all technical requirements are met.

Please refer to the East Asian Languages and Literatures website for the online component: http://eall.yale.edu/academics/language-programs
If you cannot take the placement exam on Sunday, August 30th, please contact the language coordinator prior to that date. Questions regarding the examinations or courses can be addressed to the Program Coordinator, Angela Lee-Smith

Technical Requirements: Do not use an electronic tablet to complete the exam. Mac (OSX) or PC (Win XP/7/8) with a stable internet connection and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Chrome web browser with the latest version of Flash Player and Java is required. Although other browsers are supported, Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser to use when taking the test. To be sure all requirements are met a system check will be performed at the beginning of the test and may also be accessed in advance at https://testing.cls.yale.edu/Browser/TestFor technical support with this test, complete the Placement Test Support Form.

When you are ready to take the placement test, click on the link below and log in with your Yale NetID and password.

Click here to begin the test

Persian Placement Test

Updated 6/2/2015

Students interested in taking the Persian placement test must contact Persian Program Coordinator, Dr. Shayesteh (f.shayesteh@yale.edu), a week prior to the start of classes to arrange the test date.

Czech, & Polish Placement Tests

Updated:6/30/2015

Entering freshmen who have some knowledge of Czech or Polish should contact Krystyna Illakowicz at krystyna.illakowicz@yale.edu (Polish) or Karen von Kunes at karen.vonkunes@yale.edu (Czech) to arrange to take a placement examination. An orientation meeting will be held at the Academic Fair from 2 to 3.30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 1.

Portuguese Placement Test

Updated 7/8/2015

The Portuguese program is offering a face-to-face placement exam on Sunday, August 30, from 10-12, in WLH 202. Additional information may be found on the department website at http://span-port.yale.edu

Russian Placement Test

Updated: 6/8/2015

The online placement test will be available from 9am (EST) July 1, 2015 through 5pm (EST) August 15, 2015

You will have 90 minutes to complete the online test. It can only be started once and cannot be paused. The top of the screen shows the total minutes remaining. You’ll be able to review your answers after the written sections, but not after the listening comprehension. Please take the test in a quiet room with a good pair of headphones (or ear buds) and no distractions. If you don’t know the answer, leave it blank. Please, don't guess.

For additional information on the Russian language program, refer to the department website http://slavic.yale.edu.

Technical Requirements: Do not use an electronic tablet to complete the exam. Mac (OSX) or PC (Win XP/7/8) with a stable internet connection and the latest version of Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox, or Chrome web browser with the latest version of Flash Player and Java is required. Although other browsers are supported, Mozilla Firefox is the preferred browser to use when taking the test. To be sure all requirements are met a system check will be performed at the beginning of the test and may also be accessed in advance at https://testing.cls.yale.edu/Browser/TestFor technical support with this test, complete the Placement Test Support Form.

Prior to taking the test please review the Yale College policy on academic honesty and be sure all technical requirements are met.

When you are ready to take the placement test, click on the link below and log in with your Yale NetID and password.
Click Here To Begin the Test

Spanish Placement Test

Updated: 7/8/2015

The Yale Spanish placement exam will be administered online. The Spanish Placement exam’s sole purpose is to correctly place you in the proper level so that you will get the most out of your academic experience in one of our courses. Your exam will be evaluated by our department and you will be placed in the appropriate level. The exam is to be taken by you without any outside help or access to resources or materials. All students, including native speakers, who have been exposed to Spanish whether formally or informally, who wish to enroll in a Spanish language course must take the placement examination. Refer to the Department of Spanish & Portuguese website  for additional information http://span-port.yale.edu/