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Foreign Language Placement Tests

Learn about the no-cost placement tests for some language courses.

University of Maryland Global Campus offers complimentary placement testing to help determine the most appropriate course in select foreign languages. Proper placement in critical core courses helps ensure your success and allows you to advance more quickly toward your degree.

It is strongly recommended that you take your foreign language placement test in your first term at UMGC. Your test results, in conjunction with your academic background, goals, and interests, will be used by academic advisors to recommend a course that is most appropriate for your academic success.

About Placement Exams

Please email languages@umgc.edu to determine if you need to take a placement exam in any of the foreign languages offered by UMGC.

You must take a placement test before registering for a language course if you have prior experience with the language or if you are a native speaker of the language. Native speakers are not allowed into most UMGC language courses, with the exception of (3 Credits, SPAN 314), (4 Credits, SPAN 418), and (4 Credits, SPAN 419).

If you transferred from another institution where you took language courses, and your credits transferred to your UMGC transcript, you will be able to register for the next language course in your series and do not need to take the placement test.

The 111 level of language classes are designed for students with no prior experience in the language. If you have already taken a language course at UMGC, you can enroll for the next course in the series without taking the exam.

Please note: Foreign language placement exams cannot be used to satisfy any degree program requirements, earn credits, or substitute for a Course Challenge.

Information for Students with Disabilities

If you have a disability or temporary disabling condition that will prevent you from taking a placement test under standard test conditions, please e-mail Accessibility Services for information on testing accommodations.

Foreign Language Placement Tests

Learn about UMGC's free placement tests for some language courses.

Tips for Taking the Placement Test

  • A valid form of picture identification (state-issued driver's license or ID card, passport, or military ID) is required for all placement testing, regardless of the location.
  • Use of electronic devices and study aids are not permitted while taking a placement test.
  • Make sure you understand all directions; ask your proctors (when applicable) to repeat instructions you may not have understood.
  • When prompted for your student ID number, enter your EMPLID number; you can locate this number in MyUMGC by visiting the MyInfo section to view your ID card.
  • Remember, there is no failing grade; just answer each question to the best of your ability.

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