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

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.

Please note: There are no writing placement tests at UMGC. The recommended sequence for fulfilling the general education communications requirement in communications is WRTG 111 and WRTG 112 (required).

If you have taken college-level writing coursework at another institution, you should talk with an advisor to determine whether you have already fulfilled the general education communications requirement for 100-level writing.

Foreign Language Placement Test

Please e-mail 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 SPAN 314, SPAN 418, and 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.

Test 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.

Tips for Taking Placement Tests

  • 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.