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Placement Exams

Students in the Schools of Arts & Sciences, Nursing, and Wharton must fulfill the language requirement specific to their school's policy. Students in Arts & Sciences and Nursing have a 4-semester requirement while Wharton students entering Fall 2017 and later have a 2-semester requirement. Engineering students who wish to enroll in a language class may use the online test for placement into the correct level. Students in dual degree programs should consult the requirements of both programs to determine which language requirement applies to them.

COVID-19 and Fall 2020/Spring 2021 Language Exams

Given the university's switch to remote learning for the Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 semesters, there will be no in-person placement exams offered in Fall 2020 or Spring 2021. In-person language exams usually administered during New Student Orientation (NSO) have been canceled. Incoming first-year students entering in Fall 2020 should review the information linked below for each school and language.

Students in Arts & Sciences, Nursing, and Engineering 

Spanish and French

Online placement exam registration details and instructions. 

For more information, see the French placement or Spanish placement page.

Italian and Portuguese

There are no online placement tests for Italian or Portuguese.

For information about Italian language placement, contact the Director of the Italian Language Program or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

For information about Portuguese language placement, contact the Director of the Portuguese Language Program or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

Wharton Students

General information on the foreign language requirement at Wharton can be found on the Wharton Foreign Language Requirement webpage.

Due to the university's switch to remote learning, there will be no Wharton in-person language placement/exemption exams in Fall 2020 and Spring 2021.

Wharton students starting their first semester in Fall 2020 are eligible to take the online placement test in Spanish or French as the first step in the temporary placement/exemption policy. This policy is valid for Fall 2020 and Spring 2021 only.

Spanish and French

Online placement exam registration details and instructions.  

For more information, see the Spanish placement page or the French placement page.

Italian and Portuguese

There are no online placement tests for Italian or Portuguese.

For information about Italian language placement and exemption, contact the Director of the Italian Language Program or the Undergraduate Coordinator.

For information about Portuguese language placement and exemption, contact the Director of the Portuguese Language Program or the Undergraduate Coordinator.