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Thank you for your note and interest in the World Languages and Cultures programs at Oregon State University. The test is computer based, multiple choice, and adapts to proficiency as you go. We offer this test for the following languages: Chinese, French, German, Russian, Italian and Spanish. Keep in mind the following before taking the test.
You can take the test only one time per language during your OSU affiliation; only the first attempt will be recorded, no exceptions. Only take it if you know you will be taking language courses in the current academic year, otherwise your results will be outdated for the following school year.
Degree/credential-seeking students, not sure if you have to take the placement test? If you're doing a BS, and you are not planning on taking language courses, you do not have to take the test, unless you need to take language courses for the admissions language requirement. All students interested in taking language courses and those fulfilling the BA language requirement, who do not have AP/IB, or college credit, are required to take a language placement test before enrolling in a language course. If you have AP/IB, or college credit, an academic advisor can recommend a course once your credit has been added to MyDegrees. You can hold off on taking the placement test for now. Once your credits have been added to MyDegrees, contact the WLC advisor. See advising section below.
Non-degree students need to take the placement test. Please note that we do not review transcripts.
Prospective students can take the placement test. Where it prompts you to enter a student ID, you may enter 000000000, although your score cannot be recorded and you will not be able to register for a class until you provide your OSU ID#. Using your OSU email account, you may send a note to Helen Wilhelm with this information.
To prepare for the test, please read below:
Didn't find your language? We offer the Japanese placement test in a written form in person in 210 Kidder Hall, the office of World Languages and Cultures. Allow about two hours for the exam. The office is open M-F, 8am-12pm and 1-5pm. Please contact Helen Wilhelm, to set up an appointment for the Japanese test. Ecampus students inquiring about the Japanese placement test should email Etsuko Sisley.
Students seeking an American Sign Language placement exam should email Amy Lazzaretti to set up a time. Placement tests for ASL are only available during fall, winter, and spring terms.
Students seeking an Italian placement exam should email Nobuko Wingard.
Students seeking a Korean placement exam should email Sunyoung Kim.
If you are seeking a language test that we do not offer, to test out of the BA language requirement: Second-year proficiency in a second language, including ASL, at the college level with at least a C-, please take a look at the information below.
The following tests are not administered through OSU, but have been approved to satisfy this requirement. You will need to make arrangements on your own for these exams.
Submit your final scores and documentation to the WLC Advisor, Freddy León to have the BA language requirement marked off.
All requests for the Second Language Admission Requirement must go to the Office of Admissions.
If the placement score indicates "See Advisor," please allow two business days (M-F) for the score to be entered into our system, and for someone in our office to contact you regarding your placement.
Have additional questions? Contact the World Languages and Cultures Advisor, Freddy León or call at 541-737-3945.
Interested in a major or minor in a world language? Set up an appointment to go over the requirements and class registration. Follow this link to make an appointment. Select Unit: World Languages and Cultures, Select Advisor: Freddy-WLC, Select Appointment Type: your choice, and finally choose your date and time.