PLEASE NOTE THE UW TESTING CENTER IS CLOSED FOR SPRING QUARTER. THEY PLAN TO REOPEN ON JUNE 15. IF YOU NEED TO TAKE A PLACEMENT TEST FOR GRADUATION, SUMMER QUARTER, OR AUTUMN QUARTER CONTACT FRENITAL@UW.EDU. AN ONLINE PLACEMENT TEST IS NOW AVAILABLE.
If you took French or Italian in high school you must take the first year (100 level) placement test, unless you already have college credit from UW in the High School, Running Start, AP, or Higher Level IB French/Italian exams. Otherwise, the UW registration system will not allow you to register for French/Italian courses.
Learn more about Foreign Language credit and requirements at the UW .
If you have never taken French/Italian, you do not need to take a placement test and you are eligible for the first quarter language course (101 or 134).
Students who have taken 2 or more years of French/Italian in high school or use French/Italian as their language of admission to the UW will not earn credit if they take French/Italian 101 at UW as it is considered high school duplication. If such a student takes the placement test and places into 101 then that student may take 101 but will not receive credit for the class. Students can take the class and receive a grade but it is considered repeating credits so it will not apply to overall total needed for graduation.
First-Year French & Italian Placement Exams
First-Year French & Italian Placement exams are multiple-choice and consist of 100 questions.
Score of 0-14 - Placement into 101
Score of 15-30 - Placement into 102
Score of 31-56 - Placement into 103
Score of 57 or above - Placement into 201 and eligible for 200-level placement exam. Students who place into French/Italian 201 fulfill the College of Arts and Sciences Foreign Language Requirement.
The First-Year Placement exam costs $30 and is administered at the Office of Educational Assessment Testing Center in 440 Schmitz Hall. Find an available testing day and preregister for a test with them online.
Second-Year Placement Exam
- If a student places into FRENCH or ITAL 201 and wishes to take the second-year placement exam in order to potentially place into FRENCH 201 and above that exam can be scheduled through the Testing Center by calling (206) 543-1171. Students wishing to by-pass the first-year exam and take the second-year exam should consult with an adviser in French & Italian Studies to inquire about permission to do so.
- The second-year exam consists of short essay questions and lasts for one hour. It can take up to two weeks for second-year exams to be graded and results processed. Please note that we may not have proper staffing for second year exams to be graded during quarter breaks or over the summer.
This information is applicable to students with placement test scores, transfer students, and out-of-sequence students.
Students who take a placement test, have transfer credit and others who are not currently enrolled in a language a course become eligible to register at the start of registration Period II in any given quarter. Please check the academic calendar for Period I & II dates. Students with no French/Italian language courses on their transcripts (chool level or above) are eligible to register for 101 during Period I.