Students who have previously studied a modern foreign language and intend to register for a course in that same language should use the following guidelines:

  • 1-2 years of high school language - Students take the placement exam to determine the appropriate level (typically 101 or 102, possibly higher). Instructors may recommend placement above 101 based on student performance during the drop/add period.
  • 3 years of high school language - Students register for 102. No placement exam is required.
  • 4 years of high school language - Students register for 102 or higher, according to placement exam.

You will be notified of your placement level once you complete the exam. If you do not have previous experience with a modern foreign language, you should enroll in a 101 level class.

The placement exams for French, German, Italian, and Spanish are given in January, July, and August during FAST and Freshman Orientation. Your advisor will notify you of the exact dates and times of other exam sessions. Students who need to take a placement exam for Arabic must contact the department at 412.396.6415.


For more information or questions, please contact the Department of Modern Languages by calling 412.396.6415.