Foreign Language Placement Index

Each foreign language department has its own rules for level placement. Select a language below to determine your appropriate placement or exemption:

Contact the corresponding Foreign Language Coordinator with any further questions. International College-Level Exams Credit, including IB, can also affect placement.

If you would like a Foreign Language Requirement exemption for a language not taught at U.Va., read the Foreign Language Placement Examinations webpage for information on the NYU 16 point Foreign Language Proficiency Test.

American Sign Language

ASL 1010         no previous ASL

ASL 1020         grade of C- or better in ASL 1010 or placement interview

ASL 2010         grade of C- or better in ASL 1020 or placement interview

ASL 2020         grade of C- or better in ASL 2010 or placement interview

Note:

Placement interviews for students with previous ASL experience will be given during the first week of classes. Contact Eric Reed for more information at ear8c@virginia.edu.

Arabic

ARAB 1010      no previous Arabic

ARAB 1020      ARAB 1010 or equivalent or placement test administered by Arabic faculty

ARAB 2010      ARAB 1020 or equivalent, permission of instructor or placement test administered by Arabic faculty

ARAB 2020      ARAB 2010 or equivalent, permission of instructor or placement test administered by Arabic faculty

Note:

Arrangements to take the test must be made individually with the Arabic Language Coordinator at the Department of Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Cultures.

Chinese

CHIN 1010       no previous Chinese

CHIN 1020       a grade of C or better in CHIN 1010 at U.Va. or the placement test administered by the Chinese language program

CHIN 1060         the placement test administered by the Chinese language program

CHIN 2010       a grade of C or better in CHIN 1020 at U.Va. or the placement test administered by the Chinese language program

CHIN 2020       a grade of C or better in CHIN 2010 at U.Va, or the placement test administered by the Chinese language program

CHIN 2060         a grade of C or better in CHIN 1060 at U.Va, or the placement test administered by the Chinese language program

Note:

  • The Chinese Placement Exam can be found on the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures website.
  • An SAT II Subject Test score of > 640 means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled.

French

FREN 1010      no previous French, SAT II Subject Test score of < 440 or Orientation placement test score of < 296

FREN 1020      FREN 1010, SAT II Subject Test score of 450-530 or an Orientation Foreign Language Placement Exam score of 297-377 and 1-2 years of previous formal instruction

FREN 1050      previous background in French (more than two years of French in secondary school) and an SAT II Subject Test score of < 530, or an Orientation Foreign Language Placement Exam score < 377 or permission of the department

FREN 2010      FREN 1020, FREN 1050, SAT II Subject Test score of 540-600 or an Orientation Foreign Language Placement Exam score of 378-394 and 1-3 years of previous formal instruction

FREN 2020      FREN 2010, or SAT II Subject Test score of 610-650 or an Orientation Foreign Language Placement Exam score of 395-476 and 1-3 years of previous formal instruction

Note:

  • FREN 1010 cannot to be taken by any student who has completed more than 2 years of high school French.
  • The Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled by any of the following:
    •  477+ on the U.Va. placement test
    •  660+ on the SAT II Subject Test
    •  A score of 3 on the French AP Language Test (this score exempts a student from FREN 2020; no credit is awarded and placement is normally in FREN 3031)
    •  A score of 3 on the French AP Literature Test (this score exempts a student from FREN 2020; no credit is awarded)
    •  A score of 4 or 5 on the French AP Language Test exempts the student from FREN 2020 and gives 3 credits for FREN 3031. Students should consult a department advisor about placement.
    •  A score of 4 or 5 on the French AP Literature Test exempts the student from FREN 2020 and give 3 credits for FREN 3032, with placement normally in FREN 3031.
  • New students must take the online placement test by the deadline referenced in the first-year letter sent by the College of Arts & Sciences.

German

GERM 1010     no previous German OR SAT II Subject Test score of < 400 OR G-CAPE Score of 291 and below

GERM 1020     a grade of C- or better in GERM 1010 OR SAT II Subject Test score of 410-500 OR G-CAPE score of 292 - 383

GERM 111R     similar to GERM 1010; accelerated course focusing more heavily on reading

GERM 2010     a grade of C- or better in GERM 1020 OR SAT II Subject Test score of 510-620 OR G-CAPE score of 384 - 492

GERM 2020     a grade of C- or better in GERM 2010 OR SAT II Subject Test score of 630-640 OR G-CAPE score of 493 - 584

Note:

  • An SAT II Subject Test score of > 650 or an AP score of 5 or above means your foreign language requirement is fulfilled.
  • A G-CAPE score of 585 and above means your foreign language requirement is fulfilled.
  • An AP score of 4 on the German Language Exam exempts you from GERM 2010 with 3 credits earned.
  • An AP score of 5 on the German Language Exam exempts you from GERM 2010 and 2020 with 6 credits earned.
  • For the most up-to-date information see the German Department's placement chart.

Hebrew (Modern)

All Hebrew course placement is done through an informal examination. Make arrangements for this exam by contacting Hedda Harari, hh5u@virginia.edu, (434) 924-1322. Placement for the Modern Hebrew language program takes place the two days prior to the beginning of classes each semester.

Note:

An SAT II Subject Test score of > 560 means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled.

Hindi

HIND 1010       no previous Hindi or Urdu

HIND 1020       HIND 1010 or equivalent, permission of instructor or placement test administered by Hindi/Urdu faculty

HIND 2010       HIND 1020 or equivalent, permission of instructor or placement test administered by Hindi/Urdu faculty

HIND 2020       HIND 2010 or equivalent, permission of instructor or placement test administered by Hindi/Urdu faculty

Note:

The placement tests are given only during the first three weeks of each semester. Interested students should consult the sign-up sheets on the door of B036 New Cabell Hall at the beginning of each semester.

Italian

ITAL 1010        no previous Italian or SAT II Subject Test score of < 410

ITAL 1020        SAT II Subject Test score of 420-510

ITAL 2010        SAT II Subject Test score of 520-590

ITAL 2020        SAT II Subject Test score of 600-640

Note:

  • An SAT II Subject Test score of > 650 means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled.
  • New students must take the online placement exam by the deadline referenced in the first-year letter sent by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Japanese

JAPN 1010       no previous Japanese

JAPN 1020       a grade of C or better in JAPN 1010 or equivalent

JAPN 2010       a grade of C or better in JAPN 1020 or equivalent

JAPN 2020       a grade of C or better in JAPN 2010 or equivalent

Note:

Korean

All Korean course placement is determined by the Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures's Placement Exam.

Note:

An SAT II Subject Test score of 700 or greater means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled.

Latin

LATI 1010        no previous Latin or 1-2 years of high school Latin and an SAT II Subject Test score of < 490

LATI 1020        LATI 1010

LATI 1030        1-2 years of high school Latin and an SAT II Subject Test score of 490-570 or 3+ years of high school Latin and an SAT II Test score of < 580

LATI 2010        LATI 1020 or LATI 1030, or 2+ years of high school Latin and an SAT II Test score of 580-640

LATI 2020        LATI 2010

Note:

  • An SAT II Test score of 650 or higher means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled.
  • A score of 4 or 5 on the AP Latin literature or Vergil exam means your Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled; 3 credits are earned for a 3000-level course determined by the department.
  • If you have studied Latin previously but have NOT taken the SAT II exam you will need to take the department's online Latin placement exam prior to summer orientation. Contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Gregory Hays, to register for the exam and receive instructions on how to take it. (If you miss the deadline, contact Mr. Hays for information on how to proceed.)

Persian

PERS 1010       no previous Persian

PERS 1020       PERS 1010 or equivalent or placement test administered by Persian faculty

PERS 2010       PERS 1020 or equivalent or placement test administered by Persian faculty

PERS 2020       PERS 2010 or equivalent or placement test administered by Persian faculty

Note:

If you have questions about the placement exam or if you plan to provide high school transcripts for exemption purposes, please contact: Zjaleh Hajibashi, zh2f@virginia.edu, (434) 924-4641.

Portuguese

PORT 1110      working knowledge of another foreign language or some previous knowledge of Portuguese

PORT 2120      PORT 1110 or equivalent

Note:

Completion of PORT 2120 satisfies the Foreign Language Requirement.

Russian

RUSS 1010      no previous Russian

RUSS 1020      a grade of C- or better in RUSS 1010 or placement test and permission of instructor

RUSS 2010      a grade of C- or better in RUSS 1020 or RUSS 103 or placement test and permission of instructor

RUSS 2020      a grade of C- or better in RUSS 2010 or placement test and permission of instructor

Note:

All first year/ transfer students are required to take the placement test.  Please contact Mark Elson for questions: mje@virginia.edu .  

Spanish

SPAN 1010      No previous Spanish or SAT II Score of 410 or less

SPAN 1020      SPAN 1010 at U.Va.

SPAN 1060      SAT II Subject Test score of 420-510, Foreign Language Placement exam score of 0-325, experience in a related foreign language

SPAN 2010      SPAN 1020 or SPAN 1060, SAT II Test score of 520-590, Foreign Language Placement exam score of 326-409

SPAN 2020      SPAN 2010, SAT II Subject Test score of 600-640, Foreign Language Placement exam score of 410-535, IB Exam score of 5 or 6 (Spanish B, high level only)

Note:

  •  The Foreign Language Requirement is fulfilled by any of the following:
    •  536+ on the U.Va. placement test
    •  650+ on the SAT II Subject Test
    •  4 or 5 on the AP test
  • New students must take the online placement exam by the deadline referenced in the first-year letter sent by the College of Arts & Sciences.

Tibetan

Students who have studied Tibetan language in the past at home or in any institution other than U.Va. should take both the written and oral placement test. A day or two before the actual class should be fine.

Note:

For more information contact Tsetan Chonjore, Director of Tibetan Language Studies, tn8c@virginia.edu, New Cabell B022A, (434) 924-3701.

Urdu

URDU 1010     no previous Hindi or Urdu

URDU 1020     HIND 1010 or equivalent, permission of instructor, or placement test administered by Hindi/Urdu faculty

URDU 2010     HIND 1020 or equivalent, or permission of instructor, or placement test by Hindi/Urdu faculty

URDU 2020     URDU 2010 or equivalent, or permission of instructor, or placement test by Hindi/Urdu faculty

Note:

The placement tests are given only during the first three weeks of each semester. Interested students should consult the sign-up sheets on the door of B036 New Cabell Hall at the beginning of each semester.