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Placement Tests for Language Study

Undergraduates at the University of Chicago need to demonstrate competence in a language other than English by demonstrating reading, writing, listening, and, where appropriate, speaking skills equivalent to one year of college-level study. There are a number of ways to fulfill this requirement:

Passing a College-administered Language Competency exam Placing into the 2nd year level or above in a foreign language course and obtaining a quality grade Completing a full first-year language sequence at the University of Chicago with a quality grade Receiving a certain score on Advanced Placement (AP) language examinations Being a foreign national able to demonstrate previous formal schooling in a language other than English Participating in certain Study Abroad programs
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Language Placement Tests

If you have any previous language experience, you should take a Language Competency Exam or Placement Test to determine which competency level you can fulfill. Tests are offered through each Language Department at the University of Chicago. Please contact the appropriate department to set up an appointment:

Classics East Asian Languages Germanic Studies
Linguistics Near Eastern Languages Romance Languages
Slavic Languages South Asian Languages

Undergraduate Advanced Language Proficiency Certificates

The College has instituted an Advanced Foreign Language Certificate program, designed to recognize students with advanced proficiency in a foreign language. Students who successfully pass a University of Chicago oral and written proficiency test will receive a certificate of advanced proficiency in a foreign language and will have this proficiency noted on their transcripts.

Different language departments have specific requirements that limit which students are eligible to take this exam. Please contact your language department to determine your eligibility. You can find a list of examiners for proficiency tests at the Advanced Language Proficiency webpage of the College.