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Placement Test

Placement Testing Schedule

World Languages placement exams are offered in person and remote. See schedule below for specifics. Each language can only be taken once.

In person exams are walk-in (LANG 106) you do not need to preregister for an In person exam.

To register for a remote ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Korean, Latin, or Japanese placement exam, please email the following to

  1. Name
  2. Language
  3. Testing date
  4. Major
  5. 8-digit UNT ID number

(Information on the Spanish placement test is on the Department of Spanish website)

Remote Arabic placement exams are given by appointment only. To schedule an appointment, please email our Coordinator for Arabic, Caroline Najour at:

Spring 2023

(In person exams are held in LANG 106)

  • Friday, December 9 10am-1pm (In-person)
  • Monday, December 19 10am-1pm (In-person)
  • Friday, January 6 10am-1pm (In-person)
  • Thursday, January 12 10am-1pm (In-person)
  • Tuesday, January 24 2pm-4pm (Remote)
  • Friday, February 3 2pm-4pm (In-person) CANCELED
  • Wednesday, February 15 10am-12pm (Remote)
  • Thursday, February 23 2pm-4pm (In-person)
  • Tuesday, March 7 10am-12pm (Remote)
  • Monday, March 20 2pm-4pm (In-person)
  • Friday, March 31 10am-12pm (Remote)
  • Tuesday, April 4 2pm-4pm (In-person)
  • Thursday, April 13 10am-12pm (Remote)
  • Tuesday, April 25 2pm-4pm (In-person)

Effective Fall 2012, 1010 and 1020 for all languages will be 3 credit hours (instead of 4). Students who are new to UNT as of Fall 2012 will earn a maximum of 12 hours from the placement test.

Placement Testing Information

  1. You must be a UNT student or accepted as a student to take the test. The test is offered for languages taught at UNT: Arabic, ASL, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, and Spanish.
  2. The test can only be taken one time. The only exception to this rule is for graduate students who are using the placement test to qualify for the Graduate Translation Exam.
  3. Tests in ASL, French, German, and Italian are computer-based. Arabic is a written test. Tests in Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Latin are done via Scantron. We now offer both Traditional and Simplified Chinese tests. The Spanish placement test is online; to register visit the Department of Spanish website.
  4. The computer-based test consists of multiple-choice questions in vocabulary, grammar, and reading comprehension to test you from the 1010 level through the 2050 level. You may receive between 3 and 12 hours credit, depending on the score. The test can take anywhere from 5-90 minutes to complete.
  5. The test is free; however, if a student places out of credit hours and wants that credit posted on his/her transcript, there is a flat fee of $53.00 placed on his/her school bill. In order to receive credit on your transcript, be sure to ask the Testing Coordinator or a member of the office staff about this as soon as you receive your results. For students who do not need to pay for the credit, a note will go on your transcript declaring that you took the placement exam and stating how well you did (e.g. Proficient in GERM 1010, 1020).
  6. Please consult the schedule for dates and times of testing. The test must be taken at the scheduled location, unless otherwise specified.
  7. Students must provide a valid UNT student ID number and a picture ID. Students must sign in with the proctor at least 30 mintutes before the ending time.
  8. Students must finish by the designated ending time otherwise the test will be canceled and the student will not be allowed to retake it.
  9. Students who are fluent in languages that we do not offer at UNT should look in the Profiency Testing section under Resources or contact the department main office for further information. Though we cannot provide credit, we may be able to test you and waive the foreign language requirement for you.
  10. *New as of November 2011: Students may now take the placement exam if they have already earned credit in the language they are testing in. For example, if you started in SPAN 1010 and did very well, thinking you might be able to place out of the next class, you may take the placement exam to earn credit or proficiency in SPAN 1020, and then register for SPAN 2040.