Placement Test FAQ
How do I sign-up for the placement test?
You do not need to register in advance for a placement test. All tests are in-person, walk-in, and held in the Language Building, room 106 on various days during the semester. You will need a photo ID to take the test. View the test schedule here.
Students needing ODA accomodations, please email email@example.com for further instructions on securing accomidations for your test.
Can I take the test on a day not listed on the schedule?
We offer the placement test on various days and times during the semester to best accommodate student schedules. Please choose a test date from our test schedule.
Please be aware of enrollment deadlines if you are planning to take the placement test to enroll in a course for next semester. View the UNT academic calendar here.
Only Arabic can be scheduled on a different date. Please contact Dr. Caroline Najour (Caroline.Najour@unt.edu) to schedule an Arabic placement test if you cannot make it to one of the test dates above.
Can I take the test online from a remote location?
No. We offer the placement test on campus on various days and times during the semester to best accommodate sutdent schedules. Please see the full list of availalbe test dates here.
Is there a cost to take the test?
The placement test is free to take. If you test out of any classes and need the credit posted to your transcript, UNT charges $53 to post any number of credit hours you earn. The fee can be paid online at my.unt.edu.
What materials do I need to take the test?
All test materials will be provided to you on the day of the exam. Remember to bring a photo ID with you and know your 8-digit student ID number. You may not use any supplementary materials such as textbooks, dictionaries, other devices, etc.
What will I be tested on?
The test covers concepts taught at the 1010 - 2050 level through questions on grammar, reading, and comprehension.
For ASL, you will be tested on receptive skills at the 1010 - 2050 level.
How many credit hours can I earn with the placement test?
You may earn up to 12 credit hours of language credit.
How long does it take to complete the test?
The total time it takes to complete the test depends on the language you are testing and your proficiency in the language. Generally, students take 45 minutes - 2 hours to complete the placement test. Please note: The ASL placement test has 4 modules with a 30-minute time limit for each module.
Is there a time limit to complete the test?
For most languages, students have until the scheduled end-time according to the placement test schedule to complete the test. The ASL placement test has 4 modules with a 30-minute time limit for each module.
Please arrive at the test location no less than 30 minutes before the test is scheduled to end. If you think that you will not be able to finish the test in 30 minutes, plan to arrive earlier or attend a different testing date.
Can I take the test more than once?
No. You may only take the test once on the day you choose to take the test. You may take a placement test in another language.
Does the Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures provide study guides for the placement test?
We do not have study guides. The test is designed to determine your language proficiency and place you at the appropriate level.
I am having technical issues.. What should I do?
Contact the UNT Help Desk at (940) 565-2324 if you experience any technical issues with Canvas or Lockdown Browser. If the issue is not resolved right away, contact our office at (940) 565-2404 and let us know.
When will I receive my test results?
For ASL, Canvas will automatically grade your test and you should see your results when you are finished.
The testing website for French, German, and Italian will also automatically grade your exam.
Chinese, Japanese, Korean, and Latin tests will be graded in 1-2 business days and you will be notified of your results via your UNT email address.
What score do I need to receive credit?
For ASL, a score of 70 or higher is required to test out of 1010 - 2040. A score of 80 or higher is required to test out of 2050.
For French, German, and Italian, the testing website will automatically tell you your placement level.
For Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Latin, we will send an email to your UNT email address with your results in 1-2 business days.
How do I get credit posted to my transcript?
Credits are not automatically posted to your transcript. You must let the test proctor know you wish to have the credit applied to your transcript and provide your signature.
If you took the test online/remotely during the Fall 2023 semester or prior, you recieved an email to your UNT email address with your test results after finishing the exam. This email asks if you would like the credit posted to your transcript. You must reply to this email to confirm that you accept the credit and the $53 fee. You can pay the fee at my.unt.edu. Contact us if you need to accept credits from an online exam.
How long will it take for my credit to appear on my transcript and degree audit?
After accepting credit, it takes about 4-6 weeks for credit to be posted to student transcripts. Several UNT departments are responsible for processing credit by examination. If you need language credit to graduate, please be aware of this process and plan to take the placement test early in your academic career.
Do I have to wait for my credit to be posted to my transcript before enrolling in a course?
No. If you have accepted your credits, we can enroll you in a course while your credits are being processed. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your full name, student ID number, the course number, and the section number of the course you need to enroll in.
Do I have to pay the fee before my credits are posted to my transcript?
No. The fee and credits are processed separately by different UNT departments. The Department of World Languages, Literatures, & Cultures is not responsible for taking payments or updating transcripts; however, if you accepted your credits and they have not been posted to your transcript after 4-6 weeks, contact us at email@example.com and we can try to determine the issue.
Will accepting my credits affect my GPA?
No. Credit by exam does not have a letter grade assigned when posted to your transcript and does not affect your GPA.
I accepted my credits and they have not been posted to my transcript. What do I do?
First, make sure you accepted and signed for your credits during the in-person test. If you took the test online/remotely during the Fall 2023 semester or prior, you recieved an email to your UNT email address with your test results after finishing the exam. Credits are not automatically posted without your confirmation. If you did not confirm that you wanted your credits on test day, email firstname.lastname@example.org with your UNT ID number and let us know you need your credits.
If you did accept your credits, wait 4-6 weeks from the day you accepted for your credits to be processed. Several UNT departments are responsible for processing credit by examination, and processing times may be longer during busy periods in the semester.
If your credits have not been posted to your transcript in 4-6 weeks, contact us at email@example.com and we can try to determine the issue.
I did not accept my credits on the day of my exam. Can I accept my credits at a later time?
Yes. We keep a record of your placement test results. If you decide at a later time that you need the credits on your transcript, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and let us know.
If I already have AP or CLEP credit, can I take the placement test?
Yes. If you already have credit from a different exam, you may still take our placement test to try and test out of a higher-level course. Be aware that UNT charges $53 to post any credits earned through the placement test. If you have AP credit and earned more credit with our placement test, let us know at the time of accepting your placement test credit.
Can I take a placement test for a language not taught at UNT?
We only offer placement tests for languages taught at UNT; however, you may be able to take a proficiency exam for other languages to satisfy your major's language requirement. Your major's college will determine if you are able to satisfy your language requirement with proficiency credit. Learn more about proficiency testing here.