Language Placement

At the time they first enroll in a beginning- or intermediate-level language course, all students who have previously studied that language must have a placement score. The only students exempt from having a placement score are those who have never studied the language before. Credit will not be given for a language course taken at a lower level than a student's placement score indicates.

French and Spanish offer ongoing, online exams. Spanish offers additional guidelines for selecting the appropriate level based on the student’s language experience. The remaining language departments offer written exams at the beginning of each semester. The schedule and location of these exams in the fall will appear on the New Student Orientation website during the preceding summer.

Students wishing to be evaluated in a modern language other than those taught by the language departments should consult the Penn Language Center.

Students who feel their placement scores do not accurately reflect their language level, or students who have other questions about their language study, should make an appointment to speak with the coordinator of their particular language program.

Students who have taken the S.A.T.II exam prior to the beginning of their first semester at Penn may use that score to place them in the proper level:

S.A.T. II 

Score

Register for

 

S.A.T. II 

Score

Register for

           

French

Under 380

FREN 110

Latin

Under 450

LATN 101

380 - 440

FREN 121

450 - 540

LATN 102

450 - 540

FREN 130

550 - 590

LATN 203

550 - 640*

FREN 140

600 - 640

LATN 204

650 or above

Exempt

650 or above

Exempt

           

German

Under 350

GRMN 101

Russian

Under 350

RUSS 001

350 - 440

GRMN 102

350 - 440

RUSS 002

450 - 540

GRMN 103

450 - 540

RUSS 003

550 - 640**

GRMN 104

550 - 640*

RUSS 004

650 or above

Exempt

650 or above

Exempt

Hebrew

700 or above***

Exempt

Spanish

Under 380

SPAN 110

Italian

Under 380

ITAL 110

380-440

SPAN 120 or 121

450 - 540 SPAN 130

380 - 440

ITAL 120

550 - 640*

SPAN 140

450 - 540

ITAL 130

650 or above

Exempt

550 - 640*

ITAL 140

 

650 or above

Exempt

     

Japanese

Students who score 650 or above may satisfy the requirement by demonstrating oral proficiency in an interview.


*Students who score between 600 and 640 can be exempted from the Language Requirement if they pass an oral exam.

**Students who score between 600 and 640 in German can be exempted from the Language Requirement if they achieve a rating of intermediate or better on an oral exam. Students may sign up in the German Department office before the end of the first week of classes.

***Students who score under 700 in Hebrew and wish to continue in the language must take the placement exam offered during New Student Orientation.

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