Language Placement Exams in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish


 Exam and Placement Information:

In order to move efficiently and successfully through the sequence of language courses at UMW, first-time students should begin their language study at the appropriate level. We offer a placement exam in Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish. Our placement exam is administered through Avant Assessment.

For new students, in order to get your placement recommendation at orientation, you will need to take the exam at home BEFORE coming to campus between April 2 and May 15, 2019.  New students will receive more detailed instructions directly on how to access this exam. Students who score high on the this exam will be invited to take another proctored exam at the beginning of the fall semester if they wish to seek exemption from the UMW language requirement. THIS 2nd EXAM IS BY INVITATION ONLY. Otherwise students can take the recommended course.

For continuing students who missed out on the exam their freshman year, there will be dates TBA to take the exam ahead of course registration in the fall and spring.

This test is meant to help you determine the appropriate language course placement at Mary Washington. It should be used together with other factors such your previous years of language study, the grades you earned in your previous classes, the quality of instruction, and any experience you might have had outside of class. See for more guidance.

To take the exam, you will need to follow the instructions that will be sent to you directly from UMW. By taking this test you are bound by the Mary Washington Honor Code. This means, that you are on your honor to take the placement test by yourself using no assistance during the test. You will not use any reference materials, nor will you have another person help you while you are taking the test. Likewise, you are not to download, print out, or in any way save this test.