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Center for World Languages and Cultures


Incoming first-year & transfer students

Language Placement Tests

If you have determined that you need to take a foreign language placement test please use the following instructions for your specific language. Please note that even though DU may award you credit hours based on your AP or IB scores in a particular language, you will still have a language requirement (unless your program is exempt) and will still need to take the placement test.


Note for all tests:

  • This test is designed to place you into the appropriate level. Please do not use dictionaries, verb books or other materials for the test. The use of outside materials can result in incorrect placement.
  • You may take the test for more than one language.
  • Computer-based placement test Frequently Asked Questions

French, German and Spanish

This test is a multiple-choice, computer-adaptive test that will take 15-45 minutes depending on your knowledge of the language.  If you get disconnected or forget to print your placement results, simply return to the web site, reenter your name, ID and e-mail address exactly as you did before, and press "resume." This will take you back to the exam results or let you continue the exam.

To take the French, German or Spanish Placement Test:
  1. Log on to the placement testing website.
  2. Select "University of Denver (du)" and click "Go."
  3. The password is "lang246."
  4. At the end of the test, you will receive instructions regarding advising.  Read this section carefully. 
  5. Print and keep a copy of your language placement score.
  6. Your first score will be recorded and sent to the registrar. However, if you score a 0, retake the test, and your second score will be recorded.


This test includes listening comprehension, grammar, reading comprehension and writing. You must complete the test in one sitting and will have only one hour to complete it.

To take the Italian Placement Test:
  1. Before you begin: make sure you have functioning headphones or speakers.
  2. Log on to the Italian Placement Test.
  3. At the end of the test, you will receive instructions regarding advisement.
 Chinese, Latin and Russian

Please read the following instructions and click the links below to access PDFs of the Chinese, Latin, and Russian Placement Tests.

  1. Print the placement test from the CWLC website.
  2. Carefully follow all directions on each section of the test.
  3. Do not use dictionaries, grammar references, or other help while taking the test. This can result in incorrect placement and course scheduling complications.
  4. Type or clearly hand-write your answers.
  5. Return the test to the Center for World Languages and Cultures by July 31, 2013 via mail: 2000 E. Asbury Ave., Sturm Hall, Room 201, Denver, CO 80208, or scan and email to:
  6. Come to your assigned language advising session during Discoveries Orientation Week (Wednesday, September 4) to retrieve your score and complete any follow-up placement questions.

Chinese Placement Test A – Take this test if you wish to begin studying Chinese at the second-year level. If this test is too easy, please take Chinese Placement Test B. If this test is too difficult, speak with a Chinese language advisor during Discoveries week and register for one of the first-year level courses.

Chinese Placement Test B – Take this test if you wish to begin studying Chinese at the third-year level. If this test is too difficult, please take Chinese Placement Test A.

Latin Placement Test

Russian Placement Test

Arabic, Hebrew and Japanese

Placement exams for Arabic, Hebrew and Japanese are taken during Discoveries Week.