Language Placement Test
Who should take this test?
All students, including transfer students, must complete the language questionnaire. Students who have studied French German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish must also complete the the language placement exam, even if you do not plan to study that language at Cornell.
All French, German, Latin, Russian, or Spanish exams will be provided online. All other exams (Japanese, ESL, etc.) will be scheduled during New Student Orientation or within the first few blocks of the academic year.
Frequently asked questions
If I choose to take the recommended course, do I have to take it immediately or in my first year?
You may take the course at any time during your Cornell career; however, the longer you wait, the more likely it will be that you may forget what you had learned and the more difficult it may be for you to catch up.
What if I don’t do well on the exam or receive a low placement?
Your score and placement will not be recorded on your transcript, nor will your grade point average be affected. You cannot “fail” a placement exam.
What if I'm not comfortable with the recommended course level?
If you wish to continue in a language but feel uncomfortable about starting at the level recommended, consult your academic advisor.
Do I receive credit if I pass the language placement test?
No. This test does not award any credit. To meet the BA degree requirements at Cornell College, every student must complete a language course at the 103 level, OR if you place higher than 103, you must take one language course at the level that you have placed.
What if I’d like to take the exam in two or more languages?
You may take multiple language tests online; however, make sure you take the language that you are most likely to continue at Cornell.
What if I don’t want to continue in a language previously studied?
Please take the exam anyway. If you decide at a later date to continue your previously studied foreign language, the exam score will assist in your course placement. Plus, you will satisfy your curiosity and see how you fit in with our program.
Exam dates and details
You should complete the language placement test by August 14
The exam is available online, contact the professor below for the language you are interested in.
Find more general information on placement testing
If you have additional questions, contact the professor in your specific language area as listed below.