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Placement Test


Messiah College Language Placement Assessment

Students do not need to take the language placement assessment if they have AP, CLEP, I.B. or college credit in language. Students with one year or less of language study or students who wish to begin the study of a new language do not need to take the placement assessment unless they believe that they do not need to start at language 101.

All other first semester and transfer students who have studied Chinese, French, German, Latin, or Spanish are required to take the placement assessment. If students have studied more than one of these languages they should take the test in the language with their highest level of proficiency. Additionally, students who consider one of these languages as their primary language should take the language placement assessment.

Students who are proficient in a language other than English, Chinese, French German, Latin or Spanish may be eligible for a waiver. Contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.

Since most first semester and transfer students will enroll in a language class before they take the placement assessment they should use the following guidelines when they register for a language course. After students take the placement assessment they may need to enroll in a different language class.

Students with a disability may contact Amy Slody in the Office of Disability Services if they require an accommodation to complete the language placement assessment.

Chinese, French, German, Spanish:

  • one year or less of language study: enroll in 101
  • one to two years of language study: enroll in 102
  • three years or more of language study: enroll in 201


  • one to two years of language study: enroll in Latin 101
  • three years: enroll in Latin 102
  • more than three years: enroll in Latin 201

All students who have taken French, German or Spanish at other institutions and are planning to enroll in these classes must take a placement examination.

The exam is administered by the department during first year orientation for the entire incoming class. Students are assigned a location to take the placement test when they check-in on Thursday of orientation week.  Campus maps are provided in order to locate the building.  You will have one hour to take the placement test.  Once the test is completed all the tests will be scored and you will be sent an e-mail indicating what level language you should register for.

The placement test may be taken during the academic year by appointment only.

  • German, French, and Spanish placement testing: Sign-up for a test time here. If you have a question you may contact Deborah Chopka, Administrative Assistant, Department of Modern Languages, or ext. 2629.

  • Latin placement testing: contact Joseph Huffman.
  • Chinese placement testing: contact Stella Ye.

For the languages we do not offer in our Department, students can opt to take the placement test through NYU at their cost. This program provides the opportunity for many international students to earn credits for their native/near native language skills. While not every language is available in this program, many are. Here is their link : Email NYU directly requesting to take the exam at Messiah College. NYU will then forward all instructions and information. The students can then contact us to make the arrangements to have the exam proctored. The phone number for NYU is 212-998-7030.