Language Placement

 LANGUAGE PLACEMENT EXAMS

All first-year and transfer students who intend to study a foreign language with which they have some familiarity (whether through formal study at the pre-college or college level or through significant exposure to the language through extended stay abroad or through use in your family), and who have not previously submitted scores from the SAT Achievement Test or an Advanced Placement Test in that language, are required to take a Brown foreign language placement test. If you have submitted scores on an SAT Achievement or Advanced Placement Test, but gained significant language experience during the summer (e.g., by taking a summer course before coming to Brown or by a stay of considerable duration in the relevant foreign country), you should take a Brown foreign language placement test. If you know a second foreign language, we suggest you also take a placement test in that language.

Please consult the list below for any scheduled times. You may direct any questions about placement exams to the faculty member listed below.

 AMERICAN SIGN LANGUAGE

Please contact Timothy_Riker@brown.edu in the Center for Language Studies.

 ARABIC

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.  For questions about placement, please contact Alla_Hassan@brown.edu (ARAB0100/200 and ARAB0700/0800),  Mirena_Christoff@brown.edu (ARAB0300/400) and Miled_Faiza@brown.edu (ARAB0500/600) or the Center for Language Studies at Language_Studies@Brown.edu.

CHINESE

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 4 NOON–3:00 PM, Barus and Holley, Room 141.

Anyone who has any background in Chinese is required to take the placement test, including those who have taken or submitted their SAT or AP tests scores.

Please contact Lung-hua_Hu@brown.edu for fall 2018 and

Yang_Wang@brown.edu for spring 2019.

FRENCH

The Brown Placement exam can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams:

brown.edu/academics/french-studies/home/language-placement

GERMAN

Please log on to canvas to take the online German placement test (canvas.brown. edu/courses/977111). You may take the placement test at anytime during the summer or semester.  Please contact Jane_Sokolosky@Brown.edu with questions.

MODERN GREEK

Please contact Elsa_Amanatidou@brown.edu in the Department of Classics.

HEBREW

Please contact Ruth_Adler_Ben_Yehuda@brown.edu in Judaic Studies.

HINDI-URDU

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact Ashok_Koul@Brown.edu at the Center for Language Studies.

ITALIAN

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 4 NOON–3:00 PM, Salomon Center, Room 202

The Italian placement exam has both written and oral components. To schedule the oral interview please contact Professor Abbona-Sneider at Cristina_Abbona@ Brown.edu. You may take the oral exam via Skype before arriving on campus.

JAPANESE

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 4 NOON–3:00 PM, Barus and Holley, Room 158.

Please contact Hiroshi_Tajima@brown.edu in East Asian Studies.

KOREAN

Please contact Hye-sook_Wang@brown.edu in East Asian Studies.

LATIN and ANCIENT GREEK

Please contact Classics_Department@brown.edu.

PERSIAN

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact Iraj_Anvar@brown.edu at the Center for Language Studies.

PORTUGUESE

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period.  Please contact Patricia_Sobral@brown.edu in the Department of Portuguese and Brazilian Studies.

RUSSIAN

Exam scheduled for SEPTEMBER 4 NOON–3:00 PM, Marston Hall, Room 205

Please contact Lynne_deBenedette@brown.edu.

SPANISH

The Brown Placement exam for Spanish can be taken at any time, preferably before the beginning of classes. Please review the following links for information and access to the language placement exams:

brown.edu/academics/hispanic-studies/language-placement

For a list of faculty, please see https://www.brown.edu/academics/hispanic-studies/language-placement/language-placement-advisors

SWAHILI

Brown offers Swahili as a non-credit course.  Please contact the Center for Language Studies at Language_Studies@Brown.edu.  

TURKISH

Placement tests are administered individually during registration period. Please contact Ercan_Balci@brown.edu or the Center for Language Studies at Language_Studies@Brown.edu.

YORUBA

Please contact the Center for Language Studies at Language_Studies@Brown.edu.