University of Southern California
Dornsife College

Foreign Language Placement Exams

The foreign language requirement applies to all students earning degrees granted by, or under the jurisdiction of, the Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences. Placement in elementary and intermediate foreign language courses is made by the appropriate placement examination.  Students who studied a foreign language in high school, or elsewhere, prior to enrolling at USC must take the placement examination in that language.

General information:

+ THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FOR PLACEMENT EXAMS, unless indicated.
+ As exam dates are confirmed, they will be added to the schedule. No advanced notifications of changes or additions will be given.
+ There are no fees for the placement tests.
+ Results from the placement tests will be uploaded to your student record.
+ Placement results are valid for one calendar year.
+ You must wait 6 months before retaking an exam.
+ USC ID is required.
+ Please arrive 10 minutes before the start of the test.
+ The exam can take up to 2 hours, so plan accordingly.
+ If you need testing accommodations, please contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two weeks before the test date.

Results:

+ Results for morning placement exams will be available by 3 PM the same day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.
+ Results for afternoon placement exams will be available by 11 AM the next business day by calling, emailing from your USC email, or in person.

Students with Disabilities:

Students with documented learning disabilities or physical impairments requiring accommodation must contact the USC Office of Disability Services and Programs at least two (2) weeks prior to the testing date.

Placement examinations are offered in these languages: Ancient Greek, Arabic, Chinese, French, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Latin, Persian, Russian, and Spanish.

SUMMER 2017

MORNING

AFTERNOON
     
   
THU 8/17/17   1:30 PM
Spanish   THH 202
French   THH 208
All others:   THH B4
   
FRI 8/18/17 8:30 AM  
Spanish THH 202  
French THH 208  
All others: THH B4  
   

FALL 2017

MORNING

AFTERNOON
     
   
WED 8/23/17   12:00 PM
Spanish   LVL 17
French   LVL 13
All others:   THH B4
   
     

For Hebrew, contact HUC. For Portuguese, contact the Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese.

Please check back for updated placement testing administrations.

N.B. The USC Language Center does not administer placement exams in languages not taught at USC.

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