Everyone who has some previous knowledge of a language, but is new to the program at Carolina, is required to take a placement test if you intend to take language classes.
If you only wish to satisfy the language requirement, that can be done in three ways: taking the placement test, submitting standardized test scores, or having the requirement waived if you are a native speaker of another language. For more details, see the FAQ.
Click here to sign up for a placement test in any Asian language.
If you have any questions, it will be helpful to read the FAQ first.
New students register for fall classes at orientation sessions over the summer, but won't have the opportunity to take placement tests until fall. (Some languages offer online placement tests that can be taken before coming to orientation, but currently this is not the case for any Asian language.) Consequently, you are encouraged to go ahead and enroll at orientation for whatever language level you think might be right for you. To help you make that choice, there are self-assessment guides available in several languages:
(If you are enrolling in Persian, we're sorry there is not currently a self-assessment guide available. Take your best guess.)
This self-assessment is not a substitute for the formal placement test (which you should also sign up for), but will increase your chances of picking the right course, so that when you get your placement result, you'll already be enrolled in the right class. If you are placed at a level other than what you had guessed, you'll need to drop that class and switch to the correct level (which the department can help you with if needed).