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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;
  • having the requirement waived if you are a native speaker of another language.

For more details on these options, or any other questions, see the FAQ.

Placement tests for fall semester are happening remotely over the summer.

The Arabic placement test has two parts; both are online and can be taken at any time. Click here for information and to take the test.

The Chinese placement test will be given remotely on multiple specific dates in June and July. Click here to sign up.

There is a separate Chinese test for people  returning from a study abroad program.  Click here to sign up for that.

The Hindi-Urdu placement test can be taken online at any time. Click here for information and to take the test.

The Japanese test is happening remotely on several specific summer dates. Sign up here and you’ll receive more information by email.

The Korean test has two parts, an online part you can take at any time, and then another part that will be given remotely in August.  Click here for information and to take the test.

Placement tests for Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish will be given remotely over the summer. Sign up here and a professor will contact you to schedule an individual appointment.

New students may not have the opportunity to take language placement tests before registering for fall classes.  Consequently, you are encouraged to go ahead and enroll during the summer 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:

Self-assessment guide in Arabic | Chinese | Hebrew | Hindi-Urdu | Japanese Korean

(If you are enrolling in Persian or Turkish, 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 predicted, you’ll need to drop that class and switch to the correct level (which the department can help you with if needed).