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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.

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.

Click here to sign up for the Chinese placement test in January.

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

Click here to sign up for the Japanese test in January.

The Korean test has two parts, an online part you can take at any time, and then another part that will be given on Friday, January 7 from 9-11 on Zoom.  Click here for information and to take the test.

Placement tests for Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish will be given individually as needed. Sign up here and a professor will contact you to schedule an individual appointment.

Sign up here for the Vietnamese placement test in January.

Since early registration for fall is happening before most of these tests will be held, you are encouraged to go ahead and enroll 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, Turkish, or Vietnamese, 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).