Language Placement

This page explains how students who have previously studied a language are placed into an appropriate course at Notre Dame. Students who are beginning a new language do not need to take a placement exam. Placement for any language not included here is determined by the department on a case-by-case basis. Contact your first-year advisor for more information.

When registering incoming students for language courses, first-year advisors must follow the results of the placement exams, which are almost always accurate. Only the relevant language department can approve a change in placement. Students who feel that their placement is not correct are strongly encouraged to attend the first class session and talk with their professor before requesting to change levels of a language course.

The language requirements are explained here.


Credit and Placement by Examination

Students who have taken an AP, IB, or SAT II exam can, depending on the score, receive credit and placement from the exam. Students with language credit by exam do not need to take a Notre Dame placement exam. See the relevant credit table for information about placement and credit.

AP Credit Table

IB Credit Table

AP and SAT II Credit Table for French, German, Italian and Spanish

Note: Students continuing German must take the online Notre Dame placement exam even if they have taken the AP, IB, or SAT II exam. See below for instructions.


Notre Dame Placement Exams

Students who did not take an AP, IB, or SAT II exam or did not receive a high enough score for credit and placement must take a Notre Dame placement exam. These exams are for placement only and do not confer any credit. Students continuing in German must take the online Notre Dame placement exam even if they have taken an AP, IB, or SAT II exam. Placement exams may only be taken once. Learn more about Language Placement Tests and Contacts below!

Language

Placement 

Administered by

Contact

Arabic (MEAR)

Placement test

CSLC (Center for the Study of Languages and Cultures)

Alessia Blad-Miller

Catalan (LLRO)

Enroll in intro level course (LLRO 10113 Beginning Catalan)

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

Chinese (EALC)

Placement exam: Register here

Online Written Exam, Friday August 13

Online Oral Exam, Monday August 16

More detailed information, including the times and the link to the exam, will be sent to students from the registration list when it gets closer to the dates.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Weibing Ye

Creole (LLRO)

Enroll in intro level course (LLRO 10112 Beginning Creole)

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

French (ROFR)

Placement Exam

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

German (GE)

Placement Exam

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Denise Della Rossa

Greek (CLGR) 

Enroll in Intro Greek (CLGR 10001)

Classics Department

Tadeusz Mazurek

Irish (IRLL/IRST)

Enroll in Beginning Irish 1 (IRLL 10101)

Department of Irish Language and Literature

Amy Mulligan 

Italian (ROIT)

Students with no prior experience can enroll directly into beginning-level courses.  Students continuing their study of Italian should contact the Department for placement and course selection

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

Korean (EALK)

Placement exam: Register here
Online Written & Oral Exam on Monday August 16

More detailed information including the time and the link will be sent to students from the registration list.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Yeonhee Yoon

Latin (CLLA)

Placement Exam

Classics Department

Tadeusz Mazurek

Portuguese (ROPO)

Students with no prior experience can enroll directly into beginning-level courses.  Students continuing their study of Portuguese should contact the Department for placement and course selection

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

Russian (RU)

Placement Exam

Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Denise Della Rossa

Spanish (ROSP)

Placement Exam

Department of Romance Languages

Shauna Williams

Japanese (EALJ)

In person or Zoom placement exam. Contact for more information.

Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Noriko Hanabusa 

The CSLC (Center for Study of Language and Cultures) Languages offers a language assessment service for a range of languages, including less commonly taught languages. Visit to the CSLC webpage for more information!