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Department ofModern Languages and Literatures

Placement & Proficiency Testing

Placement Test Survey

All students must take the Placement Test Survey prior to taking their first language course at SCU! A PLACEMENT RECOMMENDATION IS A PREREQUISITE FOR ALL SCU LANGUAGE COURSES. Once you have taken a language course at SCU, that course will serve as your prerequisite for further language courses.  There is no pass or fail to this test, and your results will NOT satisfy the SCU Core Language requirement. However, this result will indicate the appropriate course where you can begin to satisfy your Language requirement. 

Placement Test Survey Registration

Proficiency Exam

Due to the campus shift to online instruction as a result of the spread of the Coronavirus, THERE WILL BE NO PROFICIENCY EXAMS OFFERED DURING THE SPRING 2020 QUARTER
If you are a senior graduating in Spring 2020 and you have not satisfied your Core L2 language requirement:
  • if you previously studied or have experience with a language that we teach at SCU, take a placement test in that language and enroll in the course that is recommended by our placement process. 
  • if you previously studied or are a native speaker of a language we do not teach, then please contact our proficiency coordinator, Prof. María Bauluz at
We expect to resume proficiency testing in the fall, so please check back after September 1 for updated information. 
Proficiency Exam Registration