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Foreign Languages and Literatures

Placement Exam

There are several ways to fulfill the language requirement: 

- two years of the same foreign language in high school for BS/MFA students or four years for BA students; 
- AP exam/IB equivalencies (see chart www.ccny.cuny.edu/admissions/freshman-students.cfm); or
- exemption via placement exam.

All students beginning language study at CCNY must take a placement examination. Students should take the placement examination as early as possible before starting language study.

If a student is placed at the level of Exempt, he or she will be considered to have fulfilled the foreign language requirement (no credits are granted for the exam). In the event that the student is not placed at the level of Exempt, he or she has two options: to finish the language requirement in the language in which the placement exam was taken, or to take another language.

The Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures also administers competency examinations in various languages in which it offers no courses. Students may take a competency examination to be considered for exemption from the Foreign Language Requirement.

Students who wish to be examined for competency in a language in which the Department offers no courses must identify an instructor within the CUNY system who would be able to evaluate their language competency, and submit the name of the faculty member to the Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures. An exam will be administered and evaluated in collaboration with that faculty member.

IF YOU NEED TO TAKE THE TEST IN ONE OF THESE LANGUAGES - SPANISH, FRENCH, CHINESE (MANDARIN), RUSSIAN, GERMAN, read the following information:

- About the test:
You do not need to study for this exam. It consists of short answer questions on a computer. The test taking time is between 30 and 45 minutes. YOU MAY  TAKE THE TEST ONLY ONCE.

Upcoming Placement Exam Dates & Times:

October 16 - 4:00 pm
November 3 - 4:00 pm
November 12 - 12:00 and 3:00 pm
November 24 - 12:00 pm


Note that the exam is administered on a first-come first-served basis. If all the computer stations are in use when you arrive, please be prepared to wait.

- Location: NAC Building, 6th floor, Room 212
Bring your CCNY ID card to show as you enter.

- Results: Results will be available to students upon completion of the test.

IF YOU ARE TAKING THE EXAM IN A LANGUAGE OTHER THAN ANY OF THE ABOVE, PLEASE GO TO THE DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN LANGUAGES (NAC 5/223) OR CALL 212-650-6731 TO INQUIRE ABOUT PLACEMENT TESTING