College of Arts and Sciences
Modern Languages and Cultures Department

Placement Exams

  • Placement exams are offered to current Seattle University students to determine which language class is appropriate. While the successful completion of these placement exams may satisfy all or part of the modern language requirement for the College of Arts & Sciences, no Seattle University credit is awarded.

    100-level Spanish Exams are regularly offered Thursdays at 12:30 pm in the Modern Languages & Cultures Department during fall, winter, and spring quarters. See below for Spanish Exam dates. To register for a Spanish Exam, visit the MLC Office in Xavier 100. Please contact MLC faculty for Chinese, French, Italian, and Japanese placement exams.

    Spanish exams


    Winter Quarter 2015


    • January 8th
    • January 22nd
    • February 5th
    • February 19th
    • March 5th
     French exams

    • by appointment only

    Waiver of the Requirement for Language Proficiency

    in the College of Arts and Sciences at Seattle University


    Students can test out of the college’s requirement for one year of proficiency in a foreign language. If the language the student would like to test out of is not offered at Seattle University, the student can take it at another academic institution with prior approval of the Modern Languages Department at SU.


    In the event that the language assessment has to be done by an individual or agency other than an academic institution, the assessor needs to provide a letter in which he/she describes his/her credibility in the target language (a native speaker, profession/education that qualifies him/her) for this purpose. In the assessment letter, the general level of proficiency should be addressed clearly as to whether the person assessed can carry on a conversation about daily topics(including the ability to handle most of the communication functions while traveling in the country of the target language or has higher linguistic proficiency to conduct conversations on various topics at a deeper level; e.g., being able to comfortably carry on conversations about topics in the various intellectual and academic disciplines, such as culture, politics, literature, etc,  )


    The following is a list of available language tests to our students through UW (there may be a $45 fee).  Through UW’s Office of Educational Assessment, SU students can take the following language tests: